Learnings from “Castles in the air” by Ar. Sangeet Sharma
“Castles in the air”, a meticulously chosen expression by Architect Sangeet Sharma to describe the vagaries of the profession and the book describing its journey that each of us as architects or aspiring to be one traverse; emphatically states the beauty of the “unforgiving” nature of our profession. Told in phases, but read as a whole, the honesty which flows in the narrative, cohesively binds one to the other. From making satires or narrating the soulful experiences, punctuated with humour, Ar. Sharma’s immaculate detailing of the characters and the seamless patching of the storylines makes it more engrossing.
The book “Castles in the air” narrates the eternal learning process in journey of an architect in the most simplistic sense. Narrating the unsavoury bits with humour and the poignant ones with learnings, the book embraces the beauty of the profession, feels Ar.Atul Singla Principal Architect, Idearch and also the Dean of the LSAD, LPU.
The book, the whole connect of Ar. Sangeet Sharma Sir with the practice of the profession and its writings reiterates the need of imagination, the need of dreams and most importantly the need of truth that makes a good architect. "WE” as architects deliver dreams with our imagination and truthful insight and that, should never be forgotten.
A3 Foundation, a brain child of Ar. Sangeet Sharma, has been a great platform for aspiring professionals and established ones to come and explore the nuances in Arts and Architecture.It calibrates their performance & applauds their endeavor. Ar. Atul Singla & his team at IDEARCH feels elated at being awarded " A3 SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE OF THE YEAR AWARD" for the year 2017 by Architect Sangeet Sharma this year for LOVELY PROFESSIONAL UNIVERSITY , one of the largest private universities in India.
In his recent presentation at LPU, as he wins over a crowd of 200 students faculty members, Ar. Sangeet Sharma ,explains the need of Sustainability and discusses the simple application of the same in the recent projects. No doubt that all the projects echo the enthusiasm, we feel in the book ; and rightfully deserve the applause we hear in the auditorium at LPU.
As for me as I reach the end of the book, a tear rolls down as the end resonates with celebration; of not the culmination of the journey but the start, “…to not stop building castles in the air” come what may; to not stop imagining, experimenting, learning come what may and reminds me of the saying -
“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost: that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.” by Henry David Thoreau
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