Kai­wan Mehta

Domus - - EDITORIAL -

The con­tem­po­rary is the ac­tive space of mak­ing and think­ing, con­stantly in a state of flux and re­view, of pro­duc­tion and re-draw­ing… and to mea­sure this pulse — the many states of tran­si­tion and for­ma­tion, as well as un-shap­ing — was a cru­cial task for these pages. One has al­ways hoped that the pages of the mag­a­zine are a li­brary of time in mo­tion, and a mir­ror to the states of time in tran­si­tion as well as shap­ing ma­te­rial and ide­o­log­i­cal worlds. The con­tem­po­rary in In­dia is of cru­cial im­por­tance, not only be­cause this is the po­lit­i­cal and so­cial con­text we live and work in to­day, but be­cause in many ways, it rep­re­sents the turns and shifts in the world at large. The con­tem­po­rary is not as a set of events in In­dia, but as a set of un­mapped hap­pen­ings, the im­pulses to pro­duce ma­te­rial worlds within this sub­con­ti­nent, the up­heavals in eco­nom­ics and po­lit­i­cal sce­nar­ios, are all putting us in test­ing times, and to mea­sure and map these through ar­chi­tec­ture and de­sign has in­deed been a fas­ci­nat­ing and re­veal­ing jour­ney. We hope to carry on with this jour­ney, through fur­ther reflections and in­ter­ac­tions with schol­ars and thinkers, who con­trib­ute to these pages in var­i­ous ways, help­ing ex­pand the dis­course on aes­thet­ics and love, hu­man­ity and de­sign, van­ity and his­tory — draw­ing in not only from the world of ar­chi­tec­ture but also po­etry, cinema, lit­er­a­ture, art and much more.

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