The Inverted Pyramids Of India

Reinventing a new purpose for the forgotten stepwells of India (well what else!)

Step wells are subterranean buildings that were constructed for the purpose of collecting and storing water. Such wells with marvelous architecture and engineering skills are found in the arid states of northern India majorly in the states of Gujrat and Rajasthan. An efficient water management system was the key to the advancement of any ancient civilization, be it Indus Valley (great bath) or Ancient Romans(aqueducts). The steps enabled access to water all around the year though the water level keeps fluctuating. Read More

Exploring the Untapped Potential of Indian Heritage Architecture

Is maintaining and beautifying the heritage with a government fund the right solution for a country like India or should we explore the commercial usability of these magnificent structures? The heritage can withstand the wear and tear of time only if it can be well maintained at their own income. It is high time to think if we have explored enough into the possibilities of using the potentials of these heritage to generate an income to sustain these structures and our cities. A strategically devised economic tool can bring in a bit fresh air to the unattended heritage structures all over the country.

We have heard a lot on Culture and Heritage Tourism, and we run after the European cities to explore the art and architecture of the cities. While every Indian city has a story to tell, nobody listens to the same. Culture and Heritage Tourism (Silberberg 1995) was promoted as an economic development tool to give a push for the growth of their old and deteriorated cities. It is defined as, visits by people from outside the host community to experience the culture and heritage in some way. But before adapting this as a standard model for the Indian cities, considering the geographical and cultural diversity of the country, we might need to devise specific strategies for sustaining the Heritage. Hence, preparing unique and innovative strategies for preserving the built heritage of India is crucial. Read More