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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 ›
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 ›

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 ›
Brand Communication through Architecture: HDI Hive Office, Jakarta
Aparna Rao July 30, 2018 at 03:22 PM
Architecture of every kind creates visual and spatial experiences that communicate with the user or the inhabitant. The architecture of a home, school or hotel would be engaged in a subtle, or implicit, sort of communication – like creating a vibe or an ambiance. Whereas, in the corporate world of b... read more ›
UNESCO Heritage Tag for Mumbai’s Art Deco Enclave: A Fraternity Victory
Aparna Rao July 19, 2018 at 12:52 PM
Maximum City, the city that often hits the headlines for a maximum of wrong, rather than right, reasons thanks in large measure to an inherent vitality that never allows anything to be missed, was recently feted on an international platform. Yes, Mumbai won the UNESCO Heritage tag for its enclave of build... read more ›
Bringing home the Pritzker: Indian Architecture’s Continued Indebtedness to B. V. Doshi
Aparna Rao March 08, 2018 at 06:10 PM
Yesterday’s announcement to confer this year’s Pritzker Award on India’s B. V. Doshi has seen the Indian design world erupt in proud and joyous celebration on various media platforms and fraternity exchanges. The prestigious Pritzker Award, considered architecture’s equivalent of t... read more ›
The Louvre @ Abu Dhabi: Rain of Sunlight under a Starry Sky-Dome at Sea
Aparna Rao November 27, 2017 at 02:55 PM
A building proclaimed by Pritzker prize winning septuagenarian architect Jean Nouvel himself as “one of the best works I have been fortunate to achieve” is undoubtedly a gem the world has awaited eagerly. And, the wait was finally over on the 11th of this month when, after the multi-nationally... read more ›
Late Zaha’s Honeycombed KAPSARC Contending at WAF Awards, November 2017
Aparna Rao November 16, 2017 at 03:19 PM
The most awaited annual awards in architecture are about to be announced at the World Architecture Festival to be held this year between 15th and 17th November in Berlin. And, one of the most exciting projects shortlisted for the awards is the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre recently o... read more ›
Ultra-tech Ode to Culture by Foster + Partners at Shanghai
Aparna Rao June 20, 2017 at 01:43 PM
The designing of a new building in a fancy district, to house cultural displays, is typically faced with a predicament. As a representative of cultural heritage it is expected to acknowledge traditional and historic aspects of the locality where it sits while, as a modern piece of infrastructure built to ... read more ›
Ar. Nari Gandhi (1934 - 1993): A Maverick, A Legend
Riddhi Shah May 12, 2017 at 04:12 PM
The architectural community has seen the rise and fall of countless architects over the years. Many evolve over time, achieving a level of finesse with every practice. There are some architects remembered for a particularly successful project while others have their names etched into history for eternity,... read more ›