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View of a house in London
View of a house in London
Britain is blooming mad. And it shows. The writer visited London this summer and describes its garden policy »
The exterior face of the building facing Nainiappa Street was restored to its former glory. A carefully concealed entry gave a secondary street access without taking away the essence of the architecture.

Restore and reuse

Chennai architect V.S. Vigneswar talks about the best way to preserve the few remaining Beri-Chettiar homes in the city »

When sustainability is smart

Ponneri is one of the 100 smart cities identified in the latest budget. How can we ensure that it does the right things? Hema Vijay finds out »
Box bed Ideal to store bed-linen and out-of-season clothes

Out of Space?

If this is your dilemma, Teja Lele Desai lists some solutions to organise your home, in a smart, stylish way »

Building on local wisdom

Vernacular buildings, recycled approaches, sustainability and green ratings….architect Benny Kuriakose has his signature ‘green take’ on all these, in a conversation with Ranjani Govind. »
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Pachaiyappa's school on NSC Bose Road. Photo: Special Arrangement
August 26, 2014
City Explorer

Temple of education cries for attention

If you've been to Greece, you would not have missed the Temple of Hephaestus in central Athens. It's said to be the best-preserved ancient Greek temple in the world. It is also called Theseum (The... »
August 22, 2014

The world water week is here

This beautiful city in Europe has perhaps the best waterscape. Land and water blend in harmony and the city has ensured that pollution has been eliminated so completely that waters are safe to swi... »
Crowded city? Satellite townships ease urban congestion
August 22, 2014

Suburban problems

As city limits become overcrowded and land prices hit the roof, satellite townships have come up as a solution to the haphazard development of suburban areas. According to a study done on satellite... »
Fauna decor: Framed peacock and butterflies dot the wall.
August 22, 2014

Hasty haute

When Sadhana Srinivasan stepped into her new office at Beliciaa Towers on July 14, she knew the place required some redesigning to reflect the work her company, Neeras Design Studio, was capable o... »
Brand Bangalore received a massive boost early this week with a host of realtors and developers from around the world descending upon the city.
August 22, 2014

Thumbs up for Bangalore

Brand Bangalore received a massive boost early this week with a host of realtors and developers from around the world descending upon the city. Spirits soared high as one participant after another... »
CLEAN IT UP Aligarh Muslim University has provided land in its campus for recycling millions of litres of waste water and recharging the moat around the historic Aligarh Quila.
New Delhi,August 22, 2014

Waging war for clean water

In the 19th Century the great English poet Coleridge wrote, ‘Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink’. In our times, in the not too distant future, the lines could be rewritten ‘water, water... »
Hyderabad,August 15, 2014

Retail shopping space looking up: report

CBRE India’s Retail Market View for the first half of the year 2014 reported that the second quarter of the year saw renewed transaction activity in the retail sector of the city.Retailers s... »
The reasons why timber has still a large and diverse scope of usage over teak is many, experts say. Photo: S. Ramesh Kurup
Hyderabad,August 15, 2014

The richness of timber over teak

Teak undoubtedly has got a whole lot of credits to itself when it comes to the look and sturdiness of furniture, but various other forms of timber such as Babul, Sal, Marandi and Sheesham have enl... »
August 15, 2014

Indians buying up London

Indians accounted for over half the investment flow from overseas into the central London property market, according to latest figures. A property analysis report by commercial real estate services... »
Construction workers at one of the earliest smart city projects in India in Kochi.
August 15, 2014

What are smart cities?

Across the world, the stride of migration from rural to urban areas is increasing. By 2050, about 70 per cent of the population will be living in cities, and India is no exception. It will need abo... »

Wisdom from Buddhi

Imagination is life

Say it with stone

First choice, but problems remain

New for old

The Great Outdoors

Home of heirlooms

Budget help for your budget home

Aman Nath
August 23, 2014

Breathing life into buildings

He’s the man who made the non-hotel an integral part of the Indian traveller’s itinerary. Synonymous with restoration in India, Aman Nath is the co-founder of Neemrana Hotels. What began as a journ... »
August 22, 2014

Try retrofitting first

If people think that eco-friendly ideas should have been incorporated in the design right upfront and all the existing houses with stuffy air, dark corners and badly heated-up bedrooms need to stay... »
Ensure: Transparency in property deals.
August 22, 2014

A step in the right direction

The government of Karnataka has taken a step in the right direction by announcing the integration of the stamp registration system with the database of properties under urban local bodies. The obje... »
Graceful: Traditional lines, new home. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan
August 22, 2014

Spaces: Traditional Kerala-type house in Injambakkam

‘An airy, bright, friendly and easy-to-maintain traditional Kerala-type house with lots of natural material’ was the basic agenda set for this house. So, the house was given a central open courtya... »
August 22, 2014

Game-changer for realty?

The long pending REITs has finally arrived in India. Real Estate Investment Trusts or REITs, a concept quite old in developed countries, has been introduced by the new government, providing an alt... »
Hyderabad,August 15, 2014

Website to facilitate building and construction industries launched in Hyderabad

Buildbazar.com, a website facilitating the building and construction industries to provide information about manufacturers, service providers, architects and consumers related to their products, w... »
Hyderabad,August 15, 2014

High-end residential project at Nallagandla

Aparna Constructions has soft launched its high-end residential project ‘Aparna Cyber Life’ at Nallagandla, where a total of 903 apartments, 2BHK and 3BHK, will be constructed in 10 blocks and 15 f... »
Rather than as a routine
August 15, 2014

How much is too much?

Remember, if you water your plants in excess, you are wasting water, as plants transpire the excess water they absorb into the air through their stomata or leaf pores. Excess watering also causes w... »
Liven up indoors space instantly.
August 15, 2014

Budget makeover

The monotony of your home can be broken with a few of these budget-friendly ideas.Have you saved your children’s art work? You can now take them out and showcase them. Remember to include pa... »
The sixth edition of Flora Tech IPM 2014 will have participants from India and Europe.
Mysore,August 15, 2014

Flora Tech IPM 2014 comes to Bangalore

The sixth edition of Flora Tech IPM 2014 will be held from August 22 to 24 at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre. Flora Tech IPM is the new offshoot of the premier global trade fair for... »

Out of the city’s frontiers

Home loan sector may get a boost

Is air conditioning sustainable?

Groundwater sanctuary

Wall craft

Handmade DECOR

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