Prof. (Ar) Krishna Rao Jaisim-Fountainhead

Krishna Rao
A living city designed and created by humans for humans. All other formats of life are incidental and are in the scope only to add value of one shade or another to the charter of one's life. The planet as we have known, will undergo not just change but totally metamorphize to suit and fit the designed lifestyle. Design is inclusive of designation. The mind is master of matter. Ironically it is what it is because of matter?

Ekistics - the art and science of human settlements. People move from rural to urban - a phenomenon which is a process in human evolution. Lifestyles therefore change. The human being learns to observe adapt and adopt. Space from a large agrarian concept becomes more defined and concentrated. Cities must grow, and as they grow, they become denser and denser. This growth is also organic driven by technology, depending on the architecture.
Micro-intense urban inter-active hi-fi spaces with all facilities within a swipe or call is the need. The challenge demands a thinking that breaks known cultural barriers of lifestyle

Money, the measure of today's lifestyle drives urban living and work spaces and their design. It was an idealist dream to spread and occupy large spaces for the comfort of a leisure driven society in the past and in sparks even today. But the large overwhelming population has driven this aspiration for leisure to a different dimension. This aspiration to enjoy the luxury of hi-fi life in the comfort of one's personal dimension is becoming the scenario as the youth emerge as the main economic stimulators of tomorrow. They have no time to congregate and no space either. They work hard and intensely to reap the rewards of immediate earn and gain. Micro-intense urban inter-active hi-fi spaces with all facilities within a swipe or call is the need. The challenge demands a thinking that breaks known cultural barriers of lifestyle.

These new intense spaces are pushing architects to think in formats that never existed before. This possibility has been opened up by the achievements of technological innovation. The Structures, the Services and the Utilities with adaptability have changed the very metaphor of an architect's approach. Imagination, creativity and the ability to deliver are becoming the passwords. Who, what, why and when have redefined wealth as reflected in the urban scenario. The urban habitat has challenged so much that the dimensions of aesthetics, comfort and style have redefined space to change the architects perception beyond the accepted norms of imagination. Technology has played a dynamic role in this expression.

Future Of CitiesFuture Of Cities

Art smiles! Most objects of the present past age were functional and had no sense of aesthetics. Tomorrow has opened new windows and doors to a range of infinite styles of expression. Like a watch that is more a wrist ornament with dynamic uses than a measure of time, the entire lifestyle is seeking expressions. The intense urban scenario of thrills and exhibitionist performances seem one way out. Mile high towers are no longer dreams. But, what occupies these towers is an intense active network of human lifestyle. Here I must pause to reflect on many writings of novelists of fiction, who had boldly foretold a century ago that entertainment will be the main sustenance of human life style in the future. How true!

Anthrogenepolis then transforms into a habitat that is not only intense and multi-faceted but opens out large regions of open spaces and like an ant hill thrusts upwards and downwards and then inter connects with sub-ways and short hop flights.

Adventure finally arrives home. Architecture - the blender of art and technology - achieves this wholesome integration, which otherwise would and could have taken off to heights of horror and rule of fear by fear. But we are now at that edge of decision. Mankind has to race, but in that speed must not wreck itself. Regulations will come, rules will bind. Questions will be raised. Appropriateness will be questioned. Divisions will happen. The challenges are intense and the change must be accepted, otherwise the human evolution will descend to the dark ages. Barbarians will rule once again, as they are always threatening by numbers. Objective Political will must prevail. The Architects must rise to the fore – The future is in the abode of the skies. Take it on!

My personal sketches which were presented at an overseas international conference decades ago are today, revealing reality. 

Sustainability: A Solution to Contemporary Problems

Every era depicts its own style of architecture - affecting people’s lifestyle as well as the culture of that place. Traditional architecture was the result of a concentration of people in a location as the population was unevenly distributed and was concentrated more Read More ...

Courtyards: The Indoor Outdoor Connect

Architects are increasingly embracing the old wisdom of incorporating a courtyard in their design of residences and other housing projects, despite the space constraints and the growing demand for more infrastructure, in order to create a multi-use functional Read More ...

Transforming Complexity of Form to Simple Functionality

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Ar. Parul Zaveri Abhikram

I believe that ‘architectural style’ should be a response to the various climatic zones in context of India, to be designed according to clients’ personalities and project needs. Each place has a plethora of creative solutions, that have evolved using local resources and techniques, which constitute the part of our architectural knowledge. It is necessary to achieve a balance between continuity and desirable change, without fossilizing the past, and without making the change incongruent with... Read More ...

Ar. Reza Kabul ARK Reza Kabul Architects

I believe in liberating spaces, not enclosing them. Every space needs to have a good optimum, be it a small sized apartment or large commercial offices. Every good designer analyses the plans from the client perspective, regarding practicality, functionality, and accessibility, before executing it. I don’t believe in confining spaces between four walls, on the contrary, I believe in open spaces, both for the interiors and exteriors.It takes exemplary quality to reach elusive heights. The... Read More ...

Ar. Lalichan Zacharias Atelier

My approach to design is simple and open. I start my design with two guiding factors: the requirements and the site. I would like to see the building grow from the site naturally while fulfilling the requirements. I try to keep it extremely simple and responding to the climate. Integration of nature in the built form is always given importance.  Round Chapel Kalamassery Ar. Geoffrey Bawa’s works have always inspired me. Another aspect which influence my design is the sociological aspect of it.... Read More ...

Ar. Sourabh Gupta Archohm

I believe that the language and vocabulary of architecture is not a question about style. Every building is built for a specific purpose, in a particular setting, for a set of audience, and it is therefore intentional that we don’t impose any pre-defined visual form onto a project, rather let things emerge as the project evolves. There is a deliberate attempt to not make specific choices in our design directions.As a philosophy, we try to work on projects that allow an element of... Read More ...

Ar. Jay Shah Access Architects

Architectural style is characterized by the feature that makes a building structure notable and visibly identifiable. Every architect has a specific style and I would call mine “form follows function” as was the thought of Architect Louis Sullivan. However, my style of architecture is not confined to one kind since every client is different, every project is unique, every plot is diverse, and every functionality brief is exclusive. So, any one style of architecture doesn’t work as the design... Read More ...

Ar. Dinesh Verma Ace Group Architects

My style is versatile. In today’s context, where pace and universal availability of materials supported by technology is the base, it is but imperative to develop designs that are adaptable and go with the times. Around 30 years back, when I started my design practice, local and natural materials were in use, Granite was not less than 75mm thick, walls were minimum 112mm and wood was available in plenty. We did a lot of work in natural brick, stone and wood. Even today, the Mysore Haat... Read More ...

Ar. Alfaz Miller & Aahana Miller ABM Architects

The designs by our firm have not changed the skyline of cities, but our smaller architectural projects of commercial buildings and bungalows have made a significant design impact, producing architecture that is site specific, sensible and timeless.We believe in architecture that is simple and controlled and lacks stylised decoration. With large exposure to interior design, the buildings we design are practical with emphasis on function rather than just form. The designs are constructive, with... Read More ...

Ar. Ahmed Shaikh Ahmed & Associates

Architecture is an ever-evolving process and depending on the lifestyle, material availability, weather conditions, and geographical location, we can apply various types of styles. In Mumbai, for instance, we can see contemporary architecture along with classical typology.I believe that there is no single style to work on as we try to give multiple options depending on the clients’ requirements. Our style includes contemporary, classical, art deco, and minimalistic, which we can identify by... Read More ...

Ar. Shobhan Kothari & Ar. Anand Menon ADND & KdnD Studio

We constantly strive for simplicity of form and design. Our architectural style is a minimalistic interplay of lines, planes and volumes. We believe that beauty lies in the ability of a design to be explained through a few lines. We constantly explore the power of lines and their ability to shape space. We work intuitively to create spaces that are episodal and spatially engaging. The core aspects of scale and proportion in design are constantly debated upon to arrive at spaces that balance... Read More ...

Ar. Arpan Johari AW Design

We believe that an architect’s signature style should serve more than just being a set of features to identify ‘the architect’. At AW Design, climatic and site response are the essential guides to evolution of our building’s aesthetic language. In case of interiors, it is the purpose, services and available internal volume around which proportions, openings, systems are designed.Given that most of our work is in the hotter regions of the country, we have developed an unsaid affinity towards... Read More ...

Ar. Monish Siripurapu ANT Studio

The nature around us consists of divergent facets that can be aptly fabricated to alter the paradigm of Architecture and Design. Not only is it inspiring in terms of its organic forms but is also helpful in imparting us with a natural know-how of functionality. So, when Ant Studio came into being, I was convinced that we had to create designs that not only celebrated nature but blurred the lines between the built and the un-built. As a result, ‘Biomimicry’ emerged as a style that I wanted to... Read More ...

Ar. (Dr.) Harish Tripathi & ID. Jyoti D Tripathi Architect Harish Tripathi & Associates

Over the years, we have positioned our efforts around the belief that the best objects of nature are simple, not complicated. Consequently, we try to create buildings with simple forms and facades. This is often achieved, in our case, through the case of sunken windows wherein the building is double skinned and neat. This way, unwanted protrusions get negated and the double layer of the façade provides a better response to climatic extremities.We have always been fascinated by the virtues of... Read More ...

Ar. Babu Cherian Babu Cherian Architects

I believe good architecture is one wherein functionality and aesthetics form a harmonious conglomeration in a way that successfully follows the context of the land and its traditions while exuberating its rich culture. With an unceasing love for Kerala and a thirst for reviving the past, I believe my architecture is in essence a contribution to the future through a tribute to the past. While my professional portfolio consists of a mixture of architectural styles, a majority of my projects are... Read More ...
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