Submitted by Pappal Suneja
Book Review: Connecting the Dots by Architect Sanjay Mohe
India Architecture News - May 22, 2018 - 04:52 21201 views
The New Book, Connecting the Dots authored by Sanjay Mohe, Indian architect and founder partner of Mindspace architects, Bangalore is a collection of drawings of the diverse projects and sketches by him. This book is published by Sanjay Dhingra; Border Books, New Delhi. After 13 years of unique architectural practice, Sanjay Mohe's first monograph has meticulously covered sketches of a wide spectrum of projects, naming a few: NIFT Chennai, JRD Tata Digital Library IISc Bangalore, NSRGIV Center IIM Bangalore, Dr. Reddy’s Leadership Academy Hyderabad and TERI Delhi Atrium etc.
According to the author; Words are ideas, a line has the potential to be an idea. An idea starts with a dot, it becomes a line, and sometimes the decisions happen without analysis. It is an intriguing and exciting process to see the evolution of ideas while sketching.
“Architecture is a process of falling in love with an idea and a relentless fight for its realization. But in this process, one never seems to capture what one wants and hence the process goes on and on”. - Sanjay Mohe
The monograph provides an insight into thinking behind the design process of the architect. The book is an epitome of inspiration for the upcoming budding architects in order to make sketching as a communication tool. The author’s attempt is an affirmation of his ideas & thoughts to make the young readers understand his concepts and ideations so that they get inspired to develop their own.
"It is important to have a record of ideas and thought process. There is an overemphasis on the technology of late, with architecture students and young architects depending less on their imagination and more on computers. Many finer details that reveal themselves when you close your eyes, and imagine a space or sketch or draw a perspective, can be overlooked when one depends on a computer rendering" states Mohe.
The visual memory is the strongest to remember and recall, thus it is imperative that the sketch one draws on its own or tries to understand the interpretation of someone else’s drawing shall definitely leave an indelible mark of learning. Also, as each act of sketch carries the physical memory of the previous drawing, one’s ability to draw evolves. Hence, the evolutionary process of architectural drawings is well portrayed by the architect in this book.
Mohe further remarks on how the physicality of drawing is a way of putting oneself into the sketch, sensing human scale, and this happens only because it is possible to hold such memory in one's muscles. And because that specific memory lives only in one's own muscles, the line one draws is completely different from the line anyone else draws. The continued act of drawing is a process of finding your inner voice, your purpose and potential, the reason you were placed in the world.
On a concluding note, I would say that this monograph is a beautiful collection of the architect’s ideation of diverse interpretations ranging from creating movement of space by layering of curved planes, imagining façade being pulled out of drawers of a cabinet, inspiration of a stack of books; some open and some closed, observing the posture of a cow’s legs; its humps; its slow movement to understand geometry and form, study of light on straight, slant surface and a lot more to be inspired from.
Book details: Connecting The Dots
Authored by: Sanjay Mohe, Mind Space Architects
Foreword by: Ar. Prem Chandavarkar
Publisher: Sanjay Dhingra, Border Books
TU-22, Pitam Pura, Delhi- 110034
Tel: 91-11-28714138, 28714238
Email: [email protected]
Book Review by Pappal Suneja
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