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

Varun Kumar • Apr 20, 2018 • 2031

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 20, 2018 • 1976

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 • Feb 26, 2018 • 3644

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 25, 2018 • 5749

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 • Jan 26, 2018 • 3881

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. (...)

Indian Art Stories-Four Artists To Follow

Varun Kumar • Jan 18, 2018 • 6259

Indian Art Stories-Four Artists To Follow

India’s artists occupy a long list and since ancient times, there have been varieties of art in the country. The stories that inspire the art and its making are the most interesting. And when artists explain their work process, techniques, fun facts and stories, it makes for a fun filled, insightful session.

Today's Indian artists are doodlers, graphic designers, graffiti artists, muralists, sculptors and painters. Their works catch up well with people for the wit and quirkiness employed in them.In an effort to cover the stories Indian artists producing varieties of works, here are four of them you should follow if you’re a contemporary art enthusiast.

Ankita Bhattacharya

Art happens in different media, (...)

Review of the most inspiring architecture news and events in Spain in 2017

Michael Swords • Dec 25, 2017 • 3538

Review of the most inspiring architecture news and events in Spain in 2017

2017 was a very successful year for many Spanish architects, with some of the years most prestigious awards in the field being taken home by Spaniards. This was also a year that saw numerous very succesful events across the country, including architecture festivals in many cities and various thought provoking artistic interventions in architectural spaces.

In this, the second part of a two part series reviewing 2017 architecture in Spain, some of the years more interesting and topical news and events are reviewed.

RCR Arquitectes won the 2017 Pritzker Prize

Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta. Image © Javier Lorenzo Domínguez

Top of the list amongst the headlines in the Spanish news this ye (...)

Review of the best architecture projects in Spain 2017

Michael Swords • Dec 25, 2017 • 3985

Review of the best architecture projects in Spain 2017

The start of the festive period and subsequent slowing down in the pace of work in design offices brings with it a moment to reflect on the past year in Spanish architecture news. There has been a wealth of great architectural and restoration projects completed in Spain this year, ranging from an award winning museum in Madrid to the restoration of Gaudís first completed house in Barcelona. In this, the first of a two part essay series, some of the most intriguing projects to have been completed this year in Spain are briefly reviewed.

Museum of the Royal Collections by Mansilla + Tuñón Arquitectos. Image © Luis AsinThe completion of the new Royal collections museum in Madrid by Mansilla y Tuñó (...)

Graaf's dissection of architecture profession involves ideas that must be challenged says Schumacher

WA Contents • Nov 27, 2017 • 3060

Graaf's dissection of architecture profession involves ideas that must be challenged says Schumacher

OMA Partner Reinier de Graaf has recently released his new book titled "Four Walls and a Roof, The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession", published by Harvard University Press. Graaf's latest book epitomizes the current state of professional architecture with a sincere and at the same time sarcastic way, which demonstrates how the position of an architect stands or evolves with different internal dynamics and different interdisciplinary descents and ascents.

In this long captivating review, Zaha Hadid Architects director Patrik Schumacher reveals his first critical analyses about the book, after following a long conversation with Reinier de Graaf held at The Building Centre, in London on September 29. Patrik's incisive findi (...)

Mashambas Skyscraper Balances A Vision Of The Future Of Traditional Farming In Sub-Saharan Africa

Momoh Kakulatombo • Nov 12, 2017 • 5813

Mashambas Skyscraper Balances A Vision Of The Future Of Traditional Farming In Sub-Saharan Africa

Standing on a ridge in Highlands Kenya, an exquisitely leafy scenery fills your panoramic vista. The Highland terrains in central and western Kenya break and join in formations like nowhere else in Kenya - indeed, these areas lie on the Great Rift Valley. These surroundings are home to about three quarters of Kenya's total population.

The familiar signs of life spread in view tell us about the lives inhabitants lead here; some plot lines of barbed wire which divide green, flourishing parcels of land. Houses of stone block and aged timber stand out in grey color, contrasting with the bright blue or brick red finish and plain metallic aluminum roofing twinkle under the equatorial sun as daytime stars would. The livelihoods of inha (...)