Balancing Green, with financial results

Reducing energy costs can have a significant impact on the bottom line of a business and make commercial buildings more attractive to current and prospective tenants’, says Rajesh Sikka, Trane India for an understanding of cost-saving measures in HVAC Building owners and tenants are reminded of the high ...
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Holistic and Integrated approach to green transition in corporate interiors

“When a corporate takes up an initiative in the positive direction it is observed and followed by the world. More people can get awareness about the importance of green interiors when the corporates choose to implement it in their own premises”, says Satish Naik, Partner & Chief Designer, A Design Studio ...
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Bridging a Flood Cycle, DRIA 2016, National University of Singapore

Instructor: Sankalpa, Arian A resilient community for Valenzuela, in Manila, Philippines, a region that is vulnerable to floods, storms and earthquakes, this proposal aims to put together self-help design strategies for the community. This proposal went out as a competition entry for ‘Design Resilience in Asia’ 2016, and ...
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Conundrum of heritage and development – Will the two coexist to sustain?

‘Indian historical architecture and heritage has largely remained outside the government’s purview of legal protection and management. The attitude towards heritage, both tangible and intangible and the lack of ability to translate the voice of good intentions into action has proved to be the underlying reasons for the ...
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Forgotten waters: Reviving the Light and Life of Dhanushkodi, T.N.; Aditi Dora

Memories play a vital role in shaping a lot of what we do. Past remembrances often pop up in some form or the other in one’s work and daily life. This project, for me, started as a memory of two distinct waters on either side of me, merging ...
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Ecological Interiors: Mud and its many hues; Ar. Siddharth Menon

‘Mud walls once built using un-stabilized mud (without adding any chemical stabilizers like cement) need to be plastered with a mixture of sieved mud, wheat husk or tudi, sand, cow dung orgobur and water to protect it from rain, damage, etc. Since millennia, our forefathers have built their ...
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Compressed Stabilized Earth Block and Rammed Earth for Construction; Hilary D Smith

‘In Auroville, examples of the Earth Institute’s work range from the Visitors’ Center, with its elegant use of arcades and domes, to small dismountable houses, or to multistory apartment complexes such as Vikas and Realization. The high compression achieved with the Auram 3000 press, which can reach to ...
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Learning to build like our ancestors; Ar. Ankit Bansal

Why learning to build like our ancestors is essential for the survival of the planet? Ar. Ankit Bansal, Ankit Bansal Design Studio The world as we know of it today has long history dating from the Palaeolithic Era (“Early Stone Age”) followed by Neolithic Era (“New Stone Age”) where ...
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Redefining the Greys of the Green; Ar. Yatin Pandya

‘Green comes in various shades. It is a phenomenon and not a formula. It is a concept more than a configuration.  As architects we alter the landscape forever and as responsible professional we need to understand and own its consequence. Green has to be our resolve rather than ...
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The fatalism of Architecture or Architecture of Fatalism? Aditi Dora

‘Globalization as omnipresent phenomena has ensured that any glass tower could be picked from one end of the world and transported to the other without any real consequences. Our quest should be to search for architectural identity, and not national identity, to search for style – rather than ...
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