What do you feel about the new international aesthetic that is so rampant in the world of design? Does it compromise the local essence of design? Share your thoughts.
Good Architecture and design should addresses various issues and integrate them into the design successfully by using technology to their benefit. Issues such as reducing the carbon footprint of the building, use of local material, context of the building with respect to its surroundings etc.
The climatic conditions in our country are quite different from the west. One of the biggest challenges that we face for most buildings in our country is how to keep the heat out so that the cost of energy spent cooling the building can be reduced. Hence glass facades that absorb heat are definitely not the solution.
This challenge is an interesting one actually allows the architect to express himself very differently and create architecture that is unique to the tropical climate that we live in.
But the unfortunate thing in many cases is that the client likes to dominate his views without always knowing what goes into making a building successful. A replica of the empire states building that a lot of Indian clients dream of creating is not a sustainable solution for the Indian climate and the context.