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Sushant Verma-rat[LAB] quote

I am in complete disagreement of the use of the word ‘start-up’ in the context of architectural practices.- Ar. Sushant Jai-Amita Verma, rat[LAB]

rat[LAB] – Research in Architecture & Technology, is an independent research organization and network of designers & researchers specializing in computational design or similar technology-related domains. rat[LAB] is operated as a cloud-based organization with an international network of researchers & computational designers spread across UK, USA, Europe & Asia, and a studio in New Delhi, India, the research cell functions as a global collaborative and multidisciplinary laboratory facilitating design research that leads to novel spatial tectonics and smart built environments. -rat[LAB]

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Notre Dame on Fire

Notre Dame – the oldest forest in France that’s gone, forever.

Live videos of the Notre Dame Cathedral burning down kept the world (at least the world that we are part of) riveted, many people shared images of themselves with Notre Dame, remembering fondly their last visit. The area around Notre Dame, is one of the most kitsch tourist destinations in the world, row upon row of trinket shops, with mostly Chinese made models of Eiffel Towers and other such paraphernalia, the place is teeming with tourists, the majority of them in recent years being Chinese.

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Quote by Himanshu Burte on Library Spaces

Preface: In and Out of the Library – Himanshu Burte on Library Spaces

More concretely, the single library can be imagined as the space a network creates. It may be imagined as a network of various dispersed
book lovers and readers tied to it. That thought takes us places. What if the larger space within which a particular library sits is actually a
cumulative super-network of users of other libraries, in a larger network of libraries?

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Notre Dame -Manish Gulati

Adaptive Reuse of Old Buildings – Manish Gulati, MOFA Studio

Adaptive reuse is born out of the modern architect’s guilt of destroying the DNA of building making. The craft of building, where the architect was the master craftsman, needed him to plan every part and sub part before it reached the site. – Manish Gulati on adapative reuse of old buildings.

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The Indian Step-Well arrives well … and confused in New York by Design Dalda

The Indian Step-Well arrives well … and confused in New York by Design Dalda

As I marveled (with mixed feelings – I am not such a sucker for the dramatic, my preferences are more for the under stated) in the sunny New York cold at the shiny surfaces and the form, the 1st thought that came to my mind was Chand Baori, a step-well that I had seen over 20 years back at Abhaneri in Dausa district, Rajasthan. I was a student undergoing professional training in Delhi and had gone on a step-well focused back-packing trip to Rajasthan. – Design Dalda

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Herald Herlin Learning Centre - Apurva Bose Dutta

Reconceptualising Library Architecture in Finland – Apurva Bose Dutta

Globally, the concept of designing libraries has been witnessing a revolution. In the following piece, Ar. Apurva Bose Dutta, who recently visited Helsinki and Espoo as a part of a four-member Indian delegation for an Architecture and Design Media Visit, on the invitation of the Finland Government, writes about some of the libraries she visited there.

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Rudyard Kipling’s A-Z of Architectural Folly

Kenneth Baker, an anthologist discovered Rudyard Kipling’s unpublished poem, while browsing through the Kipling archives in the strong room of the University of Sussex Library. The poem was written in the 1890s in the margin of a notebook, belonging to the architect – Sir Herbert Baker.

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Studio Meraki - Startup Architecture

It goes much beyond sole creativity and narrows down to pure inter-personal skills. – Shweta Kaw, Studio Meraki

Studio Meraki is a design studio led by Ar. Shweta Kaw, an architect with 12 years of experience in the industry including a successful role as a Sustainable Design Consultant in Singapore after completing her post-graduation (M.Sc. Building performance & Sustainability) from the prestigious National University of Singapore as a gold medalist.

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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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“If you wish to start your own enterprise, you need to have the right resolve for it.” – Amresh Hati, NAAMS Architectural Workshope

As this chapter closes to an end, we open a discourse with Amresh Hati who brings a new facet to light-  the importance of networking and collaborations with architects. Amresh Hati, Principle architect and co-founder of NAAMS Architectural Worshope Bangalore in 2011, which was envisioned as a design consortium.  

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“Senior professionals are crucial for a holistic and a natural growth of young practices.” – Nilesh bansal, Chaukor Studio

Continuing our dialogue; today we have Nilesh Bansal from Chaukor Studio to share his views. Along with his partner Tejeshwi Bansal, he started Chaukor Studio in the year 2012 in Noida. The studio aspires to provide regenerative design solutions. By integrating traditional formal expressions and design subtleties with modern materials and technologies, they strive to create ecologically sound and elegant building environments.

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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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Meghana Kulkarni Pooja Chaphalkar

“We believe that like any building, a stable foundation is a must for your practice.” – Meghana Kulkarni and Pooja Chaphalkar, M+P Architects

Today, on the subject we open the discourse with Meghana Kulkarni and Pooja Chaphalkar, principle architects and co- founders of M+P Architects, Pune. Having started a collaborative endeavor in 2013, M+P Architects have collectively as well as independently procured and materialized several design projects in a course of less than five years since their genesis.

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“Starting your own practice demands one to expand their expertise beyond their designing skill set.” – Abhinav Chaudhary, FlyYing Seeds

Having started his own practice in 2015, Abhinav provides us with insights from his day to day understanding of running his firm. FlyYing Seeds aspires to be a pragmatic practice which currently handles versatile architectural and interior projects in residential, commercial, retail, institutional and hospitality projects.

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Farmhouse at Mahiravani, Nashik by Sanjay Patil

NATURE REARRANGED

Ar Sanjay Patil, Nashik was awarded the 2A Asia Architecture Award in Asia and Europe (Residential Architecture, third place) 2017 in a ceremony held in Berlin. He won the award for a farmhouse project at Mahiravani, Nashik (Maharashtra). Architect and writer Minaz Ansari writes about the project and the poetic connect that it has with her.

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Studio Symbiosis

“For us we see each challenge as put forth here as an opportunity” – Amit Gupta and Britta Knobel Gupta, Studio Symbiosis

Established in 2010, the firm has received several awards and accolades since then. The firm has been involved in varied ranges of projects including villas, hotels, sports city, masterplan and other projects of various scales. Their design philosophy is to create integrated design solutions imbibing amalgamated, efficient, robust and sustainable designs leading to performative architecture.

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Gaurav Kapoor, Layers Design Studio

“In the beginning keep your expectations low, and focus on producing good work.” – Gaurav Kapoor, Layers Studios for Design & Architecture

In conversation with Gaurav Kapoor, principle architect and co-founder of Layers Studios for Design & Architecture in Delhi. Along with partner Neha Bhardwaj, he works in the field of architecture, landscape design and interior design with the pursuit of developing an architecture practice which can incorporate local traditions, international ideas, respect for the environment and cutting-edge technology in its design sensibilities.

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Rahoul Singh

Off the Cuff: A Battle Over a War Museum – Rahoul Singh | RLDA

I was deeply saddened when I read Shreya Roy Chowdhury’s article, “Bitter battle over design leaves India’s planned National War Museum in limbo”.  It was published on the website https://scroll.in/article/880837/bitter-battle-over-design-leaves-indias-planned-national-war-museum-in-limbo on the 31st of May,2018 and while I would encourage everyone to read it, it is with a sense of shame.

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Huzefa Rangwala _ MuseLAB

“Architecture unfortunately, doesn’t teach us the art of business; it only teaches us the art of design.” – Huzefa Rangwala, MuseLAB

MuseLAB, a Mumbai based architectural firm, a collaborative effort of two friends turned partners, was built on their similar wavelength on design sensibilities. Both, Huzefa Rangwala and Jasem Pirani had previously worked with renowned practices before starting their own firm in 2012. Although a relatively young firm, MuseLAB has made their mark due to their unique and client specific design solutions with intensive care for details irrespective of the project’s scale.

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Le Corbusier – Acrobat of Architecture, B.V.Doshi interviewed by Carmen Kagal

Few men in history have altered the course of architecture as dramatically as Le Corbusier. His prodigious output, his extensive writings, the very quality of his genius cast him upon a lonely eminence, so that he always remained something of an enigma. It was only to a handful of colleagues that Le Corbusier showed his human side – sensitive, capable of warm and lasting friendships, deeply concerned about the condition of man. In Le Corbusier’s intimate circle was Balkrishna V. Doshi, himself a distinguished architect, who worked with the master over a period of some seven years – first in Paris, later in Chandigarh and Ahmedabad. This association provided a rare insight into the mind of Le Corbusier. Looking back over the years, Doshi stresses Le Corbusier’s remarkable architectural agility, his endless capacity for improvisation and innovation.

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A Child’s Right to play in India: Learnings from a seven-year-old - Megha Tyagi

A Child’s Right to play in India: Learnings from a seven year old – Megha Tyagi

In August last year, a seven-year-old Navya Singh encouraged by her advocate father Dheeraj Singh filed a petition in the court to save her neighbourhood park in Rohini’s sector 8 from converting into a site for the community hall. In December, after almost four months, the court ruled in of the petition and asked the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to select an alternative site for the favour proposed construction. It is an exemplary case in the contemporary times of our country. It brings into the limelight a three-fold perspective.

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I will do it free, you go your way!

The Hafeez Controversy: I will do it free, you go your way! – Dr. Anil S. Thakur

I wonder why things have degraded and turned so disagreeable. Had Contractor embarked the ethical path, and possessed the scarce merit or the genius unparalleled, the world would have had made his time a very precious commodity. A genuine high projects-oriented mobility for Hafeez would have afforded him a ‘plane ownership’ long ago (what we introduced jovially in the beginning, arguably becomes a potent yardstick of a professional’s indispensability!).

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