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113 Articles in Architecture
Oppenheim’s Golfing Oasis in the Jordanian Desert: An Ode to Contextual Integrity
Aparna Rao 2 days ago
Oppenheim Architecture (offices: Miami, NY and Basel) are proving to be quite the masters of context when, after the rock-emulating structure for a water purification plant project at a rocky Swiss site, they have created a contextually aligned design for a golf academy and club house in the middle of the... read more ›
Master Architect I M Pei: The Gently Arching Bridge between Tradition and Modernity
Aparna Rao June 10, 2019 at 02:12 PM
Ieoh Ming Pei, an ideal  life and an ideal architect of the century gone by, breathed his last earlier this month after a brilliant life of 102 years. Personally, this funny looking, gentle, affable 1930s Chinese import to the land of promise and opportunity, USA, was no less than a God ever since I ... read more ›
Veiled Sophistication in Health Care Design: The New Sulaibikhat Clinic, Kuwait
Aparna Rao April 30, 2019 at 12:40 PM
The design of hospitals or health care facilities is dealt with primarily as a technical poser in most endeavours by architects worldwide. Creativity in these usually gets reserved for the treatment, material and massing of the façade, or for the deployment of ingenuity in getting natural light, ve... read more ›
The 2019 Pritzker Award Conferred upon International Avant-Garde Ar. Isozaki
Aparna Rao April 01, 2019 at 12:53 PM

Born in 1931 in the Oita town of Japan’s Kyushu Island, he graduated from Tokyo University’s Faculty of Architecture and Engineering in 1954, following which he pursued a PhD from the same institute. But, a more important influence on his work was an impressi... read more ›

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High Density Development that’s Green? Singapore shows how it’s done...
Aparna Rao March 06, 2019 at 01:34 PM
Tackling the contemporary problem of balancing green cover with the high density built forms that urban agglomerations necessitate has become one of urban planning’s core concerns. Building high to leave sufficient green spaces free on the ground was an initial architectural response to the problem,... read more ›
Museum of Troy: A Magnificent Box Full of Mysterious History
Aparna Rao February 23, 2019 at 02:19 PM

The Museum of Troy, as it is called, has been seen in recent news after its formal inauguration in October 2018, pictures of its unusual structure evoking varied reactions. To an unprepared eye, it may appear as a huge shipping container languishing unused in a yard! But... read more ›

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World Architecture Festival: Kiwi Infrastructure Proposal for Desi Statue Bags Honours
Aparna Rao January 24, 2019 at 09:27 AM
If any single thing is making more news than the grandiose flurry of celebrity weddings this season, it is statues of all sizes and entities. Yes, statues from all over are in the news, led by the ‘Statue of Unity’ of superlative claims, for various reasons and so is the statue of Thiruvalluva... read more ›
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World Architecture Festival, 2018: Savouring Radical Innovative Picks
Aparna Rao January 02, 2019 at 02:38 PM
The World Architecture Festival, which concluded this year on 30th November at Amsterdam, is always an opportunity to witness and enjoy the essential best of the architectural practice from around the world. This year, too, saw some extraordinary picks among the shortlisted projects as well as the winners... read more ›
Documenting a Professional Journey: Kalayojan Book Release
Aparna Rao November 01, 2018 at 01:25 PM
Not every organisation invests as much in formally documenting their body of work as they do in building it up, and documents printed on paper are becoming a rarity in a fast digitising world, anyway. But, news is always made by the exceptions, as did Mumbai based Kalayojan Architects last weekend when th... read more ›
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Architecture for Agriculture: Bangladeshi Project, International inputs and lessons
Aparna Rao October 15, 2018 at 01:24 PM
A supermarket is to open next month in rural Bangladesh for small local farmers to sell their produce, but interestingly, this news from the agri-business realm of a small developing nation is significant for the architecture world, and why would it not be? After all, the inputs here are as cross-continen... read more ›