The Merit List [TML] is an initiative by Matter supported by Takshila Educational Society to recognise projects of critical relevance in the context of contemporary Indian architecture.
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Projects are products of situations and flourish within their contextual parameters. To keep the evaluation of the project completely independent of typology, TML took a cue from Rem Koolhas and made scale as the only organiser of content for the Jury Process. This way, each piece of work is independently evaluated against the background of its programme.
Jury Insights (2016-17)
The jury as a whole wrestled with the amount of value that should be placed on the positioning of the project: type based innovation or newness in a geographic region—against the value of a formal exploration and resolution through tectonic and spatial means.
The general assumption one made looking at most of the work being considered was that good architecture requires a large commission, a healthy budget, and an indulgent client. This isn’t necessarily true. One was looking, more keenly, for the larger import of the work.
Since there is no fixed categorisation of projects, TML enables the jury to develop a system appropriate to the selection at hand. All of this provides credibility to the recognition as does the avoidance of artificial ranking.
To empirically delineate the complex narratives of the contemporary architectures-in-the-making of India; the strength of the TML Process is that it will avoid the facile generalisations that have characterised similar critical exercises in the past.