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Buzz | August 2013

Buzz (August 2013)

The interiors of the proposed Kochi Metro Rail stations are being designed by a group of architects, from the Indian Institute of Architects (Kochi Chapter). It will adorn murals that depict the romantic poetry of Changampuzha Krishna Pillai and artistic impressions of the iconic Chinese nets as an attempt to showcase the rich local cultural beauty of the city. Besides, the windows will be designed with traditional wooden frames showcasing vernacular Keralaite architecture.

Files go missing from civic offices! Data with Hindustan Times reveals that there are more than 10 architects in Mumbai's western suburbs alone who have 'lost' two or more project files, of which 44 have lost five or more files. Somethings fishy??

Another wonder in the making is the replica of the Taj Mahal being made by Faizul Hasan Quadri living in Bulandshahr district in Uttar Pradesh. His monument of love and the original Taj Mahal has not just the design in common but also the motive: a display of extraordinary love for the woman of the builder's life! Though much smaller in size, this one is already attracting tourists!

Dharavi, the biggest slum in Asia located in Mumbai once again comes in the spotlight! Martina Spies, an Austrian architect, is holding a unique exhibition at Mumbai's Studio X at Kitab Mahal titled 'Dharavi: Places and Identities'. Spies wants to convert the dumping grounds in Dharavi into playgrounds

An ongoing tug of war between the state government and the Mumbai Heritage and Conservation Committee has resulted in the latter rejecting the state government's proposal to redevelop Bal Bhavan in Charni Road the second time. While the Heritage committee insists that the sub precinct guidelines must be followed even though they are only proposals, the state officials threaten to go to the senior levels!

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