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Concrete in Architecture - 3rd Prize Winners | Interview


Woman in Swimsuit

Woman in Swimsuit

Woman in Swimsuit

Woman in Swimsuit

SarmadaMadhulika Kone

An architect and urbanist whose work is inclined towards developing socially responsible design solutions. She worked on multiple residential towers in Navi-Mumbai, 2015-16. She is now the Founder and Principal Architect at Sagṛaḥ Architects, Hyderabad, India. She received her Master of Planning in Urban Development from Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, India in 2017 and a Bachelors of Architecture from the School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada, India in 2014. As an urbanist, her research interests are in People-centric Cities and ICT interventions in Participatory Planning. Her latest publication is “Smart Public Participation: An inquiry into the role of process and technology” in the book ICT Solutions for Improving Smart Communities in Asia, 2021.

1. Can you introduce yourself in a personal and professional way?
I am an Architect, urban planner, and academician who loves to write. My writings are  usually inclined towards people-centric cities. I believe being empathic is very  important to any designer. It is when one understands the design problems and develops  a user-sensitive design.

2. What is your design philosophy?
The way we design spaces and the performance of an activity in spaces, we indirectly  are influencing man’s lifestyle and his socio-cultural patterns. Thus, I believe Architects  are seriously accountable for the social responsibility of their design. Our design  philosophy is to develop concepts that are socially responsible and inclusive. At  Saṛgaḥ Architects, Hyderabad, we are focused to build better communities.  Deconstructing our social objectives in reference to a spatial configuration, we develop  designs that are centered around positive interaction spaces in residential communities.  As an architect, I feel a great sense of responsibility upon my shoulders to direct our  communities towards a better tomorrow.

3. What was your feeling when the winners were announced?
I was very happy when I received the mail from ARCHIOL.

4. Can you briefly explain your understanding of the topic and the source of ideas?
The central thesis, the essay was written was to showcase that, since historical times  the compositions of limestone aggregates have evolved with time, innovations in  science and engineering. Concrete will surely evolve in near future in response to the  emerging global issues today.

5. When and how you were first introduced to Architecture?
I was a science student who loves to read about Einstein’s relativity theory in my twelfth  standard, who ended up joining the Bachelor of Architecture at SPA Vijayawada in  2010. This is when I was first introduced to architecture. I had a tough time questing  every design possibility and understanding the science of art in building design. Today,  I am still understanding the design in different dimensions, the dimension of social  responsibility, and paving my path with what I believe in.

6. What does architecture mean to you?
Architecture to us is nothing but, ‘The Spatial Configuration’. The design of activity  performance and at the same time, the design of the building envelope that configures  the spatial dimension of activity. The dichotomy of ‘form follows function and  ‘function follows form’ are both true depending on the aspect of the design problem we  decode at different stages of design. So, architecture is the science of understanding the  aesthetic experience of an activity.

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