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Future uncertain but industry hopeful

Cornonavirus is an evil we have to live with, at least in the short term. It cannot be an excuse for our economic under...

Will REITs provide lifeline to real estate industry?

Though in India the first REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) issue hit the market only in April 2019 (Embassy Office Parks REIT IPO), the...

Slum rehabilitation won’t reduce urban density

Slum rehabilitation is attracting lot of attention especially after the outbreak of Coronavirus in the country. Though slums might have fuelled the spread of...

Will COVID-19 prove to be gamechanger for e-commerce?

COVID-19 is playing havoc with human lives not only in India but all over the world. Not only lakhs of lives have been lost,...

Are these green shoots real?

Recently the Prime Minister, Mr Modi in an interaction with the Chief Ministers of the states said that Green Shoots in the economy are...

Future uncertain but industry hopeful

Cornonavirus is an evil we have to live with, at least in the short term. It cannot be an excuse for our economic under performance any longer. Meanwhile, it’s also true that an economy...

Will REITs provide lifeline to real estate industry?

Though in India the first REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) issue hit the market only in April 2019 (Embassy Office Parks REIT IPO), the concept has been in vogue in the financial world since...

Slum rehabilitation won’t reduce urban density

Slum rehabilitation is attracting lot of attention especially after the outbreak of Coronavirus in the country. Though slums might have fuelled the spread of pandemic but are not responsible for its outbreak. Still slum...

Will COVID-19 prove to be gamechanger for e-commerce?

COVID-19 is playing havoc with human lives not only in India but all over the world. Not only lakhs of lives have been lost, the pandemic has pushed the world economy into one of...

Are these green shoots real?

Recently the Prime Minister, Mr Modi in an interaction with the Chief Ministers of the states said that Green Shoots in the economy are visible meaning the economy is on the path of recovery...

Overhauling of ASI is needed

India has one of the largest volumes of and diversity in heritage in the world. India has 38 heritage and cultural sites declared as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. We have 3,691 monuments in...

Trend in architecture education in India

The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) recently published the list of 20 top architectural schools in India for 2020, the ranking of which was done after analysing various parameters like teaching, learning & resources;...

Will real estate prices drop?

Residential real estate has been one of the worst sufferers of the COVID led lockdown. Most of the real estate companies failed sell any units during the lockdown which was almost extended for two...

COVID-19, lockdown and thereafter

Lockdown to counter the outbreak of COVID-19 and its extension have resulted in a broad-based deterioration of activity in various sectors of the economy, though at varying levels. Though the contraction in March was...

Way ahead for architecture

Breakout of COVID-19 which was followed by countrywide lockdown has given rise to several issues which have become the subject of debate and public discussion. Whether properly planned city would have avoided the spread...

Reviving the COVID inflicted economy

Reviving an economy which was in ‘statue mode’ for nearly two months would be the last thing a Finance Minister would like to do in his/her political career as it needs lot of balancing...

When strength becomes our weakness

The Central government faced with breakout of Coronavirus in the country and the possibility of the pandemic spreading in a country which is ill prepared to counter the task in terms of healthcare facilities...

Recommencement of operations after lockdown face problems

At last we are seeing some recommencement of the economic activities – many factories have started running and construction activity at many sites have started making usual noise. Though the activities are at low...

Be prepared for a life in post-lockdown world

Nation is going to see end of lockdown sooner or later - in some places it may be lifted much earlier than others but people will be allowed to move out of the house...

Restarting construction is not an easy task

Construction sector contributes about 8-10% of country’s GDP. Construction sector provides employment to nearly 50 million people and is the second major sector after agriculture in terms of employment. But the industry is highly...

Is defensive design anti-people?

A defensive design is often defined by what it is not than what it is. It’s usually used to guide behaviour in urban space by designing out specified uses of the built environment (including...

We need to rehaul our building codes

Disease is the creation of environment created and manipulated by us and this is more importantly so in the modern days where man lives 90% of the time within the built environment be it...

Realty sector may face further demand slowdown

COVID-19 has affected all sectors including essential commodities (who are affected by logistic problems), though the magnitude of impact may vary from sector to sector. Real estate sector which was already facing demand weakness,...

This world will never be the same

COVID-19 has shaken our confidence and has hit a big blow to our pride. We may regain our confidence over a period of time but it’s true that the world will never be quite...

Are we really interested in protecting our culture?

Identity of the nation and its people are recognised by its culture. Culture plays an important role in establishing the uniqueness of a country especially in these times of globalization. Preservation and conservation of...

Construction Management as a profession gaining credence

Construction management (CM) is a specialised part of project management that involves overseeing the planning, design, and construction of a project, from its beginning to its end. Since it’s a part of project management...

Unbuilding the built ones

Just as man never thinks about his mortality, an architect or a civil engineer never thinks about the life span of the structure he designs or builds. It’s usually believed that his duty is...

Will wood disrupt the way we build our homes?

Recently, France’s government declared that any new public construction projects financed by the state must contain at least 50% wood or other organic materials like hemp or straw by 2022. This new timber push...

Will Indian buildings become energy efficient in one decade?

Climate change is the price which developing nations like India have to pay for the historical excesses of the developed nations. But we have moved far away from the blame game scenario and the...

US may start TRUMPeting over classical architecture

A draft executive order that surfaced recently in USA with the working title of “Making Federal Buildings Beautiful Again” is hogging the limelight nowadays. If the draft becomes the final, classical architecture, inspired by...

Will smart cities make any difference to your life?

Smart Cities Mission (SCM) that was launched on 25 June, 2015 for a period of 5 years for promoting cities by selecting 100 cities in four Rounds in the country with core of infrastructure,...

Budget 2021  – Opportunity to put economy on growth track missed

The Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman presented her second and decade’s first budget on Saturday amid high expectations from the Government to tackle the ongoing growth stress. However, the FM opted to relegate immediate growth...

Will FM come out with a path breaking Budget?

This is not the kind of economic situation a Finance Minister would have expected while presenting the Union Budget, least of all a person who is not even one year old at North Block....

Data centre architecture is a virgin field for architects

In today’s world the significance of data need not be overemphasized. Data helps you make better decisions. Data collection used to involve manual data collection such as talking with customers face-to-face or taking surveys...

Iranian cultural sites threatened more by development works than Trump

When American archaeologists, heritage lovers and many leaders had reacted vociferously against the destruction of 1,700-year-old sandstone statues of Buddha by Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001, they had never expected a day would come...

You may get answers to these questions in 2020

People have undergone lot of pain in 2019 and as such their expectations have risen manifold for 2020. Whether all these expectations and hopes would materialise in 2020? Some of the questions for which...

In Retrospect – A tragic end to the year 2019

Year 2019 saw some milestones being crossed which will have far reaching impact in years to come. However, year ended with a tragedy just as it had happened in 2017. That apart, some more...

In Retrospect – Some major policy decision in 2019

Year 2019 is a different year in the sense that it was the last year of the old government and first year of the new government. As expected nothing much policy statement came from...

In Retrospect – Some highlights of 2019

December being the last month of the year, it is now time to take stock of our achievements and also some failures, deviations, disruptions, etc. Being an year of General Elections, there are no...

nZEB – a baby step towards energy efficiency

Buildings account for 35-40% of the energy consumption and this ratio is bound to remain at the elevated level with urbanisation around the world taking place at a rapid pace. Unless we achieve considerable...

More needs to be done on ICAP to make it successful

India recently prepared and released a comprehensive Cooling Action Plan for the country and in the course became one of the first countries in the world to do so. The Plan, called India Cooling...

Back to the future on the building front

A group of architects have taken to older construction techniques for the future of sustainable housing in the country. They meld techniques, modern science and natural materials for green constructions at ecologically sensitive spots. Young...

Is development a foul word in heritage dictionary? 

Heritage sites include buildings, monuments, gardens, cemeteries, landscapes and archaeological sites and each one of these places has a story of their own to tell. The story may be about the design of the...

Menace of fake architects

Whenever we speak about the architects the first thing and perhaps the only thing that occurs to our mind is that of design. No doubt an architect is recognised for the beautiful structures he...

Realty sector sops – more action needed

Last week Union Cabinet announced another set of measures, this time specifically for real estate sector, that too for the Affordable and Middle-Income Housing sector. This follows the path breaking measures announced on September...

Will AI kill architecture profession?

It is said that almost half of all the work done by humans can eventually be taken over by a high intelligence computer. No doubt, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is making its way out of...

2030 Buildings – Innovation for Sustainable Development

By 2030, the will be roughly 8.5 billion people living on our planet with over 60 per cent inhabiting towns and cities.  As of 2018, India has a population of over 1.355 billion people,...

MES – India’s military construction agency

The Military Engineer Services (MES) is lesser known but the only construction agency in the country which carries out all construction related tasks of defence ministry like construction of residential and office buildings, hospitals,...

DDN will be Aadhar of your household

This might not have created same kind of euphoria or debate that Aadhar number was able to create when it was launched, a few years ago. But be ready to get one more number...

Will building sector become the saviour?

World is slowly realising that energy efficiency is one of the world’s largest energy resources and we have just started to tap its potential. In India too, the scenario is no different from others...

Government surprises and leaves industry stunned

A few days ago, in a surprise move, the government announced a slew of measures to bring back the growth momentum into the economy.  The government, in an unexpected move, announced reduction of marginal...

Controversy over remaking of Delhi

Most probably on 75th year of our independence we may see new parliament building. If not altogether new building, the existing structure may be modernised and expanded which is a view expressed by the Speaker...

Why we are not able to forecast floods properly?

If in summer long lines of females carrying water pots on their heads to fetch water hogs the limelight, in Monsoon it’s the turn of floating cities to capture the headlines. In short, average...

Some bright spots in slowed down economy

The ongoing slowdown in global growth, rising business uncertainty and a tightening of financial conditions provide ideal case for the fittest to survive and thrive. However, even the number of such survivors may not...

Land pooling – a solution to India’s land acquisition woes?

Urbanisation is the happening thing and it’s a world over phenomenon, not restricted just to India. In other words, urban areas will expand in the coming areas and that too very rapidly. It means...

Does glass structure make building environment-friendly?

Glass is the most fascinating building material invented by the mankind and is loved and preferred by the architects, engineers and the entire building community. One need not go too far to find out...

Future lies in cycling and recycling

We are living a borrowed life – a life borrowed from our Mother Nature. And the most unfortunate thing is we often (or always?) forget this crucial fact and there lies the crux of...

EV charging infra creation need to be taken seriously

Both the Budget 2019 and 36th GST Council meeting have reconfirmed government’s determination and commitment to promote electric vehicles (EVs) in the country in the coming years. This has also shown the urgency and desperation...

Can cement manufacturers do better to decarbonise industry?

Concrete is the second most used material on the planet after water and the cement is the most important ingredient used in making concrete. Thus, we cannot imagine modern life without cement as it’s...

Do Urban Art Commissions matter?

Since last few years cry for Urban Art Commissions is becoming louder and also widespread. And the reasons for the same are many and the most important one being the increasing awareness about our...

Will these building technologies revolutionise our building construction?

“Housing for all” has been a perpetual promise by the party in power despite which it has remained an unfulfilled dream for a poor since decades. However, this time scenario seems to be changing...

Budget 2019 – a case of missed opportunity

The major highlight of Budget 2019-20 was that it was presented by our first full time woman Finance Minister and beyond that there are not many points worth pondering about in the Budget presented....

Hope for the industry from new government soars

You don’t need to be statistician nor do you need GDP numbers to understand the state of affairs. Just a short chat with professional friends and walk around the major markets will help you...

Your gardens may soon be Amazoned!

It may be a hobby for some people who want to spend their after office hours fruitfully. For some environmentally conscious people it may be a social obligation as it helps to bring green...

Time has arrived for construction sector to change

Construction is one of the oldest professions in the world and is also one of the largest. It’s also an activity where the largest number of people are employed, especially in developing economies. The...

Is UNESCO biased in World Heritage Site selection?

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) based in Paris. UNESCO has 193 member states and 11 associate members and pursues its objectives...

Can architect’s copyright override owner’s fundamental right?

Two years ago when half a dozen bulldozers razed five iconic buildings in Pragati Maidan in New Delhi including Hall of Nations and Nehru Pavilion, it had not only created lot of noise and...

Agenda for NDA 2.0

Finally, cloud of uncertainty generated by General Elections and the possible outcome of the same has been settled down with the people overwhelmingly re-electing the incumbent government. It means that the people are reasonably...

Notre Dame design competition brings out innovative renderings

Notre Dame Cathedral, which has seen and survived two world wars and is considered as an embodiment of permanence, has been turned into ashes. Paris is slowly crawling back to normalcy and is learning...

Rain water harvesting remains mainly on paper

More than half of India’s population faces high to extreme water stress and about 2 lakh people die every year due to inadequate access to safe water in the country. For 75% of the...

Lessons to learn from New York City Bill

New York city (NYC) is the first city in the world to enact a bill to ensure that its emission targets are met by 2030. In a way New York city leads other cities...

Where does the architecture education stand today in India?

There are more than 500 architecture schools in India from which thousands of newly educated architects come out every year. Similarly, there are thousands of engineering, medical and management schools in the country churning...

Disturbing trends in our architecture education

The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) recently released the ranking of higher educational institutions and in case of architecture, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur was adjudged as the best institute. NIRF published the list...

Why India doesn’t have many skyscrapers?

India is not known for its skyscrapers but for its heritage buildings. On the world map of skyscrapers, India is almost non-existent. For example, there are hardly 10 buildings in India with a height...

Why we fare poorly on WHS?

India is known for its rich heritage and these heritage sites are reflection of her culture and tradition. By government’s own account India has 3691 protected monuments of national importance and many more are...

Protecting copyrights of architectural works

An architect always wants the structure designed by him a unique one, not found anywhere else. Because he thinks (and rightly so) his works are the reflection of his talent, creativity and knowledge. No...

Biophilic design – a new mantra for business success

As humans go far and far away from nature, architects make all the attempts to bring them back where they belong to. Due to urbanisation, today nearly half the population is living in cities...

Can green buildings save the planet?

According to environmentalists, the only way to stop mother earth from turning red is by going Green. Mother earth is bleeding red thanks to our habit of overconsumption. We have been exploiting resources faster...

Are we entering the era of Metamodernism? 

Modernism became the casualty of two world wars and eventually paved the way for postmodernism. Also, failings of modernism, whose radical artistic projects had come to be associated with totalitarianism contributed to the evolution...

The Pritzker Prize and fame and controversy surrounding it

We are in the month of March and all eyes are now on Vallehermoso in Madrid where the Pritzker Prize winner of 2019 will be announced on Tuesday. The yearly event invites plenty of...

Railway station redevelopment – a new opportunity for architects

Railway stations and government hospitals and health centres are the places in India where public wouldn't like to visit unless they are compelled to do so. Stinking toilets, dirty platforms and overall unhygienic conditions...

Prison architecture needs to be taken seriously

The number of prison population is increasing globally. According to Global Prison Trends, a report prepared by Penal Reform International, an estimated one crore people are in prison globally. According to the same report, world prison...

Can timber replace steel & concrete as building material?

T3 in Minneapolis is perhaps a gamechanger for the commercial building industry and a milestone for mass timber construction in the United States. According to Michael Green Architecture, the architect agency who helped to...

There are many reasons for realtors to be happy with Interim Budget

It was virtually an election manifesto rolled out through the interim budget. As anticipated the incumbent government took the opportunity to present the vote on account to narrate the last 5 years' performance and...

Finding alternatives to burnt-bricks

Brick making has been drawing attention from common man to policy maker ever since air pollution level in the National Capital Region touched a dangerous level couple of years ago forcing the government to...

Can Brutalism make a successful comeback?

Brutalism which was once popularised by the likes of Le Corbusier had vanished into oblivion since mid-1970s finding place only in coffee table books and some academic round table conferences. But there is a...

Moving towards disabled-friendly India

When physically the most fit person finds it almost impossible to board local train in Mumbai during the peak hours, think about the fate of a physically disabled person standing in a crowded platform...

Will Amaravati create a new benchmark?

Amaravati, the proposed capital city of Andhra is creating interest from all corners of the country and also from people of all walks of people because of some of the features incorporated in its...

Year 2019 – Politics may rule over aesthetics

Year 2019 is an important year for India as the general elections to Indian Parliament will be held during the months of April and May. In other words, first half of Calendar 2019 will...

Indian home décor 2018 – in retrospect

Indian home décor sector is passing through a transitionary phase, aided by the technology, increasing disposable income and dominance of younger population in decision making. Despite the recent setbacks, mostly due to government interventions...

Year 2018 – a year of mixed luck for heritage lovers

There were plenty of good news for heritage lovers in India in 2018. The Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai was inscribed on the World Heritage List under cultural category during 42nd...

2018 – A good year for Green Buildings

Year 2018 is a good year for green buildings in India in many respects. Not only awareness about the need for green buildings has increased in the country, thanks mainly to efforts of the...

Domicology –  A must for sustainability

It’s a known fact that man-made built environment has limited life. After its life, the structure has to be demolished or has to be abandoned as it becomes uninhabitable for human beings. However, traditional way...

Our antiquities are protected by antiquated laws

India is a vast country with a rich cultural heritage where you can find innumerable temples, ancient monuments, palaces, art works, etc. Every nook and corner of the city you can find artefacts, monuments,...

We need to take C&DW problem seriously

The threat posed by environmental pollution to our lives is for the real and it has already reached the doorsteps of those living in major cities of India and if immediate steps are not...

Blockchain is the future for housing sector

Digitisation is here to stay and it is going to change the way we live and do our business and it is true (and is happening) no matter in which remote part of the...

Do we need to incentivise Green Buildings?

From 20,000 sq ft of green space in 2003, today India has achieved the significant milestone and historical landmark, of crossing 5 Billion sq. ft of green building footprint. In the last one year,...

CPWD, Architects and Architecture

As per the original proposal, War Memorial at “C” Hexagon, India Gate in New Delhi didn't have a provision for tri colour landscaping around canopy nor was there any provision  of emergency exits. As...

Do science students make better architects?

India is a land of architectural marvels and a treasure trove of historical monuments. It is difficult to compile a list of forts, temples, palaces and monuments here as our country is  bequeathed with...

Temporary structures having long lasting impact

The most important thing that distinguishes inflatable architecture from normal conventional architecture is the different building material used in these two forms of architecture. While conventional architecture uses concrete, steel, glass or wood or...

A digital revolution in the making

Several local bodies in various states have started online portal for architects and civil engineers to submit building plans to get sanction from the authorities. The new system launched under Central government's 'Ease of...

Forensic architecture – a new dimension to old profession

Forensic architecture refers to the production and presentation of architectural evidence – buildings and urban environments and their media representations.It is an emerging field yet to become part of curriculum in universities. It is...

Architects & engineers – its time to collaborate

Architecture and engineering are two different professions and provide different skillsets for the professionals and at times complementing each other. The necessity and possibility of complementing each other have often blurred difference between these...

Does CPWD need a complete overhaul?

Established in July, 1854 at Ajmer as the central agency for execution of public works, the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) has now grown to become a multi-disciplinary and multi-dimensional organization of the Central...

The reality of NOIDA realty

Jaypee Infra, Unitech, Amrapali and who is next? Skeletons are tumbling out of NOIDA and Yamuna Expressway realty sector's cupboard with regular intervals with no plausible solution in sight yet. Stranded home buyers are...

editor's picks

Future uncertain but industry hopeful

Cornonavirus is an evil we have to live with, at least in the short term. It cannot be an excuse for our economic under...

Will REITs provide lifeline to real estate industry?

Though in India the first REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) issue hit the market only in April 2019 (Embassy Office Parks REIT IPO), the...

Slum rehabilitation won’t reduce urban density

Slum rehabilitation is attracting lot of attention especially after the outbreak of Coronavirus in the country. Though slums might have fuelled the spread of...

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