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.
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.
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.
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.
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.