Gur­jit Singh Matha­roo, Matha­roo As­so­ci­ates

Matha­roo As­so­ci­ates

MGS Architecture - - Changing Face of Indian Architecture -

The mas­sive up­ward trend in ar­chi­tec­ture is in terms of qual­ity of de­sign, ex­per­i­men­ta­tions with ma­te­ri­als/forms, and un­con­ven­tional ap­proaches to stan­dard prob­lems.

The days of the grand­mas­ters as undis­puted lead­ers is de­clin­ing, and there is beau­ti­ful work hap­pen­ing around the world; so cen­ters are fi­nally shift­ing. Coun­tries not la­belled ‘first world’ are do­ing work that is sen­si­tive to hu­man oc­cu­pa­tion, emo­tion­ally charged, and re­act­ing to re­gional con­cerns. The ra­tio of mean­ing­ful to in­sen­si­tive de­sign is mov­ing up through the ages and that is a pos­i­tive. The mas­sive up­ward trend in ar­chi­tec­ture is in terms of qual­ity of de­sign, ex­per­i­men­ta­tions with ma­te­ri­als/forms and un­con­ven­tional ap­proaches to stan­dard prob­lems. The world is slowly shed­ding its in­hi­bi­tions with the best pos­si­ble re­sults.

The eco­nomic surge has cre­ated a lot of po­ten­tial for ar­chi­tects to­day. How­ever, sen­si­ble ar­chi­tec­ture al­ways comes in af­ter the first and im­me­di­ate rush, like a starv­ing man at a buf­fet, to do any­thing that has now be­come pos­si­ble. Yes, it is al­ways a con­cern that be­fore this sen­si­bil­ity awak­ens, we would have al­ready de­stroyed many cities, and for a long time to come.

Un­like other an­i­mals, hu­man oc­cu­pa­tion in build­ings de­stroys that part of our lim­ited earth for­ever. There­fore; this in­her­ently de­struc­tive process must be made as creative as pos­si­ble! ‘Sus­tain­abil­ity’ has been fre­quently dis­cussed, but do not take con­cepts at face value – like a hy­brid car es­tab­lished as the most pol­lut­ing ve­hi­cle, cot­ton the worst eco choice amongst fab­rics, and agri­cul­ture the most de­struc­tive ac­tiv­ity on earth –cur­rent ideas on sus­tain­abil­ity may be com­pletely warped and re­quire to be looked at afresh.

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