Rationale- Destruction of cultural diversity through homogenized design education
The visual experience of modern spaces all over the world is beginning to look alike- Architecture, signage, hoardings, products, colour sense. What is culture then? How does culture gets transmitted? How is cultural diversity preserved? About a century ago we had diverse cultures with distinct way of life and aesthetic sensibilities that created contextually rooted architecture and artifacts. The learning process that ensured this needs to be revisited as the present education has created total homogenization all over the world. The design and architectural education can be blamed as one of the most destructive agent for destroying diversity leading to similar lifestyle. Courses from Bauhaus and Ulm being the foundation of design education all over the world has psychologically damaged the being at all levels – aping the west, inferiority complex, cultural insensitivity and other cognitive damages. Every generation needs to relive, recreate and reinvent certain aspects of its cultural sensibilities by engaging with the reality around them. The student needs to be ‘PRESENT’ to the local contexts holistically.
Contextually rooted aesthetic sense is what once created the diverse cultures around the globe. The present architecture of Srinagar also points to the fact that ‘un trained’ people have the ability to respond to modern needs with in their cultural frame work, most often unconsciously. May the conscious and sensitive designers role is to step out and allow this to happen.
The traditional artisanal context, where institutional conditioning of aesthetic sense is not taking place is where one should try to understand the formation of contextual aesthetic sense.
Children in non literate communities also can also guide us to understand the roots of aesthetic formation.
- Elements of Aesthetic sense. Contextualizing aesthetic sense
- light and shadow
- colour in nature
- negative space
- geometry in nature
- work – explorations -clay
- work – explorations- colour scale
- work – explorations – negative space
- lines in nature
- color interaction
- Texture- dew drops
- work – exploration – color
- At work
- work – explorations – form
- About & Acknowledgements