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Spotlight: Geoffrey Bawa

06:00 - 23 July, 2016
Spotlight: Geoffrey Bawa, A courtyard in Bawa's campus for the University of Ruhuna. Image © Harry Sowden
A courtyard in Bawa's campus for the University of Ruhuna. Image © Harry Sowden

Despite his late entry into architecture, Geoffrey Manning Bawa FRIBA, (July 23, 1919 – May 27, 2003), explored modernism and its cultural implications, and created a unique, recognizable style of design which had a lasting impact on architects across the world. Well versed in Modernist theory, Bawa was one of the original proponents of Tropical Modernism, a design movement in which sensitivity for local context combines with the form-making principles of modernism. Bawa’s architecture led to the formation of a new architectural identity and aesthetic for many tropical environments, and won him recognition and awards, including the Chairman’s Award of the Aga Kahn Special Chairman’s Award for Architecture (2001) and the title Deshamanya, in recognition by the government of Sri Lanka for his contributions to his country.

Sri Lanka’s Tallest Tower to Honor its 1996 World Cup Cricket Team

06:00 - 5 August, 2015
Sri Lanka’s Tallest Tower to Honor its 1996 World Cup Cricket Team, Courtesy of Architect Reza Kabul
Courtesy of Architect Reza Kabul

Sri Lanka’s Board of Investment has officially agreed to invest $330 million USD to construct the “1996 Iconic Tower,” a tribute to Arjuna Ranatunga’s Cricket team, which won the World Cup in 1996.

3 Projects Win 2015 Global Holcim Awards for Sustainability

07:00 - 21 April, 2015
3 Projects Win 2015 Global Holcim Awards for Sustainability , Courtesy of Holcim Foundation
Courtesy of Holcim Foundation

Emerging from over 6,000 entries, three winners of the fourth Global Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction have been selected. The international competition, occurring every three years, recognizes designs that provide sustainable solutions to local issues faced by communities throughout the world. This year's winning projects addressed sites in Colombia, Sri Lanka, and the United States and will receive monetary prizes ranging from $50,000 to $200,000.

Remembering Bawa

01:00 - 19 December, 2013
Remembering Bawa, Kandalama Hotel, Dambulla - Section. Image
Kandalama Hotel, Dambulla - Section. Image

In this article, originally published in Indian Architect & Builder, architect and writer David Robson pens an intimate and personal account of the life and work of Geoffrey Bawa – an incredible architect with an un-paralleled legacy in Sri Lanka and south-east India. 

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