Book Talk > Spade
Spade is a biannual journal dedicated to Indian Architecural Design. My first reaction when I opened the large courier Editor Samira Rathod mailed across was to its generous proportions. It was beautifully typeset, had great photography, no ads and ample words which promised heavy reading (and sitting in shifting positions having its large pages curl over my hands).
The theme of the first issue was Politics and Architecture, clarified as ‘the interrelationships between people and buildings’. Contributors included Ashish Ganju and Nemish Shah, Suhasini Aiyer (who wrote of Auroville and the idea of Utopia in today’s context), Aniket Bhagwat (who inroduces us to mesmerising Golconde), Rohan Shivkumar (very interesting article on displaced domesticities), Quaid Doongerwala (enlightening bit on street architecture), Dr Neelkanth Chhaya, and a very engaging exercise of eliciting diverse opinions on a single project, Jariwala House, by Mustansir Dalvi and Anupam Poddar. Rohan Rathod, Zubin Pastakia and Ayesha Broacha’s pictures made the book an instant pick-up wherever I let it lie for a few seconds.
The journal exists because there was felt a lack of a serious platform for discussion and to create space for true design criticism. The first issue received a lot of feedback, some good, some bad. Samira shared some that she got from the fraternity. It ranged from ‘Delightful! And schlick!’ to ‘excellent photo material’ to ‘elitist’ to ‘calling a spade a spade is one thing, and poetry and artful design quite another’ to ‘Did they really have to show their own project? That’s a complete faux-paus!’
Personally, I found it enlightening, insightful and full of possibility and I will definitely get myself the second issue. A lot of the feedback will reflect in the second issue which is out next month. It should be interesting to see how this journal evolves and whether it goes beyond the four experimental issues planned.
To get your copy of Spade, call 022 24310395 or send a mail request to samira_rathod(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)in
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