Being an Architect

Reflections on the profession, design, art, books and life in general
FEB

14

2016

The purpose of Art

....... is to inform and delight.

When we think about art (and art in its plurality), there are only a few artists who have serious impact in everyday life. Milton Glaser is one among them.

He is one of the most celebrated graphic designers in the United States. His work is easy to spot in a lineup -- it's simple, direct and clear, while leaping over conceptual boundaries, so that his work connects directly to the viewer like a happy virus. His best-known work may be the I [heart] N Y logo -- an image so ubiquitous, it's hard to believe there was a time when it didn't exist.

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JUL

18

2015

TRAVEL: Seagram Building, New York

Seagram Building (1954-58)

Architect: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Location: 375 Park AvenueNew York City

 

"Take the beautiful tower made of bronze that was erected in New York. It is a bronze lady, incomparable in beauty, but you know she has corsets for fifteen stories because the wind bracing is not seen. That which makes it an object against the wind which can be beautifully expressed, just like nature expresses the difference between the moss and the reed. The base of the building should be wider than the top, and the columns which are on top dancing like fairies, and the columns below growing like mad, dont have the same dimensions because they are not the same thing. This story if told from realization of form would make a tower more expressive of the forces. Even if it begins in its first attempts in design to be ugly it would be led to beauty by the statement of the form."

Louis Kahn

Original text from "Voice of america - Louis Kahn. Recorded November 19, 1960"

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JUN

27

2015

The power of an idea

Nothing is as exciting as an idea.

The power of an idea is the driving force for many design professionals. The contemporary architectural scene is shifting more towards idea-centric designs from the popular form-centric ones. 

But not everyday that you will witness a barrage of ideas..!

It was during mid May that I got a chance to visit the exhibition HOT TO COLD: an odyssey of architectural adaptation featuring the recent works by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group in the Great Hall inside Washington DC's National Building Museum. 

 

"I hadtaught myself that my work had to be fresh, different, seemingly outrageous. From then on, I understood that nothing is as exciting as an idea." George Lois

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AUG

11

2014

The brave act.

Take a while, and think for a minute. All the important decisions you took in your life;

Career

School

College

Football team

(Marriage)

Friends

Clients

..........

..........

 

Do you regret about any decisions? Do you regret of not being brave enough to take the right decision instead of the easy one?

If you are given a chance to redo all, will you be doing the same again? You may be able to retrieve the lost opportunities, build up the lost relationships, avoid dead ends, start doing what u love and are still passionate about...

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Labels: architecture career   Decision Making

JUN

06

2014

Golden Temple Entrance Plaza project

A visit to the holiest Sikh shrine in the world will not be the same again. The experience will be enriched by the much awaited entrance plaza which is about to get completed.

The entrance plaza is a befitting solution to the urban chaos existed at the entrance which attracts over 1 lakh visitors on the week days alone.

An international design competition was called for by Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board to redesign the entrance plaza of Golden Temple in Amritsar. Entries poured in from all over the world and after much deliberation, Punjab Government selected the design by Delhi based Architectural firm, Design Associates Inc., and rightly so.

The design proposal aims to address the shortcomings of the current structure whilst creating an urban focus. The architect explains the salient features of the proposal:

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