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Bidisha Sinha & Simon Yu on Architecture and Travel

Interview Date: 19-12-2012
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What do you think is the importance of Architectural Tourism?

B.S.: We as architects whenever we travel we tend to see a lot of buildings, but generally it is quite interesting for other people to see and experience a place through its architecture because you get a sense of space, a sense of culture, a sense of traditional skills, of materials and I think architecture connects with the city and its fabrics. So it’s interesting but maybe not as interesting as it would be if you are an architect.

S.Y.:  And maybe it is important as a sort of cultural icons as well; the deference between the deferent cultures and the deferent type of buildings in deferent cultures. So it’s important as part of the travel, it doesn’t have to be a dominant thing, but it’s certainly a very important aspect in any travel.

What do you think is the importance of traveling, especially for architects and humans in general?

B.S.: It’s very important I would say. Nowadays you have o lot of access to information through the internet, but seeing a picture or a video is not the same with going and meeting people, or eating the local food, I love traveling so I would say very important.

What do you think is the added value that architecture creates within a city?

B.S.:  For sure it makes it more interesting, prettier, more livable, and more enjoyable.

S.Y.: As an element of identity in some areas, but I think maybe we see it differently because we are architects, because we probably enjoy the food and the culture and this sort of local things. And if there is a wonderful architecture, it’s a great bonus.

What is the importance of architectural events (like WAF) and what are the profits for the city holding such kind major events?

B.S.:  For architects I think it’s great because you get to meet all those architects from other cultures, you get very deferent perspective, you get to speak to them and so on. Barcelona is known for its architecture to a large extend so it’s kind of appropriate to have it here (the WAF).



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Bidisha Sinha & Simon Yu

Bidisha Sinha & Simon Yu

Architects
Country: United Kingdom
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Bio

Bidisha Sinha
Bidisha qualified as an architect in New Delhi in 2000, and post qualification worked for a number of years in India, which included the re-development and retro-fitting of a colonial-grade listed boarding school campus. Her growing interest in more complex geometries and their construction methods led her to do a Master of Architecture & Urbanism at the Architectural Association in London, under the guidance of Patrik Schumacher, with a focus in Responsive Environments. She subsequently joined the ZHA team in 2005. She has completed Zaha Hadid’s first building in England, the 2011 Stirling Award winning, the Evelyn Grace Academy, which she was integrally involved in from the start to its recent completion.

Bidisha has lectured in architectural schools and practices in India, and has been a guest critic at the AA, London. She has contributed to the publication – 1001 Buildings to be seen before you die, Editor: Mark Irving Quintessence Books (QUARTO), writing articles specific to buildings in the Indian sub-continent. In her own time she continues to experiment and collaborate with artists on the visual representation of real and imaginary spaces, and the effect that has on one’s perception of their environment.

Zaha Hadid
Zaha Hadid, founder of Zaha Hadid Architects, was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize (considered to be the Nobel Prize of architecture) in 2004 and is internationally known for both her theoretical and academic work. Each of her dynamic and innovative projects builds on over thirty years of revolutionary exploration and research in the interrelated fields of urbanism, architecture and design. Hadid’s interest lies in the rigorous interface between architecture, landscape and geology as her practice integrates natural topography and human-made systems, leading to experimentation with cutting-edge technologies. Such a process often results in unexpected and dynamic architectural forms.
:: Photo information and credits:

1-5 > Evelyn Grace Academy, London – United Kingdom, Zaha Hadid Architects
Photo courtesy © Hufton + Crow

6-10 > Guangzhou Opera House, Guangzhou – China, Zaha Hadid Architects
Photo courtesy © Hufton + Crow

11-14 > Sheikh Zayed Bridge, Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates, Zaha Hadid Architects
Photo © Courtesy of Abu Dhabi Municipality