Category Archives: Indian Art and Architecture

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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The Fine Art of Investment

India’s burgeoning economy and wealth is encouraging young entrepreneurs to invest in alternative markets. What are these alternative markets? These are antiques, art and fine wine to name a few. With very little to less knowledge on this topic I … Continue reading

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BYOI: Bring your own ideas

Arbour – Research Initiatives in Architecture, a space for research and conversations on contemporary architecture in India and Asia was launched in the first week of December by hosting a series of conversations on ideas, architecture and practice. Arbour means … Continue reading

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Most expensive house in the world – wasteful or lavish self-indulgence?

Is such lavish display of wealth necessary and sustainable? The Guardian recently reported Indian Prime Minister Mr. Manmohan Singh calling on business leaders to “eschew conspicuous consumption” and “be role models of moderation.” Reactions to the house have been mixed … Continue reading

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Deep-fried in culture and tradition

This past weekend I made a trip to Vadodara formerly known as Baroda to meet my friend, tangy lemon. As I boarded the flight; business men were making last-minute calls, closing deals and making preparations for their weekend. This is … Continue reading

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Celebrating the past and building for the future.

Hyderabad is at a crucial juncture in it’s cultural history. The city is in a constant battle with itself where it is trying to maintain itself as a culturally rich city known for it’s architecture, multilingual culture and fine cuisine. … Continue reading

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