In the face of crisis, our hopes and fears are pitted against manmade forces as well as human endeavours to proliferate natural forces and ways of living. While the need for manmade forces of technology cannot be denied or escaped, the resulting environmental deterioration cannot be left unchecked either. Amidst these realities, perhaps, architecture and design will balance the poetic and pragmatic.
While architecture and design are often perceived as visual entities; and the service and product are often pictorial, open to critique by the user and the onlooker; the intention of good design should ideally entail human betterment. All design; prima facie; is about buildings and objects but good design involves enabling these buildings and objects; and primarily all built-form must improve lives and not at the cost of impairing or consuming excessively. Luxury too, on similar lines, need not be a Louis Vuitton bag (which is attainable to anyone who can pay the price) but clean water, energy and air (which is increasingly diminishing and the damage is perhaps irreversible).
Studio Roosegaarde’s work is an expression of this idea. For example, the Smog Free Tower (A) uses positive ionisation technology to suck up the air around it, clean it and release it, all while running on wind energy. The world has to be creative and innovative in order to survive.
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
‘Meraki-2019’ A visionary Seminar series presented by Dr.Baliram Hiray College of Architecture, Bandra(East), Mumbai.
Facilitating A Community Through Architectural Practice
The humble, self-designed, self-built and organically planned home built by the majority of the world population rarely gets appreciated and critiqued as a viable lesson in architectural design.
The Art Of Solving Problems Creatively
The practice of architecture is perhaps incomplete without the complement of a variety of other arts.
Upcycling towards a playful tomorrow
Play is like the middle child, often forgotten, and always taking a back seat. For young kids, play can simply be running around, armwrestling with friends, building sandcastles on the beach, or singing popular music tracks in the shower.
Balancing The Poetics And Pragmatism Of Everyday Design
Humanity is faced with an oxymoronic crisis. The crisis involves the earth, the environment, impending looms of climate change, deforestation, loss of species, dwindling resources etc.
Just Give Me Some Space: Discussions And Beyond
Just Give Me Some Space (JGMSS) is Suha Riyaz Khopatkar’s debut book that paints a portrait of the dynamic life of an architecture student.
The Next In Vernacular Architecture
Architecture has become a capitalist.
Rethinking The Future: Architecture And Its Education
“I want to be like animals, the bird makes a nest in one or two days, the rat digs a hole in a night, but intelligent humans like us spend 30 years to have a house, that’s wrong.” - Jon Jandai
Uniting The Human-Scale With The City-Scale
London-based architect Usman Haque is famed for his interactive architectural systems, and for his exploration of newer, more effective ways of creating human engagement and interaction through his designs. Indian Architect & Builder caught up with him, to quiz him on a variety of topics such as his journey as an architect, his inspirations and philosophies, architects using the digital revolution to their advantage, and more!
Almost every architect also doubles as a photographer or at least an enthusiast.
Don't be a ghost
Any of these alternatives are better than leaving them on read...
How to Be a Work Rebel
Got a contrarian streak in you? Harvard’s Francesca Gino shares the right way to be an unconventional leader
3 supercool ways to control your Mac with your Apple Watch
Play music, switch slides, and unlock your Mac without touching the keyboard.
SHOCK & AWE
COMPANY OF HEROES 3 is coming to wake up the RTS genre.
CITIZEN OF THE World
Congolese native Yannick Nzosa played for professional teams in Italy and Spain before he turned 17. Now that his name is moving up the 2022 pre-draft boards, the former soccer player has one thing front and center in his mind—succeeding for his family back home.
Can face-to-face meetings between a victim and an abuser—a form of restorative justice—help a society overwhelmed with bad behavior?
What Set You Off? Didn’t You Care About Me? What Did I Do to Make This Happen? Have You Learned Anything From This? Will You Ever Change?
Erin Gleeson Woodside, CA
After a cross-country move from New York to California, the now-bestselling cookbook author went from photographing lavish dishes in the city to simple recipes in the woods—an artistic pivot inspired by her new home, a charming cabin in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Nearly a decade and four cookbooks later, The Forest Feast series is as fresh as ever.
The Man In Trouble
Comedian Tim Robinson can’t resist playing characters who make him wince.
Corsair K65 RGB Mini Keyboard
A tiny 60-percent keyboard that makes a big noise
K-Dramas on Netflix: A Beginner's Guide to the Best Shows
The South Korean culture pop culture wave that has been taking over the world conquers the small screen