Monday, October 8, 2012


Walking past the model for the Beerwah Home in Kashmir that Vipul's been working on I stopped seduced by its promise.
The logic of the massing made sense right from the time we'd first thought of it and now the roof seemed to accentuate the intent.
I felt genuinely happy about where it's at.

But most of you in the studio know that already.

My intention in writing this is not to reiterate how good this project could be but is just a commentary based on two incidents.

The first incident, a question that Vami asked about a week ago about how I'd arrived at the planning idea of the Beerwah project.

The second a panel discussion I was asked to sit on with my friends Nuru and Kalhan, on and at the launch of a book entitled 'Cyber Architecture'.

The narration of the two incidents is intended to document the recursive search and discovery that our design process involves and the rhetoric on the range of tools that we might use.

My response to the first question that day was a pragmatic enumeration of the sequence of thoughts that got us where we were but the genesis of the scheme could be summed up in two words 'reduction and overlap'. Through reducing and overlapping we increased efficiency of the program and were able to discover the arrangement that centers the entire project.

There was a professor of mine who once told me that its not necessary for a concept to happen at the beginning of the project. A comment that in my mind firstly needs an admission of not knowing and secondly the beginning of a search. A search to find what the project wants to become.

I think one thing that all our projects have in common is the liberation of the project from the weight of  what we 'know' and the second a search for what  the project wants to be.

(The above mentioned professor FYI, gave up architecture to become an Amway dealer, so I'm not sure if I actually understood the statement in the way that he'd meant it)

More on 'Cyber Architecture' to follow..

- SP

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