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Hornbill House / Biome Environmental Solutions

20:00 - 22 August, 2015
Hornbill House / Biome Environmental Solutions, © Vivek Muthuramalingam
© Vivek Muthuramalingam

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House B123 / M:OFA Studios

19:00 - 19 August, 2015
House B123 / M:OFA Studios, © Dev Singh
© Dev Singh

© Dev Singh © Dev Singh © Dev Singh © Dev Singh +53

  • Architects

  • Location

    Malviya Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110017, India
  • Area

    8353.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

penda to Build Modular, Customizable Housing Tower in India

16:22 - 19 August, 2015
© penda
© penda

penda has released plans for their first project in India. Based on a modular building system, the Pooja Crafted Homes will allow residents of Vijayawada to design their own high-rise apartment by selecting prefabricated modules from a catalogue that will then be inserted into the tower's frame. 

"In an age of mass-production and a certain conformism in the building industry, we try to use modern construction techniques to bring back a level of individualism and flexibility for the inhabitants of a highrise. A kind of individualism one would have in building his own house," says penda. 

WEISS/MANFREDI to Re-envision India's US Embassy

16:00 - 5 August, 2015
WEISS/MANFREDI to Re-envision India's US Embassy, © WEISS/MANFREDI
© WEISS/MANFREDI

The United States Department of State has commissioned WEISS/MANFREDI to re-envision the Edward Durell Stone-designed embassy compound in New Delhi, India. Fifty years after its opening, the masterplan hopes to "restore the early modernist Chancery Building and recast the Embassy Compound as a multi-functional 28-acre campus setting." The masterplan's first phase will see the addition of a new office annex and restore the complex's landscape. 

Open Call: Chandigarh Unbuilt Competition to Complete Le Corbusier's Capitol

16:00 - 2 August, 2015
Open Call: Chandigarh Unbuilt Competition to Complete Le Corbusier's Capitol, Courtesy of archasm
Courtesy of archasm

Online international competition organizer archasm has launched its “Chandigarh Unbuilt: Completing the Capitol” ideas competition, which seeks designs to finalize and complement Le Corbusier’s Capitol Complex in ChandigarhIndia.

Three buildings at the complex have been built according to Le Corbusier’s plans—the Secretariat, Assembly Hall, and High Court—but the fourth and final building, called the Museum of Knowledge, has yet to be conceptualized.

L- Plan House / Khosla Associates

20:00 - 27 July, 2015
L- Plan House / Khosla Associates, © Shamanth Patil J.
© Shamanth Patil J.

© Shamanth Patil J. © Shamanth Patil J. © Shamanth Patil J. © Shamanth Patil J. +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
  • Architect in Charge

    Sandeep Khosla and Amaresh Anand
  • Design Team

    Sandeep Khosla , Amaresh Anand , Oomen Thomas and Priyanka Sams.
  • Photographs

Yogananda Library / Sourabh Gupta

20:00 - 20 July, 2015
Yogananda Library / Sourabh Gupta, © Andre J Fanthome
© Andre J Fanthome

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This New Brick by MIT-Researchers Uses Little Energy and Helps Deplete Landfills

11:30 - 15 July, 2015
Traditional Red Bricks. Image Courtesy of MIT Tata Center
Traditional Red Bricks. Image Courtesy of MIT Tata Center

India has one of the fastest growing populations in the world and to accommodate it, a better building material is needed. Currently over 200 billion of the country’s traditional clay fired bricks are manufactured every year, resulting in numerous pollution and environmental problems. To address these issues, a team from MIT –- composed of students Michael Laracy and Thomas Poinot, along with professors Elsa Olivetti, Hamlin Jennings and John Ochsendorf -- has developed Eco-BLAC bricks: an alternative to traditional bricks that reuses industrial waste and is low-cost and low energy. 

Casa Rana / Made in Earth

22:00 - 14 July, 2015
Casa Rana / Made in Earth, Courtesy of Made in Earth
Courtesy of Made in Earth

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Design Team

    M. Cosenza, G.C. Genito, A. Palmieri, F. Scognamillo, A. Turchi, T. Varriale
  • Area

    150.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Made in Earth

The Newtown School / Abin Design Studio

02:00 - 2 July, 2015
The Newtown School / Abin Design Studio, © Ravi Kanade
© Ravi Kanade

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Kolkata, West Bengal, India
  • Design Team

    Abin Chaudhuri, Paromita Chatterjee, Poorvi Dugar Ajmera
  • Architect on Record

    SBA Spectra Consultants
  • Area

    15000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Charles Correa Dies at 84

07:25 - 17 June, 2015
Charles Correa Dies at 84, Charles Correa
Charles Correa

Charles Correa, widely considered to be one of India's greatest living architects, died yesterday in Mumbai at the age of 84. Correa, who was also a respected urban planner and renowned activist for the quality of cities, had been the recipient of the RIBA Gold Medal in 1984, the Praemium Imperiale in 1994, and the 7th Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1998. His work had also been recognised with one of India's highest civilian honours, the Padma Shri, in 1972. In 2013 Correa donated over 6000 drawings and 150 models from his archives to the RIBA in London.

Visitors Entrance Pavilion at Glade One / Khosla Associates

19:00 - 20 May, 2015
Visitors Entrance Pavilion at Glade One / Khosla Associates, © Jignesh Vishwanath
© Jignesh Vishwanath

© Jignesh Vishwanath © Jignesh Vishwanath © Jignesh Vishwanath © Jignesh Vishwanath +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
  • Architect in Charge

    Sandeep Khosla, Amaresh Anand
  • Design Team

    Sandeep Khosla , Amaresh Anand , Akanksha Chajjer and Oommen Thomas
  • Area

    6000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Deolali House / SPASM Design Architects

20:00 - 19 May, 2015
Deolali House / SPASM Design Architects, © Sebastian Zachariah
© Sebastian Zachariah

© Sebastian Zachariah © Sebastian Zachariah © Sebastian Zachariah © Sebastian Zachariah +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Deolali, Maharashtra 413716, India
  • Design Team

    Sangeeta Merchant, Mansoor Kudalkar,Gauri Satam,Denver Periara,Divyesh Kargathra Sanjeev Panjabi
  • Area

    454.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Three Trees House / DADA & Partners

21:00 - 14 May, 2015
Three Trees House / DADA & Partners, © Ranjan Sharma /  Lightzone India
© Ranjan Sharma / Lightzone India

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Kumbh Mela: Designing the World's Largest Gathering Of People

10:30 - 28 April, 2015
Kumbh Mela: Designing the World's Largest Gathering Of People, Kumbh Mela, January 2013: Mapping the Ephemeral Mega City. A project by Harvard University. Published by Hatje Cantz. Image © Felipe Vera
Kumbh Mela, January 2013: Mapping the Ephemeral Mega City. A project by Harvard University. Published by Hatje Cantz. Image © Felipe Vera

As the location of the world's largest single-purpose gathering of people, the 2013 Kumbh Mela obviously required a significant organizational effort from those charged with planning it - but what is less obvious is exactly how this need to plan can be squared with the nature of the Kumbh Mela itself. Located in the floodplain of the river Ganges, most of the 23.5-square-kilometer area of the festival (commonly referred to as the nagri) remains underwater until a few months before the festival, and organization is at every stage challenged by the uncertainty and ephemerality of the festival itself. In this excerpt from the recently published book, "Kumbh Mela, January 2013: Mapping the Ephemeral Mega City," Rahul Mehrotra, Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard GSD, and Felipe Vera, Co-director of the Center for Ecology, Landscape and Urbanism at UAI DesignLab, explain how infrastructure and street grids are deployed in a way that not only enables the Kumbh Mela festival itself, but enhances its ephemeral and democratic spirit.

Deployment Process

Standing at the Kumbh Mela at night looking towards an endless functioning city where the temporary construction of the nagri is fused with the city of Allahabad, there are two things that one cannot avoid asking: 1) How was this enormous city planned in terms of scale and complexity? 2) How is the city actually constructed? One of the most interesting elements about the construction process of the city is that unlike more static and permanent cities—where the whole is comprised of the aggregations of smaller parts, constructed in different moments that are tied together by pre-existing and connecting urban infrastructure—the city of the Kumbh Mela is planned and built all at once, as a unitary effort.

From Prisons to Parks: How the US Can Capitalize On Its Declining Prison Populations

10:30 - 24 April, 2015
From Prisons to Parks: How the US Can Capitalize On Its Declining Prison Populations , The Former Bangalore jail in India, now Freedom Park . Image © Flickr CC user abhisheksundaram
The Former Bangalore jail in India, now Freedom Park . Image © Flickr CC user abhisheksundaram

Prisons are often seen as problematic for their local communities. After centuries of correctional facilities discouraging economic growth and occupying valuable real estate as a necessary component of towns and cities, many of these institutions have been relocated away from city centers and their abandoned vestiges are left as unpleasant reminders of their former use. In fact, the majority of prisons built in the United States since 1980 have been placed in non-metropolitan areas and once served as a substantial economic development strategy in depressed rural communities. [1] However, a new pressure is about to emerge on the US prison systems: beginning in 2010, America's prison population declined for the first time in decades, suggesting that in the near future repurposing these structures will become a particularly relevant endeavor for both community development and economic sustainability. These abandoned shells offer architects valuable opportunities to reimagine programmatic functions and transform an otherwise problematic location into an integral neighborhood space.

Why repurpose prisons rather than starting fresh? The answer to this question lies in the inherent architectural features of the prison typology, namely the fact that these structures are built to last. People also often forget that prison buildings are not limited to low-rise secure housing units - in fact, prisons feature an array of spaces that have great potential for reuse including buildings for light industrial activity, training or office buildings, low-security housing, and large outdoor spaces. These elements offer a wide variety of real estate for new programmatic uses, and cities around the world have begun to discover their potential. What could the US learn from these examples, at home and overseas?

The Former Bangalore jail in India, now Freedom Park . Image © Flickr CC user abhisheksundaram Boston's Liberty Hotel Interior. Image © Flickr CC user adewale_oshineye Aerial view of the former Lorton Prison. Image via Bing Maps Freedom Park in Lagos, Nigeria. Image via lagosfreedompark.com +9

Kumbh Mela: A Temporary (But Not Instant) City for 2 Million

10:30 - 21 April, 2015
Kumbh Mela: A Temporary (But Not Instant) City for 2 Million, Part of Acciavatti's diagram "Triveni Sangam: Celestial-Terrestrial Microcosm, 2006". Image © Anthony Acciavatti
Part of Acciavatti's diagram "Triveni Sangam: Celestial-Terrestrial Microcosm, 2006". Image © Anthony Acciavatti

Among the many complex interactions between humans and water in the Ganges river basin, perhaps none is more awe-inspiring than the religious festival of Kumbh Mela, which every twelve years hosts the largest single-purpose gathering of people on the planet, with an estimated 2 million temporary residents and 100 million total visitors in 2013. In the following excerpt from his book "Ganges Water Machine: Designing New India's Ancient River," Anthony Acciavatti recounts the history of this spectacular event, as well as the smaller annual Magh Mela - and explains why even though it is temporary, the huge tent settlement that supports these festivals is not the "instant city" it is often described as, but instead a microcosm of settlement patterns across the whole Ganges.

Dangling at the tip of the Ganga-Jamuna Doab, where the Lower Ganges Canal system terminates, the city of Allahabad overlooks the confluence of the Ganges and Jamuna rivers. While the Jamuna, to the south of the city, runs deep and narrow, the Ganges, to the north and east of the city, runs shallow and wide. Where these two rivers meet (and a third mythical river, the Saraswati), is known as the Triveni or Sangam, the most sacred site within Hinduism.

Every twelfth year, the sleepy university city of Allahabad is transformed into a colossal tent city populated by millions of pilgrims for the Kumbh Mela (literally Pitcher Celebration). And it all seems to happen so fast. After the deluge of the southwest monsoon (June-August), the waters of the Ganges and Jamuna slowly start to recede. A city grid is tattooed into the banks and shoals of the Ganges. Tents and temples pop up in October. Pontoon bridges stretch from one bank of the river to the other and pilgrims begin to arrive in January. Then come reporters and camera crews from all over the world, who come to document the life of what must at first appear to be the world’s largest Instant-Mega-City: a temporary tent city with the major infrastructure of a metropolis.

Lattice House / Sameep Padora & Associates

21:00 - 20 April, 2015
Lattice House / Sameep Padora & Associates, © Edmund Sumner
© Edmund Sumner

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