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, India’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.

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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: Karnataka,
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: , India
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: , Delhi, India
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, New Delhi, 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, ,
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.

House in the Himalayas / Rajiv Saini

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Architects: Rajiv Saini
Location: Himalayas, , India
Design Team: Pradnya, Pankaj Mhatre
Photographs: Sebastian Zachariah

Halcyon Complex / VSDP

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Architects: Vivek Shankar Design Partnership
Location: , India
Design Team: Vivek. V. Shankar, Senthil Kumar Doss
Project Team: Eliyaraja, Dhanaprakash
Façade Consultants: Hunter Douglas
Structural Consultants: Cruthi Consultants Consortium
Area: 25,000 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Pallon Daruwala

The Green House / Hiren Patel Architects

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Architects: Hiren Patel Architects
Location: Ahmedabad, Gujarat,
Area: 800 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Sebastian Zachariah

Bhartiya City Urban Developement / Broadway Malyan

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Launched by Broadway Malyan, in collaboration with real estate and infrastructure development company Bhartiya Urban, Bhartiya City is the single largest urban development within the limits of any Indian metropolitan area. The 125-acre design, located in North Bangalore, , will provide a fully-integrated mix of residential, retail, hospitality and Special Economic Zone uses, as well school, healthcare and sports facilities, making it the first of its kind in . More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Courtyard House / Hiren Patel Architects

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Architects: Hiren Patel Architects
Location: Ahmedabad, Gujarat,
Area: 245 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Sebastian Zachariah

The Heritage School / Madhav Joshi and Associates

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Architects: Madhav Joshi and Associates
Location: Pune, Maharashtra,
Architect In Charge: Madhav Joshi
Design Team: Ketan Kulkarni, Amit Pimple, Alok Sabne, Neha Khaire
Area: 6200 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Madhav Joshi and Associates

Badshahpur IT Park Proposal / 10 Design

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Composed of ten buildings, the proposal by 10 Design for the Badshahpur IT Park is set across a sinuous series of adjacent plots of varied ownership. The challenge was to create a common identity across the site, a hierarchy of amenity spaces, and a strategy for future expansion (or contraction) of the campus. The ambition was to create a vibrant and inclusive work environment that meets the expectations of today’s IT graduate candidate / employee, and the employers that seek to attract the same talent. More images and architects’ description after the break.