March 2023

Illustration by Riddhi Sarda

Riddhi Sarda is a postgraduate in Urban Planning from Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (2021). She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from SMMCA, Nagpur (2018). She has worked on international collaborative research projects with CRIUPA, Nagpur and Nagrika, Dehradun. Presently, she is working as Project Associate at Nagrika, Dehradun. Besides being a research enthusiast, she is also a passionate digital artist.

“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.”- Winston Churchill

The impression of the quote and the theme of the illustration is that the buildings and the spaces we create are a reflection of who we are and what we value. But at the same time, who we are and what we value is an outcome of the buildings and spaces in which we live, work and learn. Engagement with public spaces is a multisensory experience and triggers psychological feelings through different forms, functions, cultural values, scales, colours and textures. Public spaces leave an impression in the form of a “memory of space” through our senses. Therefore, our behaviour, our point of view, and how we interact with others are greatly shaped by the buildings, the streets and the neighbourhoods and the spaces we occupy.


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