TRANSPARENCE 2016: Space In Motion

WHAT: The theme for Transparence 2016, an annual students’ competition organised by Ethos India and Saint Gobain is Space In Motion.

The programme brief is Performing Arts Centre at the Pragati Maidan complex, New Delhi.

Pragati Maidan in New Delhi has been an epicenter of culture, history and art and has been playing an active part in encouraging and showcasing this since 1972. It has also been home to several literary fests, trade fairs and theatre over the years, inspiring and nurturing artists and their art. With such a rich legacy, Transparence 2016 gives you an opportunity to design and create a Performing Arts Centre at the Pragati Maidan complex. Continue reading TRANSPARENCE 2016: Space In Motion

Landscape Foundation: Students’ Design Competition 2016

WHAT: Theme: Change is the only constant.

You cannot step twice into the same river.
—Heraclitus, Greek philosopher

Landscape design is a spatial design discipline which is close to nature. Landscape is typically a composition of natural elements—land, water and vegetation—through which an artist or a designer conceptualizes and finally realizes a creative endeavour. Visualized to fulfil various aesthetic and functional uses, they provide a framework to a site within which the designer works. Having the natural attributes of a living medium, landscapes are born {or, conceptualized}, they grow, and they decay to be
reborn again, following the processes of nature, its rhythms and different moods throughout the year. Continue reading Landscape Foundation: Students’ Design Competition 2016

Global Architectural Competition for Indian National War Museum

WHAT: The Government of India has sanctioned the construction of Indian National War Museum in New Delhi. The Museum will come up in the Princess Park in the Lutyens Zone near India Gate. The Global Architectural Competition for the National War Museum will be conducted in two stages. Continue reading Global Architectural Competition for Indian National War Museum

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

Architects on Architecture: Bijoy Ramachandran

In this edition of ‘Architects on Architecture’ series, we speak with Bijoy Ramachandran of Hundredhands about practice, the books he likes and the works and thoughts that he admires and that influence him. 


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Casa Rana: Made in Earth ONLUS

A unity of unassuming mediations, forms and experiences, Casa Rana is a foster home for HIV-positive children in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu – an expression of the purposeful and paracentric intentions of Italy-based Made in Earth ONLUS.

Casa Rana, Made in Earth, Tamil Nadu, foster home for HIV-positive children

The form sits low; an intriguing image occupied by several fleeting instances: colourful volumes interrupted by intricate textural pattern of bamboo inset within speciously unmoored solid planes anchored readily amidst patches of shrubs. An assembly of these fragmented scales, the structure is raw, compact and porous acknowledging the light, its users’ desires and the site. Continue reading Casa Rana: Made in Earth ONLUS

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

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

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.

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.

Shilo Feature image

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

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