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Ganges Water Machine: Designing New India's Ancient River

10:30 - 14 April, 2015
Ganges Water Machine: Designing New India's Ancient River, © Anthony Acciavatti
© Anthony Acciavatti

Few geographies in the world nurture such a rich and complex imaginary as the Ganges River Valley. The heart of Indian Culture, and home to over one quarter of India’s population, the Ganges is one of the most fertile and infrastructure-heavy river valleys in the planet. Its many physical, historical and spiritual natures defy a single interpretation: always in flux, source of life and destruction, and venerated as a Hindu Deity, the Ganges fully embodies the complexities and excesses of the Indian Civilization.

In “Ganges Water Machine: Designing New India’s Ancient River,” Anthony Acciavatti orchestrates a magnificent portrait of the Ganges River Basin, and its continuous reinvention as a test-bed for infrastructural innovation. Through the hybrid genre of the Atlas-Almanac-Travelogue, the book unfolds the many nested spatial and temporal scales that characterize this highly contested territory. Those captivated with the planetary urbanization of water will find in this book a timely and relevant volume of encyclopedic ambition and exquisite design.

© Anthony Acciavatti © Anthony Acciavatti © Anthony Acciavatti © Anthony Acciavatti +12

Kings House Apartments / The Purple Ink Studio

20:00 - 8 April, 2015
Kings House Apartments / The Purple Ink Studio, © Shamanth  Patil
© Shamanth Patil

© Shamanth  Patil © Shamanth  Patil © Shamanth  Patil © Shamanth  Patil +17

6 Politically Motivated Cities Built From Scratch

10:30 - 31 March, 2015
6 Politically Motivated Cities Built From Scratch, Image of the planned new capital of Egypt, masterplanned by SOM. Image © SOM
Image of the planned new capital of Egypt, masterplanned by SOM. Image © SOM

Threatening to end Cairo’s 1,046 year dominance as the country’s capital, earlier this month the government of Egypt announced their intentions to create a new, yet-to-be-named capital city just east of New Cairo. The promise of the more than 270 square mile ‘new New Cairo’ has attracted headlines from around the world with its sheer scale; a $45 billion development of housing, shopping and landmarks designed to attract tourism from day one, including a theme park larger than Disneyland. And of course, the plans include the promise of homes - for at least 5 million residents in fact, with the vast number of schools, hospitals and religious and community buildings that a modern city requires - making the new capital of Egypt the largest planned city in history.

The idea of building a new capital city has appealed to governments across history; a way to wipe the slate clean, stimulate the economy and lay out your vision of the world in stone, concrete and parkland. Even old Cairo was founded as a purpose built capital, although admittedly urban planning has changed a little since then. It continues to change today; see the full list of different ways to build a totally new city after the break.

Image of the planned new capital of Egypt, masterplanned by SOM. Image © SOM Train station. Image © SOM Government District. Image © SOM Concept of Cairo's replacement by Skidmore, Owings and Merril. Image © SOM +44

Chandigarh Under Siege: Le Corbusier’s Capitol Complex Threatened by Housing Development

09:30 - 28 March, 2015
Chandigarh Under Siege: Le Corbusier’s Capitol Complex Threatened by Housing Development, Chandigarh's Palace of the Assembly in the foreground facing the High Court in the background. Image © Flickr CC user Eduardo Guiot
Chandigarh's Palace of the Assembly in the foreground facing the High Court in the background. Image © Flickr CC user Eduardo Guiot

Dr. Vikramāditya Prakāsh is a professor at the University of Washington and the founder of the Chandigarh Urban Lab. In the following article he discusses the past, present and future of Le Corbusier's vision for Chandigarh, explaining the reasons behind the petition he started against a new residential development to the North of the city.

Le Corbusier’s famous Capitol Complex in Chandigarh, India is about to be ruined by the construction of a gaggle of towers to its immediate north. The new project, called ‘TATA Camelot’, is being developed by TATA Housing, the real estate wing of TATA Group, a major multinational and one of India's largest industrial companies. TATA Camelot’s 27 proposed towers, each between 13 and 36 storys tall, will not only destroy the architectural and urban design integrity of the Capitol, they will also disrupt the fragile Himalayan ecology of the area. In the contest between development and preservation, it is the larger public good and the long term perspective of the ecological that must be prioritized.

TATA Camelot Phase I The Secretariat and the Assembly and their relationship to the mountains as it exists today. Image © Vikramāditya Prakāsh The Secretariat and its relationship to the mountains as it exists today. Image © Vikramāditya Prakāsh The master-plan concept overlaid over an aerial view of the city today showing the integral relationship between the ecology of the site and the city. Image Courtesy of Chandigarh Urban Lab, University of Washington on Google Earth original +10

Pavilion in a Garden / CollectiveProject

21:00 - 18 March, 2015
Pavilion in a Garden / CollectiveProject, © Tina Nandi Stephens
© Tina Nandi Stephens

© Tina Nandi Stephens © Tina Nandi Stephens © Tina Nandi Stephens © Tina Nandi Stephens +11

1102 Penthouse / Apical Reform

20:00 - 14 March, 2015
1102 Penthouse / Apical Reform, © Apical Reform
© Apical Reform

© Apical Reform © Apical Reform © Apical Reform © Apical Reform +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Paarijat Residences, Judges Bunglow Road, Sumeru, Bodakdev, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380054,India
  • Area

    5000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

The Skewed House / LIJO.RENY.architects

20:00 - 10 March, 2015
The Skewed House / LIJO.RENY.architects, © Praveen Mohandas
© Praveen Mohandas

© Praveen Mohandas © Praveen Mohandas © Praveen Mohandas © Praveen Mohandas +43

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kunnathurmedu Post Office, Coimbatore Road, Kunathurmedu, Palakkad, Kerala 678013, India
  • Design Team

    Lijo Jos and Reny Lijo
  • Area

    4568.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Brick House / iStudio architecture

01:00 - 19 February, 2015
Brick House  / iStudio architecture, © AN clicks
© AN clicks

© AN clicks © AN clicks © AN clicks © AN clicks +19

Tomoe Villas / Note-D

01:00 - 2 February, 2015
Tomoe Villas / Note-D, Courtesy of Note_D
Courtesy of Note_D

Courtesy of Note_D Courtesy of Note_D Courtesy of Note_D © Tina Nandi +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Mandva, Raigad, Alibag, Maharashtra - 402201, India
  • Architect in Charge

    Hemant Purohit, Smita Khanna
  • Design Team

    Pierre Michael, Sneha Borkar, Bhuvana Selvaraj, Teja Choudhary
  • Area

    5500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Note_D, Tina Nandi

Mondeal Square in Ahmedabad / Blocher Blocher India Pvt. Ltd.

01:00 - 2 February, 2015
Mondeal Square in Ahmedabad / Blocher Blocher India Pvt. Ltd., Courtesy of Blocher Blocher Partners
Courtesy of Blocher Blocher Partners

Courtesy of Blocher Blocher Partners Courtesy of Blocher Blocher Partners Courtesy of Blocher Blocher Partners Courtesy of Blocher Blocher Partners +9

Bhuwalka House / Khosla Associates

01:00 - 27 January, 2015
Bhuwalka House / Khosla Associates, © Shamanth Patil J
© Shamanth Patil J

© Shamanth Patil J © Shamanth Patil J © Shamanth Patil J © Shamanth Patil J +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
  • Principal Designers

    Sandeep Khosla and Amaresh Anand
  • Design Team

    Sandeep Khosla , Amaresh Anand , Akanksha Chajjer and Moiz Faizulla
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

AJA Restaurant / Arch.Lab

01:00 - 26 January, 2015
AJA Restaurant / Arch.Lab, © Purnesh Dev Nikhanj
© Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

© Purnesh Dev Nikhanj © Purnesh Dev Nikhanj © Purnesh Dev Nikhanj © Purnesh Dev Nikhanj +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sector 11, Chandigarh, Chandigarh, India
  • Design Team

    Harsimran Singh, Mohit Vij, Taruni Aggarwal, Jasnam Kaur
  • Area

    900.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Sachdeva Farmhouse / Spaces Architects@ka

01:00 - 23 January, 2015
Sachdeva Farmhouse / Spaces Architects@ka, © Akhil bakshi
© Akhil bakshi

© Akhil bakshi © Akhil bakshi © Akhil bakshi © Akhil bakshi +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    New Delhi, Delhi, India
  • Architect in Charge

    Kapil Aggarwal
  • Design Team

    Kapil Aggarwal, Pawan Sharma, Shankar Vignesh, Heebok
  • Area

    20000.0 ft2
  • Photographs

Ekya Early Years Kanakapura Road / CollectiveProject

01:00 - 22 January, 2015
Ekya Early Years Kanakapura Road / CollectiveProject, © Tina Nandi Stephens
© Tina Nandi Stephens

© Tina Nandi Stephens © Tina Nandi Stephens © Tina Nandi Stephens © Tina Nandi Stephens +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kanakapura Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
  • Design Team

    Cyrus Patell, Eliza Higgins, Ajantha S., Grégoire Rossignol
  • Area

    25000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Architect’s Office / Spaces Architects@ka

01:00 - 21 January, 2015
Architect’s Office / Spaces Architects@ka, © Bharat Aggarwal
© Bharat Aggarwal

© Bharat Aggarwal © Bharat Aggarwal © Bharat Aggarwal © Bharat Aggarwal +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    New Delhi, Delhi, India
  • Architect in Charge

    Kapil Aggarwal
  • Design Team

    Kapil Aggarwal, Pawan Sharma, Karan Arora, Chander Mohan Kaushik
  • Carpentry Contractor

    Manoj Carpenters
  • Area

    150.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Group DCA Office / DCA Architects

01:00 - 12 January, 2015
Group DCA Office / DCA Architects, © Kapil Kamra
© Kapil Kamra

© Kapil Kamra © Kapil Kamra © Kapil Kamra © Kapil Kamra +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sultanpur, New Delhi, Delhi, India
  • Architect in Charge

    Amit Aurora, Rahul Bansal
  • Contractor

    DCA Workshop
  • Area

    413.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

IA&B's 361° Conference: DIS.ARCHITECTURE - Discourse, Intuition and Syntax in Architecture

00:00 - 7 January, 2015
IA&B's 361° Conference: DIS.ARCHITECTURE - Discourse, Intuition and Syntax in Architecture

Over the past seven years, Indian Architect & Builder Magazine’s (IA&B) 361° Conference has evolved into the singular most relevant platform for discussion and discourse on architecture and design in India. Since its inception, the conference has captured the progressive nature of design, creating a forum for emerging and influential practices in India. As an eclectic, thought-provoking and egalitarian platform, 361° in its eighth edition will continue to celebrate the power of thoughts and ideas and initiate a truly relevant dialogue on architecture and design.

RIBA To Open Chapter In India

00:00 - 22 December, 2014
RIBA To Open Chapter In India, Charles Correa, Indian architect and recipient of the RIBA Gold Medal (1984). Image © Charles Correa Associates
Charles Correa, Indian architect and recipient of the RIBA Gold Medal (1984). Image © Charles Correa Associates

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have announced that they will open a chapter in India in 2015 in order to offer "enhanced membership support, networking opportunities and a forum for local activities and CPD." It will also allow the RIBA to work "collaboratively with the Indian Institute for Architects (IIA) for the enhancement of the profession." The launch of this branch of the institute follows the opening of chapters in the USA, Hong Kong and the Gulf in recent years. According to Chloe Sadler, RIBA Head of International Chapters, the RIBA currently has "just under 100 members in India who are working tirelessly to uphold the principles of the [institute] and share the importance of good design." "This new Chapter will cement the RIBA’s commitment to support our members in India through knowledge exchange and the celebration of architecture."