Posts Tagged: learning

Door in the Wall: How Art is Redefining Therapy for the Differently Abled

How traditional societies understood the therapeutic role of art, and what educators and therapists today can achieve with it.   “Art for art’s sake” is the famous translation of a French slogan that saw art as being an autonomous thing that has no other purpose or aim but to be for itself. Philosopher Alain de Botton […]

The Death of Critical Enquiry: Is Neoliberalism Ushering in an Age of Conformity?

What the increasing dismissal of the Humanities implies about our culture at large.    Recently in Japan, humanities departments have come under attack. The government has ordered universities to discontinue these departments and shift focus, instead, towards fields with ‘greater utilitarian values’. Not only does this seem alarming, but it is indicative of a trend that […]

Travelling to Boost Creativity: 16 Indian Destinations for Architecture Enthusiasts

A travel bucket list for aficianados in design, culture and history.  Verses are not, as people imagine, simply feelings… they are experiences. For the sake of a single verse, one must see many cities, men and things. Poet Rainer Maria Rilke neatly sums up the process behind any creative act – dismissing the notion that […]

Neelkanth Chhaya on the Systematisation of Education and the Commodification of Architecture

“This university was conceived as an adventure.”   Every once in a while, somebody delivers a speech that magically transports us across the ocean of humanity through the prism of our personal experiences. Prof Neelkanth Chhaya’s lecture at Ahmedabad’s CEPT University in the February of 2015, was such a speech. Drawing upon a web of observations, his speech […]

From the 3 R’s to the 3 C’s in Education: Curiosity, Curation and Creativity

The art of curation isn’t about the individual pieces of content, but about how these pieces fit together, what story they tell by being placed next to each other, and what statement the context they create makes about culture and the world at large. – Maria Popova, Brain Pickings As a child, one hoarded seemingly […]