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The Heritage School / Madhav Joshi and Associates

  • Architects: Madhav Joshi and Associates
  • Location: Pune, Maharashtra, India
  • Architect In Charge: Madhav Joshi
  • Design Team: Ketan Kulkarni, Amit Pimple, Alok Sabne, Neha Khaire
  • Area: 6200.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Madhav Joshi and Associates

Courtesy of Madhav Joshi and Associates Courtesy of Madhav Joshi and Associates Courtesy of Madhav Joshi and Associates Courtesy of Madhav Joshi and Associates

The Courtyard House / Hiren Patel Architects

  • Architects: Hiren Patel Architects
  • Location: Ahmedabad, Gujarat
  • Area: 245.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Sebastian Zachariah

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

Badshahpur IT Park Proposal / 10 Design

Composed of ten buildings, the proposal by 10 Design for the Badshahpur IT Park is set across a sinuous series of adjacent plots of varied ownership. The challenge was to create a common identity across the site, a hierarchy of amenity spaces, and a strategy for future expansion (or contraction) of the campus. The ambition was to create a vibrant and inclusive work environment that meets the expectations of today’s IT graduate candidate / employee, and the employers that seek to attract the same talent. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Aarvli Resort / Serie Architects

Construction is currently underway as of last month for the Aarvli Resort, designed by Serie Architects. Located in Goa, India, the project draws inspiration from the famous forts of Maharashtra. A typical fort is based on a system of massive ramparts that closely follow the contours of its mountain-side setting. Points of occupation were created by thickening the structure to create circular defensive bastions. The resulting architecture has a compelling curvilinear plan that is both easily extendible and in harmony with its natural context. More images and architects’ description after the break.

B.I.C Open House Competition Entry / Aétrangère

The proposal by Aétrangère  for the Bangalore International Center Complex Open House seeks to show a unique path to allow a soft transition of values from urban to nature and from modernity to local culture. Hybridizing the urban space with landscape and ecology, their design introduces and enhances new ways of urban, cultural and natural dialogue and fosters a shared sense of belonging and a strong sense of place and ‘ownership’. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Reddy House / Khosla Associates

© Bharath Ramamrutham
© Bharath Ramamrutham

Architects: Khosla Associates Location: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India Design Team: Sandeep Khosla, Amaresh Anand, Praveena A. and Aditi S Photographs: Bharath Ramamrutham

© Bharath Ramamrutham
© Bharath Ramamrutham
© Bharath Ramamrutham
© Bharath Ramamrutham
© Bharath Ramamrutham
© Bharath Ramamrutham
© Bharath Ramamrutham
© Bharath Ramamrutham

Lecture: Mega-Cities, Urban Poverty and Planning / Janice E. Perlman

Janice E. Perlman, author, researcher and CEO of The Mega-Cities Project, discusses her work in this lecture at the Harvard GSD for the “Urbanization Seminar Series”.  This in-depth lecture, titled “Mega-Cities, the Urban Poor and the Place of Planning” covers Perlman’s research and observation in India’s slums, noting the way people upgrade the status of the slum and their own opportunities through minor reforms on small-scales.

Horizontal Farm / AMA

Designed by Architetto Matteo Ascani (AMA), their horizontal farm proposal is a flowing architecture system where the farming world meets the Indian slum in New Dehli. The project aims to create a balanced mix with farms, working areas and housing to improve the living conditions for the inhabitants. By doing this, their design is able to avoid the slum situations to enhance the micro-economy. ‘Farmandala’ also provides an urban scale development, involving the street life and a territorial scale development based on vertical flowing connections. This is done by means of ramps that climb shops, farms and the recycle factory connecting to walking trails in the fields on the top of the hills. More images and architects’ description after the break.

HOf - Horizontal Farm International Ideas Competition Entry / ETT Architecture

As the winner of ‘Environmental Quality Mention’, the proposed scheme for the HOf – Horizontal Farm International Ideas Competition is conceived of an intricate weave of the ‘farm’ and the ‘dwelling’. Drawing from the traditional Indian courtyard typology, the project, designed by ETT Architecture, enables community living (and farming) through a modular, scalable model that offers residents the benefits of low purchase cost, flexibility to expand as per means, and the potential of skill development and employment through self-build. More images and architects’ description after the break.

'Chandigarh: Portrait of a City' Exhibition

In continuation of their exhibition program on architectural photography taking place in New Delhi, Photoink is currently presenting Chandigarh: Portrait of a City by French photographer, Manuel Bougot until October 27th. Bougot’s interest in Le Corbusier’s architecture began in the 1980s when he worked on Caroline Maniaque’s thesis in architecture–on the Jaoul Houses built in 1954 in Neuilly, France. Since 2006, Bougot renewed his interest in Le Corbusier, attending talks on Chandigarh and photographed the only building the architect ever built for himself – a cabanon (a summer cabin) in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. Photographing Chandigarh was therefore necessary to further any understanding of Le Corbusier, the urban designer and his philosophy about architecture and modernism. More images and information on the exhibition after the break.

Ahmedabad Hotel / Studio Symbiosis

Courtesy of Studio Symbiosis
Courtesy of Studio Symbiosis

Designed as an iconic building in Ahmedabad, the hotel proposal by Studio Symbiosis focuses on interweaving the concepts of waves in nature. Using fold lines as movement trajectories and perception along with programmatic requirements, the project’s form demonstrates a sense of elegance with soft, subtle touches. Seamless waves flowing on the landscape and flowing on the façade are the focal point for this full service five star property. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Retreat in the South-Indian Countryside / Mancini

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© mancini enterprises

Architects: Mancini Location: South India Project Year: 2009 Project Area: 1,000 sqm Photographs: mancini enterprises

c - 28 c / Archohm Studio

  • Architects: Archohm Studio
  • Location: Noida, India
  • Project Team: Sourabh Gupta, Anindya Ghosh, Sanjay Rawat, Shiv Dutt Sharma
  • Electrical Engineering: Amit Das
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Andre Fanthome, Humayun Khan

© Andre Fanthome © Humayun Khan © Humayun Khan © Andre Fanthome

Venice Biennale 2012: Wall house / Anupama Kundoo, University of Queensland

Photomontage by: Jessica Spresser
Photomontage by: Jessica Spresser

Anupama Kundoo‘s Wall House, originally built in Auroville, India in 2000, will be partially reconstructed at a 1:1 scale at the Venice Biennale this year for the theme of “Common Ground” by director David Chipperfield.  This portion of the exhibition is supported by the University of Queensland, whose students and staff will assist with the construction of the replica alongside Indian craftspeople and Italian builders.  The house has been described as a testing ground for spatial and technological innovation.  In its debut at the Venice Biennale, it will afford Kundoo the opportunity to further explore these experiments. Follow us after the break to see the innovations behind this widely acknowledged piece of architecture.

'residence NEXT' International Design Workshop

The architectural scene in Kerala, India is in its volatile best and hence the right time to breed path breaking design concepts in new age residential design. In this directionless period, the ‘residence NEXT’ workshop, put on by Indian Institute of Architects, Thrissur Center and The Architects Club, Thrissur, aims to spawn a few design thoughts that could be the guiding force for the future. Taking place September 27-29 at KT Muhammed Memorial Regional Theatre, students and young architects will be selected from all over the world based on their portfolios. For more information and how to apply, please visit their website here.

Adani Vidyamandir / Apurva Amin Architects

  • Architects: Apurva Amin Architects
  • Location: Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
  • Structural Consultant: Bhoomi Consultant
  • Landscape Consultant: Apurva Amin Architects
  • Civil Contractor: Mansi Contra Build Pvt. Ltd.
  • Plumbing Consultant: Vimarsh Utility Consultants
  • Client: Adani Foundation
  • Photographs: Courtesy of apurva amin architects

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Jaypee Sports City / Cannon Design + Peter Ellis New Cities

Courtesy of Cannon Design + Peter Ellis New Cities
Courtesy of Cannon Design + Peter Ellis New Cities

Cannon Design, a leading international architectural, engineering and planning firm, recently announced that it has joined forces with Peter Ellis New Cities, expanding the firm’s urban planning and city design practice. Currently, they have been working on a master plan for the new Sports City in India, a comprehensive city plan for 1,000,000 inhabitants on 5,000 acres. Ellis and his New Delhi staff will be an integral part of Cannon Design’s planned expansion in India while his U.S. based team has joined the firm’s office in Chicago. More images and architects’ description after the break.