Mind Rain Students’ Architecture Competition

A) Design Project for First Year and Second Year students.

What: Design a residence for a couple living with a  pet – a crocodile ( Open to interpretation. Just make sure you design a good shelter for their pet, whichever animal you decide. ). You have the complete freedom to design the house on land, floating in the air, floating on water or even under water. We only want you to have super fun while designing a super fun house for the couple and their dear pet.

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B) Design project for 3rd, 4th and 5th Year students.
What: Design a habitat for a couple who conducts design and creative workshops. They invite students who would stay in a special hostel. You are free to choose a site anywhere in the world. Just make sure that the area of the site you choose is not less than 2 acre (8095 sqm).

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In Conversation with Shilo Shiv Suleman & Heather Stewart

By Anusha Narayanan

A visual artist and designer who has transcended into art for social good and tech-based installations, from illustrations for children’s books, Shilo Shiv Suleman is an experimental feminist and an independent voice, representing not only herself, but other innovators and women around the globe. In an afternoon at Leopold, Anusha Narayanan got the chance to catch up with her and talk about biofeed installations.

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Art is an external expression of internal discoveries: thoughts, dreams, advocacies and emotions of artists. Art in the ‘truly public’ domain is a rarity in India, but with the street art movement catalysed by the St+ART India, and independent artists such as Shilo Shiv Suleman, Anpu, Harshavardhan Kadam and more, art seems to be getting democratised. Yet as the quality of public artistic interventions at open festivals such as the Kala Ghoda Festival consistently and drastically drops, there is no room for quiet contemplation. In this quicksand, last year, I found Shilo’s work on bio-feed installations, an oasis in a desert. Continue reading In Conversation with Shilo Shiv Suleman & Heather Stewart

Architecture in India – The Bridge Generation

By Ar. Brinda Somaya

Brinda Somaya explains a critical period of architecture practice in India that connects the ‘masters’ to the contemporary practices outlining the nature of work in an era that helped India come to terms with its modernity by minting the term ‘The Bridge Generation’.


I believe I belong to the first generation of practising Architects to be born after India got her freedom.  For ease of reference and to give us a sense of identity I have coined the term “Architecture in IndiaThe Bridge Generation” after a great deal of reflection and thought.  The term evolved in my mind as I believe we ‘bridged’ the architectural space between the Great Masters and the current generation that continues to enter the global architectural space. Continue reading Architecture in India – The Bridge Generation

Eye on the Lake: Shabbir Unwala, Design Workshop

Eye on the Lake, a weekend retreat in Khadakwasla, principled by Lonavala-based Shabbir Unwala’s critical understanding of architecture, is a veritable effort to intervene responsibly in a natural landscape.


How not to build on mountain slopes and how I learnt to design ‘Diet’ buildings.

Having relocated to Lonavala in 1988 to get away from the architectural madness called Mumbai, I started my practice in 1989 in Lonavala and began immediately to unlearn all the lessons learnt of how to build in an urbanscape that the college and offices I had worked had taught me. Continue reading Eye on the Lake: Shabbir Unwala, Design Workshop

The Global Left in Architecture

Alejandro Aravena and the critical significance of the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale for India.

By Ruturaj Parikh.

The theme and the selection of the curator for the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale is a testament to the shift in priorities of the discipline and the desperate need to steer the ‘euro-centric’ discussion on architecture towards new and less known territories where the profession has a real role to play. Continue reading The Global Left in Architecture

Architects on Architecture: Dr Brinda Somaya

In the first episode of our ‘Architects on Architecture’ series, we discuss the fundamental ideas that helped shape one of the most versatile practices in India in conversation with Dr Brinda Somaya, Somaya & Kalappa Consultants, Mumbai.

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Dharmapuri

Remnants of a Fast Disappearing Way of Life

A photo-narrative by Sneha Parthasarathy of the quintessential Indian village culture, lifestyle and architecture, against the backdrop of the Godavari River Festival. 

The Pushkaras, occurring annually, are river festivals celebrating in a cyclic manner each of the 12 important holy rivers of India. This year was that of the river Godavari and was said to be a ‘Maha Pushkara’ – occurring once every 144 years. The 12 day festival saw over 11 crore devotees, from Telangana-Andhra region rush to the river banks of Godavari to take the emancipating dip and pray for departed souls of their loved ones. There is something very powerful and beautiful about belief but mass hysteria and hype is worrying. Worrying because it leads to herd mentality; when you do something not because you deeply believe in it but because you do not want to be left out. Continue reading Dharmapuri

The Merit List [TML]

The Merit List (TML) is an initiative by Matter. to recognise projects of critical relevance in terms of design and thought in the context of contemporary Indian architecture.

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In Conversation – Charles Correa, Raj Rewal and Mahendra Raj.

From The Z-Axis Climactic Session – Moderated by Riyaz Tayyibji. 

The complete edited video from Charles Correa Foundation with a landmark conversation between Charles Correa, Mahendra Raj and Raj Rewal. Continue reading In Conversation – Charles Correa, Raj Rewal and Mahendra Raj.

DENCITY 2016

WHAT: Rapid world growth and urbanization is not allowing cities to adapt and provide for their inhabitants. Towns are quickly growing into cities, and some of the densest places in the world are comprised of makeshift homes, otherwise referred to as slums. Furthermore, already overcrowded cities have to absorb people leaving their rural hometown in hope of job opportunities. There are currently over 1 billion slum dwellers in the world. This number is expected to reach 2 billion by the year 2030. Now, more than ever, we need to play a central role in the development of substandard neighborhoods. Slums effect much more than just housing; they affect almost all living conditions and communities as a whole. Continue reading DENCITY 2016

IIA NATCON 2015

eeWhat: The National Convention is an annual congregation of Architects organised by The Indian Institute of Architects. IIA NATCON 2015 is being hosted by IIA West Bengal CHAPTER on behalf of the National body to bring together the professionals to discuss and deliberate the various facets of architectural development, practice and education and the future vision.

The theme is ‘People and their Spaces’. Continue reading IIA NATCON 2015

FuturArc Prize 2016

Small Things, Big Impact | Eco-puncture for more liveable, resilient cities

WHAT:  Our cities and neighbourhoods, the complex flows of people and resources that support them, are mostly in place and functioning, successfully or otherwise. But often, the meso-scale between building and infrastructure is neglected — that subtle realm between private development and urban network, that tenuous in-between world between planned and unplanned. This is our commons. It might be civic space, it might be nesting place for birds; it might be a conduit for water. It may well be all of the above. This space functions or dysfunctions informally, with no assistance or attention. And because it has no name, no custodian, it is left to waste or (worse) eliminated in endless cycles of urban renewal.

What if we could claim that space with small acts of eco-puncture? What would that look like, and more importantly, what manner of change would that offer? How might many small things — functioning as discrete elements but acting together — trigger a systemic change, giving us more liveable, more resilient cities? Continue reading FuturArc Prize 2016

Laurie Baker: Life, Works & Writings – Gautam Bhatia

The book assembles influences, details and observations on and by Laurie Baker to treat one to an explicit and fitting record to his willingness to accommodate and experiment with architecture of frugality and his continuing capacity to inspire people in re-evaluating excess.

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Reprinted in 2014, this book authored by Gautam Bhatia makes an invaluable contribution by documenting the intent and ideas attached to the prolific legacy of Laurie Baker that secedes from the conventional notion of architectural practice. In his preceding author’s note, Gautam Bhatia writes, “The book was originally intended to be a guide to his method of building, but over the many meetings in the verandah of his home, the Hamlet, and the numerous visits to the sites (occasionally carrying a client’s door on the roof of his car) and watching him communicate with the Malyalee masons with vigorous gestures, I came to realise that Baker’s architecture is a by-product of a larger picture – a picture that recognises the importance of people’s aspirations for a better life. I began to see that his buildings were merely a direct and honest response to this spirit, this idea. It was after having realised this that the book took a different turn.” Issued in paperback, the book is eponymously grouped in three distinct parts with brisk chapters – Life, Work & Writings. Continue reading Laurie Baker: Life, Works & Writings – Gautam Bhatia

In Which Annie Gives it Those Ones

Re-Mastered for the digital age, here is the classic !

Starring Arundhati Roy, Arjun Raina and Roshan Seth in the leads, the film directed by Pradip Kishen makes a wonderful comment on the atmosphere of a school – something everyone from a design background may relate to. It also take a sarcastic view of the ongoings in a school.

Production: Doordarshan [1989]
Screenplay: Pradip Krishen, Arundhati Roy


The city observed: Notes from an unfolding India: Pallavi Shrivastava

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The City Observed by Pallavi Shrivastava reads like dispatches from a battlefront by a seasoned war correspondent. Each chapter is a stimulating vignette of some memorable place, or recently contrived artifact, through which Pallavi unravels counter intuitive conclusions. Pallavi has two eyes and many voices. Those two eyes see things often unnoticed, bringing into focus a collage of real life issues and human circumstances. She has an uncanny ability to conceive of the metropolis as an everyday person would, yet to catalyze unique understandings and conclusions from her choreographies! She navigates the metropolis building narratives out of keen insights, speaking for those without voices; giving eyes to people who have eyes, but no vision. Pallavi’s most provocative ability is to reveal contradictions between the emerging urban form and the critical needs of the everyday Mumbaikar, who emerges forgotten in the unfolding scenario. Her written landscapes reveal disturbing images of the bad within the good, and of poverty within plenty. From bright images emerge a sense of charm, tinged by nostalgia for the city’s past, yet a warning of pathos in times to come.

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