Archive for the ‘Indian Architecture’ Category

Luis Barragan once said, “a perfect garden – no matter what its size – should enclose nothing less than the entire universe.” Gardens and Landscapes create opportunities to poetically connect with the world, regardless of their size or location. Many of us might have either seen or experienced such spaces – this study invites you […]


As visitors to grand Palaces, Temples, Mosques and Tombs, we are likely to come away more with awe than with a picture of what we have really seen. Often, details merge with a memory of the whole. Until someone points out the complexities and captures them so we can study how the place came to […]


Architecture competitions have their fair share of debates on efficacy and final output, but realised projects like the Pompidou Centre and Maya Lin’s Vietnam Memorial have had a profound impact on the relevance of competitions. The quality of the jury, conviction of the brief and whether the project sees the light of day are crucial […]


The Mewar Complex is dedicated to Rana Pratap (1540-1597), who fought for a free kingdom when numerous Rajput Kings were forming alliances with the Mughals. Being always at war, Rana Pratap didn’t have time to build anything in his name. The Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation aims to redress that. Why do we make memorials? Perhaps […]


SPADE is a biannual journal that deliberates on architecture and design in India. Vol 1 was a treat to read as well as to look at. An absorbing, thought-provoking set of articles, extremely well-typeset, well-photographed. Written and put together by professionals in the field of architecture and design, this peer-driven journal has been so far […]


*An Indian By Design Exclusive* Herman Melville once said ‘They talk of the dignity of work. Bosh. The dignity is in leisure.’ Built over an old outhouse, the Garden Lounge, created by M/s Prabhakar Bhagwat with interiors by SRDA, is a private space of leisure, a retreat, built to step away from everyday living. A […]


“Artistically, terracotta is the medium where many ideas were first experimented upon before they were committed to stone. At the same time, Many of these artefacts were used in ephemeral rituals and then discarded; their study thus permits an insight into those aspects of religious worship little studied in a field where the emphasis has […]


*An Indian By Design Exclusive* M/s Prabhakar B. Bhagwat founded LEAF (Landscape Environment Advancement Foundation) to engage in research and publication in the area of landscape design and environmental planning. It supports research programs of varying durations every year. The first of which is “Seeing the City” by Parin Shah, a student of Landscape Architecture. […]


Bhavik wrote to me asking ‘how come indian designs are not reflected in our highways and the environment? Am I missing something here?’ Felt that it was time to share the idea of Jugaad or Indian improvisation that is so ubiquitous. Bijoy Jain brought it up in his interview, saying that it’s something that fascinates […]


*An Indian By Design Exclusive* Bijoy Jain’s works remind me of a refuge, a sanctuary. Almost as if he was recreating spaces he finds comfort in – an underlying wish for peace. I visited his office and had a conversation over good coffee. About his projects, architecture, even why the interiors of all his projects […]


*An Indian By Design Exclusive* The first thing that strikes you about Samira is that she’s extremely passionate. I met her at the opening of the Devi Arts Foundation, in the midst of a sandstorm, her hair flying as wildly as her hands, as she shared her thoughts on modern Indian Architecture and design criticism […]


*An Indian By Design Exclusive* I came across Zubin Pastakia’s work in the Spade Journal. His study of Mumbai was refreshing, and refrained from talking of its old charm or it’s rushed populace, but seemed to focus on silent, perhaps unconscious conversations a city’s built strucures have with those who live in it or visit […]


Spade is a biannual journal dedicated to Indian Architecural Design. My first reaction when I opened the large courier Editor Samira Rathod mailed across was to its generous proportions. It was beautifully typeset, had great photography, no ads and ample words which promised heavy reading (and sitting in shifting positions having its large pages curl […]


*An Indian By Design Exclusive* The opening of Lekha and Anupam Poddar’s new not-for-profit art space would preempt a surfeit of words on artists and collections. But I choose to speak first of their latest commissioned work – the Sirpur Mills Building. For it is as much art as all that it holds or will […]


*An Indian By Design Exclusive* I featured Aniket Bhagwat last month, and there has been considerable interest in his work; landscape and architecture. So I got in touch with him (thanks to dear friend Ambrish), and dug deeper into his works and thoughts. Here’s Aniket Bhagwat, talking about his projects, meandering into thoughts on architecture, […]



*An Indian By Design Exclusive* Rajiv Majumdar’s 450 sq ft apartment had just enough space for his 6 foot 4 frame, his guitars, books and speakers. Though it did have its plus points. Enough light from a long balcony and enough freedom to break down all the walls as the flat belonged to his mother. […]


Supported by a vast database of landscape techniques and plant material, Aniket Bhagwat’s firm handles residential, industrial, recreation, urban, institutional landscapes, and ecological redevelopment projects. Upcoming Projects: Andaman; Currently designing a twenty two-room boutique hotel on the sea, on a land measuring 10.5 acres, which is covered with Areca nut trees and coconuts. The site […]