Amidst the perfectly planned, diligently detailed, carefully aligned, elegantly proportioned and aesthetically beautified “designed” buildings, this abode of the masses camouflages silently within the spacio-temporal context that it gets built in. These self-built structures, developed over centuries of trial and error, are built without any technical guidance. They are a reflection of the surrounding geographies and ecologies. They tell elaborate stories of the society that builds them. They emerge as a response to the social and cultural issues of the place that they are rooted in. Hidden within the simplicity of these structures, are lessons of climate responsive building, of sustainable architecture, of technological innovation using local materials, social entrepreneurship, community participation and an architectonic solution to majority of the issues of the region.
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‘Meraki-2019’ A visionary Seminar series presented by Dr.Baliram Hiray College of Architecture, Bandra(East), Mumbai.
Facilitating A Community Through Architectural Practice
The humble, self-designed, self-built and organically planned home built by the majority of the world population rarely gets appreciated and critiqued as a viable lesson in architectural design.
The Art Of Solving Problems Creatively
The practice of architecture is perhaps incomplete without the complement of a variety of other arts.
Upcycling towards a playful tomorrow
Play is like the middle child, often forgotten, and always taking a back seat. For young kids, play can simply be running around, armwrestling with friends, building sandcastles on the beach, or singing popular music tracks in the shower.
Balancing The Poetics And Pragmatism Of Everyday Design
Humanity is faced with an oxymoronic crisis. The crisis involves the earth, the environment, impending looms of climate change, deforestation, loss of species, dwindling resources etc.
Just Give Me Some Space: Discussions And Beyond
Just Give Me Some Space (JGMSS) is Suha Riyaz Khopatkar’s debut book that paints a portrait of the dynamic life of an architecture student.
The Next In Vernacular Architecture
Architecture has become a capitalist.
Rethinking The Future: Architecture And Its Education
“I want to be like animals, the bird makes a nest in one or two days, the rat digs a hole in a night, but intelligent humans like us spend 30 years to have a house, that’s wrong.” - Jon Jandai
Uniting The Human-Scale With The City-Scale
London-based architect Usman Haque is famed for his interactive architectural systems, and for his exploration of newer, more effective ways of creating human engagement and interaction through his designs. Indian Architect & Builder caught up with him, to quiz him on a variety of topics such as his journey as an architect, his inspirations and philosophies, architects using the digital revolution to their advantage, and more!
Almost every architect also doubles as a photographer or at least an enthusiast.
A Reporter at Large: Second Nature
How rewilders in India are working to reverse environmental destruction.
PATHS HIDDEN IN PLAIN VIEW
If you've ever seen a makeshift dirt path connecting two sidewalks, that's a \"desire path,\" also known as a desire line or game trail.
After Affirmative Action
The Supreme Court is expected to rule racial preferences in college admissions are unconstitutional. How will that change american schools and society?
FIRST TRIP TO INDIA NEW DELHI
The Holi Festival
The Holi Festival of Colors in India is a celebration of the victory of good over evil, the destruction of the demoness Holika.
The New Asian America
It wasn't always this way. We were not so often the headline. Our elders' safety was not a cause célèbre. We weren't even sure that we were a "we"-can so many people with so little in common say that? Still, there were a few shared things. Cooking ingredients, tropes we were sick of. And when the attacks first started in early 2020, we found we shared another: a terrible feeling of dread.
Gajan Festival India
This photo project is based on the theme "People & Culture" of India.
India Chops Away At Internet Freedom
Modi’s campaign against fake news and security threats is cutting off political opposition online
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
A chip off the old block
A HIGHER CALIBER
With Over 20 Years as a USMC Sniper and Police Officer in Los Angeles, Victor Lopez is in His Element Educating Others to Be More Effective in Austere Environments