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Dubai achieves yet another Dimensional Milestone
TFOD Editorial April 20, 2020 at 06:30 PM
Innovative. Intriguing. Inspiring - these three "I's" have formed the basis of architecture and construction in Dubai. Sustainability has always inclined towards using resources wisely while saving them for the future generations. Dubai has apparently taken this concept to a whole new level.... read more ›
Responsive Architecture: Ideas of Refuge
Aparna Rao December 10, 2019 at 05:03 PM
We live in times of increasing events of strife today, in a world where development almost always has accidents and disasters trailing it, where progress that is unmindful of surrounding ecological balances tends to throw life out of gear at the slightest trigger. These are mere additions to factors like ... read more ›
Uppsala Concert Hall, Sweden: Modernist Cube with a Pop Sparkle
Aparna Rao August 06, 2019 at 01:21 PM
A curious, eye-catching building by any standards, the Uppsala Concert and Congress Hall standing on a corner plot in Uppsala, a historically rich city near Sweden’s capital city of Stockholm, is structurally almost a plain cuboid. With a plan and section that take care of design functionality almos... read more ›
Oppenheim’s Golfing Oasis in the Jordanian Desert: An Ode to Contextual Integrity
Aparna Rao July 13, 2019 at 03:58 PM
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 ›