On the 6th of August 2016, IIID Mumbai put together an event to felicitate Architect Hafeez Contractor on winning the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian award. Held at Vivanta by Taj President the glamorous event was attended by over two hundred and fifty people from the architecture, design and construction fraternity. The function organized by the Mumbai Regional Centre of the Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID MRC) was supported by KeraKoll. While real estate giant Niranjan Hiranandani was the Guest of Honour, the event was graced by several eminent designers of the city, besides Ar. Contractor’s wife Pearl and daughter Zoish.
Besides plaguing dumping grounds around the world, plastic waste is one of the biggest eyesores - whether in holiday destinations or heritage sites. Disturbing the ecosystem in oceans, shores and land alike, plastic pollution is a global menace. In the last few decades, usage of plastic products has been on a rise. Global consumption of plastic has shot up from 260 million tons in 2008 to 299 million tons in 2013. In India itself, it has gone from 4.7 million tons to 18.9 million tons in the last ten years. With the rise in plastic consumption is the consequent rise in plastic pollution. The hazardous effects of this non-biodegradable material is not news for anybody. Hence it is of utmost importance to either find a way of disposing plastic waste or replace it all together. Earthware by Samanvi Bhograj does the latter. They make plant based products as a perfect replacement of plastic.
The truly amazing aspect of living in smaller towns is the feasibility of the entire extended family taking frequent weekend-breaks! By the time we in Mumbai plan a get-away those lucky souls have already reached the destination and are lazing by the poolside! Due to logistics and more affordable real estate prices, weekend homes closer to the city of their location are more popular amongst the higher echelons of small-town populations.
One such delightful weekend home is done by Ar. Chirag Shah for a Baroda-based family.
The biggest periodic sporting event on earth kicked off to a grand start on the 6th of this month at Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, making it the first South American country to host this mega spectacle. Just as tough as it is for a city to be able to qualify to host this prestigious event, so also is it equally paramount in today’s world to assess and plan its environmental impact in the near and distant future.
An Olympic event typically sees the fast paced and specifically focussed upgradation and development of large tracts of land in and around the chosen city with some pieces of iconic architecture and premium infrastructure forming part of the package built at a great cost to the host city. It only makes sense to have an energy and resource efficient plan for the development and running of this infrastructure through the period of the games and also a legacy plan that ensures its productive utility even after the games by the host city through re-use and re-cycle mechanisms.
Of course the accumulated knowledge about building these sustainable systems is passed on from one Olympic venue to the next, where it is built upon further by incorporating the latest technologies and new ideas. This exercise itself ensures the best of building practices to be employed in developing the Olympic venue in addition to some impressive architecture resulting from international competitions organised for this purpose. Rio too has gone through this development exercise putting up simultaneously spectacular and sustainable venues and structures as well as some unbuilt but noteworthy ideas. What’s more, the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympic games have been awarded the top global sustainability certificate for events, ISO 20121. Let’s take a look at some of these venues and their designs in this background.
As the world today sees issues like global warming and climate change spiraling, there is a growing sense of urgency to combat them before the situation gets out of hand. A huge contributor of global warming is the construction industry. Buildings are the largest consumers of energy and emitters of greenhouses gases. Extraction and production of building materials itself consumes energy and causes environmental degradation. As awareness in the world increases, there is a rise in sustainable and ecologically sensitive architecture. Conscious efforts and innovations are made all around the world to mitigate energy consumption in construction and use eco-friendly materials. Biomason is one such startup that has developed a method of growing bricks from sand and bacteria! Yes, you read it right. Soon we are going to be able to grow our own bricks!! With this invention traditional bricks could soon become redundant.
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