Crematorium Charity Trust / Mancini Enterprises

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Architects: Mancini Enterprises
Location: Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu,
Design Team: Niels Schoenfelder, J.T. Arima, Bharath Ram K, Ganesh V, Priyanka Rao, Sridharan A, Rijesh K, Divya K.N.
Area: 4856.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Mancini Enterprises

Suzlon One Earth Global Corporate Headquarters / Christopher Benninger

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Architects: Christopher Benninger
Location: , Maharashtra, India
Year: 2009
Photographs: A. Ramprasad Naidu

Vana: A Nature-Inspired Structure that Grows Like a Tree

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From the architect. Orproject, a London-based practice, completed a room-sized, nature-inspired canopy titled, ‘Vana,’ for the India Design Forum exhibited in The Brick House in New Delhi.

Read what the architects’ had to say after the break…

361° Conference 2014: Architecture and Identity

The 361° Conference, an initiative by Indian Architect & Builder to create a relevant platform for dialogue on in India, will take place on February 19th to the 21st in . This year’s edition, based on the theme of “ and Identity,” will include renowned speakers, including Steven Holl and Dr. B V Doshi. More details, after the break…

AD Classics: Mill Owners’ Association Building / Le Corbusier

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Le Corbusier was commissioned by the president of the Mill Owners’ Association to design the organization’s headquarters in Ahmedabad, a city historically active in India’s textile trade. The building is a physical manifesto representing Le Corbusier’s proposal for a modern Indian . Constructed in 1954, the Mill Owners’ Association Building is considered the first of four completed commissions in

Vivanta by Taj Gurgaon / WOW Architects | Warner Wong Design

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Architects: WOW Architects | Warner Wong Design
Location: Arya Samaj Road, , Haryana,
Design Team: Mr. Wong Chiu Man, James Tan, Juan Andres, Michelle Salvador
Area: 25,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of WOW Architects | Warner Wong Design

Remembering Bawa

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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  – an incredible architect with an un-paralleled legacy in and south-east India. 

Ten years have rolled by since Geoffrey Bawa’s death and fifteen since ill-health forced him to hang up his tee-square. It’s time to take stock: what was his legacy? How were his ideas disseminated? What influence has he had? What were his qualities? Who was Geoffrey Bawa?

Laureus Learning Pavilion / Architecture BRIO

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Architects: Architecture BRIO
Location: Karjat, Maharashtra,
Design Team: Robert Verrijt, Shefali Balwani, Sahil Deshpande, Pankaj Chakraborty, Ryan Mcloughlin
Area: 300 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Ariel Huber + Rob Thomas Photography + Architecture BRIO

Kolkata Museum of Modern Art / Herzog & de Meuron

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The Kolkata Museum of Modern Art (KMOMA), Herzog & de Meuron’s first project in , has broken ground in the new district of Rajarhat. The new museum seeks to embrace the city’s renowned cultural past and ultimately transform it into ’s “Art City”. Programs ranging from high-end gallery and art restoration facilities, to artist studios and an outdoor performance theater aims to empower local artists so they may play a critical role in the evolution of their community.

Auriga Restaurant / Sanjay Puri

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Architects: Sanjay Puri
Location: , Maharashtra,
Area: 335 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Vinesh Gandhi

House on a Stream / Architecture BRIO

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Architects: Architecture BRIO
Location: Alibaugh, Maharashtra,
Design: Robert Verrijt, Shefali Balwani
Structural Design: Vijay K. Patil & Associates
Area: 300.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Sebastian Zachariah

Saxena Apartments / Vir.Mueller Architects

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Architects: Vir.Mueller Architects
Location: New Delhi, Delhi,
Architect In Charge: Christine Mueller, Pankaj Vir Gupta
Design Team: Avneet Kaur, Mansi Maheshwari, Prashant Singh Hada, Ranu Singh
Photographs: Andre J. Fanthome

AD Architecture School Guide: Jamia Millia Islama

is the science of human settlements. Students in the Department of Jamia Millia Islamia study settlements across India, including cities like (pictured above). Image Courtesy of shutterstock.com

With its current total population over 1.2 billion people, India is the second most populous nation in the world. What’s more, current demographics show that, rather than being concentrated, India’s population is spread throughout its states.  In demographic and statistical terms, then, India is ideally situated to provide architecture students with new insights into Ekistics, or the science of human settlements.

Founded in 2001 in response to the ongoing shifts in the urban landscape, the Faculty of Architecture and Ekistics at Jamia Millia Islamia, a Central University, grounds students in the ways that nature interacts with human needs/ethics in order to produce professionals instrumental in advancing a better built environment.

The Running Wall Residence / LIJO RENY architects

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Architects: LIJO RENY architects
Location: Kolasseri, , Kerala, India
Design Team: Lijo Jos and Reny Lijo
Landscape: LIJO RENY.architects + Transform
Area: 507.93 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Paveen Mohandas

Pete Mane / Architecture Paradigm

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Architects: Architecture Paradigm
Location: , Karnataka,
Design Team: Sandeep J, Vimal Jain, Manoj ladhad, Senthil Kumar and Shiraj
Area: 3,500 sqft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Anand Jaju

Is there a Future for India’s Stepwells?

Tourists in dutifully make the rounds, visiting the spectacular temples, palaces, and forts the country has to offer. But, even when they’re practically under their feet, people often forget about stepwells, the massive subterranean (up to ten stories) structures that dot the Indian landscape.

As this video explains, stepwells, first constructed around 300 CE, were born out of a need to dependably collect and store water. They boast highly complex circulation and ornamentation, and over the years have evolved to function also as community centres and temples. But, as journalist Victoria Lautman has pointed out, with the spread of industrialisation and drought (not to mention widespread demolition), stepwells are slowly becoming derelict. 

Urban Planning Lessons from the World’s Largest (Temporary) City

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For two months out of every twelve years, Allahabad in India becomes one of the most populous cities in the world – thanks to the Maha Kumbh Mela, a Hindu Festival that is the largest single-purpose gathering of people on the globe. In an article for Smithsonian Magazine, Tom Downey relates his experience of the Festival and sheds light on how a temporary city can swell to such astronomical sizes and still function as well as, if not better than, permanent cities. It is hoped that the research by Harvard Graduate School of Design at the Kumbh Mela can inform the construction of refugee camps, emergency cities and even permanent cities in the future. You can read the full article here.

Raas Jodhpur / The Lotus Praxis Initiative

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Architects: The Lotus Praxis Initiative
Location: , Rajasthan, India
Lead Designers: Ambrish Arora (Lotus, ) & Rajiv Majumdar (Praxis, Bangalore)
Design Team: Arun Kullu, Radha Muralidharan, Anuja Gupta, Ruchi Mehta
Landscape Design: Akshay Kaul & Associates
Structural Design: BL Manjunath
Contractors: Buildkraft India & Moolchand Stone mason
Photographs: André J. Fanthome & Rajen Nandwana