Architecture has changed tremendously as a result of the technology and phenomenon which is implicating the way we live and use our homes and the city.
In other words, what we demand from space has been redefined in the last decade. We want the space to be more responsive and adaptive to our lifestyle, the gadgets we use and the way we socialize. Spaces need to allow for a flexible modular arrangement as and when the need arises for a new spatial configuration. Gone are the days, when we plan for a minimum of 25years and beyond thereby making the spaces rigid.
Here, I would critically mention that most of the Architects community in India fails to realign their thoughts to address the ongoing cultural and social transformations and end up shaping environments that are contrary to our lifestyle preferences.
Architects need to intellectually equip themselves with the new trends in society and respond by finding innovative methodologies that cater to these trends. There are Architectural practices in the West which respond fairly well to the periodic alteration of the role of the Architect in this constantly mutating world and as a result are constantly challenged with being abreast with new technologies and forms of living and working.
The Architecture schools in India urgently need to intervene in this matter and prepare the students to change to the demands of the profession rather than teach the subject with a syllabus which applies to a condition almost four decades ago.
The time has come for the faculty of Architecture to shift to the other side of the classroom and listen to what the students have to say about the ongoing innovations.