This book tries to explore the many ways in which Shirish Beri attempts to address his concern for man's alienation from Nature through his work as an architect. His Nature inspired designs featured here aspire to directly and indirectly help in bringing man closer to Nature. Each project through a number of relevant images and drawings, discusses its genesis and basic concept along with its expression in the actual design, technology, construction materials and user feedback. The illustrated essays discuss his views on various issues concerning architecture and life. They range from sustainability to art; from the immeasurable spirit dimension to the vernacular architecture; from aesthetics to ethics in the architectural profession; from the various tools for connecting to nature to architectural education. A number of his own poems are also published here to give us a deeper insight into his thinking as well as to reinforce his thoughts that are expressed in the essays. Along with this book, comes a dvd of his award winning film "The Unfolding White" which delves into his work that searches for the oneness and wholeness in life. Can the quality of our life improve when we live and work in spaces inspired by Nature ? This book answers this question in the affirmative.
Born in November 1950, Shirish Beri graduated in architecture from School of Architecture (CEPT), Ahmedabad in Jan 1974. Instead of pursuing higher studies in the U.S he opted for living and working in the mountains near Kolhapur (with his father and brother's architectural firm in Kolhapur) from June 1974. Ar. Shirish Beri's works, which tend to reflect his values and concerns in life have been bearing their distinct mark on modern Indian architecture since 1975. They strive to address his life concerns of the man moving further away from nature, from his fellow human beings and from his own self. Through his work, Shirish Beri probes the multisensory and the immeasurable dimension of space while trying to evoke a reflective pause amidst todays clutter and background noise. He feels that issues of sustainability can be aptly addressed only through the right attitudes and goals. His designs try to achieve an inherent sense of unity and harmony with various natural and man-made elements and forces. He has designed a number of campuses for national & regional level institutions for research, rehabilitation, health care and education, along with various other types of buildings.