Theory and Discourse
Rejuvenation and Reincarnation | Narendra Dengle
LA 53
An exploration into how history is a means of living the present by inadvertently shaping it. In taking a look at how the interpretation of historical cities exist in four separate, yet abutting, spheres of intellect, we understand the significance of the conservation of heritage, thus, and the factors that threaten rendering it obsolete.
Increased fragmentation in our lives reflects on how we conceive and perceive our cities. Comprehension of history, when motivated, moves away from facts and is shrugged off as an impediment to peoples' 'aspirations and vision' of the future. We witness many islands of priority within a city, may these be of a spiritual, recreational or business kind, having their own inner power structures. In addition to types of natural disasters, the post-world war scenario has not deterred us from destroying historic cities because of terrorism, nationalism and religiosity. Within the spiral of creation- sustenance- destruction, like in the dance of Shiva, we must view the historicity of places embedded in the phenomenal world and collective memories.

The human struggle to be immortal through work and deed results in the craving for the architecture of monumentality. J. Krishnamurti wonders: 'No one thinks, "why not reincarnate now?" which means, "why not die the lived moment immediately?" The Upanishadic view that lR;e is a samhitaof lr+rh+;e, which when translated suggests immortal + mortal and the order of the two through rejuvenation and reincarnation. Recognizing that no sooner is the work manifested than it is subjected to the natural law of entropy is critically important to our comprehension of design. To create a system of rejuvenation to replace hurriedly performed surgeries that eradicate our city-cores, needs a shift in the paradigm. As heritage, natural resources and their relationship with the human habitat make a strong case for conservation since life and energy sources depend on them. Nature does not recognize geo-political boundaries.



 


ISSUE NO: 53
History of architecture - a discourse
International Conference on History of Architecture

Organized by greha

Past continuous is future perfect
Past Continuous is Future Perfect
Landscape foundation students' design competition 2017

Ayla khan

Jury & Results
Competition prize winning entries

List of participants 2017

Landscape continuum: repository of cultural value
Suneet mohindru

View from within
A Decade of Learning
Landscape foundation students' design competition

Geeta Wahi Dua

Landscape Research & Documentation
The Delhi that few of us know

Nikhil dhar


When Landscape became King
A short note on the ascendancy of the immediate
Present as the sovereign of Rajghat

Venugopal maddipati


Landscape design
Imperial aesthetics as inspiration
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Design Accord

Baghs to socialist ideology
Janeshwar mishra park, lucknow

Rajat kant


Profile
Enhancing Ecology of the site by design

Krishan c singal

Interview
Developing urban forests
In conversation with shubhendu sharma

Afforestt, bangalore

South asia
Days at the Brief garden, Srilanka

Deepthi c b

Heritage and conservation
Rejuvenation and Reincarnation
History as a means of living the present

Narendra dengle


Book review
Search for self through architecture
Cosmic dance in stone

Review by mn farhat nasreen

Stories to discover India afresh From water scarcity to plenty
The water catchers: 12 inspirational stories of
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Unravelling the layers
Monuments matter: india's archaeological
Heritage since independence

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Documenting Nature
Forest camping and trail guide to yelavali,
Bhimashankar wildlife sanctuary

Review by chetan sahasrabudhe


Garden calendar
Winters

Grotech landscape developers pvt ltd

Landscape industry
Automation in Irrigation systems: A Step towards Sustainability

Rumi prakash







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