By Accommodation Times News Services
4th Dimension Architecture charts Architect Chandrakant Patel’s journey from his days of studying architecture in Europe to what he has become today, most importantly, becoming the man behind The Stock Exchange, Bombay building along the way.
From being Alvar Aalto’s protégé to designing iconic buildings in Mumbai under a few well-known architecture firms to starting his own architectural firm, Ar. Patel documents his journey in his own words through this book. The book is divided into chapters according to chronological events in Ar. Patel’s life.
1. What is the book about?
The book, “4th Dimension Architecture” is an accurate documentation of my Professional Life; in my more than 5 decades of practice of Architecture, I have been able to give India some of its landmark structures; though the book is about my architectural practice, it is not intended to be my ‘bandwagon’. It is about the kind of design ideas & path breaking construction technology I have used, way-back in 1970s, which even today is being implemented as modern technology. In a nutshell, the book is about Architecture & Planning, I am sure, it shall teach the aspiring designers to enhance their creative skills, at the same time respect the nature, while inculcating the best of technology;
2. What was the main purpose of him behind writing this book?
Since my education days I have widely travelled from UK to Scandinavia, from US to Japan, from Russia to New-Zealand and have had the great fortune of having worked under World Architect Prof. Alvar Aalto and have met many other great architects all this plus a treasure of knowledge and experience, that I acquired, while conceiving The Stock Exchange Tower, Mumbai.
My family & people close to me felt that all this treasure of knowledge need not be lost with time and be passed on to the next generation of aspirants of creative designs. The book is an endeavour to enlighten them, how one can practice Architecture with Transparency in Thoughts & Honesty by Heart;
3. How does this help the real estate sector or architect students?
The book may not be a direct reference or a guide book for the real estate sector and/or the architectural students, as one may normally expect; however, I can assure you, that whoever reads this book is sure to cherish it for life, as one may not just learn a few smart tricks of architectural designs, but may also end up getting a lesson or two about, how to deal with clients, how not to loose focus, managing hurdles, keeping yourself away from corrupt practices, and above all how to design for future with the 4th dimension (Time) in mind.
4. Describe some of your significant projects.
Having worked in Finland and having on Gold Medal for Town Planning, in Sweden, back in India, I have been able to do a modest amount of good work, few of which have been landmark and innovative projects, viz. The Stock Exchange Tower, Mumbai (popularly known as BSE), which is one of the highly-published buildings and by-far one of the symbols of Mumbai – India’s Commercial Capital. While, Shanmukhanand Theater & Usha Kiran residential tower (way back in 1960s) were designed by me as the Chief Architect in one of the architectural firms of Mumbai; further on, under the name & style of my own firm, I have designed the Tallest Residential Tower in Rajkot – Galaxy Tower, ‘Column Free’ Dinning Hall for 8,000 persons at Burhanpur – MP for Dargah-e-Hakimi, award winning Kidney Hospital at Ahmedabad, and many other eco-friendly and organic architectural marvels.