New Materials & New Technology

New Materials & New Technology

Many architects imagine building surfaces, walls and facades composed entirely of smart materials, perhaps automatically enhancing their design from a pedestrian box to an interactive arcade The relationship between architecture and materials was fairly straightforward
A colour awakening trend will see a rising pursuit of laminates in walls, facades, tabletops, closets and other surfaces

A colour awakening trend will see a rising pursuit of laminates in walls, facades, tabletops, closets and other surfaces

2018 is supposed to be the year of the 'Brown Dog' in the Chinese calendar, which is the sign of male earth dog, and is evinced in mountainy colours such as greens, browns, and pastels. The greyish pistachio, blush pink and indigo not only indicate the prospect of luck
New-Age Windows

New-Age Windows

Doors and windows will focus more strongly on noise reduction, especially for projects executed in large cities. Currently, in Sliding Windows, there is no countable noise reduction. Even a better glass combination will not improve the overall insulated glass performance
Ozone Designs, Unusual construction techniques, materials and technology will impact architecture planning and design

Ozone Designs, Unusual construction techniques, materials and technology will impact architecture planning and design

Over the centuries, engineers and architects have devised new ways to build taller, stronger and more beautiful creations using game-changing materials like steel girders, earthquake-proof foundations, glass curtain walls, and relooked at traditional materials like bamboo
I believe AQIs will change the way we design forward as public awareness and a sense of concern is leading to designing efforts to create healthy environments

I believe AQIs will change the way we design forward as public awareness and a sense of concern is leading to designing efforts to create healthy environments

India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world, but as a developing country, it is still grappling with basic issues of poverty, illiteracy, hunger, homelessness etc. When such a nation pushes to move forward and create infrastructure, it deals with budget constraints
As we race towards the next decade, 2018, should prove a critical year; this criticality can be expressed under several layers effecting the profession

As we race towards the next decade, 2018, should prove a critical year; this criticality can be expressed under several layers effecting the profession

To begin with, the methodology for awarding projects shall witness a rise in comprehensive services; i.e, architectural services shall struggle to remain a pure consultancy (other than maybe firms offering boutique design services) and lean towards
Desire for sustainable solutions, greater dependence on technology, and western influences will continue to impact architecture and design sensibilities

Desire for sustainable solutions, greater dependence on technology, and western influences will continue to impact architecture and design sensibilities

In our opinion, Indian architecture is going to continue seeing an increased influence from the developed nations. Due to greater exposure to different styles of architecture in global cities, architects in India are keen to experiment with their design style, which might be more prevalent
Planning & Designing

Planning & Designing

As compared to previous housing schemes, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) PMAY has distinct features, guidelines and benefits, writes Ar. Deepti H Makar, DGM – Architecture (REPL). While planning and designing affordable housing projects, multiple parameters need to be taken care of
Smart World-Class Settlements

Smart World-Class Settlements

Urban planning projects provide Urban Development alongside Ecological Conservation, which is the biggest challenge for architects and planners in the current world scenario, writes Architect Rishi Dev, Proprietor, RDAA. The concept of Urban Structure Plans is a more contemporary practice in urban planning
Make New Break Anew

Make New Break Anew

While flats in premium projects are tailor-made for the end-user, many get broken down by end-users wanting a different look. Ar. Harish Gupta discusses building material abuse and disposal post the handover of an apartment by the developer, and why there should be a check on such blatant
Tried & Tested

Tried & Tested

Tried & Tested Ferro-cement, a much tried and tested construction material, is set to make a comeback given its many attributes of structural strength, resilience, eco-friendliness, and cost-effectiveness, writes Ar. Babika Goel. Reinforced cement concrete (RCC) structures give the skeletal framework
Always Concrete

Always Concrete

As a highly sustainable building material, concrete has some excellent attributes which make it very important in today’s context, writes Kishor Pate, CMD, Amit Enterprises Housing. With the term ‘concrete jungle’ having become so popular and widely used, it is easy to overlook that this building
Rising Opportunity for Creativity

Rising Opportunity for Creativity

Development opportunities for high-rise buildings are directly proportional to the global economy. The current designing scenario stresses upon the capability of the design team, wind engineering and geology, which focus on the seismicity, soil conditions, material selection, efficient structural system
The Right Look

The Right Look

The interior design is often based on a concept or theme. The aim can be to reflect the restaurant’s name, its location, cuisine, the local culture, a popular trend, or the owner’s vision. In fact, all these aspects need to be considered while designing a restaurant. The name of the restaurant
Cutting Edge Façades and Cladding

Cutting Edge Façades and Cladding

Facades of buildings are the face of the city and are often the most important aspect from an architectural design standpoint, as it sets the tone for the rest of the building. Nowadays, clients are willing to spend for innovative and expensive facades for all building typologies. In fact, a whole industry with varied