The home of Tashkent the foreboder of the silk route, the key of the Islamic Golden age, Uzbekistan, once a soviet country is ridden with gorgeous architecture, deep-rooted culture and a bounty of the earth, yes am talking about the fruits of the land quite literally. Most of the Uzbeks are Sunni Muslims, they comprise… Read More Around the world #🌏in83hours. Episode 5 – Uzbekistan with Chetna Ramachandra
Scotland is the home to golf! It houses the St Andrews Link, the oldest golf course in the world. It is also the most happy-go-lucky country there is, not listed on the happiest countries in the world, having their own share of rebels and personals, it is nevertheless a country in itself. A part of… Read More Around the world #🌏in83hours. Episode 4 – Scotland with Nishil Swamy
While researching for my podcast that features #🌏in83hours that airs on Google Podcasts, Spotify, I was reminded of a book that I had been meaning to read, Around India in 80 trains. Just while I was looking up the new books rack at the Bowring Institute library, I found that the author had by now,… Read More Book Review: Around the World in 80 Trains
When I last attended the World Architecture Festival in 2013, in Singapore, I was particularly charmed by the work of a new crop of Vietnamese Architects. One firm who’s work caught my attention was Vo Trong Nghia architects who work closely with nature, all their buildings have one tenet and that is to include nature… Read More Giac Ngo!
While the above words could seem deterrent to the average architect, they are not for Anne Lacaton and Jean-Phillipe Vassal. But then the two who have been announced as the Pritzker Prize winners for the year 2021, are not your average architects. Building a practice of this very premise, they have a body of work… Read More Never Demolish
A visit to the Rashtrapathi Bhavan is not for the faint-hearted. First of all claiming a pass online is a daunting task in itself, the president of India website makes it a tad easy, but the number of questions they ask and the slots that show up make a visit to Vaisho Devi seem much… Read More The Rashtrapathi’s House
Maybe, said Putin when asked whether Russia would go to war against the United States, to Charlie Rose on the prime time show of 60 minutes. Marked by unabashed confidence and an unflinching nerve he may well be an embodiment of the steely resolve of his fatherland. Lugging a treasure-trove of history and an… Read More Moscow Times!
Looking west, St Petersburg named after the Apostle Peter, by the Europe loving Tsar Peter was first a Swedish settlement on the bank of the River Neva. In line with a few cities in Alaska it is the highest in latitude city with a populace of over a hundred million, with no city further not… Read More Of Saints and Apostles!
Tadao Ando is a poet and his renditions in concrete are simply but frozen musical wonders, adhering to the proverb of architecture being frozen music. The pilgrimage to works of Tadao Ando or Ando-san as he is respectfully addressed is an inspiring one. His attention to detail, love for concrete and purity of massing make… Read More Ando – san
Bursts of colour, impressive graphics and applied intelligence are striking elements in Architect Sandeep Khosla’s body of work that ranges between beautiful homes, snazzy clubs and institutions that are steeped in the highest realms of architectural values. As I headed down to attend his talk, I was very impressed by the alacrity of the design… Read More Architect in focus: Sandeep Khosla
Rising unflinchingly in pure white against the tedious backdrop of Baku in Azerbaijan is the stunning Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre designed by the celebrated Dame Zaha Hadid. With just over 4 buildings built, at the age of 53 Hadid received the Pritzker Prize in 2004, becoming the first woman to not only make her presence in… Read More The Heydar Aliyev Center
In some dialects of China, Ban Mei would translate ‘to do something beautiful’. Shigeru Ban, is the second Japanese architect to be lauded the most prestigious prize in architecture, the Pritzker and the seventh from the island nation. Japanese architects have always stunned with their simplistic designs and their uncanny ability of material knowledge, use… Read More Ban Ban Ban Mei