Tuesday, March 31, 2009
see part I
Also here are few contemporary picture of the Ena De Silva House, as promised.
Photographs by Waruna Gomis
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Though both Geoffrey and Valentine had their architectural upbringing firmly rooted in the mid 20th centaury modernism, they have taken different path once upon their return this ‘beautiful’ island. While Geoffrey moved towards a more ‘vernacular / regional’ (a whole topic by itself for another day) style, Valentine decided to stay the dyed in the wool modernist.
This book explores the reasons for such an approach and the resultant work, his professional relationship with Geoffrey and more importantly the socio –cultural background within which all those things happened. It is, in addition to a monograph of Valentine’s work, is almost a critical analysis of the caste and religious dynamics of the early part of post independent Sri Lanka.
But be warned, this is not your usual coffee table architectural book. It can be bit heavy reading at the beginning, but nevertheless a good book. And if you are a student of Sri Lankan architecture it is a must.
Author-Dr. Anoma Pieris
'Londonbaba's' inteviews with Valentine (1-7). Here is the 1st one.
Friday, March 27, 2009
So the rumour is that a major portion of the house will be dismantled and transported to be re-assembled at University of Moratuwa (where I studied architecture, actually the only Sri Lankan university to offer an architectural graduate program. But that is a story for another day). Not a bad idea considering the situation. But I absolutely have no idea how about the logistics except for that the developer is willing to dismantle and transport ‘all’ the item free of charge.
The other option is to somehow preserve/conserve it as is in the same location. But there are couple of ethical issues we have to consider before taking this path. Remember that Sri Lanka has a conservation policy (however weak that is) and there is a registered list of (“listed”) buildings under the same. This house is NOT in that list. So if we were to ‘moth ball this without compensating the owner at the market price we will be doing not only a huge injustice to the owner but also set a not so good precedence.
If such a thing happens, knowing how things are happening around here, expect the next few properties of such calibre to ‘catch fire’ before going up for the sale.
check this flick album for photosgraphs
Photographs by Waruna Gomis
I'm still warming up to this subject! (I have warmed up! Here we go)
The theme this time, for the exhibition architect 2009 was ‘doing more with less’. National Conference a.k.a. ‘sessions’, which was held concurrently, pursued the theme.
The menu was familiar. As usual I managed to munch through the whole green, energy saving, carbon footprint, low cost construction methods etc. in one go, without a clue as to how one can architecturally do more with less. However there were two noteworthy exceptions this mundane meal.
One was the lecture by architect Madhura Premathilake in which he raised the very question “is architecture as a profession actually capable do more with less or actually what we really mean is doing a little bit less that what we used to do”. Then architect Ashley de Vos mentioned that most of the remedies and ‘new’ solutions we prescribe today are in fact essentially what we have been practising as architects about 10 –20 years ago. (Authors note: i.e. Simple colonnaded classrooms and rural hospital wards, government offices with large verandas, which are well suited for tropical climate and less costly to built)
Let me also add another question to this; is it really necessary to do more with less? How about doing less altogether.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
The theme this time was ‘Doing more with less’. National Conference a.k.a. ‘sessions’ were also held concurrently.
SLIA - Sri Lanak Institute of Architects
Dept. of Architecture, University of Moratuwa
CSA - City School of Architecture (formarly Colombo School of Architecture)
BMICH - Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall
Photographs by Janaka & Niroshan