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Kolkata Museum of Modern Art / Herzog & de Meuron

The Kolkata Museum of Modern Art (KMOMA), Herzog & de Meuron’s first project in India, has broken ground in the new district of Rajarhat. The new museum seeks to embrace the city’s renowned cultural past and ultimately transform it into India’s “Art City”. Programs ranging from high-end gallery and art restoration facilities, to artist studios and an outdoor performance theater aims to empower local artists so they may play a critical role in the evolution of their community. 

Auriga Restaurant / Sanjay Puri

  • Architects: Sanjay Puri
  • Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • Area: 335.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Vinesh Gandhi

© Vinesh Gandhi © Vinesh Gandhi © Vinesh Gandhi © Vinesh Gandhi

House on a Stream / Architecture BRIO

  • Architects: Architecture BRIO
  • Location: Alibaugh, Maharashtra, India
  • Design: Robert Verrijt, Shefali Balwani
  • Structural Design: Vijay K. Patil & Associates
  • Area: 300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Sebastian Zachariah

© Sebastian Zachariah © Sebastian Zachariah © Sebastian Zachariah © Sebastian Zachariah

Saxena Apartments / Vir.Mueller Architects

  • Architects: Vir.Mueller Architects
  • Location: New Delhi, Delhi, India
  • Architect In Charge: Christine Mueller, Pankaj Vir Gupta
  • Design Team: Avneet Kaur, Mansi Maheshwari, Prashant Singh Hada, Ranu Singh
  • Electrical Engineer: Electro Consultants
  • Sanitary Engineer: Vinod Sharma
  • Structural Engineer: Himanshu Parikh
  • Contractor: Macro Constructions
  • Photographs: Andre J. Fanthome

© Andre J. Fanthome © Andre J. Fanthome © Andre J. Fanthome © Andre J. Fanthome

AD Architecture School Guide: Jamia Millia Islama

With its current total population over 1.2 billion people, India is the second most populous nation in the world. What’s more, current demographics show that, rather than being concentrated, India’s population is spread throughout its states.  In demographic and statistical terms, then, India is ideally situated to provide architecture students with new insights into Ekistics, or the science of human settlements.

Founded in 2001 in response to the ongoing shifts in the urban landscape, the Faculty of Architecture and Ekistics at Jamia Millia Islamia, a Central University, grounds students in the ways that nature interacts with human needs/ethics in order to produce professionals instrumental in advancing a better built environment.

Is there a Future for India's Stepwells?

Tourists in India dutifully make the rounds, visiting the spectacular temples, palaces, and forts the country has to offer. But, even when they're practically under their feet, people often forget about stepwells, the massive subterranean (up to ten stories) structures that dot the Indian landscape. 

As this video explains, stepwells, first constructed around 300 CE, were born out of a need to dependably collect and store water. They boast highly complex circulation and ornamentation, and over the years have evolved to function also as community centres and temples. But, as architecture journalist Victoria Lautman has pointed out, with the spread of industrialisation and drought (not to mention widespread demolition), stepwells are slowly becoming derelict. 

Urban Planning Lessons from the World's Largest (Temporary) City

For two months out of every twelve years, Allahabad in India becomes one of the most populous cities in the world - thanks to the Maha Kumbh Mela, a Hindu Festival that is the largest single-purpose gathering of people on the globe. In an article for Smithsonian Magazine, Tom Downey relates his experience of the Festival and sheds light on how a temporary city can swell to such astronomical sizes and still function as well as, if not better than, permanent cities. It is hoped that the research by Harvard Graduate School of Design at the Kumbh Mela can inform the construction of refugee camps, emergency cities and even permanent cities in the future. You can read the full article here.

Raas Jodhpur / The Lotus Praxis Initiative

  • Architects: The Lotus Praxis Initiative
  • Location: Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
  • Lead Designers: Ambrish Arora (Lotus, New Delhi) & Rajiv Majumdar (Praxis, Bangalore)
  • Design Team: Arun Kullu, Radha Muralidharan, Anuja Gupta, Ruchi Mehta
  • Landscape Design: Akshay Kaul & Associates
  • Structural Design: BL Manjunath
  • Contractors: Buildkraft India & Moolchand Stone mason
  • Photographs: André J. Fanthome & Rajen Nandwana

© André J. Fanthome & Rajen Nandwana © André J. Fanthome & Rajen Nandwana © André J. Fanthome & Rajen Nandwana © André J. Fanthome & Rajen Nandwana

Lateral House / Gaurav Roy Choudhury

  • Architects: Gaurav Roy Choudhury
  • Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Contractors: LISA and Ravikumar, Plumbtech Engineers, ACHU P. Enterprises
  • Area: 3600.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Tina Nandi

© Tina Nandi © Tina Nandi © Tina Nandi © Tina Nandi

The Long House / Khosla Associates

  • Architects: Khosla Associates
  • Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Principal Designers: Sandeep Khosla and Amaresh Anand
  • Design Team: Sandeep Khosla, Amaresh Anand, Raju S. and Akanksha Chhajer
  • Civil Contractors: J.J. Constructions Pvt. Ltd
  • Landscape: Garden World Pvt. Ltd
  • Phe Consultant: JR Consultancy
  • Electrical Contractor: MK Electricals
  • Electrical Consultant: Services Design Consultants
  • Area: 6000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Shamanth Patil J

© Shamanth Patil J © Shamanth Patil J © Shamanth Patil J © Shamanth Patil J

Over Water / Design Workshop

  • Architects: Design Workshop
  • Location: Pune, India
  • Architect In Charge: Shabbir Unwala
  • Junior Architect For Project: Siddhath Rao
  • Structural Consultant: Vilas Agharkar
  • Main Fabricator: Sadik Inamdar
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Hemant Patil

© Hemant Patil © Hemant Patil © Hemant Patil © Hemant Patil

Interview: William Hunter Discusses Contested Urbanism in Dharavi

Dharavi - Asia’s largest slum of one million with an average density of 18,000 residents per acre - is amidst a heated debate between its people, the government and private investors as it sits on some of India’s hottest real estate in Mumbai. While the government is grappling for solutions on how to successfully dismantle the low-rise slum and relocate its residents to a high-rise podium style typology, the investor’s profit-driven approach has placed residents on the defense, “rendering Dharavi a perfect storm of contested urbanism," as architect, urban designer and author William Hunter describes. 

In light of this, we would like to direct you to an interview by Andrew Wad of Polis in which discusses Dharavi’s dire situation and the motivation behind Hunter’s new book, Contested Urbanism in Dharavi: Writings and Projects for the Resilient City. Read the interview in its entirety here and read a recap on Dharavi’s situation here

Kanpur Riverfront Development Proposal / Studio Symbiosis

Designed as a sustainable master plan, the concept of water, waste, and energy management are integral to the concept of the Kanpur Riverfront Development project. Proposed by Studio Symbiosis, conservation of energy on the basis of transport management has been designed as an active design element in the master plan, which is a part of an overall scheme for rehabilitation of the Ganga river and the Ganga riverfront. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Eagleton Weekend Home / VSDP

© Anand Jaju
© Anand Jaju

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