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Buzz | October 2013

Buzz ( October 2013)

After a massive six-year renovation, the Indian government has reopened the historic Humayun's Tomb, a 16th century architectural marvel from the Mughal period in Delhi. Time to revisit history?

In face of the recent tragedies in North India, the Himachal Pradesh Government is practicing the prevention-is-better-than-cure policy. They have made the adoption of hill architecture features in constructions, like faade control and sloping roof compulsory in the state. Impressive indeed!

Fashion designer Manish Arora has designed his home in Paris in a melange of bright colours, an ode to his colourful persona and India's love for colour. The splash of colour begins from the 860 sq ft entrance where a combination of letters, arrows, a star and even a stylised lotus are spray-painted setting the tone for his vibrant one-bedroom home.

Delhi now has a new designer store to raid! Fashion Designer JJ Valaya launched The Home of the Traveler at MG Road this September, with products sourced from Valaya's constant travels. Divided into six themes -û India, Glamour, Vintage, Art Deco, Organic and World -û the store is spread over five floors and has a basement which will be used as a gallery and for events.

The five projects winning the 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture, worth a total of $1 million are The Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery in Khartoum, Sudan; the Revitalization of Birzeit Historic Centre in Birzeit, Palestine; the Rabat-Sale Urban Infrastructure Project in Morocco; the Rehabilitation of Tabriz Bazaar in Tabriz, Iran and the Islamic Cemetery in Altach, Austria. The legendary lot!

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