Project Sammaan: Design Challenge 1 Competition

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Driven by the collaboration of Quicksand Design Studio, Jameel Poverty Action Lab, the city governments of two large cities in , and supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)Project Sammaan is a development project that seeks to create improved sanitation services for the urban poor residing in slums in India. The challenge seeks to discover radical ideas and new perspectives that will help us in our attempt to reinvent low-cost urban sanitation. The goals is to design and build 119 sanitation facilities in urban slums in India. Collectively, these facilities will have 1200+ toilets, bathrooms, spaces for washing clothes, and will benefit 60,000+ people. The project started in February 2012 and will last for 16-19 months at the end of which these toilets will be operational. The deadline for submissions is May 15. For more detailed information, please visit here.

The Defense Colony Residence / Vir.Mueller architects

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Architects: Vir.Mueller architects
Location: Defence Colony Residence, New ,
Design Team: Christine Mueller, Pankaj Vir Gupta, Sarah Gill, Harsh Vardhan Jain, Saurabh Jain, Kai Pedersen, Hillary Collins, Helena Westerlind, Everett Hollander
Client: Saran and Puneet Dhupia
Total Covered Area: 11,000 sq.ft.
Completion: 2011
Structural Engineer: Himanshu Parikh
Contractor: Macro Constructions (Mr Subhash Chakravarty)
Photographs: Andre J. Fanthome

White Canvas & 22 feet office / Kamat & Rozario Architecture

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Architects: Kamat & Rozario Architecture
Location: ,
Design Team: Smruti Kamat & Lester Rozario
Project Area: 7,000 sqf
Completion: 2012
Contractors: Prathiba Interiors & Parthiban
Photographs: Shanavas Photography

Utsav House / Studio Mumbai

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Architects: Studio Mumbai
Location: Satirje, Maharashtra,
Principal Architect: Bijoy Jain
Project Team: Roy Katz, Jeevaram Suthar, Pandurang Malekar, Mangesh Mhatre
Structural Engineer: Dwijen Bhatt
Photographs: Courtesy of Studio Mumbai


House on Pali Hill / Studio Mumbai

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Architects: Studio Mumbai
Location: Bandra, Maharashtra,
Principal Architect: Bijoy Jain
Project Team: Samuel Barclay, Jeevaram Suthar, Omprakash Suthar
Structural Engineer: Dwijen Bhatt
Photographs: Helene Binet, Studio Mumbai 


Kindred House / Anagram Architects

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Architects: Anagram Architects
Design Team: Ayush Prakash, Mugdha Upasani, Late S. Sai Satish, Madhav Raman, Vaibhav Dimri, Tarika Jigar Asrawala
Photographs: Andre Fanthome & Ayush Prakash

Copper House II / Studio Mumbai

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Architects: Studio Mumbai
Location: Chondi, Maharashtra, India
Principal Architect: Bijoy Jain
Project Team: Jeevaram Suthar, Punamchand Suthar, Pandurang Malekar
Structural Engineer: Dwijen Bhatt
Photographs: Courtesy of Studio

56+55 Sumeru / Vastu Shilpa Consultants

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This residential project in , India by  Vatsu Shilpa Consultants follows the metamorphosis of an old vacant rowhouse into a renovated townhouse into a final fusion with the adjoining building.  The project began in 2004 and went through several modifications and additions.  By 2010, the adjoining house was purchased and 56+55 Sumeru was created.

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Belavali House / Studio Mumbai

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Architects: Studio Mumbai
Location: Belavali, ,
Principal Architect: Bijoy Jain
Project Team: Jeevaram Suthar, Punamchand Suthar, Bhasker Raut
Structural Engineer: Shishir Kulkarni
Photographers: Helene Binet, Studio Mumbai


Bellad House / Khosla Associates

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Architects: Khosla Associates
Location: Hubli, Karnataka,
Design Team: Sandeep Khosla, Amaresh Anand, Praveena A., and Dhaval Shellugar
Photographs: Bharath Ramamrutham


Children’s Corner, Center for Rural Knowledge, Halwad / SABA

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Architect: SABA
Location: Surendranagar district, Gujarat,
Photographs: Courtesy of and Alex Nosakov

Net House / Matharoo Associates

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Architects: Matharoo Associates
Location: , , India
Completion: 2010
Project Team: Gurjit Singh Matharoo – Principal Architect, Prof. M.C. Gajjar – Architectural Advisor, Nauka Baxi – Architect, Dilip Revar – Architect
Photographs: Courtesy of Matharoo Associates

Parents House In Ajmer / Matharoo Associates

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Architects: Matharoo Associates
Location: Ajmer, Rajasthan,
Completion: 2009
Principal in charge: Gurjit Singh Matharoo
Project Team: Prof. MC Gajjar, Architectural Advisor: Sujith GS, Trainee: Mahalaxmi B, Trainee: Rashmi Sinha, Trainee
Client: Mr & Mrs Rajendra Singh Matharoo
Site Area: 167 sqm
Building Area: 143 sqm
Total Floor Area: 120 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Matharoo Associates

‘Forest Life’ / OOZE

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OOZE architects shared with us their mixed residential and commercial project located in Gundala, 35 km south of the city center in . Their aim for ‘Forest Life’ was to create an eco-community with different individual villa typologies located within the existing forest next to a much denser mixed use development with residential towers and a commercial podium with proximity shops leisure activities and offices located along the main road leaving Hyderabad towards the south. More images and architects’ description after the break.

361° Design Conference

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Taking place March 17-19, the 361° Design Conference, which we are media partners for, will be focusing on a series that aims to capture practices with the “one-degree of difference”. Its objective is to create a multi-directional showcase of ideas and innovations that have and had a significant impact on the habitat around us. The event will include four tracks: Systems & Technology, Objects & Experiences, Paracentric Practices, and Innovating @ Grassroots. For more information, please visit their official website here.

The Brick Kiln House / SPASM Design Architects

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Architects: SPASM Design Architects
Location: Munavali, , Maharashtra, India
Design Team: Sangeeta Merchant, Mangesh Jadhav, Thomas Kariath, Mansoor Kudalkar, Sanjeev Panjabi
Contractors: R.K. Construct
Engineers: Mr. Gireesh Rajadhyaksha (structural)
Site Area: 9,800 sqm
Total Built Area: 830 sqm
Completion: Dec 2011
Photographs: Sebastian Zachariah

Flashback: Prathama Blood Centre / Matharoo Associates

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Architects: Matharoo Associates
Location: Ahmedabad, Gujarat,
Principal in charge: Gurjit Singh Matharoo
Project team: Gurjit Singh Matharoo- principal architect, Mrs. Komal Mehta-Architect, Mr. Sanjeev Joseph-Trainee, Manoj parmar-Autocad operator
Client: Advanced Transfusion Medicine Research Foundation in joint venture with Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation
Construction Year: 2000
Building Area: Approx.3000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Matharoo Associates

Mezban Inverted Topography / Collaborative Architecture

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Architect: Collaborative Architecture – Lalita Tharani + Mujib Ahmed
Location: , Kerala,
Client: Mr.Mohamed, Hotel Asma Tower Calicut
Design Team: Lalita Tharani, Mujib Ahmed, Muneeb, Mazhar, Shaoukath, Vineeta Parekh
Project Date: July 2011
Photographs: Lalita Tharani