Category Archives: Studio

Stack It Up: Triple O Studio & ArchitectureRED

Made of the most basic elements that represent architecture and aspirations, Stack It Up, a temporary installation for CRY built by Triple O Studio in collaboration with architectureRED on the shores of Marina Beach in Chennai, gives voice to the stifling of a child’s dreams under our present education system.

As a child, we would have all faced the big question: “what do you want to be when you grow up?”. Everyone has a different answer to this question and as we grow up these answers change and evolve. When we are young, our dreams seem somewhat naive: uninhibited by fears and blissfully ignorant of realities; later in life, they mature: they are weighed-out, guided by the education we receive, the information that is at our disposal and more often than not, what the family requires and economy favours. Mostly, our dreams turn to aspirations. A lot has been said about holistic growth of a child (or the lack of it) within the current educational system in India. However, not enough, clearly. Continue reading Stack It Up: Triple O Studio & ArchitectureRED

Wrap Art & Design Factory: Design Bureau

Encompassing a dual participatory programme dwelling on production and retail, the Wrap Art & Design Factory by Delhi-based Design Bureau has an ideological, spatial, textural richness that seeks to consolidate layers of inclusiveness within its low-slung scale.


New Delhi towards its southern end fringes into a curious multiplicity of neighbourhoods comprising of temples, farmhouses and makeshift factories amidst the growing residential sprawl. The context is rurban at the most with each nuance built objectively with an introverted view. Assertively within this contradiction in Chattarpur, a ‘lal dora’ (urban village) as the architects of Delhi-based Design Bureau put it, is sited the Wrap Art & Design Factory.

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Discovery Centre: Architecture Discipline

A site cum sales office escalated to the purview of broader & inclusive societal faculties of a town hall, the design of the Discovery Centre in Bengaluru by Delhi-based Architecture Discipline significantly avoids as being one amongst the many succumbing to the trope of capital to concentrate more on the regeneration of an idea, its representation and its fabrication.

Conceived as an assemblage of parts that can relocated after six years, the architecture of Discovery Centre adopts different aspects of tactility and progressive ideas to engage with the visitor.

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Remembering Bawa . . .

By David Robson

Architect, writer and critic David Robson, pens an empathetic personal memoir of Geoffrey Bawa as he tries to decipher the legacy of Bawa through his works, his persona and his understanding of the rich tropical landscape of Sri Lanka and his pastiche to find many images of the master architect who continues to influence architecture in Sri Lanka and the Indian Subcontinent.

Bawa at Lunuganga (1990s - Unknown Photographer)
Bawa at Lunuganga (1990s – Unknown Photographer)

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The Future Kids School, Hyderabad: B C Sudhir Reddy, Kruthica

The Future Kids School in Hyderabad designed by Ar B C Sudhir Reddy of Kruthica explores the site as a physical and visual tool to incorporate a participatory campus for learning and in a curatorial move, argues for the context as an agent for environment-friendly & cost-effective planning.

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With fragmented hermetic massing, the low-scale complex of buildings rises two storeys above the rocky terrain.

Inclusiveness and Engagement are espoused as extended values of an institution, perhaps even of architecture in general. However, is architecture accountable as a reciprocal gesture? Continue reading The Future Kids School, Hyderabad: B C Sudhir Reddy, Kruthica

LIJO.RENY.architects’ Attempt 01 at the Laurie Baker’s Gallery.

Through a series of space-specific installations and interventions, LIJO.RENY.architects occupy the Kerala Lalithkala Academy Art Gallery – a humble space by Laurie Baker. The installations prompt the visitor to alter perceptions of space and re-engage with the volumes that compose it.

A photograph from ‘Connect’.
A photograph from ‘Connect’.

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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.

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