Sunday, April 6, 2014

Projective Histories I

Projective Histories I

Within the city and yet without @Armenian Cemetery,  Surat
Laxity at Work @Sevasi Step Well Baroda

Post-independence our attitude to a material history has been either reverential i.e. disconnected from the everyday by deification or dismissive by abolition and laxity, we at  sP+a (Sameep Padora and Associates) are interested in History as a pedagogic instrument of estimation. 
Through our practice we argue for history as an instrument of projecting futures, where history becomes an evolving idea not an excuse for a static craft or program logic.

Jain Detail at the Sahar Masjid @Champaner

The history of the Metcalfe house includes its supposed origin from fragments of a temple to the tomb of  Quli Qutub Khan and finally as the summer home of Thomas Metcalfe, British Regent to India. @ Mehrauli Archaeological Park, New Delhi

This notion of projecting histories as a mode of instruction is not new; it has existed sporadically through our pre- colonial past. The formal synthesis of Islamic geometry and native craftsmanship in Mughal Architecture is well documented, but we believe this idea wasn’t and shouldn’t be limited to just additive embelishment.

Components of Muqarna Domes and their possible flexations @ sP+a 

Our practice tries to examine the tectonic of any embedded project type and pry it’s history open to interpretation through analysis so that we can sieve additional program though it’s meta-structure.  Thus the idea of a projective history is also an acknowledgement of evolutionary sophistication and innovation within manifestations of our cultural history.

Adjacency & Networks, Slim Cities in Bandra @Documentation sP+a

It is also within this format that Projective Histories become scalable, as a means to understand the city/urban form not just as a mutated object but as a constantly changing realization of networks that have tended to organize within the relational dynamics of the formal city. 

Latent potential of Human, Industrial & Material Resources

Waste Carpet Pavilion designed and built in collaboration with carpet layers @ sP+a 2010

So our projects also become a search for latent human skill and mechanical resources fast becoming redundant in our cities in an effort to cross fertilize the said skill as well as the potential built form it can produce.

Temple Of Steps, Neemuch, Madhya Pradesh @ sP+a

Void Court, Roddam House, Hyderabad @ sP+a

So whether it’s the reworking of a temple project type within the form of its image in memory or reassessing the traditional courtyard house our practice looks at historical and traditional types and projects their formal / relational history within the paradigms of current socio-economic and structural dynamic, not with the view of the original’s preservation but rather in the hope of its evolution.

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