Fort House / Sameep Padora & Associates

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Architects: Sameep Padora & Associates
Location: hyderabad, , Andhra Pradesh 523112,
Design Team: Viresh Mhatre, Harsha Nalwaya, Aanoshka Choksi, Mythili Shetty
Area: 1300.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Sameep Padora & Associates

Ganges Water Machine: Designing New India’s Ancient River

Courtesy of 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 of water will find in this book a timely and relevant volume of encyclopedic ambition and exquisite design.

Kings House Apartments / The Purple Ink Studio

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Architects: The Purple Ink Studio
Location: , Karnataka, India
Area: 80000.0 ft2
Photographs: Shamanth Patil

6 Politically Motivated Cities Built From Scratch

Image of the planned new capital of , masterplanned by SOM. Image Courtesy of SOM

Threatening to end ’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.

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

’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 ’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.

Pavilion in a Garden / CollectiveProject

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Architects: CollectiveProject
Location: , Karnataka, India
Design Team: Cyrus Patell, Eliza Higgins
Area: 750.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Tina Nandi Stephens

1102 Penthouse / Apical Reform

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Architects: Apical Reform
Location: Paarijat Residences, Judges Bunglow Road, Sumeru, Bodakdev, , Gujarat 380054,
Area: 5000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Apical Reform

The Skewed House / LIJO.RENY.architects

© Praveen Mohandas

Architects: LIJO.RENY.architects
Location: Kunnathurmedu Post Office, Coimbatore Road, Kunathurmedu, , Kerala 678013,
Design Team: Lijo Jos and Reny Lijo
Area: 4568.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Praveen Mohandas

Brick House / iStudio architecture

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Architects: iStudio architecture
Location: , Maharashtra 421303, India
Area: 2500.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: AN clicks

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

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Architects: Blocher Blocher India Pvt. Ltd.
Location: Sarkhej – Gandhinagar Highway, , Gujarat,
Area: 17000.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Blocher Blocher Partners

Tomoe Villas / Note-D

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Architects: Note-D
Location: Mandva, Raigad, Alibag, Maharashtra – 402201,
Architect In Charge: Hemant Purohit, Smita Khanna
Design Team: Pierre Michael, Sneha Borkar, Bhuvana Selvaraj, Teja Choudhary
Area: 5500.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Note_D, Tina Nandi

Bhuwalka House / Khosla Associates

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Architects: Khosla Associates
Location: , Karnataka,
Principal Designers: Sandeep Khosla and Amaresh Anand
Design Team: Sandeep Khosla , Amaresh Anand , Akanksha Chajjer and Moiz Faizulla
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shamanth Patil J

AJA Restaurant / Arch.Lab

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Architects: Arch.Lab
Location: Sector 11, Chandigarh, Chandigarh,
Design Team: Harsimran Singh, Mohit Vij, Taruni Aggarwal, Jasnam Kaur
Area: 900.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

Sachdeva Farmhouse / Spaces Architects@ka

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Architects: Spaces Architects@ka
Location: , Delhi, India
Architect In Charge: Kapil Aggarwal
Design Team: Kapil Aggarwal, Pawan Sharma, Shankar Vignesh, Heebok
Area: 20000.0 ft2
Photographs: Akhil bakshi

Ekya Early Years Kanakapura Road / CollectiveProject

© Tina Nandi Stephens

Architects: CollectiveProject
Location: Kanakapura Road, , Karnataka, India
Design Team: Cyrus Patell, Eliza Higgins, Ajantha S., Grégoire Rossignol
Area: 25000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Tina Nandi Stephens

Architect’s Office / Spaces Architects@ka

© Bharat Aggarwal

Architects: Spaces Architects@ka
Location: , 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
Year: 2013
Photographs: Bharat Aggarwal

Group DCA Office / DCA Architects

© Kapil Kamra

Architects: DCA Architects
Location: Sultanpur, , Delhi,
Architect In Charge: Amit Aurora, Rahul Bansal
Contractor: DCA Workshop
Area: 413.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Kapil Kamra

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 . Since its inception, the conference has captured the progressive nature of design, creating a forum for emerging and influential practices in . 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.