The new CEPT logo is like a dog’s new haircut. Appears horrible at first sight.
But we hope that it will feel better with time. Honestly.
See CEPT’s facebook page for more.
Newspaper article today about this exhibition, to be inaugurated by CEPT president. Hope we could stop sounding like politicians when we talk about architecture/ architects.
More details not readable. People behind curtains ought to be mentioned.
Navratri 2014 at CEPT
It is indeed beautiful at CEPT campus. Students prefer, as always, not to have intrusions by strangers, but the appeal of NID and CEPT garba continues.
Glad to see the lights – muted, subtle and elegant. Such a contrast to many other places around the city.
More photos on CEPT University fb page.
This is so beautiful: Security doesn’t come with gates. It comes from relationships. Something Mr Doshi tried to achieve in his buildings, and stood for it. And for CEPT campus, despite the ghastly attacks, and despite the thefts and disturbance the students and faculty lived with during those years… His perspective is his gift. The article also talks about some of his buildings.
More on exhibition might get added here, starting with this reflection:
Here it comes (on 9th(correction from
6th) October 2014): Retrospective exhibition of works by architect Bal Krishna Doshi at National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.
Dear Sunita Purdhani,
You will be remembered for this smile of yours. Loved by family, by friends, and by those kids to whom you brought so much joy.
Rest in peace.
This, I dedicate to Sunita….
Conversation between twins inside the womb:
Baby 1: And you, you believe in life after birth?
Baby 2: Absolutely. It’s obvious that life after birth exists. We are here to become stronger and to get ready for whatever awaits us next.
Baby 1: This is absurd. There is nothing after birth! What would life look like outside the womb?
Baby 2: Well, there are many stories about the other side. I’ve heard there is a blaze of light there, an intense and profound feeling of joy with deep emotions, thousands of things to live for…
For example, I’ve heard that we’ll eat with our mouth, there.
Baby 1: That’s silly. We have an umbilical cord and that is how we eat. Everyone knows that we don’t use our mouth to eat! And, on the top of it, no one has ever come back from the other world… Those stories are all coming from naïve people. Life just ends at birth. Period. That’s the way it is and we must accept it.
Baby 2: Alright, then allow me to think differently. That’s for sure, I have no idea what life after birth looks like, and I can’t prove anything to you. But I like to believe, that in the next world, we’ll be able to see our mother and that she will take care of us.
Baby 1: “Mother”? You mean that you believe in ‘Mother’? Oh! So where is she?
Baby 2: Everywhere, don’t you see it! She is everywhere, all around us. We are part of her and it’s thanks to her that we are living right now. Without her, we wouldn’t be here.
Baby 1: This is ridiculous! I’ve never seen any mother so it’s obvious that she doesn’t exist.
Baby 2: I don’t agree, that’s your way of seeing things. Because sometimes when everything quiets down a little bit, we can hear her sing. We can feel her hugging our world. I’m pretty sure that our life will start after birth.
An architect has to be everything. Has to know everything.
Know how to think, draw, build, demolish, rebuild in part and whole, not build at all, restore, repurpose.
Know the by-law, know how to break it.
Design a table, a temple, a tomb, even a town. Smallest to biggest, simplest to most complex. Concepts 5000 years old to newest materials in the market.
Build sustainable, cost effective, expensive looking, durable, opulent, not opulent, climate responsive or fully controlling the environment, for pedestrians and for cars. Beautiful, yet maximising the FSI.
Keep away the destructive, criminal or just those keen on graffiti but involve the community. Don’t allow disturbing noise but make a lively place – easy to clean, safe, secure.
Cater to children, aged, challenged and challenging, men, women, others.
Often in the same design.
A new library will be good to have. Not something that was made to fit into a dark space, accessible only by a see through stair right onto the entrance to the office and professors’ cabins. And better than one we have now, overflowing with books and reverberating noise, where it is not easy to concentrate.
About time they thought of a library building.
Very well if designed by a good designer. Even better if it’s by a past student.
The latest Idea (telecom) TVC is a perfect example of how to ruin an excellent brand building attempt that was well received over time.
I mean, who’d think of killing such great brand recall; or of replacing all the good values so far achieved, with a single cringing audience reaction of ‘why’?
‘What an Idea, Sirji’ brand thought
With their Abhishek Bachchan TVCs, they had a good thing going. Every time someone saw them, they smiled and felt good about having spent a few seconds watching a thing well thought of and well made. They have continued to touch upon contemporary issues. (Even if using simplistic concepts sometimes, like http://youtu.be/STZAcD2R6YI but you can’t not love their language barrier one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElxERkFfAwU) As happens with the best of companies, there were some damp ones, but on the whole, people were happy to think of Idea as an innovative company, at least in their adverts.
These ads sort of tapered down to ‘No Ullu Banaoing’ (Loosely translating as: No Fooling Around) advertisements that intensified around election time this year. A campaign not exactly at the same level of excellence, but still with some spark. The campaign targeted the flavour of the time, and connected with youth frustrated with the ageing polity, perceived to be fooling the masses.
Then someone thought of continuing that in an anthem, which, as an idea, must have sounded great to everyone. It had a mix of continuity, nostalgia (of chorus songs during Independence Day in the times past), and timeliness (being released around India’s 68th Independence Day).
Where the buck falls in the ditch
However, in the latest chorus piece singing Ullu nahi banenge hum, Idea’s advertising has taken a nose dive. From start to end, through the never ending 30 seconds, the ‘Ullu nahi banenge’ song drags on. The action is so slow it reminds one of the 1960s. The choir group looks shabby and not vintage. So determined not to be fooled is the group, that while they are passing along the light of knowledge (actually, a smartphone) to others, they don’t seem to notice their viewers gone numb. Not speechless – mimed. And there is not one face that stands out in the bunch of the otherwise good looking group. Surprisingly, with this advertisement, Idea has chosen to destroy all that we loved about their campaigns – and they are so attached to it, that they are not even taking it down.
Bad idea, really.
Advertisements, specially starring the likes of Shahrukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan and Ranbir Kapoor, come with limited contracts, so it is not be possible to revert to the old ads. But please, at least stop running this one?
+ Here’s one more think-alike article about creativity of Idea ads @ http://trak.in/tags/business/2011/05/12/creativity-indian-advertisement-idea-zoozoos-dairy-milk-havells/
+ To see the path Idea has taken, check out Idea TV Commercials at their media centre @ http://www.ideacellular.com/media-centre/tv-commercials
Alumnus of School of Architecture, CEPT; Loving father and pioneer, with Neeru, of a design-build practice uncommon in your time…
Rest in peace.
“Children and animals – it’s my life. I’m a mom with two sons and we spend a lot of time on the farm”
Elena says in her interview with Bored Panda @ http://www.boredpanda.com/animal-children-photography-elena-shumilova/
If the photos and subjects were not stunning, and so, memorable enough, I noticed she said:
“When I graduated from school I entered Moscow Institute of Architecture where I practiced with sketching and painting a lot. I suppose it is sketching and painting that defined my feeling of photography and composition.”
Now that’s one more reason to think of you Elena. All the best with the photos, you get two thumbs up for your work!
Update on August 12, 2014:
In your loving memory, strength to your family. And make some robos, wherever you are.
This came through fb, and brought back thoughts of two loving and brave parents. And of all the brave parents who have an abyss to cross everyday, yet they carry on with the small stuff like all others…
It was sometime in March 2013, when I received a call from Loki… Loki? Yes Loki Balasaria my friend from CEPT days. Loki and wife Rini were visiting Goa with their two sons Rishi and Tanay and wanted to meet me and Raj. Of course I was more than willing to meet them after almost twenty years. Rini was doing her masters in planning while I was studying Urban Design at CEPT. We were this bunch of girls who hung out together, went for movies and generally chilled together. Loki at that time had finished Architecture and was faculty at CEPT. I opted for photography and therefore became Lokis student and I owe my foray into photography and black n white printing techniques to him.
Well, I went with my 16 year old daughter to meet this wonderful family at Taj Vivanta. Rini in her usual chirpy way introduced me to her 17 year old 12th grader son Rishi and a much younger naughty Tanay. We spent the entire afternoon chatting in her room over coffee and that’s when I got to know Rishi….. Rishi floored me with his sense of perception, observation and analytical acumen. For a while it was difficult to imagine that I was speaking to just a 17 year old. And the beauty is that to him the topic did not matter. It was as if he was an encyclopaedia. I could see the look of pride and joy in the eyes of both his parents as they recounted some of the recent proud moments. What also struck me was the connect between the two brothers despite the age gap, that lil protective big brother look. Later Raj my husband joined us and we visited our architect friend and sat through a presentation wherein Rishi again impressed me by the way he handled his lil brothers impatience to sit through. In fact I can describe Rishi in one word … And that is… Perfect…
16 June 2014…. While going the usual FB posts, I came across one by Loki mentioning about Rishis school having dedicated some event to him…. Dedicated… What the hell does that mean… It was almost as if I was doubting my senses and chiding myself for thinking negatively… My heart missed a beat and I kept saying, this can’t be true, no no it’s not true. After about an hour I got the courage to call our friend Amit and my worst fears were confirmed. Yes indeed Rishi was no more…. But how why…
Apparently it was in 2013 just after joining college at Manipal that Rishi had mild fall while playing basketball and we’ll that was it…. What??? Just a fall and the bright life gone…
To say I was stunned would be an understatement… By now my legs had weakened and I was going through the worst fears any parent has. OMG how are Rini and Loki. A silent prayer went out for them. Rishi was gone almost 9 months back and I did not know. I did connect with Rini a lil on FB but that was it… And that was before Rishi went. It never struck me that why wasn’t I seeing any fresh posts by Loki….
Losing a child is the worst nightmare for any parent and losing Rishi must have been worst than that. I met him for just that one afternoon and evening and he impacted my life in way that his loss became unbearable for me….
And to think that it was just a fall…. How many of us fall everyday…. How many of us tell our kids, it’s ok if U have had a fall, you are growing up. Our lives are indeed fragile.
Rishi has taught me something that I am going to remember for the rest of my life….
When it rains heavily and my arty sun roof leaks, I hate the puddles and fret till it is repaired….. From now on, those puddles won’t bother me…..
When I enter home after a long day at office and see the family room messed up… From now on that mess won’t bother me.
When I need to send that really important mail, and the net slows down, …from now on this will not frustrate me.
When I am trying to call someone and calls constantly drop…from now on this will not irritate me
When I have work goals and for some reason they get delayed,… From now on this will not despair me….
You know why ?
Coz losing Rishi was far far greater than any small problems….
From now on whenever I’m facing a situation of frustration, anger, …. I think of this angel Rishi and think ‘ losing you was a far greater loss…. And this problem at hand can be sorted but getting you back, I can’t.’…
Rishi you did your parents proud….. No doubt you are gone in physical form, you continue to live through us coz you impacted the lives of whoever you met….you brought sunshine wherever you went…. Maybe the God in heaven above wanted some more brightness and so he called you much before your time…. Will miss you son……
Sneha (Rano Aunty )
Are CEPT students smart? Well, yes and no.
1. They all think, at least by the end of their term, that they are smart
2. They have had access to some good thinking – Others’, if not their own – and that is valuable
3. There is more stress on fundamentals and they have had a chance to learn strong concepts
4. It is a free environment, so people who have individual ideas have been allowed to explore them
5. Many who didn’t know they could explore, were probed or encouraged to do so
6. There is no spoon feeding or roto learning, and hence people ought to start using their brains
7. Students come through an entrance exam, and prefer CEPT over a bunch of other schools, so CEPT still gets the cream
8. Be aware that there are many other great places of learning in the world, but not as low cost, easy to get in and stay in
9. For most of it’s life (shorter compared to JJ, MSU, even SPA), students from CEPT’s flagship school have had a slightly better starting pay
A. CEPT is not one class, it is a bunch of schools, run by different deans, even as a lot of integration is taking place at the moment
B. Not all students can take the pressure, so some break
C. Not all who come are responsible, and that’s a problem when the place is not strict
D. Not all faculty has the same calibre, even though there have been some remarkable minds around
E. There is more stress on basics and thinking through, and less on skills. So there’s that initial gap when they start working
F. Struggle is considered a virtue, not a sign of one’s lack of smartness. So many of them are late achievers
G. Infrastructure has been meager, so CEPT does not appear on lists that consider acres and A/Cs
Of course, students are smart everywhere
Now I can’t think of a Pritzker winner without thinking of your analysis Conrad!
The link below is a latest post on the Pritzker win by the (already) famous and also Japanese architect, and is really a jab at Zaha Hadid @
Not fair Conrad. What would the world be if all the architects worked for only politically correct clients? How would you get the pyramids? Or the Louvre? Or the most beautiful of all, the White House?