“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us” -Winston Churchill
At a recent seminar held at REMI, one of the visiting architectural experts explained that he viewed “design as an expression of intent”. This struck quite a chord with the audience, as it widened the purpose and scope of architecture to include the larger social context within which it exists.
When we think of architecture, we often limit our thoughts to beautifully designed spaces and facades, and tend to overlook the larger social and lifestyle development connotations. Architects, are then by definition, not just great designers but social evangelists.
NEW ARCHITECTURE DESIGNS ARE DEPENDENT ON WHAT THE CLIENT WANTS
India has been at the forefront of great architecture, as depicted in our rich cultural history, from the very beginning. Our monuments that attract a number of local and international tourists each year are living examples of our prowess in the field of architecture and design.
As society has evolved, so has the role of the architect in shaping our social framework. We have moved from iconic designed structures to mere pragmatism, and somewhere limited the existence of our new designs to the scope of work given by the client.
INDIA’S DEVELOPMENT AGENDA IN THE FIELD OF ARCHITECTURE
Prime Minister Modi, has in his Development Agenda, outlined the development of 100 Smart Cities, 40 million dwelling units, 20 million affordable homes, better infrastructure facilities through the AMRUT scheme, a thrust towards urban development and transformation, slum rehabilitation, as well as committed to ‘Housing for All’ by 2022.
We regularly see updates to each one of these agenda points in the daily press. All of these initiatives are essential if we have to position our country away from a developing economy to a developed economy
HOW DOES THIS AFFECT THE ARCHITECTURE PROFESSION?
It has been estimated that to build the government’s Development Agenda, there is a requirement of 75 million skilled people in real estate and infrastructure. As reports suggest, there is a heightened requirement of 4 million core professionals (architects, engineers, planners) to build the Development Agenda.
The role of the architect, especially in a growing economy such as ours, has never been more heightened. The onus of responsible development, however, then to a large extent, rests on this next wave of architects and planners.