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When a vibrant design studio is distanced - Anagram, Madhav Raman

When a vibrant design studio is distanced – Madhav Raman, Anagram Architects

Madhav Raman, principal architect at Anagram Architects, holds the experience during the pandemic that the Corona Virus changed people’s belief systems. As he termed it a Gandhian Virus, it places people in a situation where they’re forced to think about other’s safety, for their own too. Madhav also highlights how the wealthy sections of our population, small in size, have opted to bag peri-urban farm lands as their new investment zones for personal built property, and how they sprouted many farmhouse projects in the Delhi market. This was accmpanied by a rethinking of home living ideas, as a result of the pandemic. Anagram Architects have experienced significant influences to their vibrant and physically active studio environment, as bio-safety measures forced remote and slower modes of architecture practice.

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Hatch Workshop-Ar Mason Rattray’s response

Initiatives for migrant workers hindered – Hatch Workshop

Hatch Workshop is a team led by New Zealanders who emerged as designers of housing for migrant labourers in Ahmedabad. The duo of principal architects Hannah Broatch and Mason Rattray couldn’t use opportunities in India to execute new housing for the vulnerable, owing to the travel restrictions during COVID-19. Hatch Workshop’s current focus is on projects in their hometown of Aotearoa and Auckland, hoping to resume soon in India.

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"A checkpoint towards a more comprehensive growth" - A Design Co (ADC)

A checkpoint towards a more comprehensive growth – A Design Co. (ADC)

A Design Co. is an architecture and interior design practice, focussing on the principle of being a work-in-progress in terms of their studio’s collective growth. The team has handled the tray of challenges from the Pandemic, importantly hindered coordination and adapting to effective remote work methods. This shift in has embedded fresher technological and collaborative work processes in their practice.

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"Understanding the work-focre's health concerns" - Myvn Architecture

Understanding the workforce’s health concerns – Myvn Architecture

MYVN is a team of young creatives sensitized to values such as ancient practices, inspiration from nature and solution-based innovation. The team also seeks to apply these values with modern tech applications. The team witnessed the shift of work processes into virtual formats as an important aid during the pandemic’s disruptions. The studio draws the learning that their workforce’s health, on and off the field, is most crucial for the times ahead in their practice.

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Our pursuit as a variated and connected team - Triple O Studio

Our pursuit as a variated and connected team – Triple O Studio

A team composed of multifaceted creative individuals witnessed an opportunity to rethink their existing process of operating with a variety of work bubbles within a single studio. The team also experienced good sustenance with their different channels of work, their off-studio initiatives, alongside their strong connectivity within the studio team.

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"Team spirit and resilient work processes are a necessity"- FUNKTION DESIGN STUDIO

Team spirit and resilient work processes are a necessity – Funktion Design

The team at Funktion Design experienced the challenges of keeping up the morale of their personnel during fears of the pandemic. The studio had identified ways of enlivening their workspace to maintain the team’s vibrancy and increased the spirit between members. The studio’s relatively fresh experience with cloud working systems has helped them realize the importance of resilient in-studio work processes to pre-empt any future challenges like this pandemic.

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"Additional fundraising challenges and refreshed social goals." - NIVASA NGO

Additional fundraising challenges and refreshed social goals – Nivasa NGO

Nivasa NGO, possessing a network of advisors, fellow NGOs and funders, collectively witnessed additional strain on their monetary channels to aid their initiatives. The lockdowns, however, helped principal architect Akhila Ramesh to reinvent her journey with the Nivasa NGO team. With a rejuvenated studio structure and efforts to implement dignified living for the urban and rural poor, the team hopes to expand their friend network and funding avenues to aid their cause.

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"Focus on virtual work and a new magazine" - Compartment S4

Equipping a virtual workflow and a new magazine – Compartment S4

As a young and large bunch of designers, Compartment S4 experienced a distancing of the studio members alongside the halting of projects and monetary flow. The team, however, found the hiatus as an opportunity to equip virtual methods of collaboration with their work, such as co-drawing digitally. Compartment S4 also came up with their exciting new initiative in the form of a Magazine, that is in cohesion with their talk series called “Friday Night Conversations”.

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Persisting with tech for an ever-changing world - Sushant Verma, rat[LAB]

Persisting with tech for an ever-changing world – Sushant Verma, rat[LAB]

rat[LAB] was founded on the technological strength it possessed. The studio has already been functioning as a team of remotely working associates from different time zones, with cloud computing as one of their practice tools. The pandemic experience has shown the team that technology supports their practice to adapt to the surprises that the world can throw at us. Additionally, savings from previous projects has helped the team stay afloat, in any case of fears that they may have encountered.

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Towards increased flexibility in practice - BanduksmithStudio

Towards increased flexibility in practice – banduksmithstudio

banduksmithstudio, a closely-knit team, experienced the hindrances in their internal and on-site coordination as the significant challenges. Moving swiftly into the virtual space to coordinate and continue work as the lockdowns were enforced, aided in levelling up the studio’s flexibility. The studio believes they adapt to any forthcoming challenges too to flexibly stay in collaboration with fellow practitioners.

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"Glimpse into architecture's skilled workforce and allied industries in India during the pandemic" - AvDC

A glimpse into architecture and its allied industries in India during the pandemic – Suhasini Ayer – Guigan, AvDC

Architect Suhasini Ayer – Guigan , principal of Auroville Design Consultants, Auroville, shared insights on how the industries associated with Architecture practice were already facing a recessive market. The pandemic, hence, was not a fresh disaster to our practice, and perhaps possessed opportunities for youngsters to improve their interpersonal skills. Architect Suhasini also shares insights on how Indian manufacturing is deeply connected with global production cycles, thereby causing a chain of shutdowns to Indian work. Additionally, she also shares the significance of the shifting thought and behaviour patterns of the general Indian working population toward more efficient practices, from being disorganized and spontaneous.

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After the Snake Moves, at Gujrat, by Nipun Prabhakar

After the Snake Moves: Essay on re-urbanisation in Kutch district, by Nipun Prabhakar

In Bhuj, a municipality in the Kutch district of western India’s Gujarat, a network of community members, government officials and non-profit development organisations worked together to devise an emergency re-urbanisation plan following the disastrous 2001 earthquake. One particular case study takes us to Sardar Nagar, a rehousing settlement that threatened to become a slum of thousands.

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"Creating an institutional set up independent of individuals" - Arya Architects

Creating an institutional set up to collaborate with individuals – Arya Architects

Arya Architects have been actively involved in projects in the public realm. Besides the delay of projects and monetary flow, the studio felt that the absence of site work and shift to digital methods dialled down the usual joy of working together. However, the studio could foresee the lockdown’s impacts, particularly with challenges of high attrition and out of town staff. It helped them realise the importance of creating an institutional set up beyond the physical presence of individuals.

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"Evolving through past crises and pre-empting the pandemic impacts." - Nandini Sampat, Somaya and Kalappa Consultants

Evolving through past crises and pre-empting the pandemic impacts. – Nandini Somaya Sampat, SNK Somaya and Kalappa Consultants

SNK Somaya and Kalappa Consultants, Mumbai, has been practicing over the last 45 years and is witness to the influences that multiple national and global crises can impose to architectural practice. The office, with its conservative discipline and expertise in multiple areas of architecture, has been able to actively work around the restrictions imposed by the pandemic. With an unhampered salary flow to their team and cost cutting measures as highlights, Director-Architect Nandini Somaya Sampat shares some strategies by SNK to face the 2020 crisis.

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“Spirited with the basics” - ART AND ARCHITECTURE

Spirited with the basics – Art and Architecture

The team at Art and Architecture is focused on the core skills of architecture to keep the design process enlivened and simplified. The team kept themselves inspired and refreshed with enjoyable activities through the lockdown such as photo documentation of their favourite city parts, artwork, documenting personal and studio work and more. The lockdown was an opportunity to explore opportunities for other creative activities.

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"Learning from the digitized work efficiency during the pandemic" - Aanai Studio

Learning from the digitized work efficiency during the pandemic – Aanai Studio

Aanai Studio’s services are focused on furniture, interior design and architecture,  inspired by indigenous craftsmanship, sustainable materials, and design ingenuity for built interiors. The pandemic has provided an opportunity to rethink the studio’s research and development, separate personal and work life, both adding to their work fluency. This gives them time to pursue other personal interests too, much needed in today’s work-from-home scenario.

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P.K.Das and Samarth Das

Rebooting Work Routines and Stalled Public Contributions – PK Das and Associates

Within the studio at PK Das and Associates, digitized work methods and remote meetings have revealed a better organization of work items thanks to the methodical online framework that the studio developed. Subsequently, fresher routines have evolved from these changes. Contributions to the public realm in Mumbai has been an important facet of the practice for over 25 years, but the curtailing of MPLAD expenditure during the lockdown has stalled this progress too. 

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Nurturing a technological and Socially relevant practice through the pandemic - DesignAware

Nurturing a technological and Socially relevant practice through the pandemic – Takbir Fatima, DesignAware

DesignAware has been working with tech-based design methodologies since their founding year, thanks to the team’s background in technological awareness related to architectural design. The studio experienced a multiplied impact due to the floods in Hyderabad during the pandemic. The lockdown and the post-flood situation has spurred the team to rethink their practice strengths and equip more resiliency. This direction has also pushed the team to nurture their studio practice itself as a physical entity, in addition to their successful initiatives in educational and socially relevant projects.

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Financial prudence and savings to keep the salary flow active - Aakruti

Financial prudence and savings to keep the salary flow active – Aakruti Architects

Aakruti Architects had witnessed their inherently hands-on approach being hampered by the lockdown, along with the delay of work processes. The studio had planned cost-cutting measures personally and for their studio to ensure an unaffected salary flow amidst the waves of lay-offs and reduced income. Safety and stability of the studio’s team was the top priority for Aakruti.

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Safety and good health, both physical & mental, was a high priority during the pandemic. - Santhosh Shanmugam, Shanmugam Associates

Safety and good health, both physical and mental, was our priority during the pandemic. – Santhosh Shanmugam, Shanmugam Associates

Shanmugam Associates has been long-sustaining as a mainstream architectural service provider, with a focus on core design methodologies. The team found their contingency plans to lend a helping hand during a stoppage of work and life during the pandemic. The back-up for identifying renewed inspiration for the team and their workflow was given by the contingency plans.

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Balaji temple at Andhra by Sameep Padora and Associates

Balaji Temple at Andhra Pradesh by Sameep Padora and Associates has achieved a very sophisticated level of abstraction: Praveen Bavadekar

The following critique for the Balaji Temple at Andhra Pradesh, an award-winning project designed by Sameep Padora and Associates, was shared by Praveen Bavadeker. Praveen Bavadekar is Principal at Third Space Studio.
The Balaji temple in Nandyal explores and abstracts the long tradition of the temple typology in India.

The architectural philosopher Andrew Benjamin wrote that every act of design was an act of repetition and that architecture is about exploring what not to repeat. This building too repeats or emulates certain tropes of the Hindu temple so that it is recognisable as a temple yet it doesn’t replicate those tropes but rather breaks them down to constituent parts to then again reconstruct it.

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Apurva Bose Dutta

The Art and Craft of Writing in Architecture, Apurva Bose Dutta

The association of writing and architecture remains unexplored to its full potential. This is attributed to the relatively less awareness that the integration of these two disciplines can yield, which is not to stay oblivious to the fact that the awareness today is hugely more than in the past. Having walked the path of architectural writing, I have invariably felt the responsibility to raise its awareness, train interested minds, and persuade the architectural profession to embrace it. Invigorating discourses are imperative in creative fields, and writing can be a significant contributor towards driving these discourses. – Text : Ar. Apurva Bose Dutta

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Tribute to Architect Kuldip Singh on his 76th Anniversary, by Shobhana Menon

Tribute to Architect Kuldip Singh on his 86th Birthday

Kuldip Singh architect –  the name immediately conjures up visions of two iconic Delhi buildings designed  by him to most people –  Palika Kendra on Sansad marg and  NCDC office building  on Siri fort road – not realizing that he and his work were much more than these two buildings.

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Photostory by 'Bhawna Jaimini and Natasha Sharma'

Can Waste Bring Communities Living in High Density Vertical Slums Together?-A Photostory by Bhawna Jaimini and Natasha Sharma

Natwar Parekh Compound is a public housing neighborhood in the east of Mumbai inhabiting people from slums across the city. With tightly packed grid of 61 buildings on a 5 hectare plot, the density of Natwar Parekh Colony is around 4500 people/ha (Density of the most populated city in the world, Dhaka, is 550 people/ha). Open spaces make up less than 18% of the site area, none of which are usable for any recreational or community activities, keeping residents limited to their 225 square feet apartments. – Photostory by ‘Bhawna Jaimini and Natasha Sharma’

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Central Vista Redevelopment - Rahoul Singh

Off The Cuff: Have We Lost Our Vista? – Interim Thoughts On A Work In Progress – Rahoul B. Singh

As a nation we are about to embark on democratic India’s most symbolic project – the re-development of New Delhi’s central vista. The central vista and it’s precinct is approximately three kilometre long and stretches from Rahstrapati Bhawan on the west to India Gate on the east. The redevelopment of this tract of land and other land parcels adjoining it will cost the exchequer upwards of Rs. 20,000 crore and is being undertaken to commemorate 75 years of India’s Independence in 2022. Other objectives of the project include increasing the productivity and efficiency of the government and expanding and improving the quality of public space that falls within its immediate precinct. – Rahoul B. Singh

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Buidlings, birds-asmita

Architects – Is your glass bird friendly? – Asmita Patwardhan

Birds often see the reflection of trees and the sky in glass windows, balconies and fly into them. Studies show that many million bird deaths occur annually in the United States due to such collisions. Although in India many of us have come across such incidents, the scale of this matter is not properly studied or recorded. – Asmita Patwardhan

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Sabu Francis -ArchitectureLive! Article

Architects! How noble are we? – Sabu Francis

Architecture is the only subject where per-force, the architect has no choice but to invent. All inventions; by very definition, are fresh knowledge. Yet, there is no standardized method to keep this knowledge open. Instead, all architects work in their own silos. – Sabu Francis

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Pradeep Sachdeva Tribute~ AGK Menon

Pradeep Sachdeva: A Compelling Legacy. Tribute by AGK Menon

The passing away of Pradeep Sachdeva at the age of 62 was untimely. He was at an age when most architects are still maturing. Nevertheless, he left us with a compelling legacy as an innovative and humanistic architect, urban designer, landscape architect and interior designer. He created several iconic projects that have become benchmarks and are testimony to the contributions he has made to Indian architecture and urbanism.

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Snehanshu Mukherjee- Architecture-Pandemic

Architecture In The Age Of The Pandemic, Snehanshu Mukherjee

Snehanshu Mukherjee, Partner at TEAM, asks, what will be the architecture of or for future? – As architects, we may feel that we have very little say in such matters. My question is, is this true? I have been thinking of these things especially these days amidst the pandemic. To me, the primary question is – what would be the architecture for or of the future?

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Building Biology - Raman Vig

Building…and it’s Biology – Raman Vig

When I first came across the word ‘Building Biology’, it left me a bit amused and intrigued. Over past few decades, I had never heard about it during studies or practice of architecture! Yet, little did I suspect that ‘Building biology’ will become so integral to my perception of ‘holistic space design’ that it will mark a distinct milestone of sorts in my professional journey! In this article, I hope to share my understanding of this subject and how it has potential to herald a ‘new era of design consciousness’ in our architecture. Before we delve any further in understanding ‘Building Biology’ , it will be worthwhile to examine following facts; – Raman Vig

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Human Bio-field

Human Bio-field, Immunity and Toxin overload- Raman Vig

A strong and balanced ‘Bio-field’ (also known as ‘Prana-shakti’ or ‘Chetna’ in India, ‘Chi’ in or ‘Qi’ in Oriental expression or commonly as ‘aura’) is the basis of good physical, mental and spiritual health. Our state of ‘Well Being’; both within and with the world around us, are the spontaneous outcomes of ‘experiencing good health holistically’.

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