House in a Tea Garden / RMA Architects

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Architects: RMA Architects
Location: Coonoor,
Architect In Charge: Rahul Mehrotra
Area: 8,000 sq ft
Year: 2008
Photographs: Rahul Mehrotra, Rajesh Vora,

Designing the Future of Design: An Interview with Kumar Vyas by Victoria Lautman

Sketch of an eight petalled lotus, the inspiration for Vyas’ of the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding. Image Courtesy of Kumar Vyas.

“What do we mean by education?” “What is design?” “Can design be taught?”

These were some of the questions a small group of innovative pioneers – huddled in the attic of Le Corbusier’s Sanskar Kendra museum – asked themselves when they set about creating what would become the National Institute of Design (NID) in Ahmedabad, ’s first design school. The year was 1962, and not only were there no designers in the country, the profession of design, for Indians, simply did not exist.

One of these pioneers – who would head the industrial design department, help formulate the school’s curriculum, and train its faculty members – was Kumar Vyas. Born in 1929, Vyas remained at NID for three decades, and continues to work from his office on the campus he helped create. His numerous articles and books were essential to establishing India’s current design-rich environment; two years ago, he received the prestigious Sir Misha Black Medal for Excellence in Design Education.

Vyas’ experience designing a design education is not only a fascinating journey, but also a source of inspiration – if architecture education took Vyas’ lessons to heart, and re-examined itself from square one, how would it be different?  Read Victoria Lautman’s interview with Vyas after the break, and tell us what you think in the comments below.

Motisons Tower / Kothari Associates

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Architects: Kothari Associates
Location: Jaipur,
Director: Utkarsh Kothari
Chief Architect: Ravindra Verma
Senior Architect: Rajesh Singh
Area: 50,000 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Kothari Associates

Atali Ganga / RLDA

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Architects: RLDA
Location:
Architect In Charge: Rahoul Singh, Lakshmi Chand Singh
Design Team: Rahoul Singh, Lakshmi Chand Singh, Kushal Lachchwani, Sajal Das, Ajay Saini
Structural: S.D Construction
Area: 2045.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Asif Khan

CSMVS – Visitor Centre at the Prince of Wales Museum / RMA Architects

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Architects: RMA Architects
Location: Mumbai,
Year: 2011
Photographs: Rajesh Vora, Edmund Sumner

Nirvana Film Office / SJK Architects

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Architects: SJK Architects
Location: Bangalore, India
Team: Shimul Javeri Kadri, Sarika Shetty, Roshni Kshirsagar, Poonam Sachdev
Area: 8,000 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Pallon Daruwalla & Shimul Javeri Kadri

The Brick House / Hiren Patel Architects

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Architects: Hiren Patel Architects
Location: Ahmedabad, ,
Architect In Charge: Hiren Patel
Area: 335 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Sebastian Zachariah

Hotel Avasa / Nandu Associates

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Architects:
Location: Madhapur, , India
Team: B. Nanda Kumar, Ankita Gupta, B.H.Ravi Shankar, B.Naveen Reddy
Area: 8179.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Bharath Ramamrutam

Nirma Vidyavihar / Apurva Amin Architects

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Architects: Apurva Amin Architects
Location: ,
Structural Consultant: Saurachana Strucon
Landscape Consultant: Apurva Amin Architects
Civil Contractor: Tricon, Tejas Shah
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Apurva Amin Architects

Shipara / SDeG

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Architects: SDeG
Location: , India
Design Team: Sujit, Balaji
Project Team : Sujit, Balaji, Gayathri, Anju, Darshan, Prabhakar, Ananya
Structural Design: Eco Consultants
Contractor (Civil): JK Constructions
Area: 340 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Clare Arni

Vasant Vihar Residence / Vir.Mueller architects

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Architects: Vir.Mueller architects
Location: ,
Partners In Charge: Christine Mueller & Pankaj Vir Gupta
Project Team: Harsh Vardhan Jain, Hillary Collins, Saurabh Jain, Kai Pedersen, Mansi Maheshwari, Laura Blosser, Elizabeth Shaw, Vijender Singh Rana
Area: 4,100 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Vir.Mueller architects

India’s Evolution vs. China’s Revolution

Shanghai Skyline. Image Flickr User CC Gaëtan Bruneteau

This article, by Austin Williams, originally appeared in The Asian Age as “India, : Talk of the Town.” Williams is the co-author of Lure of the City: From Slums to Suburbs and director of the Future Cities Project. He teaches architecture and urban studies at XJTL University in Suzhou, China. Email him at futurecitiesproject@gmail.com

As an architect living in Suzhou, just outside Shanghai, I have become blasé about the skyline being transformed before my very eyes. The classic view of Shanghai’s towering waterfront may not represent great architecture, but it’s impressive all the same… and constantly improving. In most across China it is the same story: high-speed construction activity, modernisation, transformation and skyscrapers everywhere. There is a palpable sense of opportunity pending — what the émigrés to America must have felt when arriving in New York 100 years ago.

While many Western commentators point to the failures (the accidents, the pollution and the corruption) with an unremitting Schadenfreude, China marches on. Where else can you watch a modern city grow and change in real time? Where else, indeed?

Read more of Austin Williams’ account of the different kinds of urban development happening in China and India, after the break…

Bapagrama Stone House / Pragrup

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Architects: Pragrup
Location: Bangalore,
Team: Ravindra Kumar, Mahaveer Bhurat, Kavitha C. A., Lekha Nanjaiah
Structural Consultants: Pragrup
Area: 1,200 ft2
Photographs: Courtesy of Pragrup

Dual House / VPA Architects

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Architects: VPA Architects
Location: ,
Area: 1,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of VPA Architects

Toll Plaza / archohm

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Architects: archohm
Location: Narol-Naroda Road, Gujarat,
Design Team: Mrs. Rachna Mittal, Mr. Shahzad Ahmad
Principal Architect: Mr. Sourabh Gupta
Client: L&T IDPL Ltd
Area: 3,860 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of archohm

Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies / Christopher Charles Benninger Architects

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Architects: Christopher Charles Benninger Architects
Location: Lonavla, Pune,
Architect In Charge: Prof. Christopher Benninger
Team: Daraius Choksi, Harsh Manrao, Shivaji Karekar, Akshay Modhak, Sujit Kothiwale, Neha Kothiwale, Shalaka Vaidya, Kshitija Parmar, Madhvi Bhuradia, Noel Jerald, Er. Rahul Sathe
Area: 21,500 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: A. Ramprasad Naidu

Office for Crayons / IAAD

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Architects:
Location: , Nueva Delhi, Delhi, India
Design Team: Jyoti, Sumit, Rachna
Area: 11,000 sqft
Year: 2007
Photographs: Andre Fanthome

The Frill House / Hiren Patel Architects

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Architects: Hiren Patel Architects
Location: , , India
Area: 9,000 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Sebastian Zachariah