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The Subtle Art of Thematic Interiors

We all love a good themed space. The feeling of getting transported somewhere while enjoying other activities in a room is priceless. Surrounding yourself with the things you love can also be a reason to opt for a themed space. However, establishing a theme in interiors can be tricky. There is a fine line between […]

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Architecture Presentation Techniques – Breaking down drawing and rendering styles

Most often than not, designers get limited with their presentation styles. Students get trapped in the deadlines, architects get restricted by clients or labors who are going to read the drawings. Architectural representation of an idea is the artistic way of expressing the building. It is to resemble the concept and detail of the actual […]

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In Conversation with Ar. Habeeb Khan – Putting the Contemporary in Vernacular Architecture!

Ar. Habeeb Khan has left a distinctive impression on the skyline of many Indian cities with his signature ‘Contemporary Vernacular’ Architecture. An award winning designer, public speaker, teacher and now the Chairman of the Council of Architecture, India – he has donned many hats! In an insightful interview, Prof. Habeeb Khan reveals his motivation, his working style and […]

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Circular Economy – The Designer’s Approach

The Earth is in fact, a finite resource. However, the smartest species on the planet is gradually depleting it owing to wasteful ways. Throughout centuries, we have had a very take-make-waste form of living, with little focus on recycling and reusing which has led to accumulation of waste. Circular Economy is a concept which rethinks […]

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Rebuilding a Cause – Modern Temple Interiors

After the bloodshed in 1992 surrounding the Babri Masjid, the verdict has finally been declared after a long wait of 27 years. The Ayodhya verdict grants Hindus possession of the highly controversial and contested site, while also granting 5 acres to Muslims to build a Mosque. The question now arises, what will the new temple […]

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Spiritual Architecture

Religion, an idea that struck humanity to ensure peace and well being among fellow humans, was an intangible one. Reinforcing this idea among people and affirming their belief on the concept of a higher power was a challenge. Consider the tools mankind had at that time to spread religion! Word of mouth, letters and religious […]

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Paris – A recurring Palimpsest!

A city rich with stories, Paris stores within it, a treasure of history. One of the largest cities in Europe during the Middle ages, Paris was the epicenter of religion and trade. The birthplace of Gothic Architecture and home to several architectural treasures of the ancient and modern World, Paris was struck by catastrophe when […]

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Reuse the Idea of Reuse – Adaptive Reuse Architecture and Reusing Building Materials

Building sustainable, with as less resources as possible and designing greener and more ecological structures is the call of the day. Adaptive reuse and the idea of reuse has taken root in Architecture around the World. Upcycling and reusing structures, building materials, furniture etc. is the future. Adaptive reuse is an ingenious idea of repurposing or […]

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Reclaiming Bricks – Distinguished brick architecture & brick vaults

A red rectangular building block, the first ever building technique to have been mastered by humans – Brick has time and again proven that it is indeed one of the most reliable, durable and sustainable building material ever. These handmade, wire cut or machine made clay blocks are either furnace fired or kiln fired to […]

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