Do you want to improve your Architecture Quotient (AQ)?
If the answer is an unequivocal yes, then you may read on. Else this stuff is not for you !!
You are reading on, so I assume it’s a yes.
I am kate. An architect by profession and artist by passion. I met my (to be) husband in Shanghai couple of years back and after a copybook whirlwind romance, moved to India, married him, got settled here and started my architectural practice – Kay Studio.
I thought of writing this blog as I find the level of people’s AQ in general quite low. Abysmal is the word actually.
Here is a sample of the people’s architectural ignorance (which will be true for most countries including my home country Russia, only examples will change). If you start a conversation on any of the subjects like politics, sports, economics, movies or society, you find people being able to hold on their own and but try architecture and you hit a dead end. You know what I mean? See some excerpts.
Q1. Who is India’s most famous sportsperson?
Shachin tendlukar or someone similar sounding. I hear he is four and half feet tall but can hit a cricket ball one mile away. Is that true?
Q2. Who is india’s most famous surgeon?
I don’t remember but my husband told me his name. He is a celebrity.
Q3. Most famous economist?
M R tee ya san (deliberately given a communist twist)
Q4. Most famous Movie star?
Too many opinions
Q5. Most famous comedian ?
You are kidding me. Even an unofficial title of most famous comedian is there – kapil sarma
Q6. Most famous street sweeper turned politician?
R wind khichriwall (pun intended).
And the list goes on – famous socialites, enterpreneurs, hoteliers, fashion designers (sorry should have mentioned them earlier, they are on front page these days), journalists. Everyone has a following, everyone gets noticed but the architects. Everyone even hair stylists. Well I am not trying to disparage a hair stylists but you are going to build less homes in your lifetime than you will get haircuts. Unless you are a long haired commercial builder, of course. And an ill-designed home can give you more trouble than an ill-done hair job. Well my point is – do we pay enough attention to the basic necessity of shelter in our lives to care about how well it is built and who designs it?
To check their AQ, you can ask - who is most famous architect in India?
And thats true not just for India but for most countries. The newspapers and media are full of stories from all walks of life but architecture remains a much ignored subject relegated to most sleepy stocky spaces avoided by most advertisers. Why is that so – Well mainly because its not a gossipy subject but perhaps also because architects are boring and not able to inspire people around to engage on the subject. ;) Whatever be the case, it remains an anamoly which needs correction.
If you are one of the lucky few who want to improve their AQ, this blog might be of interest. If you follow this blog, you might soon find yourself answering such questions as:
What are the qualities of a good house?
How to fight heat in summer and cold in winter?
How to Save my electricity bill?
How effectively organize my space?
How with a help of design to bring more customers?
Or even what are the things which can make our streets safe and more comfortable?
And, of cause, who is the most famous Indian architect?
I will write frequently, though not too frequently. It might not be a precise frequency like waxing and waning of moon but I will keep writing about every fortnight. In fact that’s a good sync – every moon month you will hear from me twice on this blog.
I will try to make it as interesting as I can. Also I don’t want it to be a monologue and would like to hear feedback and suggestions from you. Your pressing questions are welcome too and I will put some space in this blog to answer those questions from you which might have a wide audience.
I invite you to come back to this space often and find interesting stuff.
India’s most famous architect…well, who is it….hmmmmm….interesting. Rings a bell somewhere !!! Comes to the mind and slip before it comes to the tongue is it?
My next blog will be about India’s most famous architect(s). See you soon.