Christopher Charles Benninger. K likes. Born and brought up in America in an Academic and Artist family, Prof. Christopher Benninger is one of India’s. Christopher Charles Benninger Architects is a place of excellence in design. The team headed by Christopher Benninger has always functioned as a studio. Christopher Charles Benninger Architects ••• Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies / Christopher Charles Benninger Architects. –

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As a young man, I sought refuge from the chaos and the ugliness around me that showcased itself in the form of branded fast food eateries, bland multi-storied apartment buildings and boring malls. I sought seclusion from the mundane, boring context created by a consumer christophef.

That path led me into the world of visionaries through the median of books.

I learned that books were the vehicles in which one could travel seeking discovery, and as a brnninger I voraciously began to collect books on topics that fascinated me and intrigued me, discovering real gurus under whom I could study and learn. Teachers like Jose Luis Sert overpowered me with their concepts and their exciting visions opened insights into my own possible future.

They showed me, which features of my intellect and of my own personality were unique and would be my hcristopher to build a life upon.

My teachers and my gurus inspired me! In my universities, I sought the truth ; I wanted to know what was right and what was wrong! In this model of thought and conduct there were not grey areas, there was only black and white!


But, at some point a moment of self-realization struck me and I realized that life is not always seeking pure truth.


Life is also about good times, laughter, friendships and smiles. Thus, life is not a career benningger flowing along a straight line, but it is a spiritual path of serendipity discoveries; aninner search for self-realization! I came to India in studying shelter typologies, amazed to see how people survived in slums, chawls, and small apartments carved from old buildings. That first induction into this great society turned all my learning at MIT and Harvard University up-side-down, resulting in journal articles challenging the ideas of my Bennniger professors.

During that first adventure in India I made lifelong friends and met guides and gurus who still temper my thinking.

I could see how socio-economic systems, technologies and politics forged physical environments and how chagles creators of these structures seamlessly worked within these frameworks.

One must travel on real roads to discover new realities! One must see real buildings and structures and to read of their history, the conditions of the people who created them, and the societal needs and forces that generated them. Thus, travel became my mode of exploration: Yes, inspiration is everything.

Yes, discovering who you are and what the most intrinsic characteristics you possess is everything! I grew up as a child in the world of the radio. In the evenings, my sister and I would listen to stories of cowboys and Indians on the radio.


We had to imagine what everything looked like, creating half of the story ourselves in our minds! Then came the beepers, film cassettes, Walkman music systems, the Internet and smart phones.

More and more media injected completed images into our minds killing our imaginations. Our imaginations began to atrophy, sleep and die.

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Instead of growing our creativity began to shrink. Instead in being, we have only learned to seem and to pretend; chriwtopher live in imaginary boxes created by others, instead of creating more and more new images to explore. My advice to young creative people is to generate ideas and concepts from within your own imaginative minds, and to amplify these original ideas out; rather than become sleeping creatures benningr of ideas pushed into your mind from the banal outside!

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