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Unfold the past. Create the future.

Unfold the past. Create the future.

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Unfold the past. Create the future.
Man, a creature formed by the union of body and soul is a perennial symbol of theuniverse and encompasses all its elements within. He visualizes, he smells, he tastes, hehears, he touches, he thinks and he creates. He created the fundamentals of a space torelinquish his urge to interact, socialize and exist comfortably. Man is the architect of hisown dreams when it comes to creating homes out of thatch to creating marvels out of stone and floating civilizations. Our past, like a shadow has constantly inspired andenriched us to create. We still wonder with awe upon the cities like Harappa,Mohenjodaro or Machu Picchu, their extensive use of brick and the ‘super advanced’drainage system. Modern day dome structures had their construction techniques inspiredby the cow dung heaps. We still follow a vernacular approach towards creation of a space.We respect our past and celebrate it. One can compare a human to a tree with the rootdepicting our past, trunk our presentand the foliage our future. Ourculture, traditions and all knowledgeencompassed through generationsconstitute our past, which move inthrough our present to shape ourfuture. What is our present today hasbeen gradually evolved from our pastsince the beginning of time. Man hasinferred from past and modified it interms with his needs, thus glorifyingit.“The past is our definition.
 
We maystrive, with good reason, to escape it,or to escape what is bad in it, but wewill escape it only by addingsomething better to it.
 
The traditions and culture influence a space and its language to a significant extent. As alanguage is associated with the identity of the speaker, spatial language is defined by itsuser, the way he uses and behaves in it. Baolis in Rajasthan and Gujarat were step-wellscreated by the rulers to deal with water scarcity during summers. People, especially ladiesused to gather there to collect water and sit for hours chatting. The space in itself provided a cool and shady atmosphere and became a principal gathering spot for thevillagers. As a result, it was started to be recognized as an important feature and thevillage was associated with it, with all important functions like marriages, havans
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performed in the premises. The very language of the Baoli i.e. its basic function wasinfluenced by the traditional practices and the socio cultural scenario and was modifiedfor common good.A common man perceives a space through his sensory organs and associates with it asense of belonging, comfort and security. A space has a tremendous psychologicalimprint on the mind of a human and he tries to relate to it on the values of its aesthetics,color and functionality. A common man cannot relate to elements he is not accustomedwith. In our modern world, most of the spaces we use have been designed by architects,urban planners and their ilk. They discuss topics such as rhythm, form, proportion,harmony etc. and treat architecture as it was merely some abstract substance. Beforeprofessionalism, the design and creation of a space was a more vernacular and socialprocess seamlessly integrated with all other aspects of a culture. But modernist erainevitably led architects away from their consumers. Today’s “Architectural myopia”explains the often disastrous attempts that architects have made to fashion urbanschemes for entire neighborhoods and cities. Architects do not see how certain designsdisconnect and isolate people and create hostile environments that cannot be shared.Every profession su
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carpenter with a hammer, who sees every problem as a nail. Architects may only have aparticularly strong variety of this narrowed view. In that sense, “architectural myopia”may prove to be a helpful model to explain some of the things that have gone wrong withthe built environment. At a time when we are faced with economic challenges, decliningurban health, resource depletion, climate change and a host of other ills, it seems theseissues are not trivial. The desires and gut reactions of the community are the veryessence of a great, living city, as opposed to a banal and dysfunctional one. Thedysfunction of such image-based urban places — sadly all too common in the post-warera — is what has sent many people fleeing for the suburbs, with their simplistic ideas of retreat into a private garden recently seen in cities like Delhi in India.“The work we do is no longer reinforcing but I would say that any accumulation iscounterproductive, to the point that each new addition reduces the sum’s value.” 
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-Rem KoolhaasArchitecture is surely a strong yet subtle medium of expression representing the feelingsand expressions of an entire generation. Taj Mahal, a makbara built by Mughal EmperorShah Jahan in remembrance of his wife Mumtaz Mahal still stands tall as the greatestepitome of love and a symbol of the city of Agra and its people. Even after years since itsconstruction, this architectural marvel imparts a sense of belonging to the people of India. The economy of the people of Agra is indelibly supported by the Taj and it servedas the epicenter for the development around.
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