Each element in their garden reflects this couple’s philosophy towards life : The Tribune India

Neha Saini
Tribune News Service
Amritsar, October 12

As followers of the Mother (Mirra Alfassa) and Sri Aurobindo, Geeta and Sumant Sud have created their home, and the garden in it, with a passion for elements and perception of inward and outward beauty. It resounds with a meditative-like quality. Their sprawling yard has a lot of striking features, most of all, a fine example of striving towards creativity and creating balance with nature.

The entrance has a Ganesha engraving, carved out of a single piece of granite. “It was carved by a French artist in Auroville and weighs 300 kg. We also have basins in our garden that have been carved out of single piece of granite,” informs Geeta, 62, who runs a fashion boutique in city.

Healing green space: An aesthetically designed garden of the couple Geeta and Sumant Sud. 

When they built their home in 1997, they handpicked every element used in aesthetics to reflect their personal philosophy toward life. “We believe that every element, including every tree we chose to plant in our house, is an expression towards humanity. So, when we designed our garden, we had no architects or landscaping artists,” she says.

Their sprawling yard has a lot of striking features which is a fine example of striving towards creativity and creating a balance in life.

“So, when we designed our garden, we had no architects or landscaping artists. My husband is fond of wood and he sourced it from Balharshah forest in Nagpur,” she adds. Her husband, Sumant, 70, is an electrical engineer from IIT. Their garden also has murals of two swans and bird, done in granite. The red tiles used in outer structure and the house, have been made from mud sourced from Kerala. It has lots of trees including palms, harshingar, species of champa and more. “Every tree represents something, some special emotion or feeling that we strive to achieve,” Geeta said.

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Summerville’s Katie’s Krops reflects on over a decade of national community garden work | News

SUMMERVILLE — Not many people can say they were internationally recognized for their service, created a program that spans across the United States or are a published author. 

Summerville native Katie Stagliano did all three by the time she was 21. 

“Age is just a number,” she said. “You will be amazed at what you can accomplish.” 



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Katie Stagliano (left) and her mother, Stacy, remove tree roots from a tiller they were using to break up soil in a garden bed on Wednesday Sept. 23, 2020, at Crossroads Community Church in Summerville. Gavin McIntyre/Staff




Stagliano is the founder of Katie’s Krops, a community garden organization with the goal of combating hunger through donating produce. She is also the organizer of Katie’s Krops Garden-To-Table Dinners, a program in which Stagliano and other volunteers serve fresh meals to local residents.

The organization started in 2008 with a garden in Stagliano’s backyard. It has since grown to more than 100 community gardens across the U.S. and over 38,000 pounds of donated produce. Its flagship garden is in Summerville at Crossroads Community Church. 

The group also reached a milestone in September through serving more than 10,000 meals since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Nobody is making any money off of what we are doing,” said Ryan Herrmann, Katie’s Krops head chef for the past three years. “I love it.” 



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Stagliano has been recognized by Disney Channel, has had documentaries created about her and wrote a children’s book about the beginnings of Katie’s Krops called “Katie’s Cabbage.”

Those closest to her say she is incredibly humble and doesn’t talk much about her accomplishments. 

Stagliano said she’s just still surprised that all of this started with a single cabbage seedling.  

Planting a seed

Thousands of residents have benefited from Katie Krop’s over the years. It all began when Stagliano was in the third grade at Pinewood Preparatory School.

She was asked to bring home and raise a cabbage seedling as part of the Bonnie Plants 3rd Grade Cabbage Program. She planted it, watered it and even put a cage around it with her grandfather to protect it from deers. 

As the cabbage grew, Stagliano eventually got the idea to donate it. It came from her father, John Stagliano, always telling her and her brother how blessed they were to have a meal every night.

Stagliano was advised to take the cabbage to a soup kitchen in North Charleston called Tri-County Family Ministries. It had grown so big she couldn’t pick up the cabbage herself.



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Peppers grow on Wednesday Sept. 23, 2020, in a community garden started by Katie Stagliano at Crossroads Community Church in Summerville. Gavin McIntyre/Staff




“It was about the size of my 4-year-old brother,” she said. 

The cabbage weighed in at 40 pounds at the soup kitchen. It would go on to feed 275 people, and Stagliano would go on to be inspired to expand her garden. 

Stacy Stagliano said her daughter was

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stainless steel wall reflects daily life within minimalist interior by studioX4 in taipei

taiwanese architecture firm studioX4 has completely transformed a residential interior in taipei. dubbed transparency, the project explores the various properties of light, playing with contrasts of opaque and translucent surfaces, as well as light transmission and ambient occlusion, to generate interesting visual effects.

stainless steel wall reflects daily life within minimalist interior by studioX4 in taipei

all images by YHLAA (yi-hsien lee)

 

 

the interior designed by studioX4 integrates a series of contradicting elements, like curves and angles, steel and concrete cement, yin and yang. massing, shadow, and proportion were crucial to the completion of the project, and everything exists with adequate fusion. the whole design generates a simple, elegant space, with a stainless steel wall reflecting the residents’ daily life. this wall bears the kitchen, along with storage, pipes, air-con, etc. while supporting the essential fixtures of daily living, its distinct appearance also completes the overall spatial expression harmoniously.

stainless steel wall reflects daily life within minimalist interior by studioX4 in taipei

 

 

the whole interior can be observed as a bare container of habitation, becoming the background of a lifestyle sprouted from modernism and minimalism. the architecture generates a living space were inhabitants can satisfy their physical needs, bonded with philosophical denotation. the simplistic aesthetics allow people to emerge with profound thoughts and emotions in a detailed, stylish environment. 

stainless steel wall reflects daily life within minimalist interior by studioX4 in taipei

stainless steel wall reflects daily life within minimalist interior by studioX4 in taipei

stainless steel wall reflects daily life within minimalist interior by studioX4 in taipei

stainless steel wall reflects daily life within minimalist interior by studioX4 in taipei

stainless steel wall reflects daily life within minimalist interior by studioX4 in taipei

stainless steel wall reflects daily life within minimalist interior by studioX4 in taipei

stainless steel wall reflects daily life within minimalist interior by studioX4 in taipei

stainless steel wall reflects daily life within minimalist interior by studioX4 in taipei

stainless steel wall reflects daily life within minimalist interior by studioX4 in taipei

stainless steel wall reflects daily life within minimalist interior by studioX4 in taipei

 

 

 

 

project info: 

 

 

name: transparency

architects: studioX4

lead designer: li yu cheng

design team: yucheng chen, yy yang, a-ru tzeng

location: taipei,taiwan

area: 122 m2 

 

myrto katsikopoulou I designboom

sep 16, 2020

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