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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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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.

Weiss/Manfredi designs U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India

09:30 - 27 February, 2019
Weiss/Manfredi designs U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India, © WEISS/MANFREDI
© WEISS/MANFREDI

Weiss/Manfredi has unveiled their design for the re-envisioned U.S. Embassy campus in New Delhi, India. The first phase of a long-term masterplan, the scheme features a New Office Building, a support annex, and connected landscape offering a secure campus for America’s mission in India. Included in the design is the restoration of the early modernist Chancery Building by Edward Durell Stone.

Studio Lotus Designs New Visitor and Knowledge Center in India

04:00 - 25 February, 2019
Studio Lotus Designs New Visitor and Knowledge Center in India, Visitor Center and Knowledge Center. Image Courtesy of Studio Lotus
Visitor Center and Knowledge Center. Image Courtesy of Studio Lotus

Delhi-based design practice Studio Lotus have won the competition to design the new Visitor Center and Knowledge Centre at the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, India. The design features metal and stone dry construction that explores flexibility and modularity to meet evolving needs. Selected from three finalists, the winning entry attempts to create an architectural system for the next phase of interventions in the Fort through new linkages in the precinct.

Vitra Design Museum Explores the Work of Balkrishna Doshi

13:00 - 22 February, 2019
Vitra Design Museum Explores the Work of Balkrishna Doshi, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, photo by Vinay Panjwani. Image Courtesy of Vitra Design Museum
Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, photo by Vinay Panjwani. Image Courtesy of Vitra Design Museum

The Vitra Design Museum has announced a new exhibition exploring the work of Pritzker architect Balkrishna Doshi. Titled Architecture for the People, the museum will present the first international retrospective about Balkrishna Doshi outside of Asia. The goal of the exhibition is to open Doshi’s work to a global audience and show how the architect’s work has redefined modern Indian architecture to shape a new generations of architects.

Carlo Ratti Designs Prefab Housing for Rural India

13:00 - 1 January, 2019
Carlo Ratti Designs Prefab Housing for Rural India, Livingboard. Image Courtesy of Carlo Ratti Associati
Livingboard. Image Courtesy of Carlo Ratti Associati

Architecture practice Carlo Ratti Associati has designed a low-cost prefabricated housing system for Indian non-profit WeRise. The new "Livingboard" system was made so that homeowners can build any structure they like on top of it. Made as a pilot project to encourage rural housing development, the system is being tested in a village outside Bangalore. As a portable "motherboard", the design provides homeowners prefabricated and flat-packed elements like waste management and water treatment systems.

SPARK Architects' 3D Printed "Big Arse Toilet" Transforms Waste into Energy in India

04:00 - 23 November, 2018
SPARK Architects' 3D Printed "Big Arse Toilet" Transforms Waste into Energy in India , Courtesy of SPARK Architects
Courtesy of SPARK Architects

In support of World Toilet Day on November 19, SPARK Architects launched their prototype for a 3D printed toilet module titled, "Big Arse Toilet" alongside a slogan stating that "Sparks gives a sh*t." Though the pun-filled humor is definitely attention-grabbing, the project tackles serious issues of hygiene and sanitation as part of the UN initiative to eliminate open defecation by 2025. With the perpetuating cycle of malnutrition, disease, and poverty, poor sanitation is the leading cause in nearly a third of the deaths in low- and middle-income regions in several countries such as India.

The Tallest Statue in the World is Completed in India

11:00 - 31 October, 2018
The Tallest Statue in the World is Completed in India, © Instagram user geniusmarcom
© Instagram user geniusmarcom

The world’s largest statue has been unveiled today by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The “Statue of Unity” depicting former Indian Prime Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was designed by Michael Graves Architecture & Design and stands at 182 meters tall: almost twice the height of the Statue of Liberty in New York City.

Wood and Concrete: Impressive Examples in Indian Architecture

22:30 - 14 October, 2018
Wood and Concrete: Impressive Examples in Indian Architecture , © Shamanth Patil J.
© Shamanth Patil J.

Greatly influenced by the modern movement--and in particular the presence of Le Corbusier--contemporary Indian architecture reflects a mixture of traditional and western references. Using mainly local materials such as brick, concrete and stone, Indian buildings stand out with their high visual impact and a assertive heaviness. 

ZNERA Proposes a Network of Smog Filtering Towers To Combat Delhi's Rising Pollution Levels

14:00 - 21 September, 2018
ZNERA Proposes a Network of Smog Filtering Towers To Combat Delhi's Rising Pollution Levels, Smog Project. Image Courtesy of R Code + ZNERA
Smog Project. Image Courtesy of R Code + ZNERA

Dubai-based architecture firm Znera Space have released "The Smog Project," a design to clean the air in Delhi, one of the world's most polluted cities. Shortlisted in the World Architecture Festival's Experimental Project Category, the Smog Project hopes to address Delhi’s noxious air quality by adding a network of smog filtering towers throughout the entire city. India's capital has become known for toxic smog levels from overcrowding and industrial waste. Znera's proposal hopes to cleanse the smog chamber and generate smog free air.

A Visual Portrait of Neelam Cinema, a Modernist Icon in Le Corbusier's Chandigarh

06:00 - 16 September, 2018
A Visual Portrait of Neelam Cinema, a Modernist Icon in Le Corbusier's Chandigarh, © Edmund Sumner
© Edmund Sumner

Neelam Cinema is one of three theaters built in Chandigarh, a modernist city master-planned by Le Corbusier. Built shortly after India gained independence in the early 1950s, the cinema is located in the bustling industrial area of Sector 17. Designed by architect Aditya Prakash under the guidance of Le Corbusier and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret, the modernist structure stands to this day in its original form and continues to screen Bollywood films. However, without UNESCO World Heritage protection, the future of the cinema remains uncertain. Below, British photographer Edmund Sumner discusses his experience of shooting the 960-seat cinema, the heart of the city, and an icon of Chandigarh.

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