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The Tamil Nadu government has released guidelines on septage management, but they appear inadequate. Nidhi Adlakha talks to the experts to find out more »
A view of Bangalore Namma Metro. Photo: special arrangement

The effects of connectivity

As ‘Namma Metro’ turns three, the realty market in Bangalore reaps the benefits. »

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... »

Options to help choose the best

Homes across 12 cities will come with a ‘Livability’ score that measures the quality of facilities and amenities in and around. »

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... »
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... »
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

Sheer grandeur

We stand mesmerised by the gargantuan structure before us. It is perhaps the last pure Gothic stone-on-stone construction in the world. The Washington National Cathedral, officially known as the C... »
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

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

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... »

‘Trash is the new cash’

Mahindras launch second affordable housing project

Recharge wells to the rescue

Letting the courtyard speak

Designed to sustain

New wine, old bottle

New range of home appliances

The curious case of OMR

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... »
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... »
View of garbage heap dumped at Mandur near Bangalore
October 17, 2014

Living with landfills

Municipal solid waste that litters the urban scene in India represents a serious failure of governance. According to 2011 estimates, major Indian cities generate 100 million tonnes of waste annuall... »
October 17, 2014

Let there be light

The façade is invariably the first element that leaves an impression about the structure of the building, invoking an interest in witnessing the interiors. Our Indian traditional architecture saw a... »
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 17, 2014

Glass half full

Glass facades, glass windows, glass panels… the creative use of glass in construction has become a hot trend with many Indian architects. Although glass adds to the aesthetic appeal of a structur... »
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... »

The business of parking

Will buyers get a good deal?

Small idea, major impact

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