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111 Articles in Architecture
Veiled Sophistication in Health Care Design: The New Sulaibikhat Clinic, Kuwait
Aparna Rao 26 days ago
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 ›
Eye-Popping, Head-Turning, Instagram-able: MVRDV’s Imprint Re-Defining Architectural Purpose?
Aparna Rao October 02, 2018 at 05:03 AM
Dutch firm MVRDV having completed a two-building entertainment hub near Seoul, South Korea, has created the latest stir on the global architectural scene. The gold and white bathed windowless structures called The Imprint, housing a night club and an entertainment theme park which form the first phase of ... read more ›
Back to School Season: Designs for Sustainable Education
Aparna Rao September 16, 2018 at 05:23 AM
With the season for students to return to schools and colleges globally having set in, educational spaces are back in focus. Investment in education was never at such a high anytime in history as it is now, and this has resulted in a boom for designers of institutional buildings and spaces as well. Well, ... read more ›