Architecture & Planning Archive

  • High Street is the best way to encourage local entrepreneurship & “Make in India” Strategy!

    High street retail encourages local entrepreneurs. You’ll find much more participation of local businesses, innovative businesses which are actually run by people who are living in that neighbourhood or in that city rather than just having all shopping belonging to people who can only be...

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  • We build communities not buildings or malls.

    The reason we have never built malls is because our focus has never been on individual building. Our focus has always been on creating communities and great places to live. So when we develop clusters of buildings you have to look at what is relevant...

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  • 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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