Sachin Ban­duk­wala & Ar. Melissa Smith, Ban­duk­smith Stu­dio

Ban­duk­smith Stu­dio

MGS Architecture - - Changing Face of Indian Architecture -

There may be more ease of im­port­ing new tech­nolo­gies now, but it still comes at a very steep cost.

It is dif­fi­cult to make char­ac­ter­i­za­tions about In­dia as a whole, as there is al­ready such vari­a­tion within the coun­try. De­pend­ing upon where we work and with whom, we can use state of the art tech­nol­ogy, or ex­tremely sim­ple con­struc­tion tech­niques. There is cer­tainly ref­er­ence to out­side in­flu­ences, but we would ar­gue that those ref­er­ences have ex­isted for cen­turies, and are noth­ing new. The ease of im­port­ing new tech­nolo­gies may be what is chang­ing, how­ever, it still comes at a very steep cost rel­a­tive to the cost of lo­cal con­struc­tion.

The power of tech­nol­ogy lies in its ca­pac­ity to test op­ti­miza­tions of var­i­ous sorts.

Our of­fice has al­ways used Rhino for project con­cep­tu­al­iza­tion. Its power is in its ca­pac­ity not only as a tool for vi­su­al­iza­tion, but also as a plat­form to test op­ti­miza­tions of var­i­ous sorts, whether they be re­lated to ma­te­rial qual­i­ties, modes of pro­duc­tion, or sys­tem­iza­tion of con­struc­tion, for ex­am­ple.

Stone as a load bear­ing el­e­ment and brick that is ex­posed, are po­ten­tial rein­ven­tions.

Cur­rently, there is room for all tra­di­tional ma­te­ri­als like brick, stone, bam­boo, mud, and tim­ber, so it is not a ques­tion of whether some are com­ing back or not, but to what end are they used. Stone and brick are ba­sic ma­te­ri­als for many build­ings. But stone as a load bear­ing el­e­ment and brick that is ex­posed, are po­ten­tial rein­ven­tions that hark back to pre­vi­ous con­struc­tion norms.

As labour costs in­crease, labour-in­ten­sive prac­tices at site will nec­es­sar­ily re­duce.

The land­scape in In­dia is in­cred­i­bly di­verse, so com­ment­ing on whether con­struc­tion tech­niques like Pre­cast, PEB, Dry­wall, etc will be­come the ‘norm in In­dia’ would over­look many com­plex­i­ties of vari­a­tions to ac­cess in ur­ban and ru­ral ar­eas, and even between met­ro­pol­i­tan ur­ban and tier cities.

Tower House res­i­dence, Ahmedabad

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