Karnataka Law Society's Gogte Institute of Technology
decoding the gap between superstition and science
The project revolves around 3 aspects - WHAT? refers to the issue, WHERE? The site & HOW? is the design intent.
WHAT? (ISSUE) - Superstition is a wide spread social problem. While the logic behind it is unknown and is blindly followed and thus some people making a wrong use of it. Now here the question arises '' how is superstition related to architecture? " decoding it further.
WHERE? (SITE) - FORT OF BHANGARH is a dilapidated site in Rajasthan, India which is stated to be Aisa's most haunted place because there are 'n' number of stories attached to it but a very beautiful archaeological place to explore. According to the hype it was superstition like Black magic which destroyed the fort but in actual it was attacked and invaded by the mughals and the intact mughal tomb and mosque in the site are the proof for it.
Answering the question,
How is superstition related to architecture?
The study of Vastu shatra, Black magic & all the superstition, the logic & the science is all true but is diluted with the unwanted stories of fear to god or bad faith & made business of it. In the same way Architectural places like Bhangarh & many more have hyped for being haunted & not the architecture of it and thus losing its character.
The design here is divided in 3 parts- The 'doubt' which is the awareness maze with experiential spaces which end in dilemma, then the 'gap' that is the pause to wait and realize & give a thought with amenities like cafeteria & at end the 'clarification' ie. the museum of science & research center where the visitor realizes the science & the logic behind superstition & not blindly follow it, example- Coins, flowers etc are dropped in water bodies making wishes which is effecting the water but the reason was the coins used then were copper which used to increase the PH value & purify it. Like these some other superstition are explained with the help of architecture in the maze & clarified in science & research center walking back to the parking over-looking the maze through a bridge-'The walk of realization'.