Editorial

Issue of March

May 29, 2015 |

At the very outset – we at SPACES would like to express our sincere condolence and remember Uday Sundar Shrestha, our former founding director and editor-in-chief for his untimely demise. I remember Uday as a person with a strong viewpoint and would like to acknowledge and Thank his contribution in the formation of SPACES. Almost 11 years back, when he approached me to discuss the possibility of starting SPACES - it was with optimism that we looked forward to promoting the culture of documenting and sharing features in the design and building industry. Although in between Uday left SPACES to form another design journal, I have to acknowledge that running a design print journal is always a challenge here with limited profi tability, but more so for the passion of sharing interesting features that we come across.

The Nepali art sphere is continually and rapidly evolving with increased Public awareness. Number of art activities in Kathmandu has witnessed an exponential increase in the past few years. Our art features include two pieces that examine different facets of development of Nepali art. In Art-immersion we commend the Nepal Art Council’s effort in enabling Nepali artists gain international experience by providing artists a travel grant for the fi rst time in it’s history. Sanjeev Maharjan, Asha Dangol, Hit Man Gurung, and Bidhata KC were among the first batch of Nepali artists to attend IAF - International Art Fair in Delhi with funds provided by the Art Council. In The Bull and the Chessboard a piece by Andrea de la Rubia focuses on modern and contemporary arts of Nepal discussing the symbolisms surrounding the bull, a core image from Gopal Kalapremi’s recent exhibition at the Siddhartha Art Gallery. Gómez brings in elements from her native Spanish tradition in exploring the meanings, symbolism and cultural differences inherent in her writing.

Portrait of an Artist interviews Preksha Baid, an energetic young interior designer with Nepali roots who is behind some of the cutting edge design projects carried out in India in recent times. Baid talks about her passion for crafting beautiful modern spaces using diverse techniques and concepts that highlight the intrinsic connection between craftsmanship, artistry and interior design. We also explore the many properties of colour in interior designer Usha Sharma’s feature on Come alive with colour. Art and architecture come together in the feature Wending our way back, an exploration

of the Taragaon Museum in Bouddha. The museum building originally designed and built by Carl Pruscha in the 1970s, is as important and experience while visiting the museum, as to the exhibition of photographs and sketches documenting the recent history of Kathmandu and its periphery that are in the museum’s permanent collection. The museum’s collection which comprises of visual documentation of Nepal’s cultural, anthropological, architectural and artistic history made by foreign scholars and researchers in the late twentieth century records Nepal’s recent history reminding us all of our inherent pristine nature coupled with cultural richness.

In Healing through Architecture - Tabassum Siddiqui explores Vastu as a holistic means of building homes that are beneficial to the overall health and well being of those who reside in such buildings beyond the functional requirement. Our new Vastu regular column features understanding of Vastu Shimromani - Madhav Mangal Joshi’s first article on An introduction to Vastu which become companion reads with Siddiqui’s article.

We do hope you continue enjoying these features and keep in harmony and connect with your SPACE.

Namaste!

Sarosh Pradhan / Editor in Chief

 


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