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GROWING GREENER CULTURALLY!


Some work can only take place if inspired by love - Hassan Fathy

Academically a mechanical engineer, passionately a philanthropist of knowledge of art, Prof. S. Swaminathan is a much respected faculty who retired from IIT, Delhi.
On invitation from his dear friend Benny, he agreed to meet and mingle with a meek group of people at Vedika, one evening. We started off by discussing what art is. Art is any creative expression, he stated, which may be justified sufficiently. With questions from the listeners that added links to his line of thought, the very excited and generous enthusiast of art and history informs us of historic facts about Tamil Nadu and the very rich language of this state.
After extensively studying the Ajanta and Ellora caves of Maharashtra and many other places of historic importance, the serious concern of losing the heritage link to the present day arises to him. In conversation with Prof. Swaminathan we rambled on many things, facts, issues and concerns. The most intriguing part about this conversation is learning to ask the “Significant WHY” and derive answers.
Why can’t design approach and details help to culturally activate the landscape of any city?
On Heritaging and Culturescaping…

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