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Indian Architecture

Capital New Delhi

Language Hindi

Area 3,287,263 km2

Population 1,293,057,000

Indian architecture, primarily established through historical and cultural influences, is most recently a conversation about how best to modernize. India's architecture has to mediate rapid urbanization with respecting its climate, culture, and tradition. Questions of cultural preservation are especially pertinent in post-independence India after the dominance of western influences. India's architecture is highlighted in this page through interviews, news, and projects that look forward to a new revitalized urban landscape.
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Photographs by Victoria Lautman Depict India’s Subterranean Stepwells

06:30 - 28 August, 2019
Photographs by Victoria Lautman Depict India’s Subterranean Stepwells, MAHILA BAAG. Image © Victoria Lautman
MAHILA BAAG. Image © Victoria Lautman

Victoria Lautman, the LA-based journalist, started taking pictures of stepwells in India, thirty years ago, collecting images from all over the country. The Fowler Museum at UCLA is exhibiting nearly fifty photographs of these water-harvesting structures, till the 20th of October 2019.

Astin John Designs New Hyperloop Terminal for Mumbai

05:00 - 20 August, 2019
Astin John Designs New Hyperloop Terminal for Mumbai, Courtesy of Astin John
Courtesy of Astin John

Designer Astin John has created a proposal for a new hyperloop terminal in Mumbai, India. The project is intended to celebrate the new age of hyperloop transportation technology through architecture for the state approved Mumbai – Pune hyperloop in Maharastra. The terminal acts as a transportation hub that connects other modes of transport in Mumbai to the hyperloop, and is inspired from the aerodynamic free flow of air.

Sanjay Puri on the Potential and the Challenges of Architecture in India

09:00 - 16 August, 2019
Sanjay Puri on the Potential and the Challenges of Architecture in India

During the World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam, ArchDaily sat down with Sanjay Puri who discussed his starting point, the architectural possibilities presented in India, and the oppositions faced by architects in his country. He also spoke of the importance of building in your context and not copying the past or the built environment in other parts of the earth.

India Approves World’s First Passenger Hyperloop System

05:00 - 16 August, 2019
India Approves World’s First Passenger Hyperloop System, Courtesy of Virgin Hyperloop One
Courtesy of Virgin Hyperloop One

The Government of Maharashtra has deemed Virgin Hyperloop One a public infrastructure project, setting it up to become the first hyperloop project in the world. The announcement brings the hyperloop transportation system in India closer to reality, recognizing hyperloop technology alongside other more traditional forms of mass transit. Dubbed the Pune-Mumbai Hyperloop, the project will link central Pune to Mumbai in under 35 minutes, as opposed to the current 3.5+ hours by road.

New Petition Aims to Save Charles Correa's Kala Academy from Demolition

05:00 - 7 August, 2019
New Petition Aims to Save Charles Correa's Kala Academy from Demolition, Kala Academy. Image Courtesy of Charles Correa Foundation
Kala Academy. Image Courtesy of Charles Correa Foundation

A new petition has been started to save Charles Correa's Kala Academy from demolition by the State Government in India. The project has become one of the only government-run arts institution with a diverse set of cultural offerings across Western and Indian programming. As Goa’s cultural center, the late 1970's structure is a rare example of an equitable public building in India.

UNStudio Designs a Smart Karle Town Center Masterplan for Bangalore, India

10:05 - 22 May, 2019
UNStudio Designs a Smart Karle Town Center Masterplan for Bangalore, India, Skyline. Image © UNStudio
Skyline. Image © UNStudio

UNStudio has unveiled its design for Bangalore’s Karle Town Center Masterplan, a new innovation and tech campus for India. Situated in an area earmarked as the Silicon Valley of India, UNStudio’s scheme will also contain sensorial technologies designed by its tech company UNSense, collaborating with Karle Infra.

This Innovative Cooling Installation Fights Soaring Temperatures in New Delhi

04:00 - 14 May, 2019
This Innovative Cooling Installation Fights Soaring Temperatures in New Delhi, © S. Anirudh
© S. Anirudh

This installation is a bespoke attempt to simplify and reinterpret the concept of air-conditioning, understanding that standardized solutions may not be universally applicable given the constraints of cost and surrounding environment. Using computational technologies, the team at Ant Studio has reinterpreted traditional evaporative cooling techniques to build a prototype of cylindrical clay cones, each with a custom design and size.

Preserving Overlooked Brutalist Architecture in India

04:00 - 30 April, 2019
Preserving Overlooked Brutalist Architecture in India, NDDB Building . Image © Arhan Vohra
NDDB Building . Image © Arhan Vohra

Brutalism is merely a basic equation of reinforced concrete + geometry, but while the result of this equation is rather minimal, the architecture movement remains as one of the most debatable styles, ranging between “fascinating structures” and “is it even worth preserving”.

SOM Designs Garden Terminal for India's Kempegowda International Airport

09:00 - 4 April, 2019
SOM Designs Garden Terminal for India's Kempegowda International Airport, © SOM / ATCHAIN
© SOM / ATCHAIN

Skidmore Owings and Merrill have unveiled their design for the Kempegowda International Airport Terminal 2 in Bengaluru, India. The new air travel hub for the region, the SOM terminal reimagines the airport as a landscaped, serene transportation experience, conceived by the airport commission as a “terminal within a garden.” The project’s first phase of construction is scheduled to be completed in March 2021, when it will serve 25 million annual passengers.

Morphogenesis Builds a Gender-Positive Practice in India

05:00 - 8 March, 2019
Morphogenesis Builds a Gender-Positive Practice in India, © Jatinder Marwaha
© Jatinder Marwaha

Indian design firm Morphogenesis has now become one of the world's first architecture practices to report a gender pay gap in favor of its female employees. Recruitment and promotion policies were created to make a level playing field for all candidates, irrespective of gender, with merit being the sole review criterion. The report reflects the firm's efforts to support long-term career progression for women in a country where they earn just 62 percent of what men earn.

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