Category Archive for "Sustainable Design"

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Khotachiwadi, Girgaum, Mumbai

Khotachiwadi is a tiny colony in Mumbai, featuring a cluster of old-Portuguese-style bungalows. It adds tremendous historical and heritage value to Mumbai, going back almost 300 years. It is tucked away in a lane of Girgaon (Girgaum) in South Mumbai – near St Teresa’s Church, not too far from Charni...
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Peter Head Planning for an Age of Ecology

Peter Head is the Director of Arup and leads the newly integrated business of Planning and Integrated Urbanism. A civil and structural engineer, he has become a recognized world leader in the construction of major bridges, advanced composite technology, and now in sustainable development in cities. He joined Arup in...
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Victoria Memorial, Kolkata

The Victoria Memorial is a famous landmark in Calcutta (now called Kolkata). It was built in the memory of Queen Victoria by the then Viceroy of India Lord Curzon; and is both a tribute to and a museum dedicated to the British monarch. The beautiful white building stands in the centre...
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CST Station Mumbai

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus or CST railway station in Mumbai was originally called Victoria Terminus or VT station, in honor of Queen Victoria. Today, as a part of Central Railway in India, CST serves hundreds of thousands of passengers and commuters everyday through its long-distance and local train services. The British...
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Rolling Back the Architect

Durganand Balsavar’s designs incorporate community demands even at the cost of violating architectural principles. “Social issues were so dominant that design and aesthetics took backseat,” says Balsavar, recounting his experiences of post-2004 tsunami rehabilitation work in villages of Tamil Nadu’s Nagapattinam district. An outpour of aid workers and contractors followed...
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Why Conserve the Built Heritage Part-3?

A crucial element is missing in the super-imposition of modern-day building techniques and materials. We seem to be compelled to build at the fastest pace and unapologetic, reduced creative inputs for maximum gain. This is detrimental to the organic fabric that has taken centuries to evolve. It also adds to...
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Why Conserve the Built Heritage Part-1?

Walter – my husband – and I came to Goa in ‘98 and fortunately encountered the larger-than-life ‘Houses of Goa’ thanks to Gerard da Cunha. He invited me to mind the exhibition which was held at Fundacio Orient. I spent six weeks amidst the beautifully illustrated panels of these houses,...
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Building Fast, Innovating Faster

In October 2012, a Chinese company named Broad Sustainable Building (BSB) proposed to build the world’s tallest building in a mere 90 days. Stunning indeed. What is more interesting is the way BSB planned to undertake this audacious project. To be able to build a 220 storey, 838 meter high...
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