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Maker Fest 2015: Inviting Makers

What: Following in the footsteps of Maker Faires across America, Europe, and Japan, among others, MakerFest is an all-ages showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness. It is a celebration of everyone who makes things, and a place where people can meet likeminded A-Class innovators. MakerFest is a non-commercial event, and free for the public to attend. Continue reading Maker Fest 2015: Inviting Makers

Living with Modernity: Brasilia-Chandigarh | Iwan Baan

Ace photographer and observer of human interaction with architecture, Iwan Baan captures the present-day frames of two intended utopias – Le Corbusier’s Chandigarh and Oscar Niemeyer’s Brasilia.

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Balkrishna Doshi-Peter Rich: An Encounter

On March 16, 2013, Peter Rich met Balkrishna Doshi at his house. Here is the interaction that followed.

Transcript:
Balkrishna Doshi: BD
Peter Rich: PR

BD: Corbusier talked to him in a different way. So then they came to talking about housing but housing was still was never considered as architecture. Because it never has that scale neither it had the prominence and of course, not the style. Because technology, the kind of articulation, the use of space, in the public realm is very different from private realm. Some are ritualistic, some are non-ritualistic; Private realm as no ritual.

PR: Yeah, yeah.

Continue reading Balkrishna Doshi-Peter Rich: An Encounter

Transparence 2014

What: Saint Gobain Glass along with Ethos India have announced the annual edition of Transparence, a design competition open to students of architecture. The focus of this year’s competition is design of a Metro Station Complex. Continue reading Transparence 2014

ATMA on a Winter Evening.

Changing light, dramatic spaces and Le Corbusier’s masterful compositions in space frames the Ahmedabad Textile Millowners’ Association building in its many moods.

The structure reveals itself in its many layers.
The structure reveals itself in its many layers.

Continue reading ATMA on a Winter Evening.

A Place in the Shade by Charles Correa

A seminal collection of essays, A Place in the Shade is a chronicle of thoughts spanning Charles Correa’s illustrious career in architecture and urban planning.

Spread from the Book.
Spread from the Book.

In the span of a prolific practice, Charles Correa’s work and thoughts have been instrumental in shaping the architecture of Post-Independence India.  His writings – few and far in-between – deal with both the real and the metaphysical in architecture, urban planning, housing, urbanization and design in general. The writings in this book address the concerns and issues that are fundamental to the Indian landscape and habitat. Illustrated by select visuals: photographs and drawings, the book connects his work and ideas to a tangible set of propositions.  Continue reading A Place in the Shade by Charles Correa

Dwell ’14: Design for Density

What: The Charles Correa Foundation is curating a National Architecture Workshop for young architects and students of architecture & design with the intent to explore and ideate on the issue of housing in urban densities. DWELL 2014 will explore the many dimensions of designing a dwelling – a most basic unit – in an urban context. 6 teams will ideate on designing a unit in 6 urban centres of varying scales, capacities, character and climate. Continue reading Dwell ’14: Design for Density

Online Tools: CARBSE

Supported by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Govt. of India and Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, New Delhi, Centre for Advanced Research in Building Science and Energy (CARBSE) at CEPT University has developed some online tools to generate thermal comfort and outdoor weather analysis for Indian cities. ‘Comfort and Weather Analysis Tool’ analyses single city while ‘Multi-city Comfort and Weather Comparison Tool’ allows comparison various parameters of two cities simultaneously. The tools use weather data files for selected cities and generates comfort charts showing the temperature of the city for the whole year on the ASHRAE 55 thermal comfort bands. The user can determine the percentage of operating hours that would fall within the comfort zone for a particular month for a 24 hours as well as daytime operational building. This tool also provides the weather chart showing temperature and humidity distribution on 24 hour and daytime basis for the selected city. The tool also provides estimated percentage of operating modes for building such as heating, natural ventilation, cooling and dehumidification on annual and monthly basis. The tool is extremely useful in pre-design stages of buildings.

The tool can be accessed at http://www.carbse.org/resource/tools/

Kyoorius Designyatra 2014

What: One of the world’s biggest and best annual conferences on design, Kyoorius Designyatra features some of the biggest names in global creative and communications industry. The theme this year deliberates on “what if..?”. The speaker line-up includes Patrick Burgoyne of Creative Review, Tim Malbon of Made by Many, Natasha Jen of Pentagram, and many others. The conference is organised by Kyoorius, a not-for-profit organisation initiated by Transasia Fine Papers to build a platform for the design, creative and communication community in India – providing information, inspiration & networking opportunities.

When: 11-13 September 2014

Where: Grand Hyatt, Goa, India

Contact:
E: info@kyoorius.com
W: www.designyatra.kyoorius.com

Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award in Delhi, 2014

What: Organised by Alfred Herrhausen Society in association with LSE Cities, the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award is a travelling prize presented to initiatives within a specific city that utilise partnerships to improve the quality of life and the quality of the urban environment. The main scope of the award is to recognise projects and initiatives that encourage the alliance of diverse constituents or create partnerships between different stakeholders in urban societies. Projects must also demonstrate their ability to connect the social well-being of residents with an improved urban environment.

Any project based in the wider Delhi area that falls under the following categories will be considered for the award

  • Housing and shelter
  • Workplaces
  • Transport infrastructure
  • Public space
  • Sanitation and health
  • Education, skills training
  • Culture
  • Urban health
  • Job creation
  • Social assistance
  • Environment
  • Rights and activism
  • Other relevant urban regeneration initiatives

When: Deadline for Application1st September 2014

Contact:
T: Nitin Bathla: +91 (0) 9873677839
E: dbua.award.delhi2014@gmail.com
W: www.dbuaaward.com