Imperfections show up several times in our lives in almost everything we see, use or design. More often than not, we realise, that something we once perceived to be perfect, is probably flawed or obsolete. Beauty in art is often found in the imperfection it bears. The highly appreciated works of Picasso often disregarded scale and proportion. But when a two dimensional entity transcends into a three dimensional object, is there room for imperfection?
Maybe there is an area where imperfections are welcome. During the design process, we cherish the potential that imperfection bears in our search for the perfect design solution. We study several ideas, compositions and layouts only to find that they are just not right for the project. Architects generally crave to attain perfection, but even in a completely flawless design, imperfections can creep up in the form of materials and workmanship. As much as architects try to control the execution of a perfect design, there is always room for some imperfections to appear.
Computational methods are used to make architecture more definitive. Even as architectural forms get more free flowing and organic, the need for accurate digital modelling and parametric is on the rise. The contemporary obsession that the world has with digital precision only minimises the chances of imperfections.
We are surrounded by imperfections -whether it is on a smaller scale like paintings and art or on a larger scale like cities. The discussion then digressed and we -debated on the flaws of an organic city like Mumbai and a city planned to have no imperfections like Chandigarh. Mumbai being an organically developing city; the architecture has emerged out of necessity and not meticulous planning. Every time the imperfections of this city begin to resurface, another layer of architecture and infrastructure is added to meet the growing needs of the city.
Chandigarh cannot be talked about without the mention of Le Corbusier and his work. As an architect, Corbusier always tried to bridge the gap between perfection and imperfection. His architecture displays clarity with definitive forms, contrary to his abstract expressions in art. Architecture is paradoxical – and therefore as a studio as well we often try to work through challenges through a rigorous process of continuously massaging the idea by refining it and trying to perfect the imperfect. Ultimately we re-valuate the proposed solutions and try to make balanced and informed decisions.
Muse MATTERS is a series of dialogues that as a studio we shall engage in– the purpose of the dialogues is for the studio to discuss matters, ask questions, share lessons learnt and may be in the process we can make a difference. Topics discussed shall not be restricted to the field of architecture and design necessarily; they could be about an experience, a journey, a comic strip and anything in between or beyond. We will use this space to share our thoughts and blurbs.