Design Development - 2nd prize winner | Sayam Mulani
My name is Sayam Mulani. I am currently pursuing architecture in third year of B.Arch. Along with architecture I am involved in several co-curricular activities like writing for the Magazine in my college, participating in NASA (National Association of Students of Architecture) along with several other design related competitions like this one.
Please introduce yourself in a personal and professional way
Hi, I am Sayam Mulani and am currently studying in IES College of Architecture, Mumbai. Along with the regular curriculum I participate in several competitions both national and international in order to build up my exposure and experience as a designer. Besides these I keep myself engaged by looking to other forms of design in order to keep my creative juices flowing, some of which are writing, understanding places, people and culture through visual media, digital art as well as handdone sketches/painting.
What is your design philosophy?
I believe that design and architecture, much like people, are an outcome or response of the environment they are placed in. Therefore, in order to design appropriately for the people of any given circumstance it is imperative that one has a thorough understanding of the context in which one is designing. I believe that each place is rich in culture with its own unique social fabric. My architecture looks to reflect the same instead of looking outward in order with a strong focus on Cultural Modernity.
Can you briefly explain your understanding of the topic and the source of ideas?
My design philosophy is rooted in the context and it is the story of this context or the narrative that binds the people and context together is of prime focus to my architectural and design processes.
When and how you were first introduced to architecture?
Architecture is all around us, whether we realise it or not. Since I was a kid I always indulged in building and creating whether it was a pillow fort, a sand castle or even a pyramid out of playing cards and before I knew it, this interest in creating turned into a passion for design and architecture.
What does architecture mean to you?
Architecture to me is essentially a means to grow and learn about people and places. It is a means to understand finer details of why a particular seat in our local café can become our own comfort spot as well as how a national monument can become a symbol of pride in the collective memory of whole communities. Architecture to me is no longer a profession but rather a part of me and in a way, it is my lens to see the world.
Reimagining Girangaon "Mills Village"
The Design Narrative is rooted in the historic heritage of the setting which has played a crucial role in building the city of Mumbai as the financial capital of the country. The locality of Byculla and the its surrounding areas were known as ‘Girangaon’ or Mills Land which states the importance of the Mills in the identity of the context and a majority of the population of the area. The abandoning of the textile mills led to thousands of locals losing their livelihood along with their sense of belonging. The mills not only represented a source of commerce but also a whole Mill Culture that developed for the context of ‘Girangaon’ without which the region has lost its urban identity. Responding to this need of a space that can bring the diverse communities of Byculla as one cohesive whole like the mills once did, the design intervention aims at creating a public space that revamps the image of the locality. The intent is to reinterpret the Mill Typology and its essence in a spatial, visual and symbolic way to give a reminiscence of the heritage that once was. In doing so, the project hopes to change the perspective of how the mills are currently viewed into a place that the locals can have a sense of ownership and connect towards. The goal ultimately, is to reactivate the neighborhood and add to its imageability.