Posts Tagged: architecture

Architecture of the Page: An Urbanist Explores The Space of Comics

How comics can be a medium for social change.    With the invention of the television, photography and the internet, our love of pictures has grown dramatically over the last century. While bibliophiles lament the resultant loss in reading habits today, a medium does exist that bridges this proverbial divide – relying on the strengths…read more

When Architecture meets Service – A Journey in Working with Non-Profits

One young architect’s mission to pay it forward.    If this year’s Pritzker selection of Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena, known for his socially conscious designs, as awardee, and the Venice Biennale theme (“Reporting From the Front”) are anything to go by, it’s becoming evermore important to discuss architecture in terms of its social relevance. And…read more

The Patron and The Muse: What Stepwells Tell Us About History’s Forgotten Feminine

On the connection between water and women, as conveyed by the architectural marvels of Gujarat.   In the book ‘The Alphabet Versus the Goddess’, Leonard Shlain eloquently argues that the worship of the goddess was a ubiquitous ancient phenomenon world-over, and that male gods rose quite suddenly to usurp their thrones. The book strongly makes a case for…read more

What Neuroscience Can Tell Us About the Experience of Architecture

“We make our buildings and afterwards our buildings make us.”   In 1848, a railroad construction supervisor called Phineas Gage met with a tragic accident, lending to neuroscience perhaps its most famous case. An iron rod pierced Gage’s head, destroying much of his frontal lobe — a part of the brain that houses long term…read more

Building With Debris: How We Can Save the Earth by Recycling Demolition Waste

What happens in India to the tonnes of construction and demolition waste produced as a result of increasing urbanisation? We build and build to meet the needs of a burgeoning population – roads, flyovers, houses – ever aspiring towards the “American dream”. But how can our earth’s natural resources meet this gap between demand and…read more

The Creative Benefits of Keeping a Sketchbook

On cultivating the capacity for observation and imagination through sketching. Here are six pointers for anybody looking to trap those slippery ideas, illustrated through sketches of architecture students of Ahmedabad’s CEPT University.   While many writers have elaborated on the creative benefits of keeping a diary, designers likewise will tell you about the creative benefits of…read more

20 Films that Explore Relationships between Place, Time and the Body

Shared themes between cinema and architecture compiled in an essential list exploring space, time and embodied experience.   […] by moving physically through the architectural space, the human gaze defines and orders different points of view, thus realising a mental assembly similar to that of the cinematic experience. Vice versa, in a cinema, the spectator mentally…read more

How Architecture Students are Revamping Indian Cities With Colour and Play

Interactive interventions in cities across India impart life into public spaces through creative use of colours, oil tins, tyres and recycled waste. These are some of the thoughtful and meaningful ways in which students have sought to interact with their cities, and reclaim public space for the people.   Commuters travelling via the Andheri metro…read more

Inhuman Architecture: Summons to an Architecture of the Senses

We have for centuries sought to replace experience with knowledge. What a spare world we now live in! – Hugo Kuekelhaus My personal conflict with the profession of architecture began months into my third year of undergraduate studies. I became repulsed by the profession because it is essentially highly materialistic in nature – bordering often on narcissisms…read more

Mircea Eliade’s Observations on the Sacred and the Profane in Space-Time

“It is sacred time that makes possible the other time, ordinary time.” In a desacralized world that has surged forth from an advocacy for a machine age built on rational thought and purported ‘freedom’ from the past, Mircea Eliade’s excellent book The Sacred and The Profane: The Nature of Religion produces a strong narrative regarding our…read more

The Gothic Spirit: How a Spirit of Verticality and Sublimity Enthralled the Architectural World for Nine Centuries.

A brief history of the eternal style.   Over the course of the history of Western architecture, diverse movements representative of the spirit of their times have captivated the collective creative imagination.  Every such movement clamours for an identity, represents certain ideologies and philosophies, and ultimately respectfully gives way to the next evolutionary step. What remains…read more