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Disruptive Brew: Radical Coffee Shop Designs
Aparna Rao April 18, 2019 at 02:12 PM

Located in Kavala, Northern Greece and designed by Ark4lab of Architecture, this café is a happening place because it gives an impression of being simply that – happening, going on, in process. Surfaces of contrasting materials like a ceramic mosaic, wood, e... read more ›

Easy as Child’s Play: Brilliantly Simple Play-Park Designs
Aparna Rao December 06, 2018 at 10:24 AM
With the internet sucking us up into ever deeper into sedentary confinement, ably aided  by the increasing paucity of usable open spaces we, and importantly our young ones who make up our future, are left sadly robbed of a sufficient outdoor life. We live in times when parents find it very difficult ... read more ›
Public Parking Spaces: Amazing Urban Interventions
Aparna Rao August 07, 2018 at 01:55 PM
As urban agglomerations grow in size, population and complexity, as metropolis put on more and more in girth and weight, one of the foremost concerns of their administrations is, undoubtedly, the adequate upgrade of transportation services and their associated infrastructure. Public parking spaces for all... read more ›
Heilan Horse Museum, China: palatial dwelling for elite equines
Ar. Roopa Sabnis Pinge March 05, 2018 at 04:15 PM
Luxurious marble floors, handsome detailing on walls and ceilings, sweeping carpeted staircases, glittering chandeliers, sprawling gardens, lavish pools, sparkling fountains, fine statues – all sound like elements of a palace, or a museum. And that is what it is! The only difference here, is that it... read more ›
Shape of 2017: Remarkable Restaurant Designs
Aparna Rao January 05, 2018 at 04:25 PM
Well, there hasn’t been another year when the shape of you, me and everything else in the world around us was more central to our conversations and our lives than this year, 2017, even as Ed Sheeran’s early January release of his iconic song set the tone for the shape of things to come. The ye... read more ›
FIFA 2022, Qatar: Innovative Stadium Design
Aparna Rao December 11, 2017 at 04:15 PM
The selection of the hosting country for the supremely popular international games – the football world-cup, or FIFA – has always been closely contested by the countries participating in the bid. What used to be restricted initially to countries in Europe and the two Americas, has slowly sprea... read more ›
Designed to ‘annoy’: objects recreated by Katerina Kamprani, Greece
Ar. Roopa Sabnis Pinge October 10, 2017 at 04:25 PM
Deliberately inconvenient, intentionally annoying, and purposefully irritating – “The Uncomfortable” is a continuing series of objects of daily use – reinterpreted by Greek architect Katerina Kamprani. The Athens-based designer started this collection of 'tweaked' designs i... read more ›
Solar Egg, Sweden: sauna conceived as an escape for displaced residents of Kiruna
Ar. Roopa Sabnis Pinge September 15, 2017 at 01:43 PM
Displacement of a community is never easy or painless. The town of Kiruna in Sweden is undergoing a relocation process because decades of iron ore mining have caused irreparable damage, and yet the mining needs to continue as it is an important source of income for Sweden. The "devastating transforma... read more ›
Social experiment transforms a thoroughfare into a Pop up Park in Australia!
Riddhi Shah April 24, 2017 at 04:10 PM
Sometimes, it is the most trivial interventions that have the maximum impact. A recent social experiment, that goes by the name of #BackyardExperiment, demonstrated this very hypothesis. Just a few minor alterations made to a public space in Canberra, led to a roaring 190 % hike in the foot fall of a publ... read more ›
Amsterdam Oersoep: Collaboration between Art & Architecture
Ar. Roopa Sabnis Pinge December 30, 2016 at 03:54 PM
Taking art in public spaces to a whole new level is the recent redevelopment project in Amsterdam – where the collaboration between architects and artists has been integral to the creation of a unique aesthetic character for the erstwhile C&A passageway of the city. Amsterdam Oersoep as it is no... read more ›