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Benny Kuriakose - On His Initial Experiments With Architecture 02

September 16, 2020, 6:30:00 PM

This is the second edition of a two-part interview with renowned Indian Architectural designer Dr. Benny Kuriakose about sustainable design, broadcast on the podcast of Archgyan. His knowledge of architectural conservation and vernacular architecture provides us with insight in this episode. He discusses his thoughts on architectural education with us and questions whether five years of study are worth it. Then, in an interesting turn of events, he shares with us his thoughts on the Central Vista Project and how to approach designing for unusual thinking.

Vernacular architecture is typically referred to as a sort of regional building that employs customary supplies, methods, and resources from the area in which the structure is situated. One of the key sources of inspiration he uses, especially when it comes to the issue of sustainability, is the context and unique physical and cultural characteristics of the area. It is a fantastic source of information because it is so strongly impacted by the environment and the local ecosystem, and he considers himself an interpreter of this knowledge, constructing and modernising these concepts.

He explains the techniques implemented in architecture and how design should change lifeHe shared his thoughts on how to improve the architecture course and the learning in five years of architecture. He also encouraged young graduates to become successful and gave suggestions on how to become successful as architects or engineers. He adds that in order to be successful in a career, it is important to produce high-quality work against all the odds. It is very important to never stop learning. They need to realise that knowledge is their best weapon. They need to plant the seed of knowledge so that it can grow into big trees. He also adds that there can be no shortcuts for hard work and it needs to be applied in the right direction.

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