Saturday, 22 January, 2022

Topic: architecture

Vastu-compliant secretariat in Covid times — why KCR is building new complex in Hyderabad

Earlier this month, Telangana govt began the demolition process of the old secretariat to build a new one. Opposition has questioned the timing of the move.

Laurie Baker, the Gandhi of Indian architecture who believed in local, sustainable building

The renowned British-born architect received multiple awards and honours, but the only one he cared about was his Indian citizenship.

Modi’s Central Vista plan shows Indian urban planners are as complicit in destroying heritage

Modi government’s plan-as-you-go strategy for Delhi’s Central Vista shows how India’s urban planners engage, without reflection, in projects harmful to society.

Not Le Corbusier, Chandigarh’s original designer was a Polish architect who loved the Gita

Chandigarh should have been known as the city of Matthew Nowicki, who joined American architect Albert Mayer's team in early 1950. But then a tragedy happened.

The Delhi prof who said tombs & mosques were not just ‘Muslim’, but ‘Indian Muslim’

In the anxiety to label Indian architecture as Hindu, Buddhist, British imperial and Islamic, the buildings lost some of their power to evoke wonder and surprise.

Why Delhi’s grand monuments will always remember young archaeologist Gordon Sanderson

In 1910, Gordon Sanderson decided to take charge of conserving and landscaping clusters of historic monuments in India.

Parliament to Kashi Vishwanath: Why Modi always hires architect Bimal Patel for pet projects

Bimal Patel is India's preferred architect. Development of the Mumbai Port Trust and restoration of Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati Ashram are his other ongoing projects.

She was the first woman builder in Mughal rule and gave Delhi Humayun’s Tomb

Humayun’s Tomb introduced India to the Persian style of a domed mausoleum set in the centre of a landscaped char-bagh garden.

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The BBC Broadcasting House in London

BBC is Britain’s only imperial legacy with purpose, UK must value it to remain in soft-power war

It’s deeply worrying that the Johnson govt, filled with defenders of the country’s imperial past, seems intent on rendering this last great British asset valueless.

Mahindra expects strong recovery in auto sales as supply chain constraints ease

According to Mahindra, the auto industry is poised for a very strong rebound because it has been buffeted by a number of factors over the last 2-3 years.


File image of German Ambassador to India Walter J. Lindner | Twitter | @AmbLindnerIndia

Won’t be silent if rules-based order challenged, envoy Lindner says as German warship visits

In an exclusive interview, the German ambassador to India said port call of the German warship Bayern in Mumbai shows the significance of the Indo-Pacific region.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.