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Architectural Catalyst

Mumbai based architectural firm, Collaborative Architecture won “Socially relevant design of the year” award at the NDTV National Architectural Award 2014 for Stacked Tectonics-JDT Islam Primary School at Calicut, Kerala. The architects Mujib Ahmed and Lalita Tharani of Collaborative Architecture starts with the basic question about architecture and its role …

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Design Education in India

The current education system of the country unable to handle the population boom is making colleges succesful just because of the number of students applying for each seat rather than the quality of education imparted by them. This glaring gap leads us to realize that the number of design schools …

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An Indian model of Financial City

Gujrat International Finance & Tech City (GIFT) is the upcoming Global financial and IT services hub, a first of its kind in India. The development is expected to become a contemporary model that advances the ideas of sustainability and ecology. Ramakant Jha, Managing Director, GIFT city who is credited with …

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The “whole elephant” method for commercial building retrofits

The term “retrofit” is widely applied to any energy efficiency improvement, including adding to or modifying part of an energy system or upgrading or replacing an entire system altogether. Whereas, almost all comprehensive retrofit projects are customized to meet the unique energy needs of the customer, not all custom retrofits …

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ZahaHadid’s latest luxury composition

ZahaHadid’s latest project in Dubai may be her most extravagant. With penthouse suites and private rooftop terraces, a luxury hotel and plenty of retail outlets at the tower’s base, the latest addition to the BurjKhalifa complex merely extends the mirage of finite plenty in the emirate. The mixed-use building will …

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How does one define Industrial Architecture?

There has always been this dilemma, when it comes to designing large industrial project. The question asked is, what should be the guideline? Is it the architectural sensibility that should come first or the engineering requirements that should take over the design parameters and guide the architectural design? According to …

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Designed to Inspire

Shilpa Architects Planners Designers headquarters, The Global Design Studio at Chennai was awarded the LEED Platinum rating for New Construction by IGBC. While, the certification is an endorsement of the firm’s design philosophy and corporate responsibility goals, the sustainably designed office space helps lower operating costs and reduce carbon footprint. …

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Google Docks

One of the four Google Campus buildings in Dublin is the newly constructed 14-storey building Google Docks. The 47000sqm office space represents a vibrant ambience for Google’s ever growing sales, marketing, finance and engineering teams, coming from more than 65 countries. Located in Dublin’s docklands district, the campus represents the …

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Green Roof Research

Climate protection and adapting to climate change are amongst the most pressing environmental challenges of the 21st century. Green roof technology offers interesting approaches to reacting to both aspects. City roofs also offer space usage potential which has yet to be properly tapped into and which can be put to …

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The Intuitive Architect

Architect Mona Doctor-Pingel graduated from the School of Architecture, Center for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT), Ahmedabad and did her Masters on Appropriate Technology from Flensburg University, Germany. She started her design practice in Auroville in 1995. Her firm Studio Naqshbandi offers a personalized approach to holistic design solutions with …

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