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Memo from Mumbai

Mumbai’s architecture has been influenced by series of empires (British, Portuguese and Islamic), so to call the city’s architectural fabric rich seems almost an understatement. Chhatrapati Shiraji Terminus and Elphinstone College are inspired by Victorian Gothic; the legendary Taj Mahal … Continue reading

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Material acquires meaning

What is material as such in architecture? A place acquires meaning through human intervention and transformation. These transformations interpret and represent values and aspirations. Materials used and applied uncover these issues and potentials of a project through a very careful analysis of purpose … Continue reading

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Calculated aesthetics

In a globalizing economy, architecture and urban design have an increasing role in facilitating the identity or imagery of capital. While design schools continue to propagate Mies van der Rohe’s famous dictum that “Form Follows Function”, the reality in the world’s great cities … Continue reading

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Poetic link, tectonic integrity

Since earliest times mankind has sought inspiration from nature for our built structures. However, until the dawn of the modern era in architecture and design, the true structural character of a building was invariably fully or partially encased in an ornamented … Continue reading

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Moments of experience

An architectural project is worked out answering a multitude of questions; which works to create an environment favourable for human activity. The quality of our life, the force of our memories, the importance of our day-to-day interpersonal exchanges, the reading … Continue reading

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Envelope as a mediator

The envelope or exterior of the building is what defines the boundary between the inside and the outside. The exterior appearance is what we first experience or see of a building. In a similar way, we see people first as … Continue reading

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Context embedded processes

Is architecture context? Architecture is defined as architecture because it is set within a context and it has a strong and eloquent visual relationship with the environment. A building is always seen first as a part of the whole. Creating … Continue reading

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Materiality of ideas

Architecture is the art of blending culture with emotions; it is multi-sensory and manifests itself through materials. Building materials and construction techniques act as mediators for this blending. Materials and their inherent qualities evoke feelings and reveal the meaning behind … Continue reading

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Leisurely brunch at Lagerbay

Lagerbay located on waterfield road, is a fairly new joint in Bandra. It is where the once legendary Zenzi stood. Though I had never been to Zenzi; Lagerbay feels strangely familiar. Lagerbay sounds more like a bar but  once inside … Continue reading

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Carnival for a Cause

Bombay Brunch Brigade religiously goes out for brunches. We look forward to brunch every month like Bahai’s look forward to their 19th day feast. In May it was special – as we got to brunch for a cause. Every year … Continue reading

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