Tuesday, December 23, 2008


The annual event on house & housing was partly successful, since it gave chance to each faculty to speak on related issues. However the failure was perhaps on part of defining the limitation or scope of the topic, since KRVIA being desing school. The majority of presentation were hinging on idea at policy level which to mind is non controvercial. The moment you begin to define the territory of thoretical framework, it becomes controvercial or uncomprehensible. I thought the presentation by Rupali, Rohan & myself were of later kind. I assume without predjudice that most of them thought three of us were simply bullshiting. I was very convicing about my presentation, yet it may be criticise of being international without contextual. It is not surprise to me & as if i am not aware of that at all. The inspiration can be global as long as actions are local. The generation of fiftis by large is exactly opposite. The inspiration is local & action are global. The hallmark of the pseudo pan indianness, vastu, hindi cinema certain outcome of that which are convicing themself very hard to determinsitic change of the world from that viewpoint.

Sunday, November 30, 2008


Its same time again,
Its same terrorist again…
Its perhaps same time of the year…
Its same terror & same massacre…
Its same media terrorizing each other for mirror….
Its same “salaam Mumbai” from Delhi…..
Its same condemnation & same grief…..
Its same time again for blame game……
Its same bewilder time for political priorities….
Its same time for resignation & scapegoats…..
Its same time to visit affected areas & not affected people…….
Its same promise consolation money for victims…
May it be same chasing for collecting…..?
It shall be same bribing & same scandal…..
Its same time for some inspiration for Hindi movie…..
Its same masked anger & fight, same epic heroism….
It same mediocre awards……….
Its same collective mediocrity, we shall relish…..

Let there be same systematically constructed history of courage for poll war....
It shall be same muddle in the middle…..
Its same muted mystery…..
“Isn’t it a time to mirror ourselves meticulously……
Of our priority to whom to fight with?”…..
Is it a real terrorist or terrorizing 552 at parliament…....
Or else let the same paradox prevail
at its will……

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Year 1990: I have visited most of the European countries on my way from US to back home. The visit lasted almost a month through comfortable E-rail First class unlimited pass. The last day of my visit was Amsterdam, where I drew my plan for next visit to Scandinavian Countries sometime in future. This is precisely that imagination which was carefully nurtured and protected for many decades. The water edge of Norway is as much real in reality as you imagine through photograph.

The landscape is tentative (ephemeral) & figurative simultaneously. They seem to be contradictory however it seems to be compounded to form a unique terrain. The cold ripping thorough body mercilessly, shadows are always longer irrespective of the time of the day. The absences of point shadows are almost scary as longer one is destined to disappear anytime. Does that really shape the general psych/ culture of people! If yes than how, I think it really need careful examination of culture & value of that context.

The wealth of tropical climate is suddenly become as valuable for us as you peep out of window everyday, seeking for the morning sun. However the tenderness of light that definitely making general gesture of Norwegian to be humble, tender & reaching out. The usual day is one with rain, blizzards & cold. The time seems to be of no consequence for us, as absence of light makes it difficult for your perception to hold your judgment of time

The built landscape is leisurely following the planes to contoured landscape with great ease. The entire fabric appears to be a giant jigsaw puzzle; each of them is carefully interlocked with others. The result of that leaves unwinding trails negotiating the contours levels. The fabric finds it edge relentlessly at it meets water. The dialogue of colorful building & dark water is extravagant as much as unreal. It is further heightened by absence of sunlight most of the time.

I am not very convinced about the lecture/ talk on urban design. I am very comfortable with undergraduate program because of my involvement for many years. The problem that postgraduate program suffers is that it really takes design cell as model without any further inquiry. My imagination of postgraduate study is about implied theoretical investigation than explicit problem-solution model. Furthermore, this problem persist due to its consistently dwelling on planning realm & not able to operate in design mode. I quite often get confused or not convinced by myself of such presentation.

Sunday, November 2, 2008


All design disciplines are art form & have few things in common. However there is a difference between architecture & other design discipline is that it has stronger representational demand than rest. As one move away from architecture, art, literature, the representation becomes less dense or may not exist.

The recent jury of third year architecture has been very ridiculously dwelling on mannerist mode where idea of built form is pre-determined. The any variation from pre-determined form is succumb to severe criticism. I personally believe that we are jumping directly to the manifestation & not through the filter of inquiry. The manifestation can be anything, slight skewed geometry is not necessarlly mean quality architecture, or exotic materialism that percolates through recent architecture also does not mean quality architecture. Here, my argument in first paragraph of fashion design being less dense a artform due to its weak representational commitment is seem to merge with architecture beyond any recognition. The publication & media attention that architecture gets is detrimental to the discipline. The recent visit to BAS also confirms my notion that good institute refrain itself from any such deviation. We need much stronger critical theory to bring architecture where it belongs to, or i fear, if thats the course of future than media determines what is good architecture. In such case than media would flourish, architects would flourish, & collective mediocrity would flourish.

Sunday, October 26, 2008


  • I have blur memory of him, during our first year studio in 2007. However the incident has left deep scar of deleted reality within my psych. I think about death very often, it scary because of the fact that its deleted reality of left ones. His face reappears on & off due to some reason. I have not able to rationalise that, & perhaps it need not to be at all. The sunrise & setting is conceptual & transition is moving reality. How do we accept the moving reality be non reality so suddenly.. The destiny is not real, perhaps destined is....... is there any way it can be rationalised!


  • After years of thinking & planning we could finally manage to visit Dehradun. The first impression os the place is that it is very clean town, perhaps the cleanest of all. It is mix terrain of what hill station setup & plain would be. It is very much visible in the trees & countours. The stay was very comfortable & clean. It's locatin is central to various hill stations & religious destination, hence it has floating population round the year. The visit to Rishikesh was revealing for me since you hear about its popularity for various reason. The last day Rafting was something resonate in memory for many years. However Haridwar was quite disappointing for its mess, perhaps thats how we are when it comes to our religious virtues. It also confirms my belief that not all popular relegious places are historical, if it does not have myth. We are not concern about history as much as myth. New myth is essential fuel for our survival & belief.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The experience of walking through several pathways deepens the notion of real reality. Now it is almost decided to visit Matheran once in two months as it offers almost everything that any hill station would offer plus traffic free walk for hours & kilometers of stretch in thick wooded trails.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Year 1983, Group of 25 students went on hiking to Matheran via Karjat. Its a longer route, & climb is slightly dangerous. The visit had more to do with the test of endurance then the place you visit. I was in second year architecture then. The place appeared after tortoures climb was no significance, parltly to do with the amature responces to the built setup. The recent visit on 27th September was revealing since there was no tortoures journey. The place has more to offer than i expected, that bias has perhaps to do with past experiences. The place we stayed was ground storeyed cottage type setup within thick vegetation & also next to bazar street. The late eveing bazar street stilll had life, it just gave me an idea that any place which is padestrianised will behave like resort. Matheran is a classic example where you are forced to walk, see life moving around you. This experiences are becoming rare, unlike you pay to walk (Gym).

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Miroy's birthday gift was album of his photographs collected since his first birthday, first day of school & various activity he enjoys. The album is 22 pages documenting almost 50 photographs in compressed size of CD box.

Saturday, August 23, 2008


The morning walkers take walk at ease within the by lanes of Santa Cruz, west like Tagore road towards Madhu Park via Ramkrishna Temple complex or Derasar Road, via Main Avenue towards Arya Samaj. The common destination is park or public place scattered around the locality namely, Lions garden, Muktanand Park, Rotary Park, Vithal Nagar Temple Complex or Laxminarayan Temple Complex, which are all easily accessible from all parts of neighbourhood. There is some sense of familiarity among all the morning goers irrespective of the morning rituals. The familiarity is perhaps two generation deep among many of those who confirm their presence at that hour. This affirms the socially identifiable neighbourhood along with the some sense of pride & privilege.

The Santacruz- West is among few suburbs to have privilege of all the amenities at walking distance. The north bound street namely, Dattatrya road, Podar street, Tilak road sets an example of how public realm & private realm coexist at walk able distance. The Santacruz – West always had strong community identity with few recognizable community spaces like, Laxminarayan & Vithal Nagar temple complexes, the parks. The name of many public places & streets have changed but not able to take away its original association or its significance.

As the morning sun shifts from its horizon, the belief seems to be contrived one as by lanes suddenly breaks with thick presence of innumerable activity. By noon the inner loop transformation blurs the boundaries of public realm & private realm beyond its recognition. The self affirmation of existence in quite neighbourhood is engulfed into gentrified and speculative place.

However the last decade has witness the transformation that has happened through TDR regulation. This was perhaps the policy to allow development north bound with intention to decongest the inner core. The intention is to present here a case which seems to fall prey to the regulation, which needs to be analysed as post development case study. In that sense urbanity may or may not be romantic or nostalgic, but in real sense its constantly evolving process, acknowledges or negates the development pressure that exert on its form. This may perhaps serves as model for the new policy that may require to be implemented.

The first case is expansion of Podar School Complex. The FSI regulation may have been relaxed for institution but not at the cost of architecture heritage building. It happened to our disbelief that Podar School Tower Building was pulled down and made the way for high rise block. The morning 7.00 clock tower beat (could have been heritage structure) reminder of Podar School Tower is perhaps the far-flung memory to the resident & one who have attended that school.

The adjacent two blocks were amalgamated to form a long building block where inner courtyard was done away with. The resultant type is reminiscent to narcissistic imagination of what an institution building could be. The second victims of the regulation were buildings between Linking road & S. V Road especially Tagore Road & Derasar Road. The case represents the classical dilemma of what street section should be. The TDR regulation should have been proportion to the width of the street. The Tagore road has almost all the building developed without any provision of set backs to widen the street. The height regulations outside the flying zone has blanket rule. Thus the blocks on S.V Road, Linking Road or Inner lane has different width of street but same height. The symptom of this staged invasion of TDR development is visible in the pattern of socializing. The soft street corners for socializing are hard edge for enterprising, the inner lanes for community events/ sports are transformed into parking lots. The most effected area as shown in the sketch are the inner loop namely Green Street, Saraswati Road, Derasar Road, Tagore Road. The narrative has yet to reach its climax as one examines the possibility of development in next five year. The Hindu Stree Mandal for its Educational Expansion Project, the Hansraj Wadi, the Laxminarayan Temple are among the most sought out/ contested/ threatened place for development as each of them is larger lot compared to the neighbouring lots. The North Bound areas like Khira nagar, Shashtri nagar, Best Depot have larger contesting corporate bodies for their development. Each of them is targeted as potential mall for there presence on main arterial road. If that is the imagined reality of future than Santacruz may set branded model for highest Mall Density. The visual survey shows the location & approximate proportion of contested lots across the area. The further pressure on this locality is evident in the formation of new loop or ring outside namely, Bandh Road, Ramkrishna Mission Road, Phirozshah Mehta Road, without accounting for the impact of elevated metro rail & the station.

The density of inner core is stressful on existing infrastructure without much exaggeration. In addition to that the mass scale digging the storm water drain and connecting all of them only have worsen the situation as all the streets started flooding simultaneously. The peripheral loop with commercial potential can be foreseen as holocaust from point of view accessibility.

The lots between core & peripheral are protected by CRZ regulation. The Saraswat colony, Vithal Nagar RBI quarters have their own open space & Muktanand Park, Rotary Park, Temple complex in their vicinity. It has some meritorious value for its built v/s inbuilt proportion. The new buzz of CRZ relaxation is extremely fearful if one visualize through the same pattern of development. The Wellington Gymkhana neighbourhood has already succumbed to this pattern & almost seems to be amalgamated to the inner loop without any sense of order or hierarchy. The centre of main loops is gaothan area near station. These areas have already begun to show new pattern of larger development by amalgamation of small lots for commercial/ mall. The Sukhanand wadi on Phiroze Shah Mehta has already been transformed into a mall with existing apartment all around. It seems to be an apparent move towards activity gentrification to the residential areas.

These arguments bring the question that “does a civic administration exist merely for sake of enabling people to fulfil the needs of daily life as cheaply as possible? The process & economic cycles always creates perennial disequilibrium in terms of new commercial districts v/s social differentiation. Needless to say that development is as much reality as inevitable phenomenon and Santacruz is no exceptional. The issue here is that development policy shall be substantiated with the comprehensive study with in-depth projection and shall not be a trajectory of urban will. Although it’s mere first impression that author has documented but the further analysis may reveal irreparable insight in to the nature of emerging reality which may not promise anything beyond the high real estate value.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The recent duties of post work has expanded into helping Miroy in his homework. The knowing subjects & teaching in adpoted style was difficult task than i thought. It has its own fun, sometimes frustration & sometime quite evolving. The recent incidence was hillarious as much as serious. The task was to make him understand the difference between joint family & nuclear family. The advantage of joint family against the nuclear family and to know the basic difference in structure of family. I started with asking question on joint family, i explained him the way joint family lives. Everything went very well however to my surprise, when i asked about nuclear family, he promplty disagreed with me on its compostion. Instead he explained: "if you, deepa & i decide to live seperately that is nuclear family".
" I thought that is new family compostion for fatafat generation... any comments"

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


The visit to Panchgini has become annual ritual for us during this part of the year. It’s mainly due to non-tourist season & its climatic offering in july. This was the first time we started our drive late in the afternoon & planned to reach late night. We were apprehensive but ready to encounter new experience to the ghat climbing. The climb was rewarding as the panoramic view of Wai was like driving on star studded pretenious ground plane, while pouring cloud became background quintessential space, the only oscillating reality was few yard illuminated road through head light.

The usual destination was Hotel Gitanjali Room No. 25. The hotel is small building tucked away from main road. The hotel is surrounded by thick landscape of trees reducing any visible contact to outside. It has 12 rooms on all the three floors with small courtyard in the reception area. Its offering list do not have ambience in the list, nor does it have great any exotic facilities. The contrast of overpowering exponential reality vs. inner static ambience is at its paramount. If inner ambience serves to its worth value purpose than exponential reality negates the worthiness of being & brings to its neutrality. The ever changing climate constantly challenging the physical time, it may be irrelevant to one who unwilling to negotiate that space otherwise rest was truly surreal made silence unbearable. The static quality of stubborn inner & dynamic loftiness of coniferous landscape has purposeful existence if silence is sought for. Otherwise conspicuous inner yearning for consumption can be at universal constant masking the outer reality.

Thursday, June 5, 2008


It has been 40 years of memory of monsoon in Santacruz lanes, its transformation in to new type of recreation in monsoon are still fresh though it is dated. This recreation is associated to school timings & high tide times; co-incidentally they were same 12.00 noon. The annual rainfall is 1000mm by whether beauraue, however we associate with number of time our street would get flooded. The magic number is four & if it’s less by any chance at any point then we assume that monsoon is not over.
The mass scale storm water channel work has been carried out in all the streets with strong assertion by all MLA’S. Earlier it was only our street would be flooded & now it’s all other streets equalling sharing the annual rain fall. The monumental acclamation of autonomous glory is slowly diminishing.
Out of all the mess, the only place where the phenomena have been constant is Milan Subway. The quality of transformation of this subway is parallel to any other public place within the city. Around the year there are no signs of any political wing or MLA’s, I presume it’s the only place where boundary of ward or any kind of territory would be disputed with no claim on it or it’s a place which everybody would want to disown it.
This place deserves to be a monsoon monument since it is strong point of reference across the city in the rain. It has temporary built bridge out of unimaginable recycled metal frames & sheets can only be next to recycling industry of ship breaking yard. This place commands the view of runway strip as amazing time pass for almost half of our countrymen, which might be more than the tourist would visit any historical place. This place also is offered human sacrifice during its flooding time along with animals. I don’t think so that any place in the world would have such unique situation. The permanently installed water pumps are almost like an art object in urban space, which could be enlarged at least five times so its present is felt from flight while taking of, or the metal bridge could be wrapped up along with array of nude micro pumps or two parallel wall of subway can have multi-level urinals. This could be an amazing marriage of temporary un acclaimed public space & art form.
This place has such potential that we have several places inspired from this celebrated subway. The status quo is due to unresolved elements of coordination from various public work departments which can only be compared with three countries unable to resolve the water distribution problem arising from common river channel.

Friday, May 30, 2008

matrix & metaphysics

"The relation of Self & context establishes structure of epistemology which builds relation & dialogue. The inevitable expression is in the confinements of coscience, ethics & moral principal. Further it opens up for critical thinnking of dialectic & philosophic in nature. The dilemma of this matrix preoblematises the manifestation"

Thursday, May 22, 2008

" How to become a rare commodity or niche out your self among the array of visible things"?.... is that architecture or individual destined to be rare & nicheable....,,,, is there any ethics that can be discussed within the discourse or practice/ production of architecture.....

" Its is almost imperative that everything we do around is dubiously & unintelligently decadance of hindi cinema. How is that architecture can have autonomy of existance. The recent launch of architecture magazine is an attempt to singularuze, glorify individual attainment & cerebral audacity. Its thrives on unsolicited urbanity, attempting to redefine unimaginitave spa architecture/culture within de context s-politics."

SMART CITY MISSION: New Urban Paradigm of Imagination or Perception

The recent time has seen the shift in urban planning concerns of our cities, especially second tier cities. The emerging paradigm...