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 “, China: Talk of the Town.” Williams is the co-author of Lure of the City: From 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 cities 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: ,
Design 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: , India
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
Design 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: Ahmedabad, Gujarat,
Area: 9,000 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Sebastian Zachariah

Slum Rehabilitation Promise to Mumbai’s 20 Million

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, shanty-towns, favelas - they are all products of an exploding migration from rural to urban areas.  Over the last half century, people living in or near metropolises has risen in proportion to the global population.  Migrations from rural areas to urban areas have grown exponentially as cities have developed into hubs of economic activity and job growth promising new opportunities for social mobility and education.  Yet, with all these perceptions holding fast, many people who choose to migrate find themselves in the difficult circumstances of integrating into an environment without the proper resources to accommodate the growing population.  Cities, for example, like Mumbai, ’s largest city and 11th on the list as of 2012 with a population of an estimated 20.5 million.  According to a New York Times article from 2011, about 60% of that number live in the makeshift dwellings that now occupy lucrative land for Mumbai’s developers.

More to come after the break.

Poona House / Rajiv Saini

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Architects: Rajiv Saini
Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra,
Architect In Charge: Rajiv Saini
Design Team: Suprio Bhattacharjee, Kalyani Kale, Neeraj Singh, Ruchi Sharma
Area: 12,000 ft2
Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Rajiv Saini

Hut-to-Hut / Rintala Eggertsson Architects

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Architects: Rintala Eggertsson Architects
Location: ,
Design Team: Sami Rintala, Pasi Aalto, Gunilla Bandolin,Robin Belven, Einar Syversen, Helder Matos, Ida Mosand, Monica Bellika Esaiassen, Kristin Rønnestad, Marta Correa, Moritz Kerschbaum, Olav Kildal, Jonny Klevstad, Karoline Førsund and Dagur Eggertsson
Collaborators: Eden Project, Loowatt Ltd., Buro Happold, Annapurna Garimella, Suresh Heblikar, Jim O’Donnell, Sujata Goel, Kalidas Shetty, Talavane Krishna, Arnun Balakrishnan and Murali Krishna
Photographs: Pasi Aalto

Crosswinds Apartments / VSDP

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Architects: VSDP
Location: ,
Project Team: Vivek V. Shankar, Dhanaprakash, Jano Christopher, Jhanavi
Cladding: Hunter Douglas India Ltd
Façade Installer: Srinivas
Structural Engineer: Pase Group
Building Contractor: Babji Mali
Landscape Design: Earthworks
Area: 8,300 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Pallon Daruwala

Twin Courtyard House / Charged Voids

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Architects: Charged Voids - ar Aman Aggarwal 
Location: Chandigarh,
Project Team : Siddarth Gaind,Rahul Vig, Sugandha Wadhawan, Saurabh Vashist
Area: 500 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Aman Aggarwal & Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

361° International Architectural Conference

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Taking place in , from March 6th to March 8th, the 361° International Architectural Conference is an initiative by Indian Architect & Builder to create a truly relevant dialogue on architecture. One of the oldest and the most respected design forums in the country, the conference plans once again to host individuals such as Peter Zumthor, Charles Correa, and Fernando Menis, to lead the thought and practice of architecture and as an extension – design in the world. For more information, please visit here.

The Overhang House / DADA & Partners

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Architects: DADA & Partners
Location: New Delhi, Delhi,
Photographs: Ranjan Sharma

Trans Ganga Masterplan Proposal / Studio Symbiosis

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Spread across 1156 acres, the proposal for the Trans Ganga Masterplan by Studio Symbiosis is envisioned as an iconic city on the banks of Ganga, aimed at being a self sufficient sustainable city. Developed as a mixed use project, this will provide the most influential and dominant context for the master plan. More images and architects’ description after the break.

F3 Farmhouse / DADA & Partners

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Architects: DADA & Partners
Location: Chattarpur, , India
Landscape: Oasis Design Group
Structural: P. Arora & Associates
Civil Contractor: Shri balajee construction
Area: 14000.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Ranjan Sharma / Lightzone India

Concrete 0023 / studio eight twentythree

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Architects: studio eight twentythree
Location: Andheri, Mumbai,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of studio eight twentythree

Office Complex for Delhi Pollution Control Committee Proposal / M:OFA Studios

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Commissioned through a design competition, the Office Complex for Delhi Pollution Control Committee proposal by M:OFA Studios houses about 200 officials , scientists and a devoted work force responsible for making and implementing policies, research and formulating norms for keeping ’s capital Pollution free. The significance of this office in the larger context is an affirmation of this purpose itself contributing towards a higher standard of living for the populace of Delhi State. It was the understanding of this purpose and sustainability in the Indian context that became the core design parameters for the DPCC head office building. More images and architects’ description after the break.