A lot has changed over the past 20 years. Bombay became Mumbai and globalization has taken over the country by storm. There has been a noticeable shift in the lifestyle, food habits, clothing etc. of the Indian populace.These changes have spelled a seismic shift in architectural practices as well.
Over the past 20 years, architecture has been about accommodating people and creating good functional living spaces. It breaks away from traditional aesthetics and strives to create home designs that go beyond “standard” ideas and tries to pursue projects inspired by location, and function.The main objective of architecture in 2016 is creating clutter free homes from the limited space available due to the immense population crunch.
While builders adhered to this concept practically, they also implemented their own tweaks because architecture in India is all about harmony between the old and the new. A very good example of this is Mumbai city. The city has Gothic, Victorian, Art Deco and neo classical styles, most of which were left behind by the British. Even as architectural aesthetics evolved over the past two decades, these traditional styles were incorporated into contemporary architecture.
History also plays an important role in deciding the architecture of a city. Take Delhi for example, it was a combination of 8 cities, which each one built in a different era by a different ruler. Today, even with the rise of modern architecture, the legacy left behind by these rulers is one of the defining aspects of architecture in Delhi.
In more recent years, architecture is not just about the form and style of a structure, it is more responsible now. Architects make conscious efforts to incorporate designs which promote sustainability, vertical gardens and reduce harmful impact on the environment. Not just this, over the past few years, buildings are about promoting a quality lifestyle as well. Clubs, parks, landscapes etc. become serious aspects when designing a structure.
This evolution of architecture can easily be witnessed through various properties throughout India. Bungalows are making way for spacious apartments and people are opting for more efficient and practical homes.
The continuing evolution of architecture will shape (and reflect) the evolution of India as the country steadily moves towards becoming the best it can be.
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