One of the key takeaways from the 9th CW Architect and Builder Awards - the theme was InnoVision - was that Innovation should be put to good use in building a better India, Door Knobs, Furniture
The Development Control Regulations for buildings in Mumbai create unrest amongst the design fraternity since they offer very little opportunity to create open spaces or interesting elevations. City architects give suggestions for amendments to the regulations to enable creativity and disable misuse.
With a strong leader at the helm of the country, issues that have been ailing the real estate and urban design community, will possibly be addressed. With plans for many Smart Cities on the anvil, the role of smart and sustainable design will become paramount.
May 16th is certainly awaited with bated breath as the fate of the country will be declared and then defined by those that govern it. Hopefully, the economy will pick up, projects will move, work will get a fresh impetus and payments will come in!
Innovation is the real differentiator. This is amply demonstrated with the Pritzker prize the most prestigious award in architecture - going to Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. Though he was surprised to know he had won, it is his work in rebuilding homes in disaster prone areas using simple materials such as cardboard and paper, that has received such a momentous recognition. Building even a cathedral out of cardboard paper tubes in New Zealand, his work embodies the principles of affordability
While it´s AAP and romance (14th Feb) that´s trending this month, we have a handle on Twitter´s new headquarters in San Francisco. The home of the humble tweet equally capable of making and devastating lives Twitter´s new office is casual and playful, yet professional, with the blue bird and twig motif trending throughout. Do #retweet this one! A Mahua tree in the living room, tribal inspired cushions, murals, furniture, all come together beautifully in a Gond Art-inspired yet contemporary home
"The nation's reverence of the L'il Master was an ode to excellence. Excellence in the sport, coupled with an amazing attitude, had the nation saluting him in his final hour of the game. It's excellence and mastery that elicit reverence of this kind.
The desire to be acknowledged as world class is driving the design industry in India and this is reflected in the projects that we feature. Take, for example, the home we have featured this issue. Designed by I and I Designs, the home at Marine Drive in Mumbai explores new materials and showcases innovative ways of using them.