The Long House / Khosla Associates

01:00 - 23 August, 2013
© Shamanth Patil J
© Shamanth Patil J
  • Architects

  • 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

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Over Water / Design Workshop

01:00 - 31 July, 2013
© Hemant Patil
© Hemant Patil

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Interview: William Hunter Discusses Contested Urbanism in Dharavi

00:00 - 28 July, 2013
Dharavi Slum, Mumbai, India; © Gynna Millan; Courtesy of Flickr User Development Planning Unit University College London
Dharavi Slum, Mumbai, India; © Gynna Millan; Courtesy of Flickr User Development Planning Unit University College London

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

01:00 - 24 July, 2013
Courtesy of Studio Symbiosis
Courtesy of 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

01:00 - 7 July, 2013
© Anand Jaju
© Anand Jaju

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India's Forgotten Stepwells

00:00 - 28 June, 2013
Agrasen ki Baoli, Delhi. Image © Victoria S. Lautman
Agrasen ki Baoli, Delhi. Image © Victoria S. Lautman

It’s hard to imagine an entire category of architecture slipping off history’s grid, and yet that seems to be the case with India’s incomparable stepwells. Never heard of ‘em? Don’t fret, you’re not alone: millions of tourists – and any number of locals - lured to the subcontinent’s palaces, forts, tombs, and temples are oblivious to these centuries-old water-structures that can even be found hiding-in-plain-sight close to thronged destinations like Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi or Agra’s Taj Mahal.

But now, India’s burgeoning water crisis might lead to redemption for at least some of these subterranean edifices, which are being re-evaluated for their ability to collect and store water. With any luck, tourist itineraries will also start incorporating what are otherwise an “endangered species” of the architecture world.

Learn more about these stepwells' curious histories, after the break...

Rudabai Vav, Adalaj. Image © Victoria S. Lautman Dada Harir Vav, Ahmedabad. Image © Victoria S. Lautman Neemrana Baoli, Neemrana, Rajasthan. Image © Victoria S. Lautman Mukundpura Baoli, Narnaul. Image © Victoria S. Lautman +37

Gurgaon 71 Residential Proposal / Maison Edouard François

01:00 - 13 June, 2013
© Luxigon
© Luxigon

The Gurgaon 71 residential project proposal by Maison Edouard François represents French-style luxury living while simultaneously respecting Indian traditions. Located in Gurgaon, India, these luxurious apartments make use of noble materials such as marble and wood and have large interiors, including double height spaces, and offer 360° views onto the surrounding landscape.  More images and architects’ description after the break. 

DPS Kindergarden School / Khosla Associates

01:00 - 11 June, 2013
© Shamanth Patil
© Shamanth Patil
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
  • Principal Designers

    Sandeep Khosla and Amaresh Anand
  • Design Team

    Sandeep Khosla, Amaresh Anand, and Bijeta Bachaspati
  • Client

    Annabelle Manwaring
  • Area

    35000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Shamanth Patil

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KMC Corporate Office / RMA Architects

01:00 - 10 June, 2013
© Robert Stephens
© Robert Stephens

© Rahul Mehrotra Courtesy of RMA Architects Courtesy of RMA Architects © Robert Stephens +16

PA_House / atelier dnD

01:00 - 9 June, 2013
© Sebastian Zachariah
© Sebastian Zachariah

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Housing for Mahouts and their Elephants / RMA Architects

01:00 - 6 June, 2013
© Carlos Chen
© Carlos Chen

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Think Tank Retreat / RMA Architects

01:00 - 27 May, 2013
© Romil Sheth
© Romil Sheth

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Aranya House / Modo designs

01:00 - 26 May, 2013
© Vishal Solanki / Radhika Pandit
© Vishal Solanki / Radhika Pandit
  • Architects

  • Location

    Aranya, India
  • Architect in Charge

    Arpan Shah
  • Area

    5850.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Vishal Solanki / Radhika Pandit

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Magic Bus / RMA Architects

01:00 - 13 May, 2013
© Ariel Huber
© Ariel Huber

© Rahul Mehrotra © Rahul Mehrotra © Ariel Huber Courtesy of RMA Architects +7

House in a Tea Garden / RMA Architects

01:00 - 2 May, 2013
© Rahul Mehrotra
© Rahul Mehrotra

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Designing the Future of Design: An Interview with Kumar Vyas by Victoria Lautman

00:00 - 30 April, 2013
 Sketch of an eight petalled  lotus, the inspiration for Vyas' design of the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding. Image Courtesy of Kumar Vyas.
Sketch of an eight petalled lotus, the inspiration for Vyas' design of the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding. Image Courtesy of Kumar Vyas.

“What do we mean by education?” “What is design?” “Can design be taught?”

These were some of the questions a small group of innovative pioneers - huddled in the attic of Le Corbusier’s Sanskar Kendra museum - asked themselves when they set about creating what would become the National Institute of Design (NID) in Ahmedabad, India’s first design school. The year was 1962, and not only were there no designers in the country, the profession of design, for Indians, simply did not exist. 

One of these pioneers - who would head the industrial design department, help formulate the school’s curriculum, and train its faculty members - was Kumar Vyas. Born in 1929, Vyas remained at NID for three decades, and continues to work from his office on the campus he helped create. His numerous articles and books were essential to establishing India’s current design-rich environment; two years ago, he received the prestigious Sir Misha Black Medal for Excellence in Design Education. 

Vyas’ experience designing a design education is not only a fascinating journey, but also a source of inspiration - if architecture education took Vyas’ lessons to heart, and re-examined itself from square one, how would it be different?  Read Victoria Lautman’s interview with Vyas after the break, and tell us what you think in the comments below.

Motisons Tower / Kothari Associates

01:00 - 30 April, 2013
Courtesy of Kothari Associates
Courtesy of Kothari Associates
  • Architects

  • Location

    Jaipur, India
  • Director

    Utkarsh Kothari
  • Chief Architect

    Ravindra Verma
  • Senior Architect

    Rajesh Singh
  • Area

    50000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Kothari Associates

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Atali Ganga / RLDA

01:00 - 23 April, 2013
Courtesy of Asif Khan
Courtesy of Asif Khan
  • Architects

  • Location

    Rishikesh
  • Architect in Charge

    Rahoul Singh, Lakshmi Chand Singh
  • Design Team

    Rahoul Singh, Lakshmi Chand Singh, Kushal Lachchwani, Sajal Das, Ajay Saini
  • Structural

    S.D Construction
  • Area

    2045.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

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