Beauty lost in progression.
The intent was to go, ‘Back to the roots’ and to understand the evolution of architecture in Indian context due to the historical, cultural and social influences which shaped this progression.
My fascination grew towards discovering and analyzing the multiple layers of a place, expressed through the cultural and architectural characters and thus understands its true identity.
One of the best places to examine this concept is Delhi which reflects a complex juxtaposition of the old city and the new city.
Looking back at the history of Delhi, it started with the seventh city of Shahjahanabad in 1648 by Shahjahan, the great Mughal Emperor.The planning and character of Shahjahanabad were efficiently designed from its inception to execution.
However, the colonial reign saw a start to a mass depletion and negligence to its architectural identity. Cultural preservation is especially pertinent in post independence India after the dominance of western influences.
The rapid urbanization and infrastructure based development led to the questioning of the importance of conserving the old.
My idea was to build a storyline which could portray that what was earlier perceived as an album has now been transformed into broken threads of alien buildings which do not belong together. The question is what will a city become with its identity lost? Beautiful jharokhas (windows), chattris (umbrellas), small decorative balconies, fluted columns, well designed chabutras (platforms), traditional baithaks (drawing rooms) and marble floors were the features of the Mughal architectural styles.