Category Archives: Indian Art and Architecture

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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Architecture in India since 1990: a survey of the contemporary built environment in India

Rahul Mehrotra a practicing architect and urban designer in Mumbai and Boston, where he also teaches at Harvard University was on a seven city tour in India to launch his most recent publication – Architecture in India: Since 1990. In … Continue reading

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A day in Calcutta as sweet as Mishti Doi

It has been a little over three weeks now since I began working. I still reach work about 10 to 15 minutes before the official start time. My first project is in Calcutta. So last week when I was told that … Continue reading

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A thrilling first week at work

My first day at work I reached the office by 10:18 am and I found myself knocking on the door. I was then let in by one of the office assistants (or peons as they are referred to in India) … Continue reading

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