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Buzz | October 2014

Buzz (Oct - 2014)

Aga Khan museum
The Aga Khan museum was recently inaugurated at Toronto making it North America´s first museum dedicated to the understanding of Islam. Designed by Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki, this museum joins a network of centres located in five other cities across the world.

RIBA Award
Multiple award-winning Dublin-based architects Sheila O´Donnell and John Tuomey are to receive Britain´s Royal Gold Medal in recognition of their lifetime´s work. Personally approved by Queen Elizabeth II, this award is presented by the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) to those who have had a significant influence on the advancement of architecture.

Young leader of tomorrow
28-year old Indian architect Alok Shetty has been named ´young leader of tomorrow´ by Time magazine for his pioneering work in designing affordable flood-proof houses for slum dwellers. Working with Bengaluru-based nonprofit Parinaam Foundation, Shetty is designing homes for hundreds of slum dwellers whose makeshift houses flood during the heavy rains and become breeding grounds for diseases like malaria.

Missing monuments
While the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) earlier claimed that 12 monuments had remained untraceable in the city of Delhi, the National Monuments Authority (NMA), in a recent notification, has said that there are 14 missing monuments.

Students design city!
The Kerala chapter of the Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) will initiate a project - Art In The City in connection with the golden jubilee celebrations of modern architecture in Kerala. As a part of the celebrations, about 50 students from different architecture colleges in the city will design art works on unused urban spaces and frontages of selected buildings in the city.

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