Dublin-based McCullough Mulvin Architects has released the plans for their first project outside of Ireland, a large-scale extension and modernization of Thapar University in Patiala, Punjab, India. Located in a fertile area, the project seeks to consider the University as a holistic landscape, "evoking and extending nature to form rocky heights and shaded valleys."
The project consists of the construction of two main building groups: The Learning Center, which is approximately 60,000 square meters; and the Student Accommodation, which is approximately 30,000 square meters. These new facilities will be connected with existing ones by a covered and planted walkway, which allows students and staff to walk through campus in contact with nature, while screened from the weather.
‘DESIGNURU’ organized by the Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID), Bangalore, will be a combined initiative of citizens of the city in making the public a part of an art and design based initiative. The festival aims to create a dialogue among the residents of the city through the lens of community and public interest based works on Design, Art and Architecture.
The Curry Stone Foundation has announced The Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centers (SPARC) as the winner of the 2016 Curry Stone Design Prize Vision Award. For over 30 years, SPARC has supported, represented and implemented improvements for Indian citizens living in slum communities throughout the country. Through its alliance with the National Slum Dwellers Federation (NSDF) and Mahila Milan (Women Together), SPARC is now active in over 70 cities throughout India, lobbying for physical, social and legal advancement, as well as facilitating the construction of housing for more than 8,500 families and community toilets for over 500,000 seats in slums with no existing facilities.
“SPARC with the National Slum Dwellers Federation and Mahila Milan are driving change by using the knowledge and capacity of the urban poor,” said Emiliano Gandolfi, the Director of the Curry Stone Design Prize. “With their work they designed the social framework that enables underrepresented populations to have a voice in the decision processes that determine their quality of life.”
The prestigious IIA National Awards for Excellence in Architecture 2015 will be held in Calicut from April 7-9, 2016, along with CROSSROADS 2016, hosted by the IIA Calicut Centre, powered by Trojan Plywood. The 3 day event to be held at Kadavu Resort, Calicut will see the attendance of over 1,000 delegates comprising Architects & Urban Planners from across the country.
A three-day Building Energy Modeling workshop in Delhi for architects that equips them with knowledge related to building science, software training to design energy efficient and sustainably cooled buildings that save money for their clients, enhance energy access for underprivileged sections of our society, and reduce carbon emissions.
Agroecologist Amlankusum, together with Paris-based Vincent Callebaut Architectures, has created Hyperions, a vertical, energy positive eco-neighborhood proposed for Jaypee Green Sports City in the Delhi National Capital Region (NCR) in India. Aiming to “reconcile urban renaturation and small-scale farming with environment protection and biodiversity,” the project combines low-tech and high-tech elements with the “objective of energy decentralization and food deindustrialization.”
Archcult ’16 – the annual symposium of the Department of Architecture, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli (formerly regional engineering college (REC), Tiruchirappalli) held every year in the month of March (11th, 12th & 13th ). With an active participation of above 1000 students from over 50 colleges, Archcult has been drawing students, professionals, and pioneers from various architectural fields and eminent connoisseurs from across the country. Today, Archcult is one of the most awaited symposiums across the South India.