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Defining Art – Discussion 21

They say that most great ideas begin and end in art. Man has always had the inherent need to express – and anything which carries the the power of expression is  ruled to be art.  A illustration of this idea … Continue reading

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Sainte Marie de La Tourette – Le Corbusier – Discussion 20

“ To discover , To create a different other architecture , unique and original in its essential nudity” -        were the master builder Ar. Le Corbusier’s famous words when asked to describe his objectives behind the construction of the La … Continue reading

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Standardization in Architecture – Discussion 19

“God is in details” proclaims the master builder , Meis Van Der Rohe.  The ancient architects who built our temple complexes and cities would  agree – for our heritage is based on uniqueness. There might not be a door or window … Continue reading

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Oscar Neimeyer – Discussion 18

“It is not the right angle that attracts me, nor the straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man. What attracts me is the free and sensual curve — the curve that I find in the mountains of my country, … Continue reading

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Sendai Media centre – Discussion 17

Nature has been the inspiration for everything fine in life – from high art to the most complex science and even brilliant architecture. The Media center and Library in Sendai, conceived by Ar.Toyo Itto providing a fine example of a … Continue reading

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From Tents to Large Span Structures – Discussion 15

As in the case of most innovations, the inspiration always lies in history. The case with the awe-inspiring large span structures of today is no exception. The cutting edge technology behind these finds its roots in the logic of ancient … Continue reading

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Johnson Wax Museum – F.L . Wright – Discussion 14

Routines can be tiresome and is often found to bar creativity with its exasperating repetition.  Breaking the tedious routine while providing inspiration was the purpose behind our discussion this Tuesday – and who else to inspire better than one of … Continue reading

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Studio Mumbai – an architecture practice with a difference – Discussion 13

It has always been fashionable to do things differently. And yet, most adventurers who undertake this task buckle under its stress but the few who manage to walk the hard path – often earn respect and criticism in equal measures. … Continue reading

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THE KENYAN ADVENTURE – Discussion 12

All of us must have, at some point in time, savored the vague moments between sleep and wakefulness – the almost magical moments when the hazy dreams take on a most ethereal quality. It almost seemed like a real-world manifestation … Continue reading

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The Brick master – Discussion 11

“My feeling as an architect is that you’re not after all trying to design a monument, but Mohan Singh’s house where he can live happily with his family” -          Laurie Baker These strangely inspiring lines define the idol who was … Continue reading

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Portuguese architecture – Discussion 9

The great rules of architecture are universal, only varying in language and form to fit into its endemic surroundings. This found expression in the refreshing presentation by Ar.Tiago Santos on Portuguese architecture. Tiago, who hails from Lisbon, practiced in his … Continue reading

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From the Rhode Island – Discussion 8

In the rare moments of contemplation, I am sure all of us must have wondered at the sheer incredulity of the fact that the wonderful abundance around us arose from a single living cell. It is most humbling to realize … Continue reading

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Fountainhead – Discussion 7

The Fountainhead is most often the one book that is thrust upon the hands of every first year student, and is lauded by a large section of architecture society as a book that transformed their train of thought about their … Continue reading

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Kinetic Architecture – Discussion 6

So our discussion forum had a new visitor today who brought with her the perfect antidote for the identity crisis (!) that we had been suffering from in recent times. Arthi provided us a glimpse of her Thesis Project which … Continue reading

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Expressionism – Discussion 5

Good architecture has always been the result of strong personal convictions drawn from philosophy, history and a deep understanding of the nature of society. As such, architecture can be rightly called a true mirror of its time. An exploration of … Continue reading

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Firmitas , Utilitas , Venustas – Discussion 4

Firmistas , Utilitas , Venustas were the cornerstones of the age old wisdom of Vitruvius , design of a good building being based on its functional , aesthetic and technological aspects. Life comes a full circle as these Vitruvius ideas … Continue reading

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