Author: Varsha Kempaiah

Modernism set the design agenda for more than half a century.

Design  cycles come to view through changes as we develop new ways of thinking about and responding to the material and cultural changes of the world in which design is practised. We Understand, we Create, we Evaluate, and the cycle repeats.

Modernism emerged in response to the advent of electricity generation and the invention of the motor car and postmodernism was because of de-industrialisation and consumerism. The next supercycle as everyone thought would be driven by the new world of automation, artificial

intelligence, the internet of things and  the absence of a fine line between the digital and physical world.

No one imagined The Covid-19 lockdown has disrupted our life in a way we have never seen before all over the world.​ The pandemic has changed how we work, learn and interact as social distancing guidelines have led to a more virtual existence, both personally and professionally. But the unanswered question is will the “new normal” here to stay? Or is the pandemic going to fuel the next supercycle. What has drastically changed is the growth of the online education system, healthcare reformation, digital transformation in all sectors, evolution of traditional workplace and remote teams.

The present moment is one of transition.

Over the last decade, green building standard-setting organisations have made a significant reach in the building industry, resulting in a rapid expansion of green buildings and environmentally conscious building practices throughout the world. Pandemic struck the world and everyone has understood that the time has come to reinvent buildings that are not only better for the planet, but also for the people.

People means diversity

Mixology is a sensibility emerging in contemporary architecture and design which addresses various concepts. Mixology is a manifestation of our present moment of profound political, economical and cultural flux.


It is very hard to define something that in its very nature is marked by hybridity, heterogeneity and multiplicity. Mixology quite literally takes forms like collages, bold use of colors, ornament and materials, along with elements of biophilia and water. It is an attempt at engaging with the aesthetics, ideological and environmental chaos of the contemporary world. It accommodates multiple mixed states of being and existing. Mixology is derived by purpose.


The journey from a sustainability Architect to a passionate workspace strategist, theatre artist and urge to explore and meet people enhanced her experience and stimulated her sensitivity. Her approach towards art and literature, with a touch of diversity which is reflected through her ideology and designs.