Closure Review Feedback

Photographs: Sukhmani Brar, Siddharth Singh, Abhinav Pandey & Ketki Bhaskar Reviews: Kindness, Curiosity & Conversations In my engagement with the regular academic processes of interior design & architecture since the beginning of 2019, I have been emphasising on the use of the term ‘review’ instead of the prevalent ‘jury.’ Architectural pedagogy has for long adhered to a counter-productive closure of studio processes in the form … Continue reading Closure Review Feedback

Four Designs for a Place for Performance

Although the four designs are hypothetical, they have emerged in response to real conditions of the sites and participants’ experiences. All four projects are definitely realisable. If my assertion betrays some doubt it is because I do have some. Not about the practicality of the projects. The designs, in fact, are very practical. I have been wondering throughout the process: ‘Why don’t such places exist?’ Of course, they do, but not enough to become recognisable as a common entity and experience in our daily lives. The question does turn out to be one of daily life, specifically pertaining to the urban middle class context. Our post-industrial socio-economic model is one of outsourcing: care of children and elderly, healthcare, food production and preparation, education, life events and rituals, culture, memory… Almost every need of our lives is catered to by providers of goods and services. In fact, that seems to be the promise and bedrock of urban life.  Continue reading Four Designs for a Place for Performance

Synthesis in the Creative Process

Be it design or visual or performing arts, we are working with multiple ideas to address multiple needs. All these ideas need to come together into a space for design, graphic and performative interventions. Further, the ideas need to converse with each other as well as the context of space they inhabit. The diverse ideas need to negotiate and reconcile with each other and the space that frames them. What follows is the adaptation of the ideas in terms of their form or sequence and relative positions or a combination of these. Continue reading Synthesis in the Creative Process

Towards a Performance

I believe that it’s very important for spatial designers to engage in theatrical and performative exercises to become aware of the subconscious exchanges between bodies, spaces/ spatial elements & people. We explored this creative process through various smaller exercises which were successively integrated into a very short performance.  Story Narration Participants were asked to re-collect instances which triggered or the memories which were triggered by … Continue reading Towards a Performance

Morning Rituals

The morning routine of individual centring through drawings in Phase-1 was replaced with collective embodied work in Phase-2. I used a mix of my warming up and stretching exercises, with Pranayam (focused breathing from yoga), followed by a ball game and then exercises in movement; ending the first session with Savasana (focused relaxation exercise from Yoga). This hour-long routine is intended to centre the participants not only with respect to their mind and body, but also in relation to each other and the space. I believe this to be an essential beginning to the day as we proceed into the design of a place for performance. Continue reading Morning Rituals

Design Pedagogy for a Place for Performance

This program carries a dual ambition made acute by the circumstances triggered by the pandemic: 1. Designing a place for performance2. Facilitating the design process through multidisciplinary engagements The realisation of both ambitions demands attention to the common constituent ecology of emotions and their embodiment within the self as well as with others. The process began with the application itself: preparing the participants for the … Continue reading Design Pedagogy for a Place for Performance

Performance: What could a backyard park be ?

Since there are a lot of already pre-existing homes facing my site. I would like to turn part of each home into an offering for this performance place. It could be someone’s stilt, another’s the rear lobby, someone’s cantilevered balcony and another’s plinth. I imagine this place to maintain its rustic feeling and one should feel the density of vegetation they are surrounded by. Taking … Continue reading Performance: What could a backyard park be ?