Time, the eternal witness. The one without a beginning or an end. One that heals all yet waits for none. Time is what it takes for the flower to bloom, for the fruit to fall, for the harvest to ripen, for adolescence to mature, for a novice to harden and for youth to mellow. Yet, it remains mysteriously intangible, unsurmountable. Many have tried to explore the mysteries of this inescapable dimension; mathematicians and litterateurs, scientists and musicians, poets and astronauts have been trying to master the understanding of time since time immemorial, and will probably continue their search till the end of time! This piece follows the explorations of two artistic time travellers, contemporary artists from diverse regions of the world who have articulated the passage of time through their own completely disparate art forms. French artist Hubert le Gall and Indian ‘Banksy’ graffiti artist Daku articulate a calendar and a clock in the language of art.
The practice of architecture is constantly on the lookout for new languages of articulation. Through newer materials or different interpretations of the same; through experimental play with colours, shapes and volumes; through the use of new technologies, a new aesthetic is constantly being sought out. This endeavour, that makes architecture out of mere buildings, is on flamboyant display in two projects by French architects Jakob and MacFarlene. The Orange Cube (2011) and Euronews (2015), both buildings located at Lyons emerge from a common conceptual genus with differing morphology. They seem to have initiated what might be a series of similarly conceptualised structures that show the potential for more playful evolutions in future.
A tastefully designed white haven, a finely detailed marvel, a beautiful specimen of elegant material palette; these are just a few words that describe a minimalist house designed by architect Sachin Agshikar. An architect known for his work of substance, utilitarian architecture and site-driven approach, he upholds it all and more by means of this stunning residence in Ahmedabad. The subtle yet asserting interiors of this humble abode, will blow your mind away.
Trupti Doshi's phenomemal achievements help us end the month's celebration of women, with a bang!
The architect's unperturbed and impactful foray into the very core of sustainable building practices across a panoramic Indian landscape, personifies whatever TFOD stands for as a bright, intelligent, sensitive, hopeful, dependable and successful vision for the future of the design field. Young, gentle and dynamic Trupti was fortunate to have found her calling early on as a student when she felt strongly propelled towards the narrative of alternative building practices and realized that those practices should soon cease to be ‘alternatives’ and required mainstreaming urgently. Her practice, based in Auroville (Puducheri) and Mumbai, has seen an evidently successful commitment to this alternative narrative, with her leading the international programme of Sri Aurobindo Society as Chief Co-Architect and a building she designed being recognised by the United Nations Environment Programme as a model for sustainable architecture in India.
Are we talking about a hotel that offers a view of conflict-asserting concrete dividers instead of scenic oceans, of strife-ridden territory in place of misty mountainous terrain? Is that even inviting? Well, that is precisely what this Mediterranean hotel offers – “the worst view in the world”! Yes, we are talking about provocative and elusive British graffiti artist Banksy’s latest project – The ‘Walled Off Hotel’ in Bethlehem, West bank, Palestine. Having made a publicly renowned career out of secretly painting graffiti over walls in various cities in the dead of the night for people to wake up to awareness of social ills that surround them, Banksy’s complete true identity remains a mystery. But, he has already taken his artistic form of protest to the next level by way of this hotel in the heart of the world’s oldest and most permanently conflicted region. ‘If you don’t like it, paint over it’, he always urges, and that is exactly what he has done to conflict besieged Bethlehem.
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