Saturday, March 29, 2014


The known Indian English writer Kushwant Singh position in public domain would remain unoccupied even if he had departed at 150. He is known as a writer in slightly formal way, but would more formally known as editor and journalist. However he never claimed to remain clamped in formality box because he has attained his image through aggressive writing on social, cultural habits and customs of our society with wit imagination and nascent promise.

In less formal sense he was a not a critical writer but could bring essence in his powerful wit and narratives. The book title “The Sex, Scotch & Scholarship” intended to portray the contradictory relic of our values and institutions with sarcasm and imaginary stories. On other side he could write wit on his own and community without any encumbrance or religious historical treatise.

A proud shikh, but staunch satirist and blatantly outspoken. He could relentlessly criticize the policy on golden temple attack or react by returning the highest citizen award. These are perhaps the imagination of  freewill writer, who believed that free to react, free to democratize, free to renounce. He supported the emergency but reacted sharply on policy of communal politics.

He remained subservient to Illustrated Weekly for many years, but never did he once change his opinion or reaction on anything that once he reacted upon. As matter of fact he gave new lease life to the magazine and demonstrated that how journalism can be instrumental in setting up democratic space. He engaged the various opinions on one issues, in spite of being varied and opposite, by various groups and class. 

He would make mockery of himself by stating that if one sends post card stating address ..KS, Bastard, India… I am sure I would get it without delay…. His important publications were “ Train to Pakistan” & History of Sikhs”, of course the last four line that he wrote on himself few years back” Thank lord, he is dead, this sun of a gun”.  Perhaps a parody & tribute to Sardar with smile.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


The fourth year jury was refreshing from the point of view of change of scale of projects. It enables to comprehend the contextual complexity,  micro-urbanism & resultant architecture. After reviewing the 10 presentation it was perhahps clear that architecture can not be afforded to get relegated to an object anymore. The distinction between regional and modern are always at conflict somehow. The resolution of both may be an ideal conditions. The regional is an condition that is embedded in our context and modernism that needs to be dealt with. I think we are exactly doing the reverse: modernism is assumed to be embedded and imagined that regional that we can deal with. The resultant manifestation is not unknown but our inquiry is still seems to be strangely obscured & contaminated with imagined elsewhereness.

The two projects were worthy of note, one with the clear diagram of reinforcing the main road axis and other axis  align with jetty. The resultant form was linear for functional articulation dotted with public spaces. The project had tremendous clarity and had clean urban gesture.

The second project was re-adavptive use of industrial sheds. The alignment of ramp with open space and connection of two old sheds with wrapped movement system, programmatic shelf inserted within are clear indication that architecture with small "a" seeking transition in context. The project demonstrated skill and spatial qualities. 

The quality architecture always has few properties and no matter where, 
Architecture as simple diagram representing context.
The depth of facade
The articulated perforation and spaces
The articulation of wall and roof.

The stylistic overlaying of distinct imagery and programmatic intervention does not amount to a progressive synthesis of contemporary condition of our architecture and cities.

Monday, March 24, 2014


The house is an expression of self imagination of mended undefined reality. The view that imagined to be framed by the window is a corollary to the desired views. The views and viewed are hinged on subconscious activity of mind. The view changes with intense distraction of what is viewed, the existence of window oscillates in ideality. The architecture of house is a subject of window whose existence depends on view and viewed. The subject of architecture and object of window is dichotomy of corollary house. The door that hinged in time, opens in anticipation, the window that frames the unframed in seeking ideality, forms a propelling device that drives the imagination of child. Which in turn pushing emotional and psychological depths of self and space to splintered corollary process.

The framed and frame of stilted space, seamless ground, bridging the intimacy of open and close is an outrageous imagination of child whose aspiration is to write manuscripts of delightful living space. The pilotis defies the corollary of house but subconscious mind builds its subjective truth in fleeting and uncontrollable world. The dream sequence of seamless space and elevated reality continues to be a constructed & forming an enduring image.

The idea of view and viewed continues to be overpowering idea of purity and realism. The chaotic existence brings up sudden calmness and idea of space looses in boundary. The hereness and thereness brings rare freshness to the teen’s imaginations who constantly struggled for its physical space existence. The directness of child attention is fused in passionate spatiality of endlessness. The space brings the object of thereness and subject of hereness, morphed into a strange relation of less is more. The corollary house is strange blend of seamless ground plane and boundless space.

The view and viewed corollary is an invasive percept of framed and frame. The struggles of writing and reading bring the dynamism of uncontaminated space construct. The views and viewed properties of window is subverted and forcing conscious mind move into the realm of orderlessness and unaesthetic corollary. The house determined to proclaim its poetic and formal independence. The corollary house is in state of confused tectonics yet excited with courage of furious motion.

The seamlessness and frame/ framed relation come to complete halt at edge. The clamped framed and frames are unprecedently morphed with time. The precision of time is encompassing the formal invention of house, weathering defines the character of stoicness and space limits folds in itself. The dream sequence of child begins to dwell on dematerialization of self and object. The seamlessness and bounded less condition morphed into the new reality of framed and frame of unseen. The corollary house continues to build as an assemblage of images in a peculiarly silent domain of shadowless world.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


A local train journey reveals different city altogether. It is quite surprising to witness the tidal wave of development surfacing in the horizon while blocks of building remain dilapidated in most of the cases. The stretch between Andheri to Goregaon, from Kandivali till Bhayander, once can clearly imagined the the diverse as well as conflicting social and cultural corollary. The new economic restructuring has resulted in contradictory condition of margin peripherals and dominant centers.

 The city appears clearly as landscape of margins and dominance across the horizon. The rail journey portrays the valuable account of unaccounted part of our city. The profit and investment aspiration is an archetypal urban culture arising from imagined globalizing process.   Such part of marginal city is depriving from such imagined global processes and left over visual characteristic of blocks delineates the contrived notation of being abandoned.

Along the tracks is also the wealth of railway architecture, with immense architectural characteristics, subscribing the wonderful weathering of time. The foot over bridges, railway signal cabins, guard office block, load bearing bridges, railway stations are some of the artifacts of railways, demonstrating the rare freshness of engineering domain of architecture. 

The landscape of city through railway offers the complete new dimensions of overlaps of ideas intertwines of knowledge, intersection of aspirational path, amounting to be a complete city of buildings, tainted with destined texture and engraved in imagination of being abandoned. 


The history of built architecture has produced tremendous amount of knowledge, validating and criticizing their existence, howeve...