The art in architecture
On 13 December, 2013 Bengal Art Lounge has inaugurated an architectural exhibition, called To Live is to be Slowly Born. This month-long exhibition at the gallery of Bengal Art Lounge (located in 60 Gulshan Avenue, Road # 131, Gulshan-1) will run till 13 January, 2014.
The exhibition showcases wooden models made by architect Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury, of mainly projects he has undertaken and is currently under construction or in work-in-process.
We all have been to many exhibitions showcasing paintings and sculptures and the like. But art is of course not limited to just a few mediums. Even architecture, which is very scientific and often blurry for laymen due to technicalities, is a form of art we all have enjoyed from time to time -- the awe-inspiring feeling when you enter a beautiful office or the pleasant experience you have for an intelligently designed space.
This exhibition gives a sneak-peek into the process of architecture.
"Like many forms of art, architecture is also a very lengthy and meticulous process. It might begin with a rough sketch, and it eventually takes the form of models," Kashef told. "And before the final model is prepared, we have several models that we build and break or mould to finally take the proper shape."
The objective of this exhibition is to make people aware of the process.
"Rome was not built in a day," Kashef quoted the famous saying. And he and his team have worked hard for months in order to achieve the exhibition's objective.
Take for example the curious-looking "prototypical design (that) essentially consists of a two-storey cruciform volume with a circulation ramp wrapped around it." This model for cyclone shelters has classrooms, playgrounds, etc incorporated within it -- keeping in mind the challenges of space, storage, ventilation, etc.
There are several interesting and beautiful architectural models you should go and check out for yourself. One way of learning to appreciate artists is by witnessing their art in the making.