Learning From The Master #12 – Roots of Indian Architects

OMAH Architecture Library kindly want to invite you Restless Spirits to one of our Learning From Master session.
Last time we had learnt from one of India’s Master Architect, Laurie Baker. Well, Baker not the only one obviously to make his mark in community. While Baker made his ideal prominently in South India, these masters had their services somewhere else in India, even around the globe.
This time we are going to learn from 3 Architects, also India-based architect. They were born at the same period, but uniquely took a different career path on their lives as an architect, yet still left a similar huge presence in terms of their influences and ideology to the society. They could be few from a lot of people that were set the foundation of Indian Architect’s broad impact to the global community.

We present you;
“Roots of Indian Architecture” ————————————————

Nari Gandhi was oftenly recounted his experience on a strawberry patch that Frank Llyod Wright had put him in charge of. Gandhi spent 5 summers growing strawberries that were bigger and more delicious than the previous one. He noted this experience as “strawberriness”, a concept he interpreted for his organic-style architecture.
*(Jalia, Aftab Amirali (2008). Refiguring the Sketch: The Nari Gandhi Cartographic. M.Sc unpublished thesis, MIT, Cambridge)

Balkhrisna Doshi once answered in one of the interviews.
“When I got there I found they were discussing Chandigarh. I also found I was the only Indian present, and so I was asked a lot of questions – “What is the meaning of Chandigarh?” and so on. This encouraged me to ask if I could get a chance to work on the project. Maybe, I was told, but Le Corbusier is a very difficult man to work with.”

Charles Correa: “Back then when i started practicing, India was a fresh country, that’s a wonderful feeling that everything is going to change and we will have a new way of life. Thats why they built the chandigarh, the idea was put by the prime minister Nehru, he said “dont look at the past, i want you to build the city of the future” and i think Le Corbusier astounded by it. Sounded incredibly naive today but i think it’s wonderful.”
*(Angela Brady interviews Charles Correa, 2013)

We gladly welcome all of the restless spirits to join all the lectures on 5th December, Saturday 2015 at 10.00 am, and to discuss and to exchange ideas, thoughts about the topics. Presented by Rezki Dikaputera. This short course will only provide 25 seats maximum.

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