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Pradeep Sachdeva Tribute~ AGK Menon

Pradeep Sachdeva: A Compelling Legacy. Tribute by AGK Menon

The passing away of Pradeep Sachdeva at the age of 62 was untimely. He was at an age when most architects are still maturing. Nevertheless, he left us with a compelling legacy as an innovative and humanistic architect, urban designer, landscape architect and interior designer. He created several iconic projects that have become benchmarks and are testimony to the contributions he has made to Indian architecture and urbanism.

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Snehanshu Mukherjee- Architecture-Pandemic

Architecture In The Age Of The Pandemic, Snehanshu Mukherjee

Snehanshu Mukherjee, Partner at TEAM, asks, what will be the architecture of or for future? – As architects, we may feel that we have very little say in such matters. My question is, is this true? I have been thinking of these things especially these days amidst the pandemic. To me, the primary question is – what would be the architecture for or of the future?

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Building Biology - Raman Vig

Building…and it’s Biology – Raman Vig

When I first came across the word ‘Building Biology’, it left me a bit amused and intrigued. Over past few decades, I had never heard about it during studies or practice of architecture! Yet, little did I suspect that ‘Building biology’ will become so integral to my perception of ‘holistic space design’ that it will mark a distinct milestone of sorts in my professional journey! In this article, I hope to share my understanding of this subject and how it has potential to herald a ‘new era of design consciousness’ in our architecture. Before we delve any further in understanding ‘Building Biology’ , it will be worthwhile to examine following facts; – Raman Vig

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Human Bio-field

Human Bio-field, Immunity and Toxin overload- Raman Vig

A strong and balanced ‘Bio-field’ (also known as ‘Prana-shakti’ or ‘Chetna’ in India, ‘Chi’ in or ‘Qi’ in Oriental expression or commonly as ‘aura’) is the basis of good physical, mental and spiritual health. Our state of ‘Well Being’; both within and with the world around us, are the spontaneous outcomes of ‘experiencing good health holistically’.

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डिझाईनच्या दुनियेत: The World of Design

The World of Design: डिझाईन म्हणजे काय ? हा प्रश्न समोर आला म्हणजे आपल्या मनात अनेक समज-गैरसमज निर्माण होतात. कपड्यांवरचे डिझाईन, रांगोळीचे डिझाईन, बाटलीचे डिझाईन, घराचे डिझाईन, मोबाईलचे डिझाईन अशा एक ना अनेक मानवनिर्मित गोष्टींचे उल्लेख करताना आपण डिझाईन हा शब्द सहज वापरतो.

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New York’s Highline – Sternly advised by friends, story by Design Dalda

New York’s Highline – Sternly advised by friends, story by Design Dalda

‘Highline’ is the name given to the rail line that serviced the meat district of New York – carrying meat out. As the city grew and was sanitized the butchers were moved out and the rail line became redundant, disused and as happens, a dump, drug and crime hub, a backward pointing sore to a forward looking city. – Design Dalda

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Udaipur City Palace Museum - Shikha Jain

City Palace Museum, Udaipur, From Monument and Museum Galleries to the City.

The City Palace Museum is an exemplary living cultural heritage that has survived in an unbroken line of custodianship from medieval kingship to modern democracy.  Post-independence, In 1969 Maharana Bhagwat Singh announced the formation of Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation (MMCF) and donated large portions of his City Palace Udaipur, along with an endowment to the Foundation. The City Palace thus became a Museum open to the public, sustained by fees from visitors.

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Sushant Verma-rat[LAB] quote

I am in complete disagreement of the use of the word ‘start-up’ in the context of architectural practices.- Ar. Sushant Jai-Amita Verma, rat[LAB]

rat[LAB] – Research in Architecture & Technology, is an independent research organization and network of designers & researchers specializing in computational design or similar technology-related domains. rat[LAB] is operated as a cloud-based organization with an international network of researchers & computational designers spread across UK, USA, Europe & Asia, and a studio in New Delhi, India, the research cell functions as a global collaborative and multidisciplinary laboratory facilitating design research that leads to novel spatial tectonics and smart built environments. -rat[LAB]

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Notre Dame on Fire

Notre Dame – the oldest forest in France that’s gone, forever.

Live videos of the Notre Dame Cathedral burning down kept the world (at least the world that we are part of) riveted, many people shared images of themselves with Notre Dame, remembering fondly their last visit. The area around Notre Dame, is one of the most kitsch tourist destinations in the world, row upon row of trinket shops, with mostly Chinese made models of Eiffel Towers and other such paraphernalia, the place is teeming with tourists, the majority of them in recent years being Chinese.

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Quote by Himanshu Burte on Library Spaces

Preface: In and Out of the Library – Himanshu Burte on Library Spaces

More concretely, the single library can be imagined as the space a network creates. It may be imagined as a network of various dispersed
book lovers and readers tied to it. That thought takes us places. What if the larger space within which a particular library sits is actually a
cumulative super-network of users of other libraries, in a larger network of libraries?

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Notre Dame -Manish Gulati

Adaptive Reuse of Old Buildings – Manish Gulati, MOFA Studio

Adaptive reuse is born out of the modern architect’s guilt of destroying the DNA of building making. The craft of building, where the architect was the master craftsman, needed him to plan every part and sub part before it reached the site. – Manish Gulati on adapative reuse of old buildings.

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The Indian Step-Well arrives well … and confused in New York by Design Dalda

The Indian Step-Well arrives well … and confused in New York by Design Dalda

As I marveled (with mixed feelings – I am not such a sucker for the dramatic, my preferences are more for the under stated) in the sunny New York cold at the shiny surfaces and the form, the 1st thought that came to my mind was Chand Baori, a step-well that I had seen over 20 years back at Abhaneri in Dausa district, Rajasthan. I was a student undergoing professional training in Delhi and had gone on a step-well focused back-packing trip to Rajasthan. – Design Dalda

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