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Traditional ideas of beauty, art and local sensibilities find no place in present architecture where there is extensive use of glass and aluminium. »

Glass half full

Our cities greet us with miles of reflections but glass is not all good. It must be used wisely or not at all, says nidhi adlakha »
View of garbage heap dumped at Mandur near Bangalore

Living with landfills

The health risks they pose can be minimised by scientific planning »
Cathedral

Sheer grandeur

The Washington National Cathedral’s design and décor is a brilliant blend of art and architecture, and boasts of wrought iron, stained glass, fabric, wood and stone work, »

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... »
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... »
October 17, 2014

Preserve the water heritage

The city of Kathmandu in Nepal has been constantly inhabited since the 4 century A.D. at least. In the bustling capital one can still see people walking down steps to beautifully carved waterspouts... »
The Orchid Society of Karnataka is creating awareness about orchid conservation
October 17, 2014

Celebrating Orchids — at Lalbagh

Sixty varieties of Orchids in all their colours, shapes and multiples, along with several hundreds of their hybrid varieties, are showcased at the Orchid flower show at Lalbagh. Brought over by Th... »
October 17, 2014

When guidance value goes up…

As the name suggests, guidance value is an indicative figure laid post the government’s assessment of the real estate value in the region concerned. The guidance value forms the basis of assessing... »
October 17, 2014

Refresh your home

It’s a known fact that the way your house smells can have an effect on your mood and positivity. There are a variety of fragrances that you can choose from - floral (rose and jasmine), oriental (ci... »
October 10, 2014

Let there be light

The festive season’s here, and it’s time to spread the glow. While traditionalists will always pick earthen lamps, the more practical ones are looking for quick-fix and glamorous ideas. Here’s a bu... »
October 10, 2014

Live in smart buildings

Traditionally the planning of water supply and sewerage was seen as an activity to be taken up at city scale. Population projections would be drawn up, standards of water supply used to determine... »
October 10, 2014

‘Trash is the new cash’

What inspired you to start Paperman? We all say ‘throw away’, but where is this ‘away’? The rise in disposable income in our country has led to a drastic increase in consumption; and highe... »
Mahindra Lifespace Developers MD Anita Arjundas (left) and Business Head (Happinest) Sriram Mahadevan at a press conference in Mumbai on Thursday. Photo: Shashi Ashiwal
MUMBAI,October 9, 2014

Mahindras launch second affordable housing project

Mahindra Lifespace Developers (MLD), the real estate and infrastructure development arm of the Mahindra group, on Thursday, launched its second affordable housing project Happinest in Boisar, a su... »
A recharge well. The pipe brings water from a storm-water drain to send into the aquifer.
October 3, 2014
WATERWISE

Recharge wells to the rescue

The south-west monsoon for the year 2014 officially ended on September 30. Overall the monsoon has been a mixed bag with many areas of India having a deficit but some areas having a surplus. In th... »

Letting the courtyard speak

Designed to sustain

New wine, old bottle

New range of home appliances

The curious case of OMR

Move the centering

The latecomer advantage

Build with bamboo

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... »
Architect says we hardly find little niches in construction today
October 17, 2014

Carve a niche for yourself

It is curious to observe how fast we can shed design ideas of many generations, simply to move on with newer ideas, often into disastrous futures. Possibly no animal on this planet can chang... »
October 17, 2014

Being eligible for pre-approved home loans

Excess liquidity in the financial system calls for new and innovative offers to lure customers. Most banks have started to advertise about pre-approved home loans yet again. If you ever wondered wh... »
October 17, 2014

Home buyer's first lesson

The first and most important decision to make before you buy a home is whether you are a home buyer or an investor. Simple as this may sound, it has significant implications on how you approach the... »
Vishranthi Office (vadhiraja building) at Lloyds Road.
October 17, 2014

Capitalising on sunlight

Isn’t it curious, if not appalling, that in a tropical location like ours, most of our buildings rely on electricity-powered lighting even at midday? Switching over to devices that harvest sunlight... »
October 10, 2014

Recycling begins at home

With Swachch Bharat Abhiyan the catch phrase of the day, officials across cities are scrutinising waste management systems. Chennai generates approximately 5,000 metric tonnes of waste per d... »
Architecture Alok Shetty
October 10, 2014

It’s all about simple solutions

Young leader of Tomorrow – It is this recognition from Time magazine recently that showcased to the world the innovative design formulations of architect Alok Shetty’s affordable flood-proof... »
October 10, 2014

The business of parking

A shopping spree at Panagal Park or Nungambakkam — prominent commercial hubs of the city — is no longer the fun trip we looked forward to. The lack of parking spaces has made visiting these areas a... »
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor, Raghuram Rajan speaks during a news conference at the RBI headquarters in Mumbai. pFile photo: Shashi Ashiwal
October 3, 2014

Will buyers get a good deal?

The RBI Governor has used terms such as ‘medicine,’ ‘patient’ and ‘full course’ in his post-policy press conference. Perhaps, he was hinting that the patient (economy) is out of ICU but still in th... »
October 3, 2014

Small idea, major impact

It feels good to read about radical alternative ideas in the Green Sense column, but how many of us can execute these in our own projects? Even if the owners are interested, the numbers could be ve... »

Who said it’s trash?

‘The Outer Ring Road will be the game changer’

Natural patterns and colours

Going solar

Amarprakash builders begins biggest home handover in TN

Your 3-point programme

Designing with a difference

Where do we park?