Design process

My design process comprised of trying many fragmented things and then tying the explorations of those fragments. Performances: From Gondhal, Bharud and Lavani (Tamasha) Gondhal I the only performance which still is weaved with traditions and everyday life of the people. Bharud and Lavani have taken the place in the stage performance. Even if there is no proscenium, a temporary stage is built for Bharud … Continue reading Design process

The garden for performance

I imagine this place to be a practice hub for budding artists.  This place is to be there for the young to get acquainted with different performing arts and if interested, be a part of it and explore. The site thus chosen was amidst the institutional area hoping the place would introduce young minds to the world of performing arts! The site already lures a … Continue reading The garden for performance

Emotive Collage

A very intriguing question emerged from the discussions around the process of the collage. Even small forms presented in two or three dimensions are very nuanced and layered in the facets that they share information through: material & texture, light and shadow, colour and form.  Imagine how complex then is the creation of a space, which, in addition to the qualities enumerated above, also includes the dimension of inhabitation (enveloped by the elements making the space) and time (movement and pause). Such complexity can be overwhelming. Continue reading Emotive Collage

Program for a garden of performance

The program was inspired by the readings and videos which we discussed during the period of residency and from the study of the performing arts specific to our community. After studying Gondhal and Lavani and Bharud I realized that for any of these performances there need to be explorations in a group as well as individual explorations. Following are some areas in which creative explorations … Continue reading Program for a garden of performance

What’s there in the backyard parks of Rohini?

Me: Ye jagah koi use nahi karta hai, hum ise apna adda bana sakte hai. Mohak(my childhood friend, whose house was beside park in images below) : Pata hai mummy ne bataya tha yaha saanpp bhi ghoomte hai. Yaha nahi khelna chahiye. Me: This park is visible from my house’s balcony. The back gates of other people’s homes open to this well-shaded space. We had … Continue reading What’s there in the backyard parks of Rohini?

Mapping Inhabitation

A significant and ambitious part of understanding the site and context of a design intervention is the mapping of one’s emotional association with various parts of the site. To carry out such a mapping we need to look beyond the transactional aspects of the site and design such as entrance, toilets, offices, cafe and so on. Ascribing only functions to the various areas and locations disregards the human dimension of inhabitation. I categorise inhabitation into the following kinds, which perhaps encompass all states of our being in a space: Solitude – being alone (not necessarily lonely); Intimacy – being with another or in a small group; Congregation – being in a large group. One of the most important realisations following such a mapping of inhabitation is that not only do we acknowledge all that already exists on the site, but it also creates the opportunity of appreciating the existing elements and conditions and accommodating them within the design. Such accommodation is essential to an ecological architecture. Continue reading Mapping Inhabitation

The Site of Intervention

The four sites are essentially public spaces, actual or potential parks, waiting to be appropriated and turned into vibrant places for performance and public engagement. However, all four are very different in their context and character: Ketki’s site is a large redundant square between a multiplex and few office buildings in New Delhi’s Vikaspuri, Mugdha’s is a popular but unattended park in Ahedabad’s university area, Charvi’s is part of a vast manicured terrace garden and Prachi’s site is a park aggregating the backyards of a housing society in Delhi’s Rohini. Continue reading The Site of Intervention

How do we inhabit a space?

On a Monday morning, over a zoom call, we started by understanding how a space is inhabited. What are the various scales of interaction that unfold in a space? What are those distinct types of space requirements that our being needs for different interactions to happen? Solitude(Myself)      Intimacy( You + me= Us)       Congregation (We) For me, a State of solitude is a truly vulnerable state … Continue reading How do we inhabit a space?