Archinect - News 2015-08-31T17:58:41-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/131897122/celebrating-concrete-architecture-in-a-mini-block-party Celebrating concrete architecture in a mini "block party" Justine Testado 2015-07-15T13:04:00-04:00 >2015-08-06T09:01:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vj/vjyq89jijd3r55nt.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Long inspired by historic modernist concrete structures throughout the last century, Mumbai-based product designers&nbsp;Nitin Barchha and Disney Davis of <a href="http://materialimmaterial.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Material Immaterial</a> made an artful ode to concrete's lasting architectural influence in <a href="https://www.behance.net/gallery/27507881/SPACES" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"SPACES"</a>, a collection of miniature blocks cleanly carved into charming homes.</p><p>The designers made each humble yet sophisticated abode using a particular concrete mix to replicate the material's smooth finish. Each of the nine pieces&nbsp;&mdash; which measure at 62 x 62 x 51 millimeters&nbsp;&mdash; has its own design of volumes and voids that enable numerous arrangements when grouped altogether in the central "Kund".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qv/qvru0jh1k0em1d92.jpg">&nbsp; <img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hk/hk952hbyekclw520.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ea/ea7tqzex816y29rj.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f2/f28626ogvh15qrxj.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/we/webfd9iijxfyxq2x.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gk/gka3w8uzp33osqra.jpg"></p><p>h/t <a href="http://www.ignant.de/2015/07/14/concrete-miniature-buildings-celebrate-classic-architecture/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ignant</a></p><p>Check out more of these crafty architectural designs on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Stephanie Clark&rsquo;s embroidered architecture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126538317/stephanie-clark-s-embroidered-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stephanie Clark&rsquo;s embroidered architecture</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119347379/artist-charles-young-crafts-mini-paper-metropolis-on-the-daily" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Artist Charles Young crafts mini paper metropolis on the daily</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119424546/these-stalaclights-are-a-witty-tribute-to-the-forever-growing-skyscraper" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">These "Stalaclights" are a witty tribute to the forever-growing skyscraper</a></p><p><a title="Deconstructing architectural icons, with gifs!" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100938778/deconstructing-architectural-icons-with-gifs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deconstructing architectural icons, with gifs!</a></p><p><a title='"Birdbnb" exhibits elaborate birdhouse replicas of over 50 Airbnb listings' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/89302472/birdbnb-exhibits-elaborate-birdhouse-replicas-of-over-50-airbnb-listings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Birdbnb" exhibits elaborate birdhouse replicas of over 50 ...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129867356/an-angry-passion-round-up-of-global-tributes-to-charles-correa "An Angry Passion": Round-Up of Global Tributes to Charles Correa Julia Ingalls 2015-06-18T13:31:00-04:00 >2015-06-23T00:51:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/no/not2zcjwca54ixi1.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although memorial tributes are rarely upbeat, an unusual tenor of melancholy pervades the world's reaction to Charles Correa's death late Tuesday at age 84. The architect named "India's Greatest" by <a href="http://www.architecture.com/Explore/Home.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA</a> in 2013 has, in his passing, seemingly become an emblem of an entire subcontinent's struggles as much as the "open-to-sky" spaces which he leaves behind. In a tribute titled "<em>Charles Correa wanted to design a better Mumbai &ndash;&nbsp;but the city let him down</em>" in <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/jun/18/charles-correa-mumbai-bachi-karkaria-tribute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian</a>,&nbsp;<strong>Bachi Karkaria</strong> portrays Correa as a visionary who was forever denied the recognition he deserved by Mumbai. "Correa&rsquo;s real passion was the designing of cities that are easy to live, work, play &ndash; and commute &ndash; in. But his karma was Mumbai, which can check none of these boxes with a straight face," Karkaria writes. "The man who described cities as &ldquo;places of hope&rdquo; was fated to live in a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2014/nov/24/mumbai-verge-imploding-polluted-megacity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">city of disappointments</a>. It&rsquo;s not just because its skyline resembles an alarming ECG. More specifically, Mumbai mindlessly sabotaged two...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129791024/charles-correa-legendary-indian-architect-dies-at-84 Charles Correa, legendary Indian architect, dies at 84 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-17T13:43:00-04:00 >2015-06-17T15:14:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1k/1kq57ldf0h6sfj1b.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Born in 1930 in the southern Indian city of Secunderabad, Mr. Correa studied at St. Xavier&rsquo;s College in Mumbai and then went on to attend theUniversity of Michigan and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the U.S. to study architecture. &ldquo;To work in India is the great advantage of life in the Third World. The issues are so much bigger than you are; they give you a chance to grow,&rdquo; Mr. Correa wrote in his book &lsquo;Housing and Urbanization.&rsquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Charles Correa died at home Tuesday night in Mumbai, after a bout of brief illness (according to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-33160844" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BBC news</a>). He is known for the diversity and far-reaching quality of his work in India and elsewhere, including affordable housing, master planning, and high-profile academic and diplomatic structures. In 2013,&nbsp;RIBA named him "India's Greatest Architect".&nbsp;Up until his death, he served as a consulting architect with the Goa government in India.&nbsp;</p><p>After studying at St. Xavier's College in Mumbai, Correa earned architecture degrees from the University of Michigan and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.&nbsp;Some of his best known architectural works include the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial in Ahmedabad, the Kanchanjunga Apartment tower in Mumbai, MIT's Brain and Cognitive Sciences Center in Boston, and the Parumala Church, as well as his master planning work for Navi Mumbai in the 1960s.</p><p>RIP Charles Correa, 1930-2015</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/20/20kqluscroamv49y.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<em>British Council, Delhi</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kv/kvv8uv5kztqd638x.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<em>Mahatma Gandhi Memorial, Ahmedabad</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aw/awntfy6vi172t8mc.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<em>Kanchanjunga Apartm...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127524458/mumbai-s-dharavi-slum-opportunities-challenges Mumbai's Dharavi 'slum': Opportunities & challenges Alexander Walter 2015-05-18T14:45:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T16:28:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d2/d25dc5739511aa7796381a8844da3e5c.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The slum, of course, is the hottest button in urbanism. Beneath the clich&eacute; that half the world&rsquo;s population lives in cities &mdash; and that urban populations will double by 2050 &mdash; is the fact that only bottom-up informal settlements, or slums, can absorb several billion new residents in the timeframe. [...] URBZ is notable in that it offers a third way at looking at Dharavi &mdash; as both a failure and a better path to success than stillborn smart cities or other attempts at top-down instant urbanism.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127175516/will-india-s-smart-city-initiative-exacerbate-social-stratification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will India's 'smart city' initiative exacerbate social stratification?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123737452/great-city-terrible-place-a-discussion-on-the-urban-future-of-india" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Great City...Terrible Place": A discussion on the urban future of India</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/115583325/steven-holl-architects-wins-star-studded-competition-to-design-mumbai-city-museum-north-wing Steven Holl Architects wins star-studded competition to design Mumbai City Museum North Wing Justine Testado 2014-12-09T16:09:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T22:28:27-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3i/3iw9q9sy7vkgjlux.jpg" width="514" height="396" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Out of a super-star list of competitors, a team led by Steven Holl Architects won the competition to design the North Wing -- or the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum -- of the Mumbai City Museum in India. The museum is one of India's leading cultural institutions and is undergoing a renewal process to establish itself as a cultural destination. The new 275 crore (approx $44.3 million) building will include new galleries and facilities.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ol/olsfdxpojyhpgmop.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/11/11wra7hhpq7ctt8n.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m7/m7yqhpteugii9ekr.jpg"></p><p>The Steven Holl Architects team included local architects <a href="http://www.opolis.in" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Opolis Architects</a>, Guy Nordenson &amp; Associates as structural engineers, and Transsolar as sustainability consultants.</p><p>Learn more about this project on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/steven_holl_architects_to_design_mumbai_city_museum_north_wing_in_star-stud/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113571377/moma-s-uneven-growth-case-studies-conclude-with-exhibition-this-month MoMA's “Uneven Growth” case studies conclude with exhibition this month Justine Testado 2014-11-13T13:03:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T14:22:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ns/nsuzdoq1ilt7iso4.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>MoMA began its "Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities" initiative last year aiming to advance international discussion on disproportionate urban development and its potential consequences. To address this issue, six interdisciplinary teams spent 14 months in workshops designing proposals that investigate new architectural possibilities for six metropolises. Each case study will be exhibited to the public at MoMA starting on November 22.</p></em><br /><br /><p>But the discussion doesn't end there. MoMA also created a user-generated <a href="http://uneven-growth.moma.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tumblr</a> that collects examples of emerging modes of tactical urbanism taking place in the six cities.</p><p>Here's a glimpse:</p><p><strong>LAGOS</strong><br>By NL&Eacute; (Lagos, Nigeria and Amsterdam, Netherlands)<br>Zoohaus/Inteligencias Colectivas (Madrid, Spain)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0o/0ons4nm5za66uq8d.jpg"></p><p><strong>HONG KONG</strong><br>By MAP Office (Hong Kong, China)<br>Network Architecture Lab (Columbia University, New York, U.S.)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s7/s7and5psdjvpi2kc.jpg"></p><p><strong>ISTANBUL</strong><br>By Superpool (Istanbul, Turkey)<br>Atelier d&rsquo;Architecture Autog&eacute;r&eacute;e (Paris, France)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m3/m37c1xfs7kyexzfw.jpg"></p><p><strong>MUMBAI</strong><br>By URBZ: user-generated cities (Mumbai, India)<br>Ensamble Studio/MIT-POPlab (Madrid, Spain and Cambridge, U.S.)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/18/18hxwgs39hw2eswn.jpg"></p><p><strong>RIO DE JANEIRO</strong><br>By RUA Arquitetos (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)<br>MAS Urban Design at ETH (Zurich, Switzerland)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jh/jhveryk6ljc91i7n.jpg"></p><p><strong>NEW YORK</strong><br>By SITU Studio (New York, U.S.)<br>Cohabitation Strategies (CohStra) (Rotterdam, Netherlands AND New York, U.S.)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ll/ll9izqxg6cri2hqq.jpg"></p><p>For further details and images from each case study, head over to <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/moma_concludes_uneven_growth_workshops_case_studies_to_be_exhibited_this_mo/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/102551431/the-slumdog-millionaire-architect The Slumdog Millionaire Architect Alexander Walter 2014-06-23T13:08:00-04:00 >2014-06-30T22:51:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/93/9368455b8d600b1dd83f772187495e6b.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From this unlikely office, Contractor is helping to create the face of 21st-century India &mdash; a nation of flourishing wealth and entrenched poverty that looks, according to the economists Amartya Sen and Jean Dr&egrave;ze, &ldquo;more and more like islands of California in a sea of sub-Saharan Africa.&rdquo; [...] Inside the high-rises, several million dollars buys not only granite countertops and Arabian Sea views but also electricity that never goes out and water that always runs.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/91157264/som-designed-mumbai-airport-terminal-2-celebrates-its-inauguration SOM-designed Mumbai Airport Terminal 2 celebrates its inauguration Justine Testado 2014-01-13T18:34:00-05:00 >2014-01-14T00:39:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3d/3djflqv5b84fe721.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The Chhatrapatri Shivaji International Airport Terminal 2 designed by <a href="http://WWW.SOM.COM" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skidmore, Owings, &amp; Merrill</a> celebrated its opening late last week in Mumbai. India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, along with visiting dignitaries and representatives from the developer GVK, inaugurated the new terminal. The structure's design combines domestic and international services, reduces passenger walking distances, and adds 4.4 million square feet to accommodate the airport's 40 million passengers a year.<br><br> Here's some more details on the project:<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l7/l71y44j2fv9ou9hv.jpg" title=""><br><br> "Inspired by the form of traditional Indian pavilions, the four-story terminal stacks a grand "headhouse," or central processing podium, on top of highly adaptable and modular concourses below. Rather than compartmentalizing terminal functions, three symmetrical concourses radiate outwards from a central processing core and are therefore easily reconfigured to "swing" between serving domestic flights or international flights.<br><br> All international and domestic ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/72425358/mumbai-s-tallest-skyscraper-designed-to-confuse-the-wind Mumbai's tallest skyscraper designed to "confuse the wind" Archinect 2013-05-03T14:48:00-04:00 >2013-05-06T15:08:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7p/7pqkjl0kufgg422v.jpg" width="514" height="824" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture has unveiled plans for Imperial Tower, which would become Mumbai's tallest building and surely one of the world's most slender skyscrapers, should it come to be built. The 116-story, 400-m (1,300-ft) tall residential skyscraper has a distinctive curved shape, which AS+GG says has been designed to "confuse the wind."</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2q/2qcvu81volxyc0jc.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/60385660/city-of-paper-urbanism-how-mumbai-can-make-plans-it-may-actually-implement City of paper urbanism: how Mumbai can make plans it may actually implement anthony dong 2012-10-30T18:58:00-04:00 >2013-11-30T16:32:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6y/6yvhexremhvn37tg.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Problems...will continue to plague Mumbai as long as the government continues to pretend to put all its faith into a thoroughly planned city-wide manifesto that is ultimately tossed aside... In rethinking the grandiose nature of the Development Plan, perhaps the government can engage in smaller scale implementations and allow new regulations and ideas to...move beyond its paper urbanity.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/53759034/powering-mumbai-with-magic-mushrooms Powering Mumbai with Magic Mushrooms Paul Petrunia 2012-07-18T14:52:00-04:00 >2012-07-25T01:46:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8u/8ugcwt09jn00d237.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... a cache of biological samples appeared through the criminal networks of Mumbai, in the vain hope that it might provide new marketable narcotic opportunities. The collective drive and expertise of the refugees managed to turn theses genetically-engineered fungal samples into a new type of infrastructure - providing heat, light and building material for the refugees. Dharavi rapidly evolved it's own micro-economy based around the mushrooms.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6u/6um7le8jvmei8ylf.jpg" title=""></p>