LA 62 |
EDITORIAL

Pradeep Sachdeva’s architecture, inspired by vernacular and local traditions gave much respect and dignity to the craft traditions, especially in the public realm. His iconic vocabulary of crafts bazaars, haats, now replicated in all major cities of the country will remain a lasting legacy of a very sensitive, hands-on practitioner. He was also amongst the foremost architects who identified much ignored but most significant places of streets and roads as the canvas of a designer’s work. His contribution in the formulation of guidelines for Indian streets and roads (for UTTIPEC) is invaluable. Gautam Sachdeva, his son and Suparna Bhalla, his long time associate and friend remember him in a tribute feature.

India has a great tradition of historic gardens belonging to various regions and cultures. These gardens have often remained sources of interest for artists and painters. Various inspirations for planting designs and their distinct characters are the subjects of a new fourpart series on Aesthetics of Planting Design in Early Mughal Garden Paintings by James L. Wescoat Jr., a much-respected scholar of the subject of Islamic Studies. Separately, the issue profiles the professional journey while sharing thoughts and views of Narendra Dengle, an erudite academician, thinker and senior practitioner.

The concluding part of the discussion on the Central Vista Redevelopment project brings to forefront views of professional bodies like INTACH, ISOLA, and IUDI along with opinions of a diverse set of practitioners, academicians, and thinkers from different fields. With the idea of revisiting the knowledge and lessons imparted by classic books related to the subjects of nature and design, culture, environment, conservation, and sustainability, the Journal features a review of ‘The Fissured Land’ by Madhav Gadgil and Ramachandra Guha by Rahul Paul. Views of Feizal Alkazi, theatre director and artist, may find some resonance with spatial designers who are engaged in designing imaginative and experiential landscapes. In an interview, he shares some of the distinct aspects of the performative craft.

Advisory Editor of the Journal, Adit Pal—associated with it since its founding months in the year 2001—will no longer be involved in its content from this issue and onwards. He will remain involved in discussing the Journal’s vision and direction.

The current pandemic situation has changed the world all around us in more ways than one—the way we work, the way we interact, the way we think, the way we live, and our priorities and our directions. Like the previous issue, this issue [and the next one too], would be made available only as a digital version, and no hard copies would be printed. While we ourselves miss the printed copies, we are happy to share that the last issue has had a far greater—and much quicker—reach in its digital format. We hope to return to the printed version by the end of the year.


EXPLORING DELIGHT WITH P.S.
Gautam Sachdeva
 

THE AESTHETICS OF PLANTINGS IN EARLY MUGHAL GARDEN PAINTINGS
James L. Wescoat Jr.


EXISTENTIAL ISSUES, MEMORY AND FREEDOM
 

EXPANDING HORIZONS
Geeta Wahi Dua


CULTURES IN CONFLICT
Rahul Paul
 

THIS MOMENT IN TIME
In Conversation with Feisal Alkazi
 
CURRENT ISSUE: LA-62
editors' note |
ADIT PAL RESIGNS
ABOUT ENCOUNTERS AND MEETINGS

heritage, local traditions and crafts |
EXPLORING DELIGHT WITH P.S
Gautam Sachdeva


SIR
Suparna Bhalla

THE AESTHETICS OF PLANTINGS IN EARLY MUGHAL GARDEN PAINTINGS
James L. Wescoat Jr.

conservation, planning and design |
CELEBRATING CONTEXTUAL MODERNIST ARCHITECTURE ACROSS TWO CONTINENTS: SARTO AND ANTHONY ALMEIDA
Miki Desai


EXISTENTIAL ISSUES, MEMORY AND FREEDOM
Narendra Dengle

REDEVELOPMENT OF CENTRAL VISTA NEW DELHI

PROFESSIONAL BODIES
INTACH [DELHI CHAPTER]
ISOLA
IUDI

PRACTITIONERS, ACADEMICIANS, THINKERS
Ashok B. Lall
A.G.K. Menon
Dr. Narayani Gupta
Shiv Vishwanathan
Kavas Kapadia
Ravi Punde & Savita Punde
Anupam Bansal
Razia Grover


EXPANDING HORIZONS
Geeta Wahi Dua


environment, ecology and biodiversity |
CULTURES IN CONFLICT
‘THE FISSURED LAND: AN ECOLOGICAL HISTORY OF INDIA’Review by Rahul Paul


AS STRONG AS GRASS
‘GRASSES OF BANNI’Review by Navendu Page


seeing the unseen |
THIS MOMENT IN TIME
In conversation with Feisal Alkazi


landscape industry |
SAFE SPORTS FIELDS ARE CREATED BY UNDERSTANDING BEST PRACTICES FOR IRRIGATION
Matthew McArdle


LANDSCAPE & GREEN ROOF SOLUTIONS
Sujay Shah


FREE FORM: NEW AGE MATERIALS
Mehul Jain












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