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RE-IMAGINING ROLES |
Samir Mathur
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Samir Mathur set up his landscape practice, Integral Designs International Studio Pvt. Ltd. in 1994. Presently, along with managing it, Samir also works as a member of Delhi Urban Arts Commission [DUAC] and is involved in various positions to guide urban policies regarding aspects of landscape architecture and environment, both at State and National levels. In the feature, Samir reflects on his journey while sharing views about his various roles, practice and other issues..
Education

My keen interest in technical drawings in the last two years of high school led me to enroll in the B.Arch. program of at School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. During the course, in the first summer, I worked as part of a team that listed the monuments of Delhi with Anuradha Chaturvedi and Nalini Thakur, who were amazing guides. In my second summer, I interned with Ramu Katakam and Pradeep Sachdeva and with that internship money, I backpacked to Kashmir, Leh and Ladakh including a pre-season Amarnath yatra. In the third summer, I worked on the listing of monuments, this time in Nagaur, a small municipality in Rajasthan. By the time I was twenty-one, I had traversed the country many times and was deeply inspired by experiences of the interplay of nature and development with an awareness of architectural, cultural, landscape and historical layers of understanding of our diverse country. A year of working with Jasbir and Rosemary Sachdev pointed me in the direction of further studies in landscape architecture.

In 1991, I joined the postgraduate program in landscape architecture at Amherst, USA. The faculty included eminent names such as Julius Fabos, Nick Dines, John Mullen and Hal Moser. The program promoted a diverse lens to explore the subject - sciences relating to land-use planning and scenic values as well as art, literature and poetry in reference to the natural landscape character. I got to work on the Master Plan for a portion of Central Park, New York for the Central Park Conservancy.



 


tribute |

REMEMBERING KULDIP
Ram Sharma


heritage, local traditions and crafts |

THE AESTHETICS OF PLANTINGS IN EARLY MUGHAL GARDEN PAINTINGS III: POETICS OF PLANTING
James L. Wescoat Jr.


THE ‘NATURE’ OF ART: TRACING THE HISTORY OF MODERN PAINTINGS IN ASSAM
Anjali Chandawarkar

THE MYSTICISM OF THE HIMALAYAS
WATER TREASURES OF THE HIMALAYAS
Review by Divya Chopra


environment, ecology and biodiversity |

AN ECOLOGICAL MASTER PLAN FOR ADYAR POONGA CREEK & ESTUARY
Idea Design

WHAT THE EYES DON'T SEE
SILENT SPRING
Review by Ayla Khan


design, conservation and planning |

RE-IMAGINING ROLES
Samir Mathur


VIEW FROM WITHIN
MAKING A MARK
Geeta Wahi Dua


city and culture |

DOING MORE WITH LESS
In conversation with Marc Treib


DOCUMENTING VERNACULAR ARCHITECTURE
AN ANTHROPOLOGICAL APPROACH TO ARCHITECTURE
Manalee Nanavati


THE PENCIL AND THE MOUSE
Freddie Ribeiro


IN WONDERLAND!
Aruna Ghose


seeing the unseen |

ART AS A LANDSCAPE OF FOLDS
Ankon Mitra

















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