Noor Boushehri, Maria Letizia Garzoli, Elad Horn, Yunjie Li, Marcus Goodwin and Jane Philbrick, all first-year Masters of Design Studies Critical Conservation students, joined the Loeb Fellows and GSD colleagues in Agra, India, for Rahul Mehrotra's Extreme Urbanism: Planning for Conservation option studio. The LOEBlog is featuring their impressions from the trip.
Water Geometries as Artifact
Ram Bagh is the oldest Mughal Garden, built by Emperor Babur in 1528. The abstract geometry of the grid forms the plan of the garden. Its pathways are actually extruded forms, housing and framing highly engineered systems of water conveyance and storage. The layers of history are explicit in the three different green treatments of the landscape.
Conversely in the case of the two gardens hosting mausoleums, despite the fact that the tomb pavilions constitute the focal point of the scene, the most interesting features lie at their perimeter: I'timād-ud-Daulah in relation to the water, with its articulated waterfront façade, hosting docking and subterranean rooms; Chini-ka-Rauza, in open dialogue with adjacent communities and river landscape, thanks to the low parapets allowing a 360-degree view.