Studio Benny Kuriakose
What They Do Not Teach in Conservation Schools - Benny Kuriakose
This is the recording of the talk Dr. Benny Kuriakose gave on 4th July on the above topic. The meeting was organised under the new initiative Mentoring Heritage Conservators Initiative Facilitated by Sanjay Dhar, the famous art conservator. Sreekumar Menon, the famous art conservator is the host. The conservation practice can be different from what many learn in schools. There is a proverb in Malayalam which says that the "cow in the book will not eat grass". In the talk, I am not talking about the bookish knowledge, but about the experience I have gained from the numerous projects done during the last 35 years. At the beginning of the career, everybody makes mistakes, but it is important that the mistakes are not repeated. I took my Masters Degree in Conservation Studies from the University of York and at that time, there was no course in India in this subject which one can opt for. When I came back from the United Kingdom in 1987, architectural conservation was not given any importance and the general thought was that only the monuments such as the Taj Mahal or Red Fort were to be conserved. There were hardly any examples to be followed. I did some of the earlier INTACH projects, but they were mostly in the form of reports. Compared with the design of new buildings, conservation requires a higher level of knowledge. The traditional knowledge of the craftsmen becomes very important in this case. They do not realize that many of the things they know as of any great importance or part of the knowledge system. All these years, I learnt a lot from the craftsmen I worked with and this is very different from the bookish knowledge. You need to develop an intuition in you and it comes with experience. There is no need to know the complex calculations in structural engineering etc., but the basic principles and knowledge about materials and techniques are required.
Alappuzha Canal Rejuvenation Project
Canals are Not Drains - The Alappuzha Canal Rejuvenation Project is part of the Alappuzha Heritage Project. The aim is to clean and revitalize the canals to improve the town's surroundings and ultimately the lives of the people. The video has been shot and edited by young students of Alappuzha. Acknowledgements: Canalply, IIT Bombay, & KILA.
Dr. Thomas Isaac's Speech During the Foundation Stone Laying for the Restoration of Cheraman Mosque
The foundation stone was laid by His Excellency, the Governor of Kerala Sri Arif Mohammed Khan on 10th November, 2019. The design of the new restored mosque is being done by Dr. Benny Kuriakose. Dr Isaac is saying that "we don't have the right to manipulate history".
Sustainable Architecture Designer - Benny Kuriakose
The video was directed by Rajesh Abraham in 2008. It highlights some of the important works executed by Benny Kuriakose such as Dakshinachitra. In conversation with the famous art critic Sadanand Menon, he explains the design processes involved and the use of sustainable materials to construct these buildings.
Profile of an Architect - A Documentary about Laurie Baker
This 1987 documentary directed by Shyamaprasad encompasses the simple yet radical ideologies of Laurie Baker. Laurie Baker speaks about the integration of human needs, ideas, materials and construction techniques and how these aspects are composed together in architecture like classical music.