Saturday, August 31, 2013

Human touch in nature!

SWEET SURPRISE - Human interaction cohesive with nature-
I wrote in previous post about immersing into  sublime and external beauty of the Mountian/s.
Continuing the same journey, I want to show you some examples of minimal human interaction with nature. 
If you are not observant and mindful, you will just miss them.

One Painted branch (credit- Neela Shukla)

Discreet Wishing Well (credit- Neela Shukla)
Drain Cover (credit- Neela Shukla)
Metal Plant (credit- Neela Shukla)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

What is it about mountains?

My thoughts on my experience-
Recent trip of  Blue Ridge mountains have stirred something deep inside me. Going to Mountains keep surfacing in my conversations with friends, regardless of any connection to the topic. What is it about mountains?  I went to trekking trip to Kulu, Manali, when I was 20 years old. Is that nostalgia of childhood memory or just a change of place or just stress free time? I do not think so.
Mountains- Photo Credit- Neela Shukla

As it turns out that many people from urban areas want to climb or go to mountain/s.

There are many reasons people climb mountains or go to mountains. Striking beauty of mountains attract nature lovers and physically fit people as climbing activity coins as youthful and intense. Sometimes, people climb certain mountains or hills because of the religious faith. Many religious structures are situated on the top of the mountains. Because of their religious faith, people go to pilgrimages and end up climbing or trekking mountain trails. These powerful forms of mountains and beautiful snowy peaks or rushing rivers between the valley or swaying trees in the ranges of mountains are the exterior beauty; of course stunning and magnificent in aesthetics. But in my mind, they are still objects and they all have their limitness. They can be described and photographed.

But wait then what is other thing? I am talking about the sublime beauty. It is found in nature and not attached to mountains, or objects or form. Sublime provoks emotions of impossible and it can be attached to limitlessness. It comes from the mind of viewers/climbers/visitors: the subjects. They are the sublime essence of mist in the air, ever-changing, mountains hugging clouds, chirps and songs of the birds, sound of running water or dripping rain drops. Sublime is in the sound of ruffling of leaves and gently pressing breeze against the skin. Sublime beauty is in the wet smell of earth mixed with the wooded trees and many more, which I have not experienced yet.  I know that these are mapped in my memory and I am sure, every encounter with any mountain will add a line or two.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Europeans think in colors: Superkilen project in Denmark

Project conceptualization through colors and public participation in creating familiar spaces

Superkilen is a mile-long urban space that cuts through one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in Denmark. I was intrigued with this project because the design process seems unique.

The area was divided in to three different segments, named and designed with colors. Green park, Black square and Red Square; you can see in the diagram below. Each area is distinguished by its color with its own distinct character.

Also, this area contains more than 100 different elements of street furniture, play equipment, sculpture, and lighting from the 62 home countries of the project’s inhabitants. Check out the link to inquire further in this project and check out beautiful photos-
Superkilen - 2013 Global award for excellence
 The familiarity of those objects make people connect to the space as well as make them feel safe and secure. I think, it is a tool which can be used in any type of design. This approach was achieved by an intensive process of participatory meetings between local residents and designers. Local company Superflex, landscape design firm Topotek1 and architecture company BIG collaborated with two local government agencies to make this into reality. Collaboration and public participation is must for this kind of large scale project.