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Experiments with Pavilion Designs – Innovative Architecture Elements in Urban Spaces

Taken from the old Latin word “Papilio”, which means ‘butterfly’ or ‘tent’, and the eventual French word “Pavillon”, the word we now know as “Pavilion” in English was born. Defined as ‘a summer house or other decorative building used as a shelter in a park or large garden’ or more broadly as ‘a large tent […]

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Back to Basics – 7 Principles of Interior Design!

Often we see gorgeous images of interior spaces on the internet but can’t really pinpoint what makes the space so attractive! Want to be in on the secret? There are some tricks of the trade which Designers use, to come up with stunning designs, graphics, spaces or buildings every single time. What are these thumb […]

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Light it Up: 8 Styling Tips with Modern Light Fixtures

Mounting those plain tube lights and bulbs in living spaces is now a thing of the past. Lighting fixtures, like most other elements in an interior design, are now a feature rather than being a mere necessity. People invest a lot of money in getting the suitable light fixture for any space, and rightly so. Imagine […]

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Amaravati Vs. Kedarnath – A look at the Up and coming cities in India

The new state capital of Andhra Pradesh, Amaravati, is being planned as one of the most modern up and coming cities of India. The project is being spearheaded by Mr. Chandrababu Naidu, the first chief minister of the now divided state. As Hyderabad became the new capital of Telangana, discussions erupted about the state capital […]

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Dramatic Windows : Using Fenestration as Design Features!

  Fenestration, or the openings in a building i.e. the doors and windows are like the nose and lungs of a structure. They provide ventilation, light and passive cooling. However, windows also serve another important purpose, that is defining and enhancing the building facade as well as complimenting the design and decor of the interiors. […]

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Landscapes – The inter relationship of Greens and Built

The popular notion when someone says landscape is gardens and parks, however as metropolitan cities spread wider and wider and become more fragmented, it is time to ask ourselves whether trees and lawns are the only landscapes, or do they comprise of something more? Landscape is officially defined as “all the visible features of an […]

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Building for Natural Calamities

Natural calamities like earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, tsunamis cause a lot of life and property damage. In many parts of the world, including some in India, which are prone to natural disasters, designers are coming up with ideas and technology to fight situations which are just likely to get worse and worse, because of climate change […]

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Amphitheaters – New Public Forums?

Conventionally, Amphitheaters have been an open air theater, freestanding, usually circular, steps leading down to a stage or arena. Amphitheaters, historically were designed for spectator events, such as gladiator fights in Early Rome. They were also used for other sports, public events and performances, like plays and music. Amphitheaters now, have become a new public […]

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Statement of Purpose – Architecture Edition

    How do you convey your entire life story, your ambitions, your life plans and your motive to join the college of your dreams in just a few words? What exactly is the selection committee looking for when they read your letter of motivation? How should you make it more creative and interesting so […]

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