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Five years after the CMDA allowed buildings to go above 60 metres, Chennai’s skyline finally begins to look up, finds Vishal Menon »

Cut the cost of construction

Buildings made of reinforced gypsum panels can be four times cheaper than those made with conventional material, say IIT engineers »
Structural Engineering expert Mahesh Tandon speaking at a session on “Emerging Trends in MRTS for Cities” at the Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in Coimbatore. Photo: K. Ananthan

Looking at transport options for a city

Session on MRTS stresses need to plan transport infrastructure not only for the present needs but also for the future »
NOT SO ROSY The residential property market is marked by rising costs of construction and registration. Photo: P.V. Sivakumar

Bring home the facts

IIM-B plans to expand the Housing Sentiment Index to cover more cities in the country early next year, writes K.A. Martin »

Natural patterns and colours

Pokarna, the largest exporter of finished granite in India, has announced that its subsidiary, Pokarna Engineered Stone (PESL) will unveil 16 exotic quartz surfaces at the global stone industry fai... »
October 31, 2014

Looks, Likes and the life cycle

What stops the widespread application of eco-friendly designs? Why do we see green technologies far and few? Why do the alternative ideas always stay as the alternative? It is strange to rea... »
October 31, 2014

Bamboo for art

Bamboo is emerging as an ideal material for fashioning objects of art and home decoration. Nearly 230 different types of bamboo are found growing in the Western Ghats and South Indian States. This... »
C.S. Viswanatha
October 31, 2014

A beacon to the construction industry

Structural wizard Dr. C.S. Viswanatha, the absolute guru to the world of structural and civil engineering, will indeed be missed by the fraternity as the professional, mentor, adviser and guide als... »
October 31, 2014

In the garden shop

If you are looking at revamping your garden with fun accessories, head to the Garden Store, Alwarpet, and you won’t be disappointed.The store, which is just over a year old, has an array of... »
October 31, 2014

Owner’s associations

Are the Owners Association of apartments voluntary organisations? Particularly in view of the fact that (i) there is mostly an agreement between the Builder and the Owner that such an associati... »
October 31, 2014

Where does the buck stop?

The Moulivakkam building collapse in June this year brought to light several brazen acts of omission of structural safety measures in construction. The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (C... »
Upgrading the design of septic tanks and regulating waste treatment and disposal are top priority.
October 24, 2014

Struggling with sewage

Here’s a shocking statistic: Only 35 per cent of Tamil Nadu’s urban population is covered by an underground sewerage system. The appalling condition of sanitation facilities in the state is well k... »
October 24, 2014

Options to help choose the best

To bring about a change in the home search process, online realty providers has announced the launch of two innovative features – a ‘Livability Score’ and a ‘Safety Score.’ The ‘Livab... »
October 24, 2014

Bangalore's real estate market set to remain high

Bangalore’s residential market is likely to remain highly active in future with 243,000 units expected to be supplied in the next five years (until 2018). The city, being a prominent IT-ITeS hub of... »
NEW DELHI,October 22, 2014

Getting approvals for buildings to be easier soon with single-window system

The task of getting approvals from different civic agencies for buildings is likely to get easier with new and dynamic building bye-laws in the offing. The Delhi Urban Art Commission (DUAC) and th... »

Preserve the water heritage

Celebrating Orchids — at Lalbagh

Sheer grandeur

When guidance value goes up…

Home buyer's first lesson

Capitalising on sunlight

Let there be light

Live in smart buildings

October 31, 2014

Catchment management is a challenge

The catchment of a lake or a reservoir is the area from which it collects the water that it eventually stores. Across the country many citizen groups and government institutions are trying to prot... »
October 31, 2014

Mentor with a legacy

* Vidyashankar Hoskere, former secretary general of ACCE(I), says, “On the unfortunate day, Dr. CSV woke up as usual, did his puja, had his breakfast and candidly noticed his own heartbeat turning... »
October 31, 2014

Real estate and Interest rate

Like the time immemorial debate as to which is first, ‘egg or chicken’, the never ending debate on ‘interest rate leverage’ for economic revival has been raised by the Finance Minister, once again... »
October 31, 2014

A lifeline to real estate

This week, the government relaxed FDI rules in the construction sector by reducing minimum built-up area as well as capital requirement, and by easing exit norms. The industry has welcomed the move... »
October 31, 2014

The Politics in Realty

NaMo chanted that he couldn’t ensure development in states where BJP wasn’t in control. He asked for control to deliver development. He’s got his wish. Now he needs to live up to his promise. And i... »
October 29, 2014

The writing on the wall

Walls have ceased to be ‘just’ a partition or a support structure. They have become a creative canvas that transforms the energy, look and feel of an entire setting. Any dull space can be renewed i... »
A view of Bangalore Namma Metro. Photo: special arrangement
October 24, 2014

The effects of connectivity

Reach 1 of Bangalore Metro, when operationalised on October 20, 2011, was a long-awaited boon for east Bangaloreans. Residents along the corridor had lived with a constant commuting nightmare for... »
With bottles, you can build a non-load bearing wall. Photo: special arrangement
October 24, 2014

Shelter from waste

There is something interesting about how birds and flying insects create shelter. They rarely use living matter! Most birds make nests with dried twigs and fallen feathers; honey bees do not use an... »
October 24, 2014

The sanitation challenge

There is much talk and focus on building toilets in India to end the practice of open defecation. A staggeringly large number is needed. In urban India, most of the toilets to be built will need to... »
October 17, 2014

‘Anomalies in calculation’

We have been advocating a scientific approach to calculating the guidance value. Normally guidance value is calculated at 70 per cent of the market value. There are some anomalies in this ca... »

Carve a niche for yourself

Being eligible for pre-approved home loans

Living with landfills

Let there be light

Refresh your home

Glass half full

Recycling begins at home

It’s all about simple solutions