For too long when it comes to say office spaces, or housing projects , the motivation behind installing a landscape is often the ticking of boxes; Children’s play space- yes; Gathering green; yes; Amphitheater ; yes, Jogging track; yes. Then it  really does not matter how that is expressed, or subsequently even used. Office spaces have it tougher. There usually is very little space. A drive way; maybe a small podium; and the programme often nonexistent. This leads to many a good piece of architecture, ending up with a rather messy and indifferent landscape as a handmaiden. In Upper Worli , the landscape for rather handsome building by Pei Cobb Freed and Partners (PCF), was suffering an inglorious fate. It was a combination of reasons; an indifferent design effort, coupled…
361 Degrees, an Architectural Conference, is scheduled on 19th-20-21st February 2014 at Mumbai. There are two keynote lectures; one by Prof. B.V. Doshi and the other by Steven Holl, along with a  a host of other speakers . Do find the posters and details of the conference:  
A recent trade fair organised by Index/IFJ in Mumbai allowed a few architects to imagine about open spaces in Mumbai. Large panels were put up - almost 6.mts long, and 2.4  mts wide. There were schemes of just making parts of Mumbai pedestrian friendly, or using the railway corridors and covering them to make them linear green strips or of  developing the water fronts. We had put up a panel of a park that got away. In Wadala,  along a  strip of land, we had imagined a park that comprised on many hybrid realities, much like the local trains of Mumbai that contain many lives. In many segments, the park allowed completely different  experiences that connected ecology and the life in Mumbai. So it had garden boxes, much like compartments…
SPADE, the design magazine completed this year, four issues that discuss design through a series of constructed lenses. For the fifth issue, and hopefully for many initiatives leading from it, it plans to turn the spotlight on us, and what we do- on architects and the profession in India. As a percusor to this an Architects Retreat is being scheduled in Mumbai on 22nd Feb 2014. The first poster announcing it, is here below.   To kick off the process we had written a mail that we tried and sent to as large a body of architects as possible in the country and also followed this up with many many phone calls. The response has been extremely positive and sincere. The process is well on the way. Do see the mail below.…
Not many months back, on the edge of Mumbai in Bhiwandi. an old client , desired to do a series of shelters for the devotees who walk to the Sai Baba Temple in Nashik- this was to be a mid way halt. It was to have shelters , a temple, and a dining space. When we first went there, we were taken aback by the devastation and the neglect that the land showed. Quarried rocks, no green cover, harsh coarse soil- it was an oppressive site. Many things were challenges- time being one of the biggest- but also that getting good surveys seemed impossible and a lot of the work had to be done by visiting the site often, and sketching there, and working with the land as it appeared…
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