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Word Huddle + Inspiration (2 tags)

Here are two tags -
Tag -1 : By Hiren
Word Huddle

My blog decided to talk to me and here is an application that it used to interact with me to indicate whats on my mind these days when I am blogging.
Here is what it spoke :
So the most prominent word is New York - the city that is currently shaping me.
I tag anyone who feels like knowing what their blog thinks about them.
___________________________________________________________________
Tag 2 : By Joy
Inspiring Characters

This tag is about listing top 10 literary characters. Its been a while I have read any fictional book. My inspiration solely comes from reading about history of architecture - architects, reading about their work/theories, and experiencing their built work. So am taking liberty here and showcasing 12 projects by 6 prominent architects (2 dead and 4 still practicing) whose work I have visited over the years.

1) Le Corbusier : A Swiss born architect who is famous for his contribution to modern architecture. Most of his groundbreaking projects are in Europe. He was invited by Jawaharlal Nehru to masterplan Chandigarh (one of the only two planned cities in the world - the other being Brasilia, Brazil).

The Palace of Assembly - Chandigarh - (image source)

Shodhan House - Ahmedabad - (image source)

2) Charles Correa : I have had the honor of working with Indias most prolific architect practicing out of Bombay. He has done ground breaking work on Urban Issues and low cost shelter. He is also the chief architect for Navi Mumbai. I have visited most of his major commisions around India. Here are two of the projects that characterizes his style.

Kanchenjunga Apartment - Bombay - (image source)

Jawahar Kala Kendra - Jaipur - (image source)


3) Steven Holl : Architect practising out of New York whom I had the opportunity to meet and get a book he wrote signed by him. He is a true poet who carves out spaces and embellishes them with light, color, texture and dynamism. One of his most famous projects is Kiasma in Helsinki. Here are two of his projects in US.


Simmons Hall - MIT - (image source)

Storefront for Art and Architecture - New York - (image source)

4) Frank Gehry - Current master architect whos buildings have become big tourist attractions.Some of his most groundbreaking work include the Guggenheim Museum - Bilbao, Spain, Walt Disney Concert Hall -Los Angeles, US, Experience Music Project - Seattle, US. Here are two projects that I have visited.

State Center - MIT - (image source)

IAC Building - New York - (image source)

5) Frank Lloyd Wright : He was the most prolific architect from US for the last century who exploited materials, design and engineering like no one had done before him. Here are two of his projects that explore the strength of concrete.

The Solomon Guggenheim Museum - New York - (image source)

Falling Waters - Pennsylvania (near Pittsburgh) - (image source)

This post in no way justifies the achievements of these architects. Have provided wiki links to each of them if you are interested to learn more.



80 comments:

Nitin said...

Hi,
Good post, couldn't check the details for all .. will visit again. Just waana know How to interpret the "Kanchenjunga Apartment" I mean with Archit. eye

Aaarti said...

Hey

cool word tag, am gonna try it!! seems like fun!!

Loved the Shodan house and the MIT building..wow!!:)
in delhi, i love the Habitat center..something magnifique about it!!

Solitaire said...

Of these, I have only been to Falling Waters. Isn't it in WV? Its beautiful.

Hiren said...

top-down - ur grafiti starts with India & traverses to New York ... :) Janm bhoomi se karm bhoomi tak :)

Chandigarh - one of the only two planned cities ... nice to know that ...

thanks for the info on these legendary architects and their works ...

Cinderella. said...

AS I was going thru you list, right before Wright I began wonderign how the heck have you left F.L.Wright n hid hid Guggenheim n Falling Water ?!!!


And bingo - there it was !!!!

It just had to be there I suppose.

I also love Wright's Robie House for some reason. Perhaps cz Priare styles is the kinda styles I identiy with.

Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Hall is a masterpiece...!!!

And Charles Correa is a very inspiring architect.

Was recently going thru the design of his own house here in B'lore for a project.

Love his work !

Even though Chndigarh is a much touted "planned city" hasnt its success as one always been much debated about ?

And so has been Le Corbusier for his miscalculations in the growth projection that he appaerntly foresaw and designed the whole city wrt to that ?

I loved your list anyway.

τ ħ€ ĐάЎđяёάmёя said...

cindy aur aapka architectue par knowledge dekh kar I m thinking of hiring of course widout pay ..(mere se paise thode na loge..) to both of u to design a house for me :P

hehehehehe

I do have taste with qualities of architecture but samajh mein kuchh nhi aata :P

Scribblers Inc said...

ceedy bhaii...totally jhakaas...I wish my landlord could see this...atleast the shower then wouldnt turn into a loft waterfall everytime!:(

Scribblers Inc.

gunj said...

hey dat application was really cool :D

The Paratrooper said...

State Center - MIT - waw the one i found nicest until i say the last pic..that was the coolest....!!

Prats said...

So you saved the best for the last is it????
Just adore all these greats too....

And you worked with Correa??? wow!!!

*~*{Sameera}*~* said...

Nice word huddle!And lovely illustrations of architecture.The last one is simply fabulous :)

--xh-- said...

it was a nice take, ceedy. tnx for showcasing some amazing wrk.. but, whr r the pics of ur wrk, dude? :)

Rakesh said...

are yaar mohanjodaro ke architecture ka kya hua:)

Aaarti said...

btw, how about showing us some of your work?????????????????? :)

Compassion Unlimitted said...

To have worked with a genius iteself is wonderful.Now one can guess your talent !
Architectural marvel,how brilliant is human mind to visualise and execute
good collections
TC
CU

Pavi!!!! said...

I like the 1st tag! im gonna take it up!

will be back to read the 2nd tag..its kinds long..n i dont hv the time for it now.

Buzzz said...

passionate architect shows up :) how r u sir? wud comment in detail

Princess Mia said...

mate i was looking for the work food ;(

btw i really liked Frank Gehry work....

Princess Mia said...

mate i was looking for the work food ;(

btw i really liked Frank Gehry work....

Pavi!!!! said...

hey that application generates nthg for my blog url :((( help pls!

also..i had a Q for an architect? Can i ask u. Its sumthing to do with the closet in my new home.

Joy said...

Wow! That was a great post. Wasn't Charles Correa also involved in shaping Chandigarh? While studying for SPA, I had learnt about few architects and their works. But now I am in a completely different field. Architecture is human imagination personified!

Ne said...

The waterfall pic took my eyes over!! I love it... I like them all!!!


NE

Ne said...

That last waterfall pic overtook my eyes... I loved all the pics.. but with that last one, i see another road trip coming to mind!!!

Ne said...

looking to finish it soon(the cliff hanger)! It is still set to private I will change it soon!!!

Promise!!

I got haters!!! LOL!

aneri_masi said...

Hmm...what's so interesting about the Shodhan House? Did I miss something?

Loved the Kanchenjunga one, looks like its made of lego :)

Struggling to "see" the building in Jawahar Kala Kendra :O

Gehry's work, quirky!

I did the wordle, kain samaj na aayu :(

rantravereflect/ jane said...

loved the word huddle...

and the tag about the 6 eminent architects is way too good..

i liked the jawahar kala kendra- jaipur, the storefront for a&A, the falling waters and the crumpled satte centre..

If literature MASTERPIECES are on pages, architectural wonders are scripted on land..

loved the pics man..

KP said...

nice collection!
I see ur true passion for work:). I wish i had the passion for my work!

d SINNER!!! said...

the last one is beautiful....

amazin...

[-V-] said...

mine favorite Frank Gehry.

gr8 post indeed.

Urv said...

Hmmm.. Interesting tag chhe.. :) Some really interesting architecture there..

Cess said...

hey, thanks for sharing the word huddle, pretty cool apps and pretty revealing ;)

ceedy said...

@nitin


Re: Kanchenjunga

Check this link
http://www.pushpullbar.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2982

There is a slide which explains its architecture.
If you have specific question - feel free to ask.

This building was built in 1974...and was way too advanced for its time.

ceedy said...

@aarthi

Ok let me know when you do the word tag...

There are many more interesting building I have been too...

If I post them - it might as well be another blog....

Habitat center is by Joseph Allen Stein....he is based in pune (i think)

ceedy said...

@solitaire

The building and the site are magnificient.

It is in Millrun Pennsylvania not in WV.

ceedy said...

@hiren

hahah

yeh abhi ka haal hai...karm bhoomi ka..

kya pata kal kaha hoge :)

never thought will leave bombay...but it happened...so...

ceedy said...

@ cinderella

Yes, FLW has to be there.

I have been to all his works in Chicago - Robie House, his office/residence.

They dont allow photography inside Robie House as it is a World Heritage Site.

I just had to put 10 inspirations...so these selections.


I attended a lecture by Frank Gehry in Princton University. He is a very interesting personality.

I love his Bilbao project the best - someday I will go there.


Correa and also BV Doshi both of them are really inspiring.

Chandigarh - yes has its drawbacks in terms of planning etc - have you been there?
People living there are happy as they identify themselves with the place.

had a study tour there for 8 days and I stayed there. It was very interesting experience.

Well Le Corbusier - out of all these - was a complete technocrat - he beleived and designed as per what he wanted - cared less for anyone...

Glad you loved the list....

Hope we can design or be part of atleast one such project someday :)

ceedy said...

@daydreamer

Main paise to nahi loonga...but you will have to pay for my ticket to India :P

Honestly architecture is a very closed field....only architects kinda discuss the buildings..

ceedy said...

@scribbler

Did you show it to the landlord?

ceedy said...

@gunj

Kewl..did you try it.

ceedy said...

@prats

Yeah...I will post the pics of my visit there...interior shots...

Yeah had a chance to work with him while in college for a private project for 18 months...

He is simply "genious" overpowering person....no wonder he gets things done the way he wants

ceedy said...

@sameera

Did you try the word huddle?

yeah...will post pics of my visit there.

ceedy said...

@ xh

I will post some pics soon...I havent done any real big work till now ;)

ceedy said...

@rakesh

this was a tag of something that inspires me - that I have seen

Mohenjo Daro - not seen - so not inspired....

ceedy said...

@compassion unlimited


thanks for the generous kind words...

ceedy said...

@pavi!!!!!

did you get time to do the first one or read the second part????

ceedy said...

@ buzzz

ok waiting

ceedy said...

@ princess mia

work food????

ceedy said...

@pavi!!!!

Did the application work?

Sure you can ask questions...

ceedy said...

@joy

thanks...hope I did justice to inspirations...

No - it was Bal Krishna Doshi another master architect from India who was involved with Chandigarh

Correa was I guess studying here at that time.

Are you trained as architect???

architecture is a culmination of all arts - so true

ceedy said...

@ne

If you plan to visit - do go there in Fall - its beautiful

Here is the link

http://www.fallingwater.org/

reserve your tickets soon as they get filled fast...

Let me know if you do visit and how you like it..

and did you finish the cliffhanger?

ceedy said...

@aneri_masi


You questions are all pertinent..

Architeture like art is vague for many.

The only thing I can summarize here -

All these projects are done at a time - that challenges the normal building tradition.

Like for Shodhan Villa is built in 1951 when exposed concrete, house looking like a box was not prevalent in India.

Plus it is oriented with the sun and wind. And then there are lot of theories of good design that we learn with it.


Jawahar Kala Kendra is not a building per say but a grid of nine squares depicting the navagraha....each square is an open courtyard depicting different aspects of indian art/mythology in modern context

What you see in this picture is the "kund" but without water...like the central meeting place of a village.


and about the wordle...all it shows is the words that you repeat on your blog...and what is going on your mind in your posts....

ceedy said...

@jane

did you try the word huddle?

glad you liked the post...

there are many more buildings I can write about...but it had to be 10 :)

ceedy said...

@kp

I think you are right...I am passionate about it

ceedy said...

@d'sinner

yup it is...

ceedy said...

@v

yeah he is the current master architect in the world...lost of his work is really out of this world

ceedy said...

@urv

ok....it is interesting

ceedy said...

@cess

welcome here and glad you liked it.

carolinagal said...

I love the first tag. I will post mine soon...still gloating about the JA post :P

Nice pictures. Sadly, I know nothing about architecture. Hey, have you heard about the SATC movie from your women friends?
If yes, maybe they told you about Carrie's humongous closet!! How much would you estimate the cost to design/build something like that?

Veens said...

u knw what... I never have heard abt them..sachi!

but I have seem Frank Gehry's these 2 building in mails :)

amazing :)

aneri_masi said...

I put in my blog url and it said "clip sweep" and then nothing :(

aneri_masi said...

but I guess even if it did work, it would tell me i talk about my hubby all the time :)

rantravereflect/ jane said...

i will surely try out the word huddle :) i think it looks cool!
wil have genieass in big font ;)

m.flowerr said...

wow!!

ceedy said...

@carolinagal

Good you gloated...that surely can count as a blog blooper if ever there is one...

and second part - now I am careful...is that a trick question?

ceedy said...

@veens

its fine....architects ko koi nahi pehchante anyways :(

ceedy said...

@aneri

well it works fine on my comp. I tried your url and get a picture...

and sorry hubby is no where in the picture......

i will email you the result...

ceedy said...

@jane


Ok lets see the outcome...you dont have a choice..it tells you about your ass :P

ceedy said...

@m. flowerr

wback...:)

carolinagal said...

No no, its not a trick question. I am really interested to know. I would like to have one of those some day. How soon I can have it depends on how much it might cost :P

RADhika said...

Didn;t know many of these! :)
but i must say, these are really beautiful!
you know, you really love your job, and also havea lot o respect for it, and i respect you for that! really!
nice post indeed!

aqua gurl said...

loved the word huddle:P

ceedy said...

@carolinagal

Ok then..
there are lot of variable...first where you want to build it - your house that you own or apartment that you rent - what is the space that you have available - most of these cost run per square foot for construction - and obviously the materials and finishes

I know about SATC and have seen some episodes on HBO but have not seen the movie...if I do see it - I can write in more detail...

and now the gujju thing...cost of closet is a one time investment - but replinishing it with accessories is a life long endevour - how can I put a cost on it :P

ceedy said...

@radhika

it is today 16 years since I first started to learn about architecture....it is my second skin you I respect you for respecting me....thanks for the kind words

ceedy said...

@aqua girl

thank you...how you managed to do it...

Ne said...

NOT YET CD!! I am still thinking of away to write more.. My memory fails me from time to time!! lol

Oh and your recent comment.. you have to come to see my comment to that! hahaha HELP ME OUT A LIL Eh?

Will let you know and will take Pics!

ne.

Rakesh said...

i thought u must have heard abt. harappa and mohanjodro sanskriti...their architecture were famous.no problem:)

ceedy said...

@ne

that question is eternal...even HE could not figure it out...and think of it...isnt it the same with everything within us...its almost the same for everyone to function and live...except the freaking brain and the exterior covering.....

ceedy said...

@rakesh

Yes, I have very much heard of both those places...but again I have not visited them..only read about them

Rakesh said...

i have also read and seen the photo only...but ur choices are good enough to know abt. ur taste of ur arch..:)

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