On April 14th 2023 (de)Coding Mumbai was officially released by CEPT University Press. This book is a culmination of the study that Sameep Padora had invited me to work on around 2017-2018. Although the research and compilation took about two years (September 2019) It took a quite a round of revisions for the book to […]
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This short essay suggests that among architects after Modernism, and especially in India, there have been two dominant positions when it comes to the question of the architectural object. Either buildings are seen as set of surfaces, points, and lines, or buildings are seen as chunks or solids. While this question has been discussed several […]
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Where does one Start? Let us consider the following idea by Dewey, quoted fully below, as one of the guidelines to think about where to start metaphysics: “It is not strange then that philosophies which have been at odds on every other point have been one in the conviction that the ultimately real is fixed and […]
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A not so popular, but an interesting, TV series called The Expanse –an adaptation of a novel series of the same title– has a plot situated in a time when humans have more or less colonized the solar system. Earth has become the colonizer, Moon, Mars, and many moons of Jupiter, etc. have become the […]
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In this post I want to reflect on what does it really mean for architecture to engage with society. Let me start by saying that there is no singular way in which architecture engages with society -that also includes architects as well. In one sense it is like asking, what are the ways in which […]
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Fourth Impression: Meeting the marble antiquity and Artimes DionysusThe summer school was organise, as mentioned earlier, at Sirince a small holiday town / village popular for its vineyards, wines, olive plantations, and some really scenic mountains. And if you find the right location, you can also get a glimpse of the Ege from the mountain […]
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Third Impression: Graham Harman One thing I forgot to mention in the previous post was that the organizers for some reason impressed by an idea that I had used for a project “Incremental Intentions”. I showed the project to Enver Otku when we were getting to know each other on the first day. I did not […]
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A few things were not mentioned in the previous posts. After our visit to Ozdere, Dilek and Zeynep helped me to catch a bus to Selcuk. They patiently waited until the bus arrived, explained the driver about where I wanted to reach. The drive to Selcuk and further to Sirince was as scenic as one […]
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Very few places have moved me or compelled me so strongly to really write a reflection as Turkey. Perhaps it might me the case that I am now open enough to authentically moved or excited by things. My itinerary was largely not touristic but I was visiting Turkey to attend a summer school at […]
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Why is the question of erasing the author -by one’s own will, by chance, by context, or consciously by a generation- so important in our times? The larger arc of this idea seems to be spanning between the hyper-celebration or hero worshiping of the individual author on the one hand and the desire for a […]
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