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The Sum Of Parts

Architect Gautam Bhatia’s new book ‘Blueprint’, with photographs, drawings and illustrations, sheds new light on the writer’s own creative journey, the profession and the city it helps shape. Edited excerpts from the article.

Drawings and photographs of Devigarh Palace Hotel, Udaipur, Rajasthan, 2000.© Gautam Bhatia.

It starts with four walls and a roof above; the bare, most basic requirement in a building – space at a micro level. With every new activity, new rooms attach themselves to the first one. They seem to fit in like jigsaw puzzles, with pieces coming together exactly the way they are supposed to. As the puzzle grows bigger and bigger, when more activities and more people are taken into consideration, the perfectly configured puzzle seems to morph into a maze, complete with meandering paths and a fair share of dead-ends and hurdles. The edges seem to blur away and the complex fabric of the city takes its shape. What then are the rules and who gets to make them? What are the forces that shape them? What role does architecture play here? Does it serve a purpose? And how do we deem it worthwhile? What urges architects to design the way they do? What are their motivations, their affiliations and their interests? 

Drawings and photographs of Devigarh Palace Hotel, Udaipur, Rajasthan, 2000.© Gautam Bhatia.
To say that these questions collectively address the life-long quest architect, artist and writer Gautam Bhatia has been on for the past three decades would probably be a gross understatement. But it works well to explain his new book Blueprint, an autobiography of sorts that takes its readers through the buildings that Bhatia has designed across his career, both the ones that were built and the ones that remain static on paper. Generously illustrated with drawings (artistic and architectural) and images, the book studies the evolution and contemplates the eventual trajectory of architecture as a profession, the urban built environment and the cause and consequence of choices and circumstances: ‘Architecture is nothing or everything, all at once. You consume it without nuanced expectation, or it spits you out like dirt’. 

Drawings and photographs of Devigarh Palace Hotel, Udaipur, Rajasthan, 2000.© Gautam Bhatia.
Subversive in nature, true to Bhatia’s very approach to the profession, Blueprint shuns the expected and usual trope of detailing projects with plans, photographs and obvious statements. Instead, what we have is a deep, and at times direct, rundown on the actual thoughts, ideas and processes that led to it and shaped it so. The nuances of history, tradition, culture, the autonomy of architecture as a profession, its place in the urban built environment, its shortcomings and strengths and its trysts with technology are just some of the concepts explored in the process: ‘What you make is not just part of you, but has been part of your history, your background. That is the critical difference between architecture and other construction arts like engineering or interiors’.

Vani Sriranganayaki is the Subeditor at Arts Illustrated.

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