All of us are very bullish with what we’re doing in India, but we know that as we move forward and try to project India as a preferred destination, there is a lot of confusion behind what we’re trying to build, how and why.
Architecture has and will always be a source of inspiration, in the future I see architects as being data scientists and architecture to shape, interact, react and mould itself in real-time. As functions will keep evolving, so will architecture. I believe that we are moving from an age where 'Form Follows Function' to 'Form Evolves with Function, in real-time'.
I think what we’ve seen in terms of spatial disparity is symptomatic also of economic disparity. I don’t know what we can do to build economic parity, but it is symptomatic of a far deeper economic malaise.
Innovations in architecture need space and flexibility. While our cities continue to lack them, architecture will evolve to be more efficient and just that in the coming years.
Architecture will evolve from the ‘Workplace-at -home’ concept, making man static.Consequently, the varying user needs will be enveloped by transforming spaces, that are biomorphic, interactive & energy- sensitive. Parametrically designed with digitization and industrial production, these kinetic buildings will become the order of the future.
There is a massive opportunity. The government has started listening to government bodies. I feel we are possibly in the best time in Indian history. It is our responsibility to be able to provide for the requirements for those that do not have. That is where the future of our economic growth lies.
Architecture today is currently in a very dynamic state. The three primary aspects that will drive the profession in the near future are technological advances in materials, an increased social and physical awareness of the individual and the need for sustainably responsible practices. I foresee that it will develop into a more collaborative process.
I consider A&D to be a much more integrated and holistic concept. However, we don’t have an integrated approach of using urban planners. So we have to give urban planners the lead. We have to look at the A&D and the government has to look at how to bring about this transformation. When you talk of A&D and urban planning, the responsibility is much more so the state must look at integrated and holistic ways to facilitate this change.
We should not follow a top-down approach, it should be about recognizing what society wants and then giving it back to them.
Evolution & adaptation are the future of Architecture. As design today is very collaborative, architects will need to collaborate more with experts from different fields, and technology has a very large role to play.
ARCHITECTURE, experiencing various expressions around the globe is on a major response. Initially it was reaction. Technology prevailed and many circuses performed in the built environment. Art trailed and sometimes sunk its teeth into historic classical edifices. NOW the challenge of integrated fusion is on. The change is in its infancy. The future is Romantically bright.
I think history becomes relevant if it can participate in the present and in the future. When we look at history and heritage buildings, we can raze it completely or preserve it. Preservation becomes a form of fossilization. They become artefacts, and there is no continuity between past and present. Embedded in a historical city is an intelligence of how to deal with things, whether it is climate, economy, organizing social spaces; these solutions are all there, but we ignore them.
Architecture at this point is part of the dynamics of an evolving market. As the market stabilizes, we may see a greater demand for flexible spaces and a closer connect with the outdoors. Economics and a greater sense of collective responsibility will lead us to healthier work spaces too, which would also be more environmentally responsible.
I foresee two opposing trends in the future evolution. Prametric explorations and 3D printing, with IOT (Internet Of Things) would take architecture to a highly sophisticated, Technological way. On the other hand, you would see counter activism rooted in poetics, which rebel against this objectification
The ability of the common people to generate their own cities is often discounted, replaced by top down approaches. There is a huge mismatch between what the masterplan envisioned for the city and what was actually made.
Architecture needs to transform beyond the creation of narrow domestic walls to the creation of adaptable environments for a diverse, transient and ever changing clientele. Design of traditional infrastructure needs to adapt to the information age – we need to revolutionize design –thinking pertaining to architecture.
Architecture will evolve immeasurably through new technologies of construction and materials,while still drawing inspiration from its historical and cultural heritage, rooted in ecologically sensitive design, towards creating a sustainable arcology for human settlements.
Quality Architecture and Architects are no more just for the riches, it has to influence the masses and day to day living of Common Man. Further, the influence of a well matured Vernacular Architecture shall not be confined within four walls. It has to extend across public spaces like parks, roads and market places.
Architecture is in a constant state of flux, and Indian sensibilities are evolving with results encompassing a myriad of styles and designs. We stand at the beginning of a revolutionary era, where the vertical mixed-use developments are quickly replacing the high-street concepts of the 20th century, largely due to the lack of land; an important and necessary part of the regeneration and urban renewal process.
Today, we are developing cities based on old infrastructure. Trying to retrofit this into cities is difficult. In addition to the classic infrastructure, we have new ones like ICT, communication technologies which obviously hadn’t been planned for. We need to find out ways to integrate this perfectly. Infrastructure impacts development as much as development impacts infrastructure. In Bombay, infra is laid out by the british, so how do we plug into this old infrastructure.
As architecture always reflects our life values, our future architecture can be truly sustainable, simple, humane and rejuvenating only when we as a society become less greedy, commercial and more compassionate, holistic, caring and sharing.
Architecture alone has the capacity to manifest the aspirations of the society in solid forms. Architects lead that collective responsibility of shaping those aspirations. And architecture should continue to be sensitive to environment, precious resources, traditions and customs, artistic crafts of the nation and above all be humane in scale and style!
Architecture in the light of current agenda of Government of India to improve urban areas through Smart Cities, AMRUT, Housing for all and HRIDAY Initiatives will need to meaningfully address issues pertaining to larger urban context in respective settings..