1. The 'Otla' Project


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    The sense of association and belonging is very high in the vernacular house forms ‘Pols’ of Ahmedabad. Imbibing the ethos of the place, the traditional houses with their internal courtyards, otlas and richly carved wooden facades create socially interactive, environmentally efficient and aesthetically enriching living neighbourhoods. ‘Otla’ plays a significant role in interaction amongst the community. It is an important element culturally, architecturally and sociologically. It is an element of transition between the public (street) and the private (house) domains considered to be profane and sacred. It becomes a centre for informal gatherings of small groups adding life to the street. The installation is an ode to the heritage imbibed in the architectural element, the “Otla”, prevalent in the traditional housing forms of old Ahmedabad. It is an effort to preserve the idea of community based living (which is disappearing) and presenting it to an eye that has not witnessed it.

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