Indian Arch ’16

Non-Profit Student’s Journal | Architecture & Construction | Launch: Jan ‘16 |Total press count: 2000 copies

Distribution: National, specific International destinations

Indian Arch is the annual student’s journal of National Association of Students of Architecture, India. It was in Dehradun, June ‘15 when I gave the presentation, and won the bid; starting as the convenor & editor-in-chief of this journal, I knew that this is one journey which I would absolutely enjoy, and whose destination, I was eager to reach. 9 months, & 160 pages later, I sincerely have no complaints! An enthralling safari, this taught me pretty much, more than the classroom lectures. The ‘16 edition has been highly appreciated by everyone; it was inaugurated by Ar. Divya Kush, Hon’ble President, IIA at the 58th Annual NASA Convention, Surat, Jan ‘16. I have contacted professionals for their contribution, taken interviews, done some slight proof-reading at times, and designed the entire magazine layout by myself. In its 29 years of existence, this is the first time in the recent decade that we have been able to publish a quality journal within the stipulated deadline.

Cover Story
The short-listed authors engage their imagination, and best of hopes to portray our motherland in the lines of a different history; taking up what if situations, and challenging the history, our authors have portrayed India under two distinct flows, one imagines India under the French Raj instead of British Raj, whereas the other dares to venture deep, portraying India as a self-developing republic nation, free of any foreign influence.

The dedication article delves deep into the architectural tenets of the legend, Ar. Charles Correa. It’s a humble tribute from NASA, India to the legend whose sorrowful loss left a huge void ever vacant.

Giving importance to a properly cured dialogue, I realized that my interviewees cannot be interviewed same. I did my homework and framed separate set of doubts for them; Prof. Rahul Mehrotra dwells upon the globalization of Indian Architecture, and the factors working within; Ar. Abin Chowdhury dives deep into the common factors affecting Indian architecture, and education in the 21st century; Prof. Nalini Thakur discusses the intricate details of being a conservation architect in India, and the pros and cons of being the same; and lastly, Ar. Madhav Raman unravels the common mysteries of architecture, and architectural education in the country, and clears out the common problems and challenges faced by the common Indian Architecture Student.

Feature Articles
Respecting the need for diversity, I framed various diverse categories of stories I would love to see in this magazine and then contacted some of the best persons to author an article on their respective choices; Ar. Gita Balakrishnan writes on the role and participation of women in architecture; Ar. Apurva Bose Dutta writes on the evolution of Architectural Journalism and its scope in the country; Prof. Andrew Charleson ponders over the gradual evolution of structural features in the building industry over the ages; Prof. G. Shankar writes on vernacular and sustainability acting as the guiding factor for the rehabilitation housing programs in Kerala; but the spotlight focus article is based on architectural visualisation, authored by Alex Hogrefe, the leading visual architect of recent times; he ponders deeply into simple techniques that can enhance our visualisation, and has also shared tricks for the same.

9 months & 160 pages later…
I wouldn’t say the experience was fantastic, or maybe ecstatic. I would more comfortably term it to be realistic; when I started it, little did I have the idea that I will be facing so many odds at almost every stage. It turned out to be much harder than what I genuinely anticipated. I would not complain though because whatever it brought in my life, I enjoyed it. This was my very first attempt at making an entire magazine; I have written for quite a few before, and have worked with a few teams, but leading a project of such a scale was beyond where I envisioned myself. And the closer the dates came, the harder it became; thanks to the endless support of everybody associated with the same, we finally emerged successfully. Happiness is not only when you succeed at something in which you are skilled; happiness is rather profound when you conquer the new, the unknown to the best of your abilities.