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Day 3 Summary on Z-Axis 2018 Conference in India

Tarun Bhasin • Sep 11, 2018 • 1981

Day 3 Summary on Z-Axis 2018 Conference in India

The 2018 Z-Axis Conference was organized by the Charles Correa Foundation at Kala Academy, Panaji, Goa in India from 6-8 September. Titled "Designing Equitable Cities", the conference aimed to talk about the discourses of architecture and planning as agencies involved in the design of resilient and equitable cities through individual presentations and panel discussions.The first day of Z-Axis focused on screening movies on/by Charles Correa to begin to sensitize the audience on issues of rehabilitation, participatory approach, and scale of neighborhood planning; on the life and works of Charles Correa; and the trends of urbanism through the history and development of Mumbai. It was followed by ‘Living Ideals’ exhibition at the C (...)

Day 2 Summary on Z-Axis 2018 Conference in India

Tarun Bhasin • Sep 7, 2018 • 1919

Day 2 Summary on Z-Axis 2018 Conference in India

"The elite population today is involved only in the creation of a quality life and are no longer involved in the creation of quality society," remarked Rahul Mehrotra sharply. He began the deliberations on Day 2 of Z-Axis Conference titled "Designing Equitable Cities", organized by Charles Correa Foundation at Kala Academy, Panaji from 6-8 September.

Rahul Mehrotra's comments were supported by visualized data on migration, on looking at different forms of poverty and inequity at a national scale to give the audience an idea that the entire country is in a state of 'Flux', a sort of a transition state that has never been thought of and designed for. The presentation was layered, beginning with the definition of spatial eq (...)

Day 1 Summary on Z-Axis 2018 Conference in India

Tarun Bhasin • Sep 6, 2018 • 1681

Day 1 Summary on Z-Axis 2018 Conference in India

The Charles Correa Foundation at Panaji, Goa in India is currently hosting the 3rd Edition of its biannual conference Z-Axis at Kala Academy, Panaji. The three-day conference being held from September 6-8 and is witnessing participation from practitioners and students of architecture and planning from across India.

Titled "Designing Equitable Cities", the conference aims to shed light on the role of the agency of architecture and planning in the design of cities that are more equitable and inclusive and hence, more resilient. The presentations and examples have been curated to find academic value and professional relevance, and provide for comparison in the Indian scenario.The proceedings for Z-Axis 2018 began at 12 Noon with the op (...)

Richard England explores "Architecture and the Senses"

WA Contents • Aug 15, 2018 • 4338

Richard England explores

Maltese architect, writer, artist, academic and Honorary Member of World Architecture Community Richard England, explores "architecture and the senses" with a series of images in this exclusive essay, starting from the historic buildings to the present examples of architecture.

Text by Prof. Richard England

"Whatever space and time mean, place and occasion mean more" - Aldo van Eyck

We are well aware that the appearance of architecture is important, yet more important is how its spaces and ambiances affect us as users. Architecture is not only experienced visually, but more so holistically through all of our five senses in a haptic manner that extends our sensations well beyond our retinal imagery. The French poet and p (...)

Richard England on the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale

WA Contents • Aug 7, 2018 • 3716

Richard England on the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale

Maltese architect, writer, artist, academic and Honorary Member of World Architecture Community Richard England, reviews the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale with in-depth observations and analyses, ranging from pavilions at the Giardini to some specific installations at the Arsenale. The 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale is curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects under the theme of "Freespace". The exhibition can still be visited until November 25, 2018 in Venice.

Text by Prof. Richard England

The 16th Venice Architecture Biennale was inaugurated on the 24thand 25thof May 2018. This year’s edition was curated by Irish architects Yvonne Farrell and Shelly Mc Namara (Grafton Architects) on th (...)

How Many Indian Architecture And Design Schools Are On Social Media?

Varun Kumar • Apr 25, 2018 • 5157

How Many Indian Architecture And Design Schools Are On Social Media?

As of January 2016, there are 423 Indian Architecture Schools. Of them, there are less than 30 schools active on social media.

Apart from cons like the Facebook data leaks, social media helps establish a presence with convenience-no personal websites needed; more people connect on social media; businesses happen on social media; and their visibility keeps increasing.

Beyond this, social media sets new trends in lifestyle and design. All creative fields have many well curated, informative and inspiring profiles, which reflect on the user’s genuine discourse at what they do-photography, design, travel and what not.

Some among the limelight like Harvard GSD, Columbia GSAPP and AA London have engaging profiles with (...)

Jai Jagat Theatre, Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad- By SEAlab

Varun Kumar • Mar 29, 2018 • 4272

Jai Jagat Theatre, Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad- By SEAlab

From the Architects:

"Jai Jagat theatre construction was envisioned as part of the celebration for the 100 years of Sabarmati Ashram. It was in 1917 that Gandhiji decided to establish his community living here, near the river Sabarmati, between a prison and a crematorium. Since then Gandhiji’s strong vision on education was practiced at the Ashram - to develop body, mind, and spirit. The 1500 children that today live and study at Sabarmati Ashram are still taught the same philosophy."

"Jai Jagat theatre is part of this education philosophy; it provides the students with an opportunity to practice their performance skills, to gain confidence while addressing the public, to work in a group, to be disciplined and to have fu (...)

Exploring Rooftop Homes in India with 3 Projects

Varun Kumar • Mar 6, 2018 • 6008

Exploring Rooftop Homes in India with 3 Projects

Currents times witness several trends catch up and setting up roof spaces has been one. But on the flipside, population growth and gentrifying cities have also seen rooftop slums.

Using a rooftop’s charm to make spaces was seen mostly with homes. Young professionals and creatives would rent these spaces. They find inhabiting rooftops inspiring and supportive in career growth. A good example is the ‘Barsati’in Lutyen’s Delhi. Planned in 1980s with low rise structures, Delhi regularized rooftops to be used for Barsatis. They were usually rented rooftop homes, store rooms of the household below or the maid’s rooms. Barsatis were much enjoyed spaces of the roof until they were neglected during urbanization. (...)

"How To Use Your Rooftop in India" explores 3 Indian projects

Varun Kumar • Feb 28, 2018 • 8150

Metropolises in India have expanded progressively over the years. As they grow away from the center, urban homelessness, a general lack of space and soaring land values and rentals have seen the rooftops get occupied in recent years.

Rooftops are eventful. People contemplate there. Astronomical events are enjoyed there. Spaces under an overhead tank and even the top of it are seen with a group of friends. Clothes are dried and spices are sunbathed on rooftops. Men look for women on neighboring buildings. And young artists are known to find solitude and inspiration often on terraces.

To keep this charm alive and away from the fact that urban space-starved conditions force people to occupy rooftops too, a Barcelona group has bee (...)

Positive Urbanism in Mumbai As "Chal Rang De" Paints Asalpha Village

Varun Kumar • Feb 6, 2018 • 6516

Positive Urbanism in Mumbai As

“We’re on a mission to make Bombay (Mumbai) gorgeous again” says Chal Rang De (meaning ‘Let’s Go Paint’ in Hindi.)

Dedeepya Reddy, the director, while journeying across Asalpha village, Mumbai, day-dreamt to paint it. Then, nine fellow-creators joined hands and 420 liters of paint later they’ve given a colorful hillock to the city.



Painting Asalpha was a scene-1 Village, 5-6 Days, 175 Walls, around 800 people and as Sumitro Sircar, key member of the initiative says, “100000000000000000 KCal were burnt over the week.”

Positive Urbanism

Neighborhoods making themselves over with color, murals and graffiti are becoming a symbol of positive urbanism today. (...)