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Pritimaya Tripathi | TheHindu | Updated: July 12, 2019, 01:32 AM IST

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This architect couple could have settled for a cushy job, with a six-figure salary, where sitting in an air-conditioned office they would have been fiddling with some design on the computer screen.

Instead, they chose to build their career on India’s ancient methods of constructing houses using mud, lime, stone, and wood.

Pune-based Dhruvang Hingmire and Priyanka Gunjikar are promoting low-cost, sustainable, and eco-friendly houses, which, they claim, can save 50% water and require no air conditioning.

In the last two years, these graduates from Rachana Sansad Academy of Architecture, Dadar, have constructed six such houses in Maharashtra, with another three nearing completion in September.

Around 50% of the potable water required for building a house can be saved by replacing cement with lime or mud, Mr. Hingmire says.

“When you use cement, you have to continuously cure the wall with water as cement absorbs water from bricks. But if you use a mud-mortar mix, you don’t have to keep spraying water, thus reducing its use by half,” he says.

To make 100 kg of cement, Ms. Gunjikar says, 130 kg of limestone is needed. “Cement is subsidised, but lime isn’t. Since cement and sand mining lobby is splurging on advertisements, it is difficult to convince people to think otherwise.”

The 27-year-olds, now married, say mud or lime facilitates exchange of air through walls, floor or roof. This helps cool down a heated room, as hot air is breathed out.

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FULL ARTICLE: www.thehindu.com

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IANS | Published:  July 07, 2019 09:01

Source: Wikimedia Commons

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Jaipur: ‘Pink City’ Jaipur on Saturday made an official entry in the list of the UNESCO World Heritage sites and leaders across the political spectrum welcomed the signal honour to the historical city.

The UNESCO shared the announcement on Twitter. “Just inscribed as @UNESCO #WorldHeritage Site: Jaipur City in Rajasthan, #India. Bravo,” the UN body posted on Saturday.

The decision was taken at the 43rd session of the Unesco World Heritage Committee, which is taking place in Azerbaijan from June 20 to July 10.

In 2018, then Tourism and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma formally announced that Jaipur’s name being proposed for World Heritage City. The Archaeological Survey of India had in 2015 submitted a proposal to Unesco for the status.

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FULL ARTICLE: www.gulfnews.com

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Ather Moin | Deccan Chronicle | Updated Jul 10, 2019, 2:01 am IST

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Hyderabad: Well known heritage architect Yeshwant Ramamurthy said in an open letter to Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao that with conservation technologies and adaptive re-use, Errum Manzil can be revitalised and included in the master plan for a new Assembly complex. “Our past complements the future in a successful architectural narrative and can  set a template to rethink heritage in the national matrix,” he said.

He said that the emergence of Telangana state in 2014 and the consequent revival of its cultural ethos, the concept of ‘Ganga Jumna tehzeeb’ was often cited as a barometer of its syncretic sensibilities. “Looking beyond the obvious religious connotations of this term, can we not apply the same term to describe a co-existence of traditional and contemporary architectural vocabularies to interpret our regional identity?” Mr Ramamurthy asked.

“The old need not make way for the new, but co-exist in harmonious mutuality. The intention to preserve architecture is not detrimental to growth. Indeed, it should be perceived for its divination of unbroken succession,” he said.

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FULL ARTICLE: www.deccanchronicle.com

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Post News Network | orissapost.com |Updated: July 7th, 2019, 10:39 IST

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Bhadrak: Amid allegations of irregularities in MGNREGS, there has been a mismatch of data officially available and those uploaded on websites about its implementation in Bhadrak, a report said.

The labour-intensive scheme has allegedly run aground in the district. The scheme is said to be continuing to some extent due to work under housing schemes.

The MGNREGS was aimed at creating jobs for 100 days to daily wagers, but it seems the scheme has not been effective in ensuring work to the poor. The scheme has allegedly existed in records only.

It was learnt that Rs 31 crore has been spent under MGNREGS in 2018-19 in the district. Of it, Rs 23 crore has been paid to unskilled labourers towards wages and in the form of assistance. Besides, Rs 7 crore was spent towards purchase of various safety materials for labourers.

An official report says, about 80 per cent of the fund was spent on creating jobs for unskilled labourers through housing schemes.

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FULL ARTICLE: www.orissapost.com

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Vatsala Kamat | livemint.com | Updated: 09 Jul 2019, 12:31 AM IST

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Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s thrust for reviving home sales did little to enthuse investors on the Street. The Nifty Realty index turned out to be the biggest loser, falling as much as 7% in the last two trading sessions since the Union Budget.

Indeed, there were incentives to boost affordable housing. For houses worth up to ₹45 lakh, interest payments on home loans will now be tax deductible up to an amount of ₹3.5 lakh per annum, instead of ₹2.5 lakh earlier.

Further, norms for exemption have been tweaked to include a larger area of living space. The cap on the of size of houses that qualify for these sops has been doubled to 60 square metres in some cities and increased from 60 to 90 square metres in a few others.

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FULL ARTICLE: www.livemint.com

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Shiny Verghese| INDIANEXPRESS | Published: July 11, 2019 1:03:52 am

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It all began when architect Prasanna Desai shifted to Pune from New Delhi in the late 1990s. He felt that many architects, who visited the city, had experiences to share. “Learning in architecture is a continuous process. Architects experiment with design of spaces, forms, materials and technology, and their experiences can enrich others. There was a need therefore to create a platform that would be accessible to students from across the institutions and could quickly act on opportunities to arrange programmes at short notice,” says Desai. With urban designer Pushkar Kanvinde, he began Forum for Exchange and Excellence in Design (FEED) in 1999. Their first programme was on July 6, where well-known architect Achyut P Kanvinde gave a talk, followed by a dialogue with architect-thinker Narendra Dengle on modernism in architecture, the next day at Balgandharva Auditorium, Pune. From 1999 to 2006, Sunday mornings would be dedicated to the FEED Lecture series, where Dengle held dialogues with master architects, including Delhi-based Raj Rewal, Hasmukh Patel and Balkrishna Doshi from Ahmedabad, and Mumbai-based Charles Correa.

As FEED completes 20 years this month, its journey shows how they addressed different aspects of the profession, be it science and architecture, micro-urbanism, bio-mimicry, or algorithmic design, among others.

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FULL ARTICLE: www.indianexpress.com

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Tamayouz Excellence Award is delighted to invite students, designers and architects worldwide to design an architectural and cultural landmark in the city of Sharjah in the UAE that hosts theBarjeel collection and represents modern art, architecture and design in the Arab world.

The competition hopes to see a contemporary museum does not become a historic  pastiche but is relevant to contemporary architectural discourse whilst being informed by local cultural heritage and environmental conditions.

Eligibility

Architects, students, engineers and designers are invited to participate in this prize. Participation can be on an individual or team basis (maximum of four team members). We encourage the participation of multidisciplinary teams.   Under no circumstances will jury panel members, organizers or any of their family members be allowed to participate in this competition.

Prizes

  • Prize winner/s:  $5000 + The Rifat Chadirji Statuette (designed by the internationally renowned artist; Dia Azzawi  + Trip to the 2019 Award Ceremony (Flights & Hotel covered by the organizers)
  • 2nd & 3rd PRIZES:  $1000 Each + Certificate + Trip to the 2019 Award Ceremony Flights & Hotel covered by the organizers)
  • PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD $500 + Certificate + Trip to the 2019 Award Ceremony Flights & Hotel covered by the organizers)
  • 7 x Honorable Mentions:  Certificates
  • TOP 20 & TOP 50 Published on our website and social media pages

THE AWARD CEREMONY:  An invitation to attend the Tamayouz Award Annual Ceremony for the Top Three + people choice award winners mentioned above (Flight and Accommodation costs covered by the organizers of the prize; Tamayouz Excellence Award).

Title: The 3rd Annual Rifat Chadirji Prize – Barjeel Museum for Modern Arab Art in Sharjah – UAE

Registration Deadline: August 30, 2019

Submission Deadline: September 01, 2019

Website: www.rifatchadirji.com

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Books undisputedly play an unparalleled role in shaping the destinies of both individuals and societies alike and nothing guides man more effectively than books. However, it is a sad reflection that amongst other positive social values the culture of reading has also persistently been declining across the world. As a result, we are growing more intolerant and biased in our social behavior which is also indicative of our intellectual decay.

Libraries were the ‘cool’ places of our cultural fabric until the modern age. But with the invention of internet and an onslaught of digital revolution, libraries and reading spaces lost their essence and aura. Libraries are no longer the convenient source of information and have seen dwindling engagement among people. The book culture is on the decline and so is thought and originality. Internet may have been a boon but it also serves incomplete information, curbs thought process and encourages plagiarism.

To revive the diminishing reading culture what we immediately need is to re-interpret the image of a reading space and make it look more appealing to the masses. Besides that, we need an extended network of formal/informal libraries and reading spaces that can rejuvenate this habit. Likewise, instituting book fairs, reading festivals and literary galas on a regular basis would yield us the desired result.

Central Park is one of the most known and visited park in the world and is located in heart of New York City, becoming one of the most characterizing features of the city pattern. It is the most visited urban park in the United States, with an estimated 37–38 million visitors annually, and one of the most filmed locations in the world.

The competition seeks for the creation of a pavilion structure in the park that would house a public library/reading studio with an aim to promote reading culture among the general public and visitors. The proposal should aim to create a new-age library typology that would break away from the formal environment of existing libraries of the world.

The architecture should be inviting and informal, being able to connect with the general public and change the rigid outlook of libraries. The library be fluid and dynamic spatially, being in coherence with the natural context of the central park. The aesthetic quality, materiality and volume of the freestanding library should add vitality, beauty and a sense of identity to the space, paying respect to the context and surrounding environment. The proposal should introduce the elements of transparency, light, nature and activity in the overall building concept.

The participants should create a holistic library by incorporating digital technology into its already existing ways and methods of learning. The spatiality of the library should be re-interpreted from boring and pragmatic to innovative, interesting and flexible typology of reading spaces and interior arrangements etc. The participants should focus on creating an experience for the user in the library space that will stimulate the mind to stay and spend time for longer periods.

The competition seeks to create a 21st century ‘library in a park’ typology that will incorporate the social factor in a library. The library should strive to become an important landmark and zone in the park where people could gather, share, exchange and spread knowledge on a daily basis.

The book studio should be true to the concept and spirit of a library, but on a smaller scale. The structure should redefine the classic concept of a library into a new 21st century rendition, where all forms of information, new or old, are presented equally to the public. The library should have a unique envelope that could house various reading areas, storage areas, media rooms, archive sections etc. The size, proportions and number of facilities are left to the participant’s discretion and imagination. Competitors are encouraged to design and propose any kind of innovative and intuitive program or function in addition and extension to the basic functions, but with an argumentized necessity. Keeping in mind the paucity of space in today’s times, explore the possibility of designing multifunctional and dynamic spaces.

Title: CENTRAL PARK BOOK STUDIO

Registration Deadline: September 29, 2019

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2019

Website: www.switchcompetition.com

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YAC – Young Architects Competitions launches “Sport Citadel”, a competition of ideas aiming to design a sport citadel near Turin, in one of the largest sport districts in Europe. A cash prize of € 20,000 will be awarded to winners selected by a well-renowned jury made of, among the others,​ Dang Qun (MAD Architects), Hitoshi Abe,  Peter Eisenman, Andrea Maffei

BRIEF

Wait, silence, ovation: shows change but the passion of the crowds crammed on the bleachers of the arenas of all times seems to be unchanged over millennia.

Stadiums, indoor and outdoor sport arenas are much more related to their Greek and Latin precursors than any other architecture ever built by human hands. This is because sport is a metaphor for life, and life has always been a sequence of challenges and battles, victories and defeats.

Competitiveness is one of the key characteristics of human biology: life itself is a competition to survival. For this reason, any architect’s gesture designing a sport arena is an ancient gesture. It is a gesture, which is balanced between function and theatricality. The greatest architects have made this gesture. All over the world, it continues to inspire and generate some of the most magnificent architectures of our time.

Sport Citadel requires architects to make such gesture.

At the foot of the Alps nearby Turin, in one of the most significant districts in the history of European sport, a vast area is about to host an ambitious dream: the creation of an arena and its sport citadel.

Sport citadel aims to generate a true acropolis of competitiveness. It will be a global reference to practice, study and celebrate multiple disciplines. Prior to a training space, it will be a space to live. It will be a space where to materialize the dream of harmony, overcoming limits and pursuit of excellency, in which the sport practice is grounded.

It will be a unique and fascinating challenge. In fact, designing an area [for sport] means creating a sanctuary for the display of the sporting spectacle. Moreover, it means giving a reference to the community. It means creating a place where to hope and rejoice, be moved and touched. Here, thousands of hearts can be turned on in unison by one of the passions that has always been inflaming men and women of all times: sport.

JURY

  • Dang Qun (MAD Architects)
  • Hitoshi Abe,
  • Peter Eisenman
  • Andrea Maffei
  • Gianluca Mazza (Unipol Group)
  • Giovanni Palazzi (Stage up)
  • Giuseppe Ferrero (Gruppo Ferrero S.p.A.)

PRIZES

1st   PRIZE 10.000 €

2nd  PRIZE 4.000 €

3rd  PRIZE  2.000 €

4 GOLD MENTIONS 1.000  € each

10 HONORABLE MENTIONS

30 FINALISTS

Title: Sport Citadel Architecture Competition

Registration Deadline: September 29, 2019

Submission Deadline: October 02, 2019

Website: www.youngarchitectscompetitions.com

Sport Citadel competition - YouTube

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Richelle H. Concio| Sciencetimes | Jul 01, 2019 08:49 AM EDT

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Architecture is one of the most celebrated professions in the construction industry. Most likely because the field provides one of man’s basic needs, which is shelter. In many countries, architecture is paid homage to by setting month-long celebrations. While some countries celebrate architecture week, and architecture month, London celebrates architecture through a festival.

Just recently, London had its festival of architecture which is celebrated throughout the month of June. The celebration of architecture in London is the largest festival of architecture in the world. For this year, the theme of the festival is “boundaries”.

This festival might sound like an exclusive celebration for practicing professionals but in reality, the program is not only catering to those in the construction field but also to all the people who would like to join in.

Included in the celebration are exhibitions, installations, guided walks, workshops, pop up events such as “parklets”, river trips, kids drawing competitions, and there is even a Lego competition. Of course, conferences and learned talks will always make the list.

This event is also a chance for architects to promote their scope of work, whether their projects are in London or across the globe. It has been said that the architectural festival in London is a chance for emerging young architectural talent to come forth with their voice and energy.

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FULL ARTICLE: www.sciencetimes.com

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