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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