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in remembrance

Sometimes a loss is so great, that it’s difficult to put it in words and is rather better conveyed with art, sculptures and architecture. Words play a lesser role and emotions are described in material and ambience. Memorials help us to confront our feelings and heal. They act as standing reminders to the follies of […]

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For old times sake – Cesky Krumlov

Architecture is a spectator to history. Old buildings and heritage structures tell stories of times long gone, the chronicles of our ancestors and therefore need to be respected and preserved. As an Indian architect in Europe, this has been my biggest takeaway so far. The Europeans respect their culture and heritage, not just on dinner […]

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Hospitals – life saving architecture

A lot has been spoken about the value (or lack thereof) of the Central Vista Project. Rs. 20,000 Crores meaning Rs. 2,00,00,00,00,000 is being drained on a new parliament building and the PM’s house in New Delhi in the middle of India’s deadly second Covid-19 wave. India can only become a superpower when each Indian […]

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Sustainability – DOs and DON’Ts

In the last couple of years, sustainability, in general, has gained a lot of traction in terms of research, application and this heavy realization that construction is the biggest contributor to the carbon footprint.  Before we get into the HOW, let us talk a little bit about what is sustainability? And what it means concerning construction?  […]

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Reduce stress levels with these Interior Design techniques

The second wave of Covid 19 in India is adversely affecting mental health. Stress levels are at an all time high with people scrambling to protect themselves, friends and family. Tough times are ahead of us and it is imperative to protect ourselves from the pandemic as well as the after effects its causing. Young […]

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Design ideas for a private home bar

With Covid-19 still looming above us, we might have to spend a few more months indoors. The second wave has brought on lockdown in many parts of the country and as a safety measure we need to comply with the Covid-19 regulations. People are getting more accustomed to working and learning from home, but today […]

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To school or not to school – the design aspirants debate

The notion to ‘Un-school’ is rife amongst millennials and Gen Z. There are good arguments made by both sides regarding the advantages of self learning and the extra edge gained via design schools. Some believe unlearning or self-learning is the way to go forward whereas others assert the importance of design institutions. As is the […]

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Creating boundaries – fences, compound and border walls

We’ve often discussed mass and void in the context of design. Yet, the walls that envelope our living space are worthy of another discourse. The façade is a big actor in terms of safety, first impression and the overall design expression of urban-scape. But, in a world where most houses are street adjacent, another layer […]

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Of mood boards and color schemes – creating interior design concepts

Designers often struggle with the idea of how much to deliver before acquiring a new project whereas clients would like to see options and ideas before they can finalize the team. The tussle between what the clients can expect and how much they can give away, before signing the papers, is a real one. This […]

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