Reclaiming Thresholds

A recent visit to Wuhan (October 2018) for the Great Rivers forum and a walk through the local market area reminded me of the importance of thresholds in Asian culture. A colleague and art curator was very attracted to the small stools that the shop keepers were perched on. Devised out of waste material these oddities were dotting the shop fronts through the length of the street punctuated at items with benches that were part of a more organized streetscape.

Lets build an Oasis@HIA, Doha

Touch down at Hamad International Airport (HIA), Doha, one is greeted with a designed landscape with geometrical patterns of shrubbery of different colours and heights in an arrangement which has become synonymous with international airports. This landscape sits on one side is reflected in the gloss of futuristic architecture and from the air seems to sit incongruously in a desert expanse.

We had just cruised over the desert sands and blue water and this splash of green was welcoming but rather startling as we were after all in the midst of a desert. The Landscape Architect is questioning how is this green being maintained and further…. why green? What is the landscape for the dry climes?

Reimagining Material, weaving the old and new in a Chinese city

Urban Planning Task Force (ISoCarp-NBPI, Ningbo China)

International Day for Monuments and Sites 2018
After a week immersed in the loss of heritage in this beautiful city of Ningbo, a visit to the Historic museum was a ray of hope and the way forward for Asian cities with their rich material heritage. We were working on the Xinmalu Historic District, in a 8 million peopled coastal city south of Shanghai. Here was a marvel that cradled the connection of the land and marine silk routes. But alas, like most cities running the development marathon, few traces from its past remain to tell its story.

A memorial no more: Jallianwallah Bagh or recreational park

A hundred years on can Landscape architecture embody the emotions of a historic event that changed the course of history of a nation fighting for independence?

The Jallinawallah Bagh witnessed a massacre of ……Indians gathered for a peaceful demonstration on Baisakhi, the day of the annual harvest festival celebrated with fervour in this part of the country. Without warning, in what has gone down in history as a massacre ringing the end of colonial rule, troops marched through a narrow alley ……

CSR: ‘RENEW’ing a commitment and delivering beyond the built

Where do we see ourselves heading in India regarding the future of our people and their engagement with public space- creating places that inspire creativity, encourage forging social bonds and instilling a sense of safety, ownership and participation within the world’s largest democracy.

I have often wondered how to make a difference in public spaces in India. We are able to design and showcase quality in private commercial projects yet when it comes to public spaces we continue to accept poor quality construction or age-old design vocabularies, unsustainable practices, so called modern construction at the cost of our vernacular heritage. The world has moved on……..