Traditional Wisdom
From My House to Your House | In conversation with Miki Desai
LA 61
From my House to your House: A Select Journey of Indian Vernacular Architecture — exhibition conceptualised and curated by architect and academic Miki Desai — is an effort to re-introduce the word ‘vernacular’ in contemporary architecture discourse. An outcome of Miki's self-initiated research of over four decades, the exhibition comprises of drawings and photographic documentation of vernacular architecture across diverse geographical regions of the country including Kerala, Gujarat, Karnataka, Northern and Western India.
During the past more than three decades, our work has focused on study and research of vernacular and colonial architecture and the built environment in India. The main objectives of the exhibition, From my House to your House [title based on Tom Wolf’s book “From Bauhaus to Our House”, a critique on modernism and an unashamedly original work by Wolf], are three folds — to draw a connection between people and their own architecture and legacies that are waiting to be explored; to learn about the indigenous nature of architecture that is surviving so well in this country and to illustrate to the students and designers that modern architecture is not the only type of architecture to fall back on to build our settlements, both rural and urban. The examples showcased in the exhibition across the continent have something to do with how society sees itself and how it wants to present itself. We need to recognise and learn from the vernacular architectures of different types and from different regions. So the main point is to communicate the idea to the students and the people and hoping that somewhere along the line, they will wake up to the idea of meaningful built environments of their own. Built into the exhibition is the argument of nurturing and carefully transforming this age old legacy.



 
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