Hi, my name is Roshan. I am a History with Contemporary Chinese Studies graduate obsessed with the built environment.
I hail from Darjeeling, a quaint little town in North-East India famous for its tea. I vividly remember staring in awe at the tall skyscrapers as I was driven around London when I first arrived in the UK. This was back in 2008 during the height of the recession and I did not know how much of an economic crisis the country was under. Trust was at an all-time low, and now I realise how bleak the appetite for building ‘tall’ was. Since then, my fascination with the built environment – specifically skyscrapers – and the way they function in line with our daily lives has continued to grow.
I aim to write pieces based on these very fascinations and thoughts on how the built environment seeks to enrich our lives, as well as posing a threat to our humanity. They say that the financial district of a city is often the most soulless. Miserable, sullen faces parade the streets. However, I find a certain charm in all of it, and frankly find it quite interesting to see how this sudden boom for building challenges our notions of what is deemed to be ‘acceptable’ or the ‘norm’.
Catch me strolling through the City and Canary Wharf (while I am in London), and I do hope to travel more often and document my findings on how the built environment is taking shape in other parts of the world.