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Issues plaguing design industry and possible solutions

Opinions | Author: Jaisim Krishnarao

I have just been reading  a compilation in detail about land and its issues that torment this country. Outdated and incompatible laws and rules and a corrupt system  both add up to an impossible situation. Thus it is obvious as to why growth has been stifled. Similarly the design scenario ...

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Guidance for Architectural Students

Architecture Thesis - Guidance for Students

Opinions | Author: Sabu Francis

During Thesis time, I get lot of enquiries on how a thesis ought to be done in architecture. I remember my own thesis at IIT. I had gone into this deep meditative mood which acted as a springboard to clean up (or at least I think it cleaned up) a ...

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Environmental Architecture

Sustainable Architecture: Our Commitment to a Better Future

Opinions | Author: de Square

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” - Robert Swan Sustainable architecture has been defined in diverse ways but the definition given in Wikipedia is perhaps most appropriate - “Architecture that seeks to minimize the negative environmental impact of buildings and moderation in ...

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The Indian Coffee House

Speaking Architecturally! The fading heritage of the Indian Coffee house....

Opinions | Author: Rakesh Parmar

“....And that girl in the ferozi kurta has the cutest smile...” reads the “The voice of Kolkata” board firmly hanging on the right corner of the ground floor central lobby of the illustrious “The Indian Coffee House”. The Coffee house cozily placed opposite to the Presidency College, College Street, Kolkata ...

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Site plan

From WHOLE to PARTS

Opinions | Author: Architects' Studio

“In great cities, spaces as well as places are designed and built: walking, witnessing, being in public, are as much part of the design and purpose as is being inside to eat, sleep, make shoes or music. The word citizen has to do with cities, and the ideal city is ...

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Chennai City's Master Plan

Mindless Monopoly of Chennai City's Masterplan

Opinions | Author: ARCHNA Menon

Chennai’s masterplan for its development is older than the name Chennai itself. Drafted in the year 1976, it was revised only once since then. Here’s a take on why there has to be serious reconsiderations to it. Let’s talk about Monopoly. Charles Darrow’s board-game take on property dealership that has ...

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Saddi DILLI & aamchi MUMBAI..."

DesignTale of Two Cities ?

Opinions | Author: Architects' Studio

We've lost count of the number of times we have been inveigled into such conversations (okay, fights, if you insist) despite trying our best to stay out of this my city is better than yours debate. The Mumbai loyalists hold strong on how Delhi has no heart and no time ...

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The Pantheon Dome

Understanding Material or Understating Material?

Opinions | Author: RAVINDER D.

Ever since the beginning of time, man has had an intense relationship with the nature and its elements, and with the earth in particular. Earth signifies fertility, gives an image of permanence and is used by man for growing food and building. The building traditions of the east are the ...

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Prefab Movement Needs To Rethink Its Model

Opinions | Author: Owen Wilson

Prefabricated housing has the potential to address very specific price and space problems in today’s housing market, but the industry still must figure out a way to move out of the specialized boutique nature of their current model and into a state of mass production that would continue to sustain ...

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Buildings & Climate Change: Issues & Challenges for the future

Opinions | Author: Bhanu Mahajan

The climate clock is ticking towards a hotter climate. The recent research confirms that climate change has fueled extreme weather events like intense rainfall, heat and cold waves, draught like conditions and so on. The carbon emissions have reached to dangerous levels. A recent report by WWF claimed that the ...

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The Capital Region Growth Corridor Linkages

Andhra's Amaravathi- Making of a New Capital (Part- 1)

Opinions | Author: Dr Tathagata Chatterji

Reconfiguration of political boundaries and division of territories into smaller administrative units, in post-colonial India had frequently altered the urban geography of the constituent regions and sparked new developmental opportunities. There are several examples where new cities like Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Gandhinagar and Naya Raipur were purpose-built as capitals of the ...

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The Parting Shot

Opinions | Author: Anil Laul

Faulty Human Settlement Design coupled with the principles of fractional banking has sparked off the present economic crisis plaguing the world. Ironically, it is the progressive countries that headquarter the agencies that take the financial decisions, and that have the laudable objective of funding projects around the world. It is ...

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Architect Anil Laul contributing to the design of the bamboo structure, Image source: wrkshp.org

Urban Red Herrings

Opinions | Author: Anil Laul

– an extract from ‘GREEN is RED’                                    A practice that defies rationale is the way we design our roads and drainage systems. Roads require a minimum slope while drains require the maximum slope. Yet, we persistently build our drains on the ...

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Architect Anil Laul

A Broken Civilization??

Opinions | Author: Anil Laul

– an extract from ‘GREEN is RED’ The homes we build for ourselves or our clients must not differ from those we build for the underprivileged or other sections of society. Their needs may not be as ostentatious or expansive as ours, but the technologies we use for them should ...

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What Ails BIM Implementation in India?

Opinions | Author: PRS Sivakumar

Building Information Modeling (BIM) - It is actually constructing a virtual building digitally on the computer - exactly the same way a building gets physically constructed. Unlike 3d visualization models done by various modeling software, a BIM model done with BIM software (more known as BIM solution rather than a ...

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