Journal of Arts & Ideas, no. 7 (April-June 1984) p. 2.

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From the Editor

CONTEMPORARY architecture in India is seldom written about in journals or newspapers. The writings on architecture that do appear occasionally, concern themselves with the heritage of the past Yet,

before our eyes, the unbelievable pace of urbanisation has given us gigantic man made cities growing at ever increasing speeds. The absence of the written word is therefore an uneasy one because much of what is being built is extremely unpleasant to look at or for that matter to live in. For some reason, architecture in contemporary times is regarded as the exclusive domain of architects and planners to the exclusion of other disciplines. It is then imperative for architects to de-mystify their concerns and explain the basis of their work-It ^should be emphasised that architecture is a distinct art with its own traditions and history. It must therefore be primarily creative and the process of designing a building must concern itself with creating buildings and environments that belong to the best traditions of architecture far beyond satisfying just the functional programme of the builder.

Contemporary architecture is little written about because it has alienated those who could possibly write about it This alienation has come abbut because much of the 'language' of contemporary architecture is abstract and almost purist in its expression and extremely derivative of the post war architectural styles of the west

In this issue two contemporary architects Romi Khosia and Satish Gujral talk about their concerns and their work. Both of them are working in a complex

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