Rational Aesthetic….

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Beauty of a space comes not just from the form, textures and finishes of materials that we use, but also from the “limitations” of those…
Understanding a materials, embracing it’s vulnerability… It’s weaknesses gives us a better idea of revealing it’s beauty.
Most often we have a certain aesthetic idea on our mind… An idea often planted by the commercial visuals constantly bombarded on us.
And then we seek the materials to realize that idea…. Without thinking about its direct or indirect impacts.

It is time, we learn to reflect on what we find beautiful and why we find it beautiful…. Is it our idea of beauty? Or did someone else train us to think this is beautiful?
Our definition of beauty is being guided by airbrushed images of unrealistic women…. And our definition of a beautiful space, by glossy magazines… Aesthetics is not irrational…. It comes from something deep within us… What is your idea of beautiful?

PIC: Abhijeet Gandhi

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First coat of mud plaster…

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When it comes to working with natural materials, there are no standard proportions to follow universally. But there is a logical sequence to follow. Every type of soil will require different approach. But one has to learn to observe the behavior of the soil, find it’s quirks and make it beautiful….

And that my friends is “design”!

 

 

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To love, with no reservations….

img_20200306_065457_256Most of us earthen builders have to answer a lot of technical questions about our strange choice of building material…. Yes, at times even at dinner tables! There is always a doubt… no, a mythical belief that mud is simply going to dissolve in the next drizzle.
If you are curious, get to know earth as a building material…. And the only way to do that is to jump right in… Get muddy… ‘touch’ it with no reservations!
Every time my friends get muddy, once again I feel the exhilaration of the first mud war! Bright smiles and laughter!!
The wonder and play of it never dies, no matter how young or old we may be!

Trust me, playing in mud, even as a grown up, restructures our mind in a new way… It teaches us what you and I cannot share verbally. It teaches us to trust… To understand the quirks and embrace them… To turn weakness into an intelligent, resilient design… To not shy away from the natural rawness and beauty….Find harmony and balance… to love, with no reservations….

People in the picture: Team of Gabha architects based in Pune
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