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Sunil Nagari
We live in a box, in fact a box of matches, physically as well as mentally, although the outside world is open to nature but we are afraid to move. We are not ready to face the consequences of stepping out of our own box. Architectural style is perceived as a style but its core is inspired by spirituality and humanity. We see its values ​​around the world not only for preservation or presentation, but also for inspiration and innovation to achieve the best built environment solutions, strategically and holistically. Urban planners, to become masters of the modern countryside, must be convinced that shifting the emphasis from construction to the void will be a big step forward in having a better sense of creating livable cities. When you shift the focus from construction to emptiness – to openness – to space – to emptiness – to spirituality – to humanity; you are automatically moved to ordinary people.
Traditional concepts are forgotten in modern building regulations. The consequence is that old neighborhoods are abandoned and legally replaced by gigantic building blocks all over the country under the guise of these modernist building laws. This has happened in almost all major cities in India. It’s a sad story with a sad landscape. Of course, economics drives the entire construction industry. But architects and planners are complicit in economically motivated professional immorality. The whimsical looks created by star architects are used as a style manual for new builds and its radiant impact on education is even scarier. So what is good architecture – of course it’s not about looks, it’s about relationship. It is about the relationship created by the building with the setting and its contribution to society and to the balance of the ecosystem. It is a person; it’s not about how pretty that person is, but about how that person relates to others and what their contribution is to society at large and to the world. Architecturally, we need to unlearn trends and reinvent ourselves.
As far as building regulations are concerned, the open view must be protected for the public, which means that public streets and thoroughfares must be protected as three-dimensional open spaces. Unfortunately, it is the built volume which is protected by our municipal decrees enacted by the town planners, whereas it is a negative part of the space. Protecting the invisible is paramount. Urban public spaces must be valued and protected. The old concept of protecting vital places should be maintained. When urban public space is protected, you can never demolish an old structure and replace it with high-rise buildings. You can build high, but the urban fabric must remain and the human perception and the scale and identity of the city must remain. Certainly, traditional concepts are forgotten. It’s like silence versus noise. The recipe is that silence should be preferred over noise. Silent common spaces that cannot speak must be protected then and only then will the human perception of the city grow.
Indian architects of the past coordinated coexistence with landscape, nature, biodiversity, ecosystem and humans; spatially, functionally and spiritually to achieve harmony between man and nature at all levels. It is a science of harmony with the whole universe. It means harmony with air, water and earth. It is also to be in harmony with emptiness and emptiness which is in fact not empty but infinite. It is an invisible energy having a dynamic flow. Ultimately, emptiness, emptiness and silence are the forces that shape a space. The building is understood as a link between the interiors and the landscape in order to promote a positive flow of energy between the interior and the exterior.
There is no doubt that good architects come up with good solutions, but there could also be better solutions. The world doesn’t need star architects, but architects who love people. Star architects succeed because they are captivating in their presentations and successful in expressing their creativity. Good architecture is selfless and not selfish. It is about designing in harmony with human nature and respecting the tradition and integrity of each context. The architects intend to inscribe their name in history as each era attempts to express itself through the building’s volume and facade.
When you look at traditional Indian architecture from the past, it has changed over the centuries. Architects are insignificant in Indian architectural philosophy and have been placed at the secondary level. The names of the architects are simply not important. We can cite many European architects of the past, but we know almost nothing of Indian architects. The truth is that there were great Indian architects in the past and history was not interested in investigating and telling us anything about them.
(The author is an architect)

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