So I was watching The Dig on Netflix the other day (to those who are raising an eyebrow in suspicion, it was after work and I was feeling entitled). Getting back to the point, while I was falling in love all over again with Mr Melancholic Eyes Ralph Fiennes’ portly avatar with soft creases and weathered skin, I was also enchanted by the poignant story line, layered performances of the entire star cast and above all the field of archaeology.

The field is not just tedious and physical as it is made out to be. Far from it. I felt it is more like a rabbit hole that allows you to time-travel into another world – the past, excavating ancient wisdom and sifting through context to better understand who we really are and where we come from.

Architecture is different. I believe it is a collective effort to create a legacy for the future developers – a skyline that not only reflects the present thought but will live on in some form, bequeathed to our future generations, giving them an insight into our way of lives.

Here’s why the group of architects we speak to for our feature Creating indigenous spaces are different. This bunch of young people (I call them geniuses) is not only building an enduring skyline for the future to take inspiration from, but has time-travelled into the past – just like an archaeologist – to better understand the simple yet sustainable building techniques our ancestors used and then is adapting them in the best way possible for the time to come. In the process, ensuring heritage always stays relevant.

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