BCBS: an academic type

February 2013

As designed for Vivek Shankar Design Practice (VSDP) as employed on contract as lead project designer. The project was awarded to the practice and has been changed in the execution. Here are the initial diagrams that were used to argue and pitch for one wing of the an academic building within the Bishop Cottons Boys School premises in Bangalore India.

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The Monograph as a project

August 2012

I was commissioned by a practice in Bangalore, India, Vivek Shankar Design Practice (VSDP) to conceptualise a monograph that not only documents the last decade of the work done by the practice but also, paves a way to project the practice in the future. After discussions with Vivek, we agreed to use the existing monograph format as seen in the El Croquis magazine with clear drawings and photographic evidence that displays the built work of the practice and augment it with essays, interviews, debates and round-tables to re-situate the work within the city and the work of other similar architectural practices in the city.

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The Pink Veil: Hawa Mahal in Jaipur

In April, earlier this year, Wes Anderson’s movie Isle of Dogs was released. I read an article in The Guardian that discussed Anderson’s aesthetics and how it was a look that was easy to copy poorly and without body. Embedded within the writing was a link to a website ‘Accidently WesAnderson’ where Instagram followers uploaded and shared, cropped squares of buildings around the world that could be attributed to  Andersonism. A number of these images included images from Jaipur, which in of itself is hardly surprising. The beautiful Mahals or palaces, symmetrical, rendered in pastel marble and sandstone with contrasting saturated coloured inlays of a variety of geometric and floral patterns, a beautiful composite of Rajput and Islamic architecture make quite the perfect set piece.

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