Design Chair 2
Dr Clause Peter Gast
· Diploma and Doctorate in Architecture at Technical University Braunschweig, Germany
· Registered Architect in Germany and India
· Elected Fellow of Indian Institute of Architects IIA
· Practice and teaching in architecture since 1985
· Lectures and workshops in Germany, Italy, Turkey, Thailand, USA and India
· Six global book publications on architecture
· Architectural practice in India since 2003
· Lectures and teaching at Colleges in India since 2007
Message to the students
‘Vers une architecture!’ (‘Towards an architecture!’ or in my words: ‘Let us move towards a real architecture!’) Le Corbusier titled a mind blowing essay and later a book in 1924 and his emphasis was given to the word ARCHITECTURE. This call to the architects became widely heard and its echo remains until today.
Even if the social and political circumstances were very different at the time in Europe and the world, this call for a renewal of architecture and the thoughts of its creators are very valid today especially in India.
What does it mean for the Colleges and its students?
In our times of a newly ‘open’ India towards the world it means that the realm of architecture has to be explored globally and at the same time locally. Students still need to study the great masters of the past with their ‘timeless’ design approach and students need to study the great architects of today to get inspired of sometimes something beyond imagination. But also they need to study their own environment, their past and present with its local materials, forms and specific climatic conditions. And to my opinion it means most importantly to find a new architectural expression which merges the tradition of our own local world with the tradition of global modern thinking.
Our modern way of life with the mobile phone in our hands cannot and shall not just copy or imitate languages or ‘styles’ of the past maybe imported by early colonialists. But this heritage needs to be understood and interpreted, and these valuable modified aspects of it should be integrated in our more abstract work of today. The results can be as surprising as in the early 1920s.
I imagine and hope that the Schools of Architecture in India will be able to give the message ‘towards this new architecture’ not only to its own but to all students and architects around the world.