BRTS : Could we have done it better?
Infrastructure in Pune has grown faster than ever in the past 15 years. It looks like yesterday when Pune-Satara road was lush green with shading trees on both sides with manageable traffic flowing in between. But look at it now, as it is difficult to..Continue reading
How have the British changed us
If I may call India the land of invasions, it would not at all be an exaggeration. Time and again our rich natural resources, climate, gold, spices, textile etc have attracted foreigners starting from Alexander and ending with the British rule. Continue reading
Traditional Indian Houses
Traditionally Indians lived in the joint family system. Many occupants of the house and their interpersonal relationships demanded clearly distinguished spaces for different activities. There were private and public zones in the house with the courtyard as its nucleus. Continue reading
How to reduce the need of air-conditioners?
Having spent most of my life in a forest area near Nagpur, we have always lived with mere basic appliances. Air conditioners and Microwaves were distant dreams so to say. Our house was a simple 3BHK bungalow, which must have … Continue reading
Aangan: A vanishing element in Indian architecture
Flexibility is one word which, for me, describes traditional Indian architecture. One place for sure which binds all the functions together and is the most flexible of the lot is the courtyard. Since the courtyards are going out of fashion, … Continue reading
A letter to a young architect
One of the life altering questions that often crosses the mind of every architect is ‘whether it’s better to be one’s, own boss’. To be honest, there’s no correct answer. However, I feel that in a creative field such as …Continue reading
Lateral Thinking : A practice much needed today
2008 it was! A year that marked the beginning of my teaching career. So it all started with Basic Design. As a student, I always used to wonder whether Basic Design is any which ways related to architecture? Why do we … Continue reading