D A Studios designs a crematorium that intuitively concentrates on the encounter of ritualistic orders of funeral obsequies for Hindus, appropriating individual and collective spatial layers, a subdued palette and a silent language of architectural gestures.
The architectural genre belonging to utilitarian buildings such as crematoria in India remains conventionally non-descript. It forms an invisible part of the built fabric, one that is not stitched into the aesthetic explorations of a city’s transforming viscidity. It may be read as a singularity in this space. The notion is perhaps of the bare and essential that need not be formally inscribed with ideas but which can be waylaid with smaller, agile solutions – neither necessarily artful nor thoughtful. In rare instances such as this, designers do get involved in the process. Continue reading Mahaprasthanam, a Crematorium: D A Studios→
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.
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
Contact: XI Metropolis World Congress Secretariat
3rd Floor, South Block,
Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation,
Tankbund Road, Hyderabad-500063,