Travel, as I have often said to my colleagues, is an excellent means to explore and understand architecture, especially if that has to do with regional values. Last year, after having missed many earlier opportunities to do so, I finally visited the sites of great architectural works of the Mughal Dynasty in India. For most people, the Taj Mahal is a household word. For me it had always been the fore-runner of an argument that mosques and mausoleums are not the same and hence their formal structures cannot share in the semiology employed by modern day designers of religious buildings in the light of Bob Venturi’s “decorated shed” paradigm. [Read more…] about A peek into the timeless past of Mughal architecture in India
I love ruins. They tell the otherwise untold. Be it a story of destruction of the haughty by an Almighty Power or the simple exposition of how the ancients lived and built, the ruins of the past say it all. Modern man struggles with the art of “building” in the sense that gives it a purpose larger than life, [Read more…] about What Ruins Tell
Architecture at its best is composition. By that, I mean that whatever humans build provides punctuation marks in nature, somewhat like the punctuation marks that give grammatical composition to prose. [Read more…] about Reflections On Architecture
If one could imagine Gotham City in the Arabian Gulf, they would undoubtedly think of Dubai, the once quiet fishing and trading port in the United Arab Emirates. Until its financial [Read more…] about Modernity in the architecture of Dubai – Utopian Fantasy or Monumental Folly?
Akin to hunting tools and caves, architecture by virtue of its sheltering aspect is a human artifact of use. Ultimately, architects are concerned with building places for a purpose. For architects to build with conviction, it is important that they develop a philosophy of “building”. [Read more…] about Architecture – The Oldest Human Artifact
In this era, perhaps what first comes to mind is the image of a place full of the hustle and bustle of daily life with people, buildings, roads and vehicles all clustered together in a way that overwhelm the individual. Perhaps, it is a place one is most familiar with. However, the question still remains as to what constitutes a “city”. I questioned this many years ago while residing in the sprawling suburbs of Washington DC, searching for a more figurative explanation on the subject. [Read more…] about ON CITIES (Just what is a city?)