Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Monday, August 22, 2011

"I'm all in favour of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with typewriters"

Frank Lloyd Wright.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Published at Architectural Record

RECORD'S Architectural Photographer Showcase Gallery: Top Ten Reader Picks - Featured photography by Amit Khanna

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Kapurthala - A Critical Analysis

As with most cities that have been continually occupied by opposing forces, there are several layers to the architecture of Kapurthala. When studied closely, five broad architectural chapters emerge.

A Short History of the Agony of being an Architect

“If you see in any given situation only what everybody else can see, you can be said to be so much a representation of your culture that you are a victim of it”

S.I. Hayakawa

We all have our architectural idols. Foster, Hadid, Corbusier, Mies, Holl, Piano, Gehry, Koolhaas, etc.

We marvel at their creativity and wonder at their skills. We pore over their works in magazines, travel to see their buildings and gush over their drawings, details, material choices, etc.

What makes these “starchitects” special? Are they born with more skill than the rest of us? Are they more fortunate to have better projects than the rest of us? Are they simply better at the business of architecture than the rest of us? Or is their success a mix of opportunity, chance and “connections”?

Architectural Criticism in the Age of New Media

The Architectural Critic in the age of New Media

In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations..  the new needs friends.

Anton Ego, Ratatouille

Gone are the Kenneth Framptons & the Charles Jencks’. The new critique of architecture is happening in blogs, on forums and in webinars.  We no longer have to wait for the epic tomes in complex, unintelligible jargon by hallowed and stratospheric critics to know the reactions to our buildings, or those by others. Everyone has an opinion, & now everyone has a way to voice it.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Amit Sood: Building a museum of museums on the web | Video on

Amit Sood: Building a museum of museums on the web | Video on

Photgraphy by Amit Khanna

Photography by Amit Khanna: Architectural Photographer Showcase at Architectural Record.. click here to see more

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