FROM PRINCIPAL'S DESK

The architect is a metaphysical priest dealing in basic essentials, who has the courage to face the primal conception of reality. A building is alive, like a man. Its integrity is to follow its own truth, its one single theme, and to serve its own single purpose. A man doesn’t borrow pieces of his body. A building doesn’t borrow hunks of its soul. Its maker gives it the soul and every wall, window and stairway to express it. In history of civilization, architecture has longest tradition, but tradition is not about imitating previous generation. It is about learning from their experience.

Architecture always works with the ‘facts’ (and not abstraction) of technology. “ But the sympathy architecture always has with technology is not instanced by the literal adoption of technological ‘facts’. Instead, architecture receives ‘facts’ from technology, and returns ‘forms’ to the world ”. It is in this sense, that art is sued to the wanting image of facts. (The conceptual forms of houses, temples, churches, etc. were initially constructed as they were required structurally. Being first of its kind and being replicated, the shape got attached to the function without functional logic, and became symbol of the function itself. The triangular shape of sloping roof in timber is a technological fact. Architecture abstracted it as an image of shelter. This has become a form for bungalows to be constructed using concrete technology, where the shape is irrelevant to the material & structural logic.

All art are, in their general conception, models of imitation. All arts therefore, in the first instance imitate their models in a partial and incomplete way, due to the limitations set by their medium of execution. All of them differ from each other due to the limitation of medium employed by them. Painting imitates reality by means of light and colour, sculpture by means of relief, architecture by means of tectonics, music by means of sound and poetry by means of language. “ All arts are equal contenders of reality each one makes the claim with the weapon it knows the best ”. The essence of imitation in the arts is to represent reality by means of an image and the success lies in the distance it establishes between itself and its model. The scope of artistic imitation is to represent reality by means of an image that is wanting and incomplete. Imitation has nothing to do with aping or production of facsimile copies. Success of imitation is in inseparable and meaningful fusion of its parameters in a way that all of them coexist without losing their identity and the purpose, yet not contradicting the totality of fusion, called architecture.

At S.B.Patil college of Architecture and Design we strive to inculcate in young designers the logic of science and technology, spirit of the traditions, values of humanity and the intent of service to the society with confidence of knowledge, skill and self esteem.