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Remembering Correa

Almost two decades ago, as a student of architecture, Charles Correa modernist adaptation of local building styles influenced my own interpretation of what architectural design is. Today, his unexpected demise, forces us to contemplate his outlook and if we have done justice to the vision of someone, hailed as “India’s …

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Social Media & Real Estate

Real estate professionals are exploring creative ways to overcome the real estate crisis including the recent phenomenon of use of social media. Sapna Srivastava speaks to some prominent developers, digital marketing expert and international property consultants to find out more. There are about 243.2 million internet users and 106 million …

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OLED-Opportunities & Challenges

The lighting industry worldwide is driven by technology innovations. The reign of incandescent bulbs and fluorescent tubes is slowly getting replaced by energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs and LEDs (light-emitting diodes). Currently, LEDs are gaining popularity for their ability to add unusual shapes and colors as well as for better energy …

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Making Mumbai a Liveable city

The phenomenal urban development in Mumbai is unfortunately not being well directed.The promise of turning Mumbai into Shanghai has led to city decision makers ignore low cost optimal solutions for the urban growth. This is the whole premise of the book “Urban Growth Strategies – Mumbai Lessons” written by Prakash …

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Woman on Top

Real estate business, once considered a male bastion, is slowly opening up to women at the top levels. Varsha Satpalkar, Chief and Managing Director of Maitreya group of companies speaks to Sapna Srivastava about her own experience and the difference women professionals are making in the realty industry.

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Towards Suistainable habitation

Mili Majumdar, Director, Sustainable Habitat division at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in Delhi has been involved in several policy initiatives to mainstream sustainable buildings in India. Honours in B.Arch and M.Tech from IIT, Chennai, Mili has contributed significantly to the development of relevant codes and standards (Energy Conservation Building Code, Guidelines for Environmental Clearance of large construction projects, National Building Code 2005) in the country. In conversation with Sapna Srivastava, she speaks about her long association with TERI, facts and myths of the Green building initiatives and the relevance of GRIHA codes and standards.

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A city in Making

The upcoming city of Lavasa is situated amidst Shayadri mountain range near the Mumbai Pune economic corridor, stretching along the Warasgaon Lake. Sapna Srivastava visited the city to find out the new principles of New Urbanism and Biomimicry, guiding the development of Lavasa and innovative technologies introduced to optimally balance nature and urban infrastructure.

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Balancing Old & the New

Architect Premnath is nothing but young at heart. His age belies his enthusuasm and passion to think ahead of his time. He has won array of recognitions, the recent being “Life Time Achievement Award in Architecture” by NDTV Profit, ‘CW India’s Top Ten Architect’ for four consecutive years, CNBC Awaaz CRISIL Award for “High End Interiors’and IADF Achiever’s Award. Sapna Srivastava talks to the prolific architect on his projects, design philosophy and architectural trends & technology in India.

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Ascending Landscape Architecture

Arunkumar Landscape Architects Pvt Ltd is a 30 year old firm in Mumbai that provides design planning and environmental management expertise for residential, commercial and institutional projects in India and abroad. The firm is led by Priyadarshini Award winner, Arunkumar who has worked with the well known architect late Nari …

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Shimmery textural steel

Shiny steel in modern kitchens isn’t unusual anymore, but its use in decorating contemporary homes, restaurants, hotels and shopping boutiques puts them in a whole new light. Sapna Srivastava reports on the different forms of steel and their innovative applications in au courant interiors. When it comes to buildings, steel …

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