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Architects reveal what their designs on Mumbai’s landscape mean

The architects emphasised the need to share space in our cities

mumbai Updated: Feb 06, 2018 00:17 IST
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Architect Akshat Bhatt at a session on Monday.
Architect Akshat Bhatt at a session on Monday.(Supreet Sapkal/HT)

How do architects respond to a rapidly changing cityscape? How does their work reflect changes in technology, demography and law? These were some of the questions posed to architects at Monday’s urban design and architecture sessions held as part of the Hindustan Times Kala Ghoda Arts Festival.

Delhi-based Akshat Bhatt of Architecture Discipline, Biju Kuriakose of the Chennai-based architectureRED discussed their design philosophy and their experiences in the field with moderator Kaiwan Mehta.

“When designing a project, the foremost concern for my team and I is to decide how a building can engage with its occupants while embracing sustainability,” Bhatt said. “We try to do this by incorporating elements of local topography and architecture, allowing as much natural light and air in as possible. This pushes you to design the kinds of structures that will capture the public imagination,” he added.

Kuriakose emphasised the need to share space in our cities. “Where government bylaws should be facilitating collective living, they segregate the limited land available,” he said. “India has 17% of the world’s population, but only 2% of its land. We need to find ways to organise this density. Emphasis should be put on creating social infrastructure instead of individual projects.”

Architects do not function in a vacuum, Mehta said. “Their work reflects the changes India is undergoing, and the challenges we face.”

Among the audience was Ameya Kaulaskar, an architect and philosophy student. “I have been following Akshat Bhatt’s work for a long time,” he said. “The most striking thing about it is its articulation. His use of natural resources is not about editing for the sake of editing. It’s not about being modern or being traditional. It’s about making the best use of what the space has to offer.”