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Interview With Benny Kuriakose - Architecture Update

December 31, 2008, 6:30:00 PM

"I am interested in creating good spaces" Benny Kuriakose who is carrying forward Laurie Baker’s glorious legacy in Kerala with his seeped-in-tradition designs talks to Architecture Update. This article is an insight from a peek into Benny's design philosophy and approach. It also discusses his opinions on post-modern buildings in India, green ratings, current projects and regionalism. He gives importance to the project's location and tries to approach the design from the user’s point of view.

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“I try to approach the design of my projects without any preconceived ideas but going by the client’s brief,” he says when explaining his basic principles when taking up a project. He is fascinated most by the architecture of his guru Laurie Baker, and he also likes the works of Frank Lloyd, Geoffrey Bawa and Le Corbusier. “I am interested in good architecture,” he says and adds that he “would like to create good spaces, which the users of my buildings would like”. He believes that following green ratings, set for a country like the US, is not good for India. What we need is an Indian sustainable architecture and not something imported.