- What is the role of an architect? At times, even social reformers were called “Social architects”. Charles Correa believed that architecture and urban design were instruments for social change. Could you elaborate on this idea?
- What is the “first principle thinking” when one is designing a building for a community? How does one measure the outcomes since it’s quite intangible?
- In my 100th interview with BV Doshi, he explicitly mentioned that, back in India, people used to collaborate and build together. How did such a process happen?
- Even in our tech world, we have this “fail fast” ideology. In one of your conversations with legendary Newyork architect Steven Holl, he says, “Disobedience is important for an architect and you got to fail, fail again and fail better.” How does it work when such massive costs, infrastructure, and people’s lives are involved? What does “fail or success” mean in this context?
- Your own practice, Artes-ROOTS has a very different trajectory. It is a research-based practice involved in the ecologically-sensitive design, with community participation. Could you share a few experiences about how, research, advocacy, community, and practice relate to one another?
- At TDB this year, the theme is design and “Memorial for Charles Correa”. Correa didn’t see tradition and modernity as mutually exclusive.
- You often speak about, “we need to look at history” while we are designing for the future. Can you share the nuances of this seeming paradox?
- Can one relate to the legend simply through his work?