K S CENTRE FOR HABITAT DESIGN & RESEARCH (KSCHDR), is a design cell established to formalize the architectural principles and use architecture as an active social, cultural, economic and political tool. This could be used to improve the world through the design of buildings through urban planning, urban design, principles of aesthetics and design. The aim is to build an architectural ecosystem that constantly evolves to be professionally relevant and socially sensitive.
◈ DESIGN PHILOSOPHY : In today's world when everything is fast, uncertain and temporal, the only absolute anchor to our built environment is the meaning we associate with the space inhabited. With a strong and unshakeable hold over theory & principles of aesthetics, the Centre intends to chart a path - pragmatic and contextual. With such larger concerns around, three core factors are identified to address - culture, climate and cost.
◈ CULTURE : Present day architecture is forcing people to live in built environments which are culturally inappropriate by imposing creative ideas from non-familiar contexts. We at KSCHDR believe that architecture should be rooted in the local culture, relatable to the people, their way of life & the place they belong to and it should celebrate the age in which it is created.
◈ CLIMATE : In the recent past, climate has become one of the most inevitable factors in designing architecture considering environmental changes, global warming, increasing natural disasters. So our aim is to create comfortable habitat while reducing the building?s reliance on artificial energy. All the saviour approaches, like eco-friendly, green, sustainable & low-energy architecture, hinged around climate shall be an integral part of every design process & its product.
◈ COST : Buildings designed with indigenous ideas and local materials have low embodied energy, less harmful to the natural resources, sustainable and hence less expensive.
Pier Vittorio Aureli added, Architecture is always political, agreeing with Chantal Mouffe that Architecture is an expression of Hegemonic orders (That is, Authority Structures), and so cannot avoid being political in some manner. Aureli summerised this dichotomy as 'The ideology of consensus vs The reality of conflict'.
- "How is Architecture Political ?" at the Architecture Exchange's Second Annual Symposium, AA, (December 6th, 2014) Dialogue between Pier Vittorio Aureli (Cofounder of DOGMA and Teacher at the AA) and Chantal Mouffe, one of the world's leading political theorists (as demonstrated by book titles like Agonistics: Thinking the World Politically. On the Political and The Return of the Political).