Cu­rated De­sign and Ar­chi­tec­tural Travel

Architecture + Design - - Contents - Text by: Mieke Winkel- Vullings

It is my plea­sure and hon­our to write a piece for this pub­li­ca­tion, that has care­fully se­lected Stu­dio Ar­chohm’s ini­tia­tive of Dtours In­dia – il­lus­trat­ing the in­tense travel ex­pe­ri­ence of ar­chi­tects and de­sign­ers of Ar­chohm and their guests.

While our world is get­ting smaller and smaller and it seems there are no more places to dis­cover, the hu­man urge to ex­plore unique ex­pe­ri­ences and to de­velop them­selves as in­di­vid­u­als con­tin­u­ously grows and grows. Imag­ine the in­creased qual­ity of life when ev­ery­one would have the same chances of dis­cov­er­ing ar­chi­tec­ture and de­vel­op­ing them­selves through travel.

And with travel, I am not re­fer­ring to an ex­ten­sive browse ex­pe­ri­ence. Es­pe­cially when it comes to find­ing ar­chi­tec­tural ob­jects, it might be tempt­ing to con­tent our­selves with a vir­tual jour­ney in search for in­spi­ra­tion. This may be help­ful in some oc­ca­sions, in stud­ies for in­stance, or when you are dy­ing to find out about a build­ing on the other side of the globe and you don’t have the op­tion to visit it; but even­tu­ally you need to visit the project, be­cause the fi­nal per­sonal judge­ment can only be made af­ter see­ing a build­ing or site with your own eyes, and the real- life ex­pe­ri­ence doesn’t match up with the on­line equiv­a­lent.

La tourette by Le Cor­bus­ier; Sketch by Chakri Bon­dada

Le Cor­bus­ier Dtour to Europe

Tadao Ando Dtour to Ja­pan

Dtour to Italy

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