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Trainees visit to ‘Kaav’ at Kabini

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Discussion 28 – Presentation on Artists

We had an interesting presentation by trainee architect Waqif on works by a few artists, both Indian and international. A few of the interesting works are given below –   Amy Shackleton is a New York based artist who works … Continue reading

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STAPATI wins SIX awards in ‘IIA State Awards for Excellence in Architecture 2012′

GOLD LEAF AWARD – Category –  HOSPITALITY & TOURISM Project  -   ALILA DIWA AT GOA Alila Diwa is designed with Goan sensibilities overlaid with modern vocabulary. We wanted it to be as contextual to the place and time as possible. … Continue reading

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Fish Painting!!!

An office is often defined by the culture that prevails, the activities that happen. We at Stapati believe that architecture encompasses all the arts and that allied arts are of utmost importance to keep us refreshed and to have the … Continue reading

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Discussion 27 – Subodh Gupta

Indian contemporary artists are currently gaining a lot of attention worldwide. These young breed of artists are making a mark on the international scene, both in terms of quality of work as well as in the value their works are … Continue reading

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Discussion 26 – B.V.Doshi’s works

B.V.Doshi is one of the most revered architects’ of modern India. In a career spanning many decades, he has helped define an Indian vocabulary, especially in the post-independence era when the country was searching for an identity. Along with his … Continue reading

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Discussion 25 – Calatrava & K.S.Radhakrishnan

Santiago Calatrava’s works were the topic for discussion during this Tuesday’s discussion. Following a short video on his works & his philosophies, there was a discussion on the relevance of his works – whether it was justified to spend so … Continue reading

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Works of Luis Barragan – Discussion 25

‘Architecture as a sublime act of poetic imagination’  The works of Luis Barragan were the focus of our weekly meeting. A video documentary on the amazing works of Barragan was a huge inspiration and was watched with rapt attention by … Continue reading

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Dallas Theatre – Discussion 24

  The Dallas theatre designed by the OMA, with Joshua Prince Ramus as the project architect, was one of the topics for our weekly discussions. The video on the evolution of the design was an inspiring one with Ramus taking … Continue reading

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Apartment design -The way forward – Discussion 23

What is the best way to provide a holistic build environment when one is designing high density vertical housing? How can we create environments that are more interactive, more social, and more sustainable? This was the question that was posed … Continue reading

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Kanchanjunga apartments – Discussion 22

Can high income flats use the principles of climate control, zoning of spaces, view etc as in housing?? The task which had the characters of Safdie Montreal’s habitat 67 plugged in resulted in such a high income apartment- Kanchanjunga apartments. A … Continue reading

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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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Jewish Museum – Discussion 16

“Expressive vs. Neutral, Complex vs. Simple, Unexpected vs. Habitual…. “ These thoughts have been the major debates in the architectural community for years. Even now the air is fresh around these thoughts. Well, these were the thoughts that heated up … 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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Timeless architecture – Discussion 10

How does one define timelessness in architecture?? There could be a thousand views on the topic, well; some beleive it can be achieved by being simple and original. Others would be a little more conservative by stating a timeless building … 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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What is our Legacy? – Discussion 3

If the whole of history were to be made into a cartoon strip, most definitely the buildings would do most of the talking, as architecture has always been a mirror and a manifestation of the thoughts of a society at … Continue reading

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Sema Kau Landfill and Urban Design – Discussion 2

And so it seemed to Mr. Vivek that we were wandering far too much in the murky territory of romanticism and needed a bolt of rationality to remain balanced. It was generally agreed that the Indian architects today are stuck … Continue reading

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Form Follows Function – Discussion 1

    Our session this Tuesday began with a discussion on Louis Sullivan’s famous Phrase “Form Follows Function”. The discussion gained relevance in the face of an increasing tendency towards extravagant forms by some of our “starchitects”, who seem to be putting form over … Continue reading

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Architecture Discussion forum

Architecture Discussion Forum is an initiative of STAPATI to promote interaction and explore the various facets of architecture in the present context. Even as we are actively engaged in the architectural trade, the need for continuous learning and experimentation and … Continue reading

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