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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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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.

The 25 Largest Sports Stadiums in the World

06:00 - 4 September, 2018
The 25 Largest Sports Stadiums in the World, 1. Rungrado 1st of May Stadium / Pyongyang, North Korea. Image via Viktoria Gaman / Shutterstock.com
1. Rungrado 1st of May Stadium / Pyongyang, North Korea. Image via Viktoria Gaman / Shutterstock.com

In 776 BC, the Olympic Games of antiquity were hosted at the Olympia stadium in Peloponnese, Greece, an arena widely believed to be the world’s oldest stadium. The elongated U-shaped track and stand had a capacity of up to 45,000 people.

The Dazzling Modernist Cinemas of Southern India, Captured by Stefanie Zoche

12:00 - 25 August, 2018
The Dazzling Modernist Cinemas of Southern India, Captured by Stefanie Zoche, © Stefanie Zoche
© Stefanie Zoche

Photographer Stefanie Zoche of Haubitz-Zoche has captured a series of vibrant images showcasing the “hybrid modernist” movie theaters of Southern India. The images below, also available on the artist’s website, capture the large number of cinemas built in both rural and urban areas of South India in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, all conveying an “unconventional mix of local building styles and Western influences."

The Wild Churches of Kerala, Southern India as Captured by Stefanie Zoche

12:00 - 20 August, 2018
The Wild Churches of Kerala, Southern India as Captured by Stefanie Zoche, © Stefanie Zoche
© Stefanie Zoche

Photographer Stefanie Zoche of Haubitz-Zoche has captured a series of vibrant images showcasing the “hybrid modernism” churches of the Southern Indian region of Kerala. The images below, also available on the artist’s website, depict the blend of modernist influences and local architectural elements that defined many Indian churches following the country's 1947 independence.

These CNC Prototypes Were 3-D Mapped From Natural Forms

08:00 - 2 August, 2018
These CNC Prototypes Were 3-D Mapped From Natural Forms, Courtesy of Anoma
Courtesy of Anoma

Anoma, headed by EDIDA-winning Indian artist Ruchika Grover, is a product design studio that explores the potential of natural stone. Its surfaces, sculptures, and installations, are created through a unique process, which combines digital manufacturing and traditional hand craftsmanship.

Inside The Chandigarh Home of Le Corbuiser's Cousin and Collaborator Pierre Jeanneret

16:00 - 17 July, 2018
Inside The Chandigarh Home of Le Corbuiser's Cousin and Collaborator Pierre Jeanneret, © Paul Clemence
© Paul Clemence

Paul Clemence of Archi-Photo shares rare images of the house of Pierre Jeanneret in Chandigarh. The photographer described the experience in an article published in Modern Magazine, which is republished below with permission.

Chandigarh, India’s modern planned city, is most commonly associated with the pioneering modernist master Le Corbusier, who conceived the radical urban plan and most of its important civic buildings. But credit is also due to the architect’s younger cousin and long-time collaborator, Pierre Jeanneret, who turned Le Corbusier’s sweeping vision into a reality. The cousins had worked extensively together, sharing a common, forward-thinking design sensibility. Appointed to senior architect, the Swiss-born Jeanneret oversaw the ambitious project on the ground and proved himself particularly skilled at connecting with the professionals and local community alike. “Effectively, he is respected like a father, liked as a brother by the fifty or so young men who have applied to work in the Architect’s Office,” wrote Corbusier in praise of his cousin.

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