Archinect - News 2017-07-20T08:46:30-04:00 “An act of outrage”: Delhi's historic Hall of Nations and Hall of Industries demolished Justine Testado 2017-05-03T16:13:00-04:00 >2017-05-03T16:13:08-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="426" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The Hall of Nations is a very significant building in the evolution of modern architecture in India. It demonstrated the ability of the profession in 1970 to build a large space frame structure with available resources, which in this case was reinforced cement concrete and skilled hand-labour.&rdquo; &ldquo;It was an iconic building representing an important step in the development of Indian architecture. It should have been conserved on that account,&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Built to mark the 25th anniversary of India's independence in 1972, Delhi's historic Hall of Nations and Hall of Industries were demolished last week to make way for a new commercial complex. The Delhi High Court's verdict was based on the decision of the Heritage Conservation Committee (HCC), which deems that only buildings 60 years or older can be considered for heritage status. Notable opponents of the demolition include the buildings' architect Raj Rewal and urban planner A G K Menon, who have called the teardown &ldquo;an act of outrage&rdquo;, the Indian Express reports.</p><p>&ldquo;Delhi&rsquo;s many iconic buildings with rich architectural and aesthetic value will not qualify as heritage under the &lsquo;60 years or older&rsquo; clause [...],&rdquo; Hindustan Times columnist Shivani Singh&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wrote</a>&nbsp;in an opinion piece. &ldquo;The tearing down of the two buildings has set a precedent that makes Delhi&rsquo;s contemporary heritage vulnerable.&rdquo;</p> New Delhi mandates odd-even car rationing to fight world's worst air pollution Alexander Walter 2016-01-04T15:45:00-05:00 >2016-01-05T12:42:01-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the first two weeks of the year, private cars with even-numbered license plates are allowed on the roads only on even-numbered dates, and those with odd-numbered plates on odd dates. The restrictions have noticeably reduced traffic in a city with 9 million cars, more than double that of a decade ago. In 2014, the World Health Organization found New Delhi&rsquo;s air to be the dirtiest of 1,600 cities it studied. Scientists blame the high levels of pollutants [...] for thousands of deaths a year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Delhi&rsquo;s air pollution is worse than Beijing's. A new app measures the air quality in real time.</a></p> The disappearing barsati, or rooftop dwellings, of Delhi Nicholas Korody 2015-12-21T17:33:00-05:00 >2015-12-28T21:17:15-05:00 <img src="" width="300" height="180" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Buildings in Delhi&rsquo;s residential areas were restricted to two storeys, with construction permitted on only a fraction of the space on the third floor, so on top of homes, families built small dwellings for their own use, as accommodation for domestic staff or to rent out cheaply. Exposed to the elements, the single room on the top floor became known evocatively as the barsati &ndash; derived from the Hindi word for rain, barsaat.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"These apartments &ndash; generally, a small shack with a large terrace &ndash; afforded a new generation of urbanites cheap living space near the centre of town...&nbsp;But it&rsquo;s a typology that, as land values rise and the population grows, is fast disappearing. While there are no official figures, anecdotal evidence suggests that in the 1980s, 75% of small rentable properties in many residential suburbs were barsatis &ndash; the same areas today have only a few dozen such properties, but many more apartment blocks."</em></p> Delhi’s air pollution is worse than Beijing's. A new app measures the air quality in real time. Alexander Walter 2015-02-19T14:11:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T14:20:30-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Residents of the world&rsquo;s most polluted city&mdash;New Delhi, in case you were still wondering&mdash;can now find out exactly how toxic the air in their neighbourhood is. [...] &ldquo;People are clueless about the air they are breathing. If there is fog, they think it might be pollution,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;People will have this information on their fingertips now.&rdquo; [...] While the government figures out a way to bring pollution under control, this app could help people buy time.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Related</a></p> Delhi's Modernist Architecture in Photographs Archinect 2012-05-31T15:16:00-04:00 >2012-06-02T00:20:34-04:00 <img src="" width="480" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Veteran photographer Madan Mahatta took shots of some of the prominent buildings that defined the landscape of Delhi from the 1950s to the 1980s, as the city was embracing Modernist architecture. An exhibition of his work is on at the Photoink gallery in New Delhi till June 21, 2012.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>