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(In)formal= (Il)legal= (Un)planned: a story of negatives


Informal= Local= Informed: one of many positives

This post focuses on the informal sector in cities and it’s many positive contributions. It is a continuation from “Whose side are we on?”– a post that talks about what seeing like the State means and its impact on design of cities. It navigates through topics of formal/ informal and legibility/illegibility as well. Continue reading “Informal=Intelligent”


Whose side are we on?

What do we see? The formal or informal?

How do we read cities? Like the State or like the people?

What is the agency of design? An exercise in activism or authority?

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The Architectural Phallus

The tall office building has been more often than not compared with the male erection. It’s like the starchitects play ‘mine is bigger than yours’ on a city’s skyline. Each new skyscraper boasts to be taller than the previous, or distinguish itself by adding a ‘striking’ form to the skyline. Continue reading “The Architectural Phallus”

Who is the Architect?

This question had started haunting me quite recently. Given how I have reached a point in my architectural education where I have explored the views of various theorists over time, I realized their relevance in today’s world of architectural education and came to link the various ideas in my head. Also, due to a philosophical exploration (I’ll probably talk about this in another post), I sort of fell into an existential crisis. My interest in various fields, the exposure to a wide variety of subjects and the vision that I could possibly be treading down any other career-path puzzled me. What am I studying to become? Can I be many things at once? As a part of my Theory of Design assignment, I decided to then explore this confusion through an essay. I hope there’s more people out there as confused as I am. 🙂

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