Lalita Tha­rani & Ar. Mu­jib Ahmed, Col­lab­o­ra­tive Ar­chi­tec­ture

Col­lab­o­ra­tive Ar­chi­tec­ture

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Did we, as a na­tion, lose the op­por­tu­nity to be the de­sign leader and drive innovation across com­mu­ni­ties?

We were the in­cu­ba­tor of mod­ernist ar­chi­tec­ture, with one of its largest ex­per­i­ments that un­folded in Chandi­garh with Louis Kahn, IIM, Ahmedabad. Whether the en­su­ing decades leapfrogged In­dian ar­chi­tec­ture to a pur­ported greater height is de­bat­able. The dis­cus­sion is not about those icons as ap­pro­pri­ate for In­dia, but, did we, as a na­tion, lose the op­por­tu­nity to be the de­sign leader and drive innovation across com­mu­ni­ties?

One could re­call Steve Woznick’s re­cent re­mark of In­dia, as a na­tion, lack­ing cre­ativ­ity be­cause of our well doc­u­mented aver­sion to risk tak­ing. We aren’t paint­ing a pes­simistic view of the sce­nario. We did have iso­lated pock­ets of de­sign innovation, which re­ally got the world’s at­ten­tion, but, col­lec­tively, we have a lot more to achieve, given our po­ten­tial.

With tech­nol­ogy, we could do com­plex projects within a rea­son­able cost-time frame work. Tech­nol­ogy also drives col­lab­o­ra­tions at mul­ti­ple lev­els across the pro­fes­sion. It also drives ex­treme trans­parency in the oth­er­wise closed sys­tem. The tra­di­tional ma­te­ri­als like brick, stone, bam­boo, mud, and tim­ber are here to stay, while the ma­te­rial science is go­ing to drive ma­te­rial innovation to new lev­els in the com­ing decade. Con­struc­tion tech­niques like Pre­cast, PEB, Dry­wall, etc would, to some ex­tent, com­press the time of con­struc­tion, and would be able to de­liver bet­ter qual­ity fin­ished build­ings. A word of cau­tion though, as these tech­nolo­gies are highly mod­u­lar in na­ture, and more of­ten than not, re­sult in a drab pile of boxes. It is high time that we make housing a fun­da­men­tal hu­man right in our coun­try and col­lec­tively strive to meet the goal in the next 10 years. Live­able cities should be our pri­or­ity as 70 per­cent of the coun­try’s pop­u­la­tion is go­ing to be con­cen­trated in our ur­ban cen­tres.

Re­flected To­pog­ra­phy- BGRT, Ban­ga­lore

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