An important step towards defining architecture as a stand-alone profession is a clear definition of knowledge areas of this discipline. And we strive to accomplish this purpose by the introduction of our Architecture Journal, Creative Space (Creat. Sp.). The purpose of this journal is to chronicle innovation and advancements in the discipline of architectural design. And this has been successfully accomplished by including research articles that exemplify architectural design at its best. Through this journal, we focus on the emerging issues, design processes and design development. Creative Space (Creat. Sp.) will bring together academicians and practitioners through its publications to give a boost to the research activities in various domains. I would like to congratulate the members of the Advisory and the Editorial Board for their meticulous efforts that have helped in letting the first issue see the light of the day. Given their commitment, I am sure that 'Creative Space (Creat. Sp.)' would soon find its place of pride amongst the academic fraternity.
Dr. Ashok K Chitkara
Chitkara University, Punjab
Chitkara University,Himachal Pradesh
Architecture is very close to my heart. It is more than just the art and science of designing buildings and other physical structures. It is about the making of places where people spend their lives. Architects are not just concerned with the exterior and interior design of a building, but the environment as a whole. It is mostly about human beings living in a 'better' way then before. Defining and designing complex structures is a common activity performed by almost every discipline, profession, and artisanship throughout the centuries. In today's world, we commonly hear of architecture as a craft, and it relies on an inductive process and a set, or many sets, of guidelines, best practices, and personal and professional expertise. We are very proud to release our very own Architecture Journal, Creative Space - Journal for Studies in Built Environment (CSJSBE) which focuses on the advanced knowledge and critical analysis of core design issues of the contemporary built environment. I am very sure that this journal will provide an unparalleled opportunity for the growth and innovation of all those involved. I would also like to complement the Editorial Board for their extraordinary efforts in bringing out this journal in such a short span of time.
Dr. Madhu Chitkara
Chitkara University, Punjab
It is a matter of pride and deep satisfaction that the Chitkara School of Planning and Architecture (CSPA), Chitkara University is bringing out the inaugural issue of the Research Journal 'Creative Space (Creat. Sp.)', with the encouragement and unstinted support of our honourable Chancellor and Vice Chancellor. Institutions of excellence thrive on scholarship and research. In CSPA, a lot of work is being carried out in our 'Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture' in diverse areas, especially those involving Documentation and Study of the Built Environment in our region. Thus, it is high time that a Journal like this is brought out to further consolidate this endeavour and disseminate the knowledge gathered. This has been made possible by the painstaking efforts of our Editor, Prof. Kiran Joshi, and her team to bring out a journal of high quality. We also take this opportunity to applaud and appreciate their efforts and wish them all success in this venture.
I.J.S. Bakshi, Director, CSPA
S. S. Bais , Principal, CSPA
It is with a great sense of pride that we are launching the inaugural issue of our research journal "Creative Space (Creat. Sp.)" - a virtual "Space" for accommodating, interpreting and transmitting "Creative" discourse on architecture and its varied natural and man-made contexts. Being the first of what we hope would be a long series, this issue aims to highlight some of the most critical problems confronting architects, planners, policy makers, administrators and users alike. The devastation witnessed during the recent Uttarakhand floods underscores the significance of Jigyasu's paper on risks posed by indiscriminate construction and the need for devising sustainable methods for post-disaster reconstruction. Extending this exposition on environmental sustainability, Koduru and Dutta, in their study of urban water bodies of Hyderabad, bring out the efficacy of an inclusive, participatory approach for conserving areas of conflicting interests. Another dimension of managing irreplaceable resources is brought out by Malhotra through her study of extensive damage caused to Ram Bagh due to rampant neglect and abuse. A capacity that we urgently need to develop is a design response to issues of urban change and growth. The last two papers attempt to bridge this gap. In the case of Chandigarh's 'Sector 17', Boparai explores the idea of densification of an existing urban ensemble. Grover, with his study of emerging Airport Business Districts, takes this phenomenon of urban growth a step further, giving a global dimension to city planning and design. I also take this opportunity to thank all authors for their contribution and look forward to readers' comments and suggestions for improving the spirit and the content of the journal.
Dean, Chitkara School of Planning & Architecture,
Chitkara University, Punjab, India