Migrating to Cities is a global phenomenon that cannot be avoided nor could be detested, only negotiated and not compromised. 'Our Common Future' resides in Urban developments and to make it 'Collective', Architecture as an Art, Skill and Science of designing spaces, need to have a Sustainable approach at the core design thinking.
Unity in diversity is different from uniformity in mass production. Just like the apparel we wear, food we eat and language we speak reflects the culture we uphold, spaces need to have local flair with global outlook. Sustainable development doesn't necessarily mean to 'protect' natural environment, it could be achieved by putting the technology to use for facilitating the sustainable design solution.
Architect Vishaan Chakrabarti drawing his inspiration from the city of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia where he is designing a 21st-century open-air village that's sustainably heated using today's technology, in the heart of its downtown. This project is both poetry and prose, he believes.
"The poetry is really about evoking the local: the mountainous terrain, using colors to pick up the spectacular light, understanding how to interpret the nomadic traditions that animate the nation of Mongolia. The prose has been the development of a catalogue of buildings, of small buildings that are fairly affordable, using local construction materials and technology that can still provide new forms of housing, new workspace, new shops and cultural buildings, like a theater or a museum... even a haunted house."
"While working on this in our office, we've realized that we're building upon the work of our colleagues, including architect Tatiana Bilbao, working in Mexico City; Pritzker laureate Alejandro Aravena, working in Chile; and recent Pritzker winner Balkrishna Doshi, working in India. And all of them are building spectacular new forms of affordable housing, but they're also building cities of difference, because they're building cities that respond to local communities, local climates and local construction methods."
"We could build such spectacular cities that we could disincentivize sprawl and actually protect nature. We can grow cities that are high-tech, but also respond to the timeless cultural needs of the human spirit. I'm convinced that we can build cities of difference that help to create the global mosaic to which so many of us aspire."
This is promise of a designer who has skyrocketing aspirations with roots of a banyan tree! How comforting and optimistic pictures this Architect renders for all of us... the most evolved species of the planet, called Homo Sapiens.
Way to go!