Encompassing a dual participatory programme dwelling on production and retail, the Wrap Art & Design Factory by Delhi-based Design Bureau has an ideological, spatial, textural richness that seeks to consolidate layers of inclusiveness within its low-slung scale.
New Delhi towards its southern end fringes into a curious multiplicity of neighbourhoods comprising of temples, farmhouses and makeshift factories amidst the growing residential sprawl. The context is rurban at the most with each nuance built objectively with an introverted view. Assertively within this contradiction in Chattarpur, a ‘lal dora’ (urban village) as the architects of Delhi-based Design Bureau put it, is sited the Wrap Art & Design Factory.
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by Ruturaj Parikh
A reaction to William JR Curtis‘s piece on India’s Modern Heritage titled ‘Nothing is Sacred‘.
I have grown up with modern architecture. As a child in Ahmedabad, my father used to take me to climb trees in CEPT campus and play cricket in IIM (which then had no compound wall) while vultures lined the water tank with the fake arch. I have known the Sanskar Kendra to host some nice exhibitions although as a child I never used to like the space. I was taught in architecture to consider it sacred. I am not a fan. Continue reading No Museum for Architecture
By Madhavi Desai
Education is the cornerstone of any discipline, including architecture, where it primarily combines intellectual rigour and practical skills. It is also a place where the students learn to think deeply about the interconnectedness of the culture, the built environment, technology and the world of ideas. The most significant and unique aspect of architectural education is that it is potentially infinite in its scope and subject matter. The discipline of architecture is deeply embedded in the cultural world and the culture of an institute is closely connected to its teaching ideology and pedagogy. “Architectural education, although obviously intended as vocational training, is also intended as a form of socialisation aimed at producing a very specific type of person. All forms of education transmit knowledge and skills. All forms of education also socialise students into some sort of ethos or culture. These two functions are inseparable.”[ii] Institutional practices such as organisation of curriculum, the relationship between theory and practice and administrative set-up enable or constrain particular forms of knowledge. Continue reading ARCHITECTURAL EDUCATION IN INDIA: WOMEN STUDENTS, CULTURE AND PEDAGOGY
Of Intuitions & Ideas on Architecture
(For the Collegium, New Delhi, August 10, 2013)
From their name it is never clear if it represents one person or two or a group or even a tendency or preference, an ideology or political convenience, or, whether it continues to exist or it existed sometime in the 16-17 century BCE, because the title of the firm – I have come to believe – it is that – is Shodh-Pratishodh Ass, Continue reading From a Labyrinth into a Maze: Narendra Dengle
By Viplav Sahu
Caves, Lake and the Life of People: Badami, a living Heritage City, has many faces one can explore here every day. The life in the town changes significantly from morning to evening.
18-armed Dancing Shiva Sculpture situated at entrance of Cave no. 1 representing 18 Dance forms.
Ceiling carved out with the Swastika motif in Cave no. 2
Sculptures on the right wall of Cave no 2.
Inside view of Cave no. 3.
View of the panel on the right side of Cave no. 3 showing Trivikarma.
Beautifully carved Cave no. 3 where the columns are carved in such a way that they induce a feeling of motion.
An artist sitting and trying to capture the sculpture through his painting.
Traces of cave paintings which are still found in Cave No. 3
Badami is located in the northern Karnataka. The region is characterised by a hilly terrain comprising of steep cliffs and valleys. The present town of Badami which was also known as Vatapi in ancient times was the capital of the Early Chalukyas in 6th to 8th century AD. Continue reading Badami…the capital of Vatapi Chalukyan Kings