Urban Gardens ; Small Lots- Many Tales
- October 14, 2013
Its always a struggle for a landscape architect to design a small garden. To begin with, when engaged with larger work otherwise, to reorient and sensitize the mind to the smallest nuance,( sometimes small gestures do get laid on the wayside in the larger projects !), but more importantly whose character does the garden imbibe, that of the owner, or the designer?
At our studio we do these projects almost like a ritual of reorientation- every year we do a few- perhaps five or six, so that we remind ourselves the pleasure, of the small details, the form of a single plant, the flower of another, the bird that comes to nest and many such tales that really can enrich our lives.
In Ahmedabad in a small plot of land measuring barely 900 sq.mts is one such garden.
The garden fronts an urban house, and in the small space that is provided, creates a world of its own, with a pond that stocks fish and also recharges the ground water, a deck that glides onto it and allows one to sit in the midst of water, small benches, and careful planting that creates and hides space.
The deck and the wooden seat are tantalizingly close- almost inviting people to sit on both and talk across the water.
From the verandah, the depth is an illusion- and the garden feels like a much deeper garden than it actually is.
Above- The garden over time has of-course become home to many a bird and insect, but surprisingly has a couple of the Siberian Lesser Whistling Ducks that make this their temporary home and also breed. On the right is the detail of a carefully crafted stone rill that carries water with precision, using gravity, and at one point even makes a siphon where the channels cross.
Another view from the Verandah. The garden is now 3 years old, and with each day gets mature and denser.
International Landscape Conference- 4th INCULS- Ahmedabad- Schedule.
October 10, 2013
The schedule for the 4th International Cultural Landscapes Symposium is finalized. December 14th-15th. Ahmedabad. W: www.inculs4.in E:firstname.lastname@example.org Be a good idea to clear your calenders and come; promises to be good thinking fare.
Landscapes in Devastated Lands
October 30, 2013
Not many months back, on the edge of Mumbai in Bhiwandi. an old client , desired to do a series of shelters for the devotees who walk to the Sai Baba Temple in Nashik- this was to be a mid way halt. It was to have shelters , a