“Be a part of this dynamic field, involve yourself out of the classroom much more, and you can really architect your own future.”
Tell us about Unbind, your new venture for the architecture students.
Unbind is a forum that aims to give architectural students what they presently lack; an environment that helps them to connect with each other and architects in a more learning conducive way. We started this platform because we know the struggles architecture students face during their course, and we are here to lessen and eventually remove those worries altogether.
What was the idea behind or what are you planning to achieve by launching a magazine for architecture students?
In our own student days, we have known and felt the absence of one consolidated source that we could refer; for doubts ranging from technical details to updates in the industry. Unbind aims to bridge that gap by creating a publication with tailor made content for the architectural student community. This doesn’t become an unapproachable third party source, students themselves become a part of this venture, and this is the ultimate focus for us.
This is why our motto is “Building Dimensions, Not Walls’’.
What kind of disparity do you find between things that are taught in architectural colleges in India and the real world?
To start with, many of the processes and materials we are taught about are redundant. If we do learn about contemporary practices, they’re given to us as assignments. Also, a lot of focus is given to design and creativity development but almost none towards management of the project on site. When it comes to design, we feel that students must be encouraged to pursue background research before they start off on any project; so that they can design smarter.
Hands-on experience is something that needs to be focused on, because professional practice demands that we be aware of construction techniques, various products in the market and project management.
Yours is an online magazine. What kind of reach are we looking at?
We are looking to create a community of architecture students. This means that our reach goes beyond the classrooms of one college; it creates an aware community of architecture students, ranging from year 1-5, across the country. We achieve this community togetherness concept by creating scope for interaction between students across colleges.
Tell us about the team that is working on the magazine.
Our team’s core strength lies in our belief in what we do. We have no savior complex about any of it, but we fundamentally believe this is the right thing to do. Ranging from a fresh graduate to each member in a different year of their B.Arch, our team of nine comprises of an editorial, a content generation team and a graphic team. Based on our collective strengths, we have donned roles accordingly!
You have some great content featured including interviews of well-known architects to quality projects by many others. What challenges do you face while generating such content?
The challenge when we interview architects lies in thinking like a student; it is only when we put on their shoes, do we ask questions students really think of, but never get a chance to put forward. The challenge lies for us in Unbinding our own way of doing things, and looking from another perspective.
Where do you see yourself 5 years from today?
When we started, we knew what we wanted, but we were fumbling on how to get there. Today, months later, and several experiences richer, we have a path: it’s beauty lies in how dynamic our approach to it is. 5 years from today, we want Unbind to ‘belong’ to the student community, in the true sense of the word. We would like to see students reaching out to us, organizing events, getting connected with architects, and bettering their own education for themselves in 5 years. We want students to realize that they are a part of us.
What message do you have for the architecture students?
Explore, get out of your comfort zone. This is one of the most beautiful fields out there, which gives you some unique opportunities. This is also one of the best times of your life. You have no real worries, so be bold. In your creativity and in your spirit. Create opportunities for yourself. Be a part of this dynamic field, involve yourself out of the classroom much more, and you can really architect your own future.