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Diamond encrusted lobbies, state-of-the-art parking systems, private swimming pools… uber luxury apartments offer HNIs plenty of reasons to stay within Chennai »
Carved Chinese bench

Past perfect

A curated show of antique furniture and collectibles in the city that takes your breath away »
This form of construction uses less cement than conventional buildings.building sense

Made of mud

Won’t it crumble in the rains? How will you hang paintings? These were just some of Anamika Mukherjee’s doubts when they decided on a mud house. She tells the story...  »
Rediscover the potential of open wells by channelling rainwater into it

Tap into open wells

Does your apartment have an open well? Sekar Raghavan, director, Rain Centre, tells Hema Vijay how these wells can be a perpetual source of freshwater »
December 19, 2014

Meeting the energy needs

The demand for energy from several sectors of the economy is increasing and the matching capacity of energy production is also slowly increasing. However there is a substantial gap between supply a... »
Treated waste-water can be pushed through a Vortex system to reduce odour
Bengaluru,December 19, 2014

The re-use mantra

Waste-water is emerging as a new challenge and opportunity in the cities of India. After large quantities of clean water is shipped into the city to meet the growing thirst of a large population an... »
December 19, 2014

It’s fixed: floating rate is the better option

Going by the last few years’ interest rate behaviour many would have easily come to a conclusion that they made a mistake by choosing the floating rate option on their home loans. Such conclusions... »
December 19, 2014
home affairs

Value your home

Life has its strange ways of dictating terms. You may buy a home with the objective of living in it till you hang up your boots, but circumstances may compel you to move to another location (anothe... »
December 12, 2014

Orbs of colour

Orange, almost scarlet, flowers are the most popular variety of this shrub, although in recent times pink, yellow and white have become as popular. The leaves are of different sizes (varying betwe... »
December 12, 2014

In the city, naturally

Is architecture all about harnessing space, or does its impact extend to the user’s mindset and way of life? The newly constructed campus of the Vedanta Centre at Somamangalam, West Tambaram, demon... »
Photo: Thulasi Kakkat
December 7, 2014

A passion bearing fruit

Eat the peanut butter fruit whole - the stone included because it tastes like a peanut; peel a cherry mangosteen before popping it into your mouth and don’t swallow the pit; jujibia is a juicy, lig... »
The cost of locations before the toll gate is higher because of their close proximity to the city
December 5, 2014

The EC road home

When Manish S relocated to East Coast Road (ECR) a few years ago, little did he expect the area’s realty market to skyrocket. Known as Chennai’s entertainment and leisure corridor, he has seen ECR... »
December 5, 2014

Can Chennai change its energy consumption patterns?

The Eleventh Five Year Plan (2007-2012) in India recognised urban development as the key indicator of growth. However with the planet warming up and increased air-pollution, due to ‘petrol and die... »
Charles Correa
December 5, 2014

Buildings should reflect local culture

Architect Charles Correa needs no introduction. Winner of the highest honours of his profession, including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the Gold Medal of the UIA and the RIBA, Correa has st... »

Let’s be water sensitive

Efficiency of domes

Fuelling growth

Ikebana, Chennai style

Tackling termites

Switch on your house

Why continuous growth?

Tapping bamboo power

Samantak Das
December 19, 2014

Bangalore scores the best in residential sales

Yet again, Bangalore is upbeat with its real estate sales. With maximum project launches, the year also has the highest absorption of residential units in the third quarter of 2014 compared to last... »
Power needs are vast
Bengaluru,December 19, 2014

For green growth

Karnataka is the eighth largest and fifth most industrialised State in the country. It contributed 5.46 per cent to the GDP of India (as in 2011-12). During the 11th Five-Year Plan period (2007-201... »
December 19, 2014
Legal Eagle

Division of property

A flat is owned by a man, wife, one of their two daughters and the respective son-in-law. Each one is entitled to share the property equally. The wife has passed away. She had no independent inc... »
The red poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) featured here is indigenous to Mexico and Central America.
December 15, 2014

Nature says merry Xmas!

The mild Bangalore winter and December, is one of our favourite times of year in the garden. Red white and green seem to be the predominant colours of Christmas and they are echoed with the two mos... »
Can we change road use methods? The picture shows cyclists on a Berlin main street
December 12, 2014

Change and culture

Cities are experiencing the unpredictability of climate change; summers seem hotter and more prolonged. Everyone is talking about carbon emission pollution and urban smog. . Can we actually switch... »
Pantheon Road (before)
December 12, 2014

Chennai wins award for streets

We couldn’t believe it either; that a city whose infrastructure seems to be collapsing should actually win something. But apparently, change is happening at a slow-as-snails pace. In 2012, the Che... »
Design central
December 6, 2014

Form meets function

You cannot miss the stone sculptures of animals that dot the lawn as you enter the precincts of Studio Ebony. Step into the showroom, and the pleasant smell of teak envelops you. Lanterns in brigh... »
In many new and upcoming areas, there is no sewage infrastructure or underground sewerage systems.
December 5, 2014

Where does your sewage go?

Look beyond glamorous facades and sprawling lawns when choosing your new home. Without a proper Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) in place, your dream home could turn out to be a nightmare.The si... »
The Sacred Groves housing project was envisaged primarily to solve the problem of affordable living in Auroville.
December 5, 2014

Building practices for the future

Overflowing landfills, extinct animals, reducing green cover and increasing pollution — this is part of the 21st century environmental jargon. In order to make a substantial enough impact and avoi... »
Terrace gardens are becoming a popular way to growing organic vegetables
December 5, 2014

‘Edible’ terraces

People looking for their own green spaces in our concrete jungles are opting for terrace gardening in a big way. And this is not confined merely to ornamental plants for visual pleasure and aesthet... »

Rate cut? Not yet

Can Chennai become sustainable?

To park or not to park

Extreme connectivity

Saving six rivers

Chennai-based real estate developer wins award

Safe disposal of waste

Smart but also green?