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Buzz | September 2014

Buzz ( Sept. 2014)

Along the wide octagon at Delhi´s India Gate where King George´s statue once stood, the government has given its approval for a Rs 100-crore war memorial. An international consortium of architects is to be invited to design the structure.

Architect Brinda Somaya is all set to add another feather to her already full cap! The conservation and restoration project of the 40-year old Louis Kahn structure - the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM-A) has been awarded to her.

One of world´s oldest universities, The University of Coimbra, which has an uncanny similarity to Harry Potter´s Hogwarts, has been declared a world heritage site by UNESCO. The University has a legendary baroque library, that just like JK Rowling´s Harry Potter books is home to pet bats who help in keeping it insect free.

The first phase of the Muziris Heritage Project in Kerala restored by Archtiect Benny Kuriokose is finally set to be inaugurated next month. Floated in 2008, it is India´s largest conservation project that would spread over 25 sites and links Kerala´s histories of Dutch, Arabic, Chinese, Jewish, Greek, Portuguese and Roman roots in the forgotten port of Muziris from 1 Century BC onward.

An architect´s childhood dream comes true with Lego launching ´Architecture Studio´ - a new set of building blocks aimed at the architecture and design community. This set comprises of over 1,200 pieces of 76 unique components, from chamfered wedge-shaped blocks to simple bricks, designed to give freedom and creativity to the maker. Available in UK and Europe, this collection shuns the Lego´s typical bold primary colours for a monochromatic scheme of white and transparent. Looking forward to seeing architecture models in Lego already, aren´t we?

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