Ankon Mitra

Anuj Mehta and Ankon Mitra

Grand Juries and No Buildings – Part 2, with Ankon Mitra and Anuj Mehta

The previous post on the state of architectural competitions in India has received tremendous response from the architectural fraternity. The sentiment around the competition is pretty much universal, most architects are on the receiving side of a totally disappointing experience. This article is a continuation of the previous article, with two more architects sharing their experience. In case you have missed the previous article, it can be found HERE. – Grand Juries and No Buildings – Part 2, with Ankon Mitra and Anuj Mehta

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Ankon MItra - Trees

The trees that are to be cut need not be cut – Ankon Mitra writes to the PMO and the Environment Minister, Delhi

There have been widespread protests against the government’s decision to cut nearly 16500 trees for the redevelopment project. Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs came up with a press release that promised replanting of trees in 1:10 ratio. Which means for every single tree that would be cut, there would be ten new saplings planted. Ankon Mitra, who is a landscape designer, popular for his “Oritecture” has written to the PMO and Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change.

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Unbuilt Architectural Project – Flexi-Scraper, at Mumbai – by Hexagramm Design and Angshuman Das

It all starts with the Japanese origami magic ball; folded from a paper into a grid of squares – with two cross-diagonals each – the generated ‘skin’ has a unique property – it is malleable. The same skin with exactly the same of unit squares generates a variety of forms: a cylinder, a spindle, a revolved hyperboloid, a sphere, and also a disc. This is made possible by the unique geometry of the ‘skin’.

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Exploring Oritecture with Ankon Mitra

Exploring the conjunction of Origami and Architecture, Ankon Mitra’s Oritecture is an imaginative exercise in blurring the boundaries between craft and engineering. Titled with a portmanteau of his own invention, Mitra describes the concept as “the infusion of the ideas, philosophy and the expression of folding into architecture and design.” – Ankon Mitra

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