Architecture & Planning Archive

  • Corbusier’s Modern Architecture Cult destroyed the Vibrant City Life!

    If you see the old cities in India they have always encouraged high street shopping. But in the newer cities because of the changes in code and zoning; they have discouraged shopping from most residential streets as they thought it will create congestion or inconvenience...

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  • SK Das : The dichotomy of Gurgaon

    SK Das: In the course of his career, he has gained renown as an award-winning architect, urban planner, and professor. To Mr. Das these are not entirely disparate fields, but disciplines that need to come into conversation with each other again if India is to...

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  • SK Das : The Shared City!

    On HABITAT URBAN TRANSFORMATION LAB HabitatUTLab seeks to engage in research, exploration, projects, activism, creative interventions, assertions in the process of transformation of cities, and education that challenges the foundations of contemporary urban thinking. We see planning and urban design as an instrument of change. We...

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  • Surendra Hiranandani: Why malls are signs of a failed City!

    If you take away the high street shopping and put them into malls, you are taking away the life and soul of all street life which is the most essential factor in making a city look beautiful, look lively, look happening and be happening. Malls...

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  • Ricardo Bofill Jr on India’s 100 New Smart Cities

    More than 50 years after its founding, Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura (RBTA) remains at the forefront of the urban design and architectural professions. RBTA, founded in 1963 and led by Ricardo Bofill, Ricardo Bofill jr and Pablo Bofill, applies its visionary humanism and cultural...

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  • Barcelona Architect Alex Giménez: “Smart City is a stupid Idea! “

    Bio: Alex Giménez is an Architect & Professor of Urbanism at the School of Architecture of Barcelona, Polytechnic University of Catalunya. Professor of the Master in Public Space, Elisava School, University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

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  • From Identity to Urbanity: A Thought for India’s Neo-Liberal Generation of Architects

    Twenty five years ago, when I entered architecture school in India, I found myself amidst an evolving dialogue on the identity of a post-colonial nation. By the early nineties – thanks to a handful of first generation, post-independence, Western-trained Indian architects – the best architecture...

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  • Interview: Pedro Ortiz on the “Art of Shaping the Metropolis”

    Pedro Ortiz is currently a Senior Urban Planner at the World Bank, Washington DC. Previously, he was Deputy Director of the Council of Architects of Madrid and Director of the Institute for Urban Renewal, a joint venture between the public and private sectors in Madrid. He...

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  • Why Japan Remains a Reference Point

    Noted Los Angeles based Urbanist Vinayak Bharne’s latest book “Zen Spaces and Neon Places – Reflections on Japanese Architecture and Urbanism,” has been praised as “….easily the most enjoyable book on Japan in a long time…..” It compiles the twenty-year intellectual relationship of an architect,...

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  • Religion and Urban Transformation – A Conversation with Vinayak Bharne

    Following his 24-chapter edited volume, The Emerging Asian City: Concomitant Urbanities and Urbanisms, Los Angeles based urbanist Vinayak Bharne’s co-authored book Rediscovering the Hindu Temple: The Sacred Architecture and Urbanism of India opens a refreshing and provocative dialogue on the presence and role of Hindu...

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