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
Changing light, dramatic spaces and Le Corbusier’s masterful compositions in space frames the Ahmedabad Textile Millowners’ Association building in its many moods.
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.
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
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
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/
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
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
- Transport infrastructure
- Public space
- Sanitation and health
- Education, skills training
- Urban health
- Job creation
- Social assistance
- Rights and activism
- Other relevant urban regeneration initiatives
When: Deadline for Application: 1st September 2014
What: METROPOLIS focuses its international engagement with cities and metropolitan regions by examining the cultural, economic, social and political influence on the growth and development of cities around the world. Since its inception in 1984, METROPOLIS worked closely with member cities and international partners to further enforce the idea of solidarity among cities as fundamental to address the global issues of cities in the 21st century. As METROPOLIS is about to turn 30 , the 11th METROPOLIS World Congress, planned in Hyderabad, India will focus on the idea of ‘Cities for All’ and will be an opportunity to hear from key elected representatives who, over the past 30 years, have developed their metropolises. It will also be the occasion to listen to and interact with Urban India´s prominent experts, decision makers, mayors, and open new avenues between cities and metropolitan regions. In addition to the renewal of the statutory bodies, METROPOLIS will also take advantage of this urban agora to showcase the many ongoing projects the network is running: the Initiatives programs, the METROPOLIS International Training Institute (MITI), the Women Network, the launch of its new Youth Network and to establish the main priorities of its new Action Plan for the 2015/2017 period. The tentative panel of speakers includes Jean-Paul Huchon, President of Metropolis and President of Ile-de-France Region; Xavier Trias, Mayor of Barcelona, JOHN MANT, Councillor, City of Sydney; Paul James, Director of the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme and many others.
The award ceremony for the 5th edition of METROPOLIS Awards will take place concurrently.
When: 7-10 October 2014
Where: Hyderabad, India
XI Metropolis World Congress Secretariat
3rd Floor, South Block,
Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation,
Tankbund Road, Hyderabad-500063,