- This event is over. However, time travel possible through our Audio & Video!
Thirty odd years ago my five year old son had thrown at me the phrase: they’re trying too hard. It was in reply to my question: what do you think of that building? I realized then that kids, even at that age, have opinions about the built environment. That’s how long the idea of a book of Architecture Fables for Children has incubated in my head. For three decades! But most of it was written in the two last years and re-written, at leisure, during the pandemic.
The Fables address the gamut of what constitutes our discipline. Architectural Practice, Academia, Conservation and Construction. There is a mixed bag of protagonists (and antagonists) that populate the fables. Two ogres, a spider, bat, lizard, strays, owls, crows and other birds intermingle with, and often confront, humans. More often than not humans come away looking foolish and inadequate!
The Fables are a critique of the status quo of architecture; they are addressed at older children (12+), most of whom know very little about the discipline. The Fables have a large canvas that transcends the immediacy of the nuts and bolts of the profession. They address societal issues, like all fables must. Especially the hubris that sadly seems to play a pivotal role in our lives. It seemed to me appropriate to learn from the non-human inhabitants of our planet. Real and imaginary.
The Fables attempt to debunk it all
— Edgar Demello, Architect
Edgar Demello Architect. The principal of EDA Bangalore; have attended the Schools in Delhi’s SPA and the TU at Delft. Travelled extensively in Europe before returning to private practice – now, for close to four decades. Have taught at various schools in the south and more recently part of the adjunct faculty at RVCA Bangalore. In 2000 started tAG&B, the Architecture Gallery & Bookshop. This was a level platform for the coming together of practitioners, academics and students. This morphed into CoLab, a virtual gallery that investigates intersections of other disciplines, especially art, on the making of architecture(s). Have recently made a foray into writing, especially Architecture Fables for Children as well as illustrated Travelogues of curated trips with (not only) architects.