Ignored-Framed: Revitalising Mumbai Mills

Ignored- framed is about the forgotten textile mills of Mumbai, that became disused and non-functional after the Great Bombay Mill Strikes of the 1980s. Occupying more than 6 acres in the heart if the city, Shakti Mills was allowed to degenerate for more than 35 years, a span of time that devolved it into a …

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Swa-oorja : Envisioning a Zero Waste Pune.

Our relationship with waste in today's time and age, is from what we consume to the dustbin, rarely do we choose to know what happens to it after the 'kachrawala' collects it from our house. The blame for this lies with the boon of globalisation and urbanisation, wherein specialised systems are put in place, tending …

Eatsup- Food and the City

Hailing from a small town in Kerala, being  a  passionate foodie , my first fond memories of a city are the huge malls, pizzas and sizzlers which were once (until about 10 years ago) exclusive to only the metropolitan Indian cities. In fact I would always look forward to visiting my cousins who lived in …

Context Reservoir- Re-wiring the tribal systems of Melghat.

The most disturbing conflict that one faces while working for an underprivileged community arises when one asks oneself, ‘Is it neo-colonialism if you, a city-grown and educated person, try to find a solution to a problem faced by them?’. This conflict arose at the beginning and was answered only during the next few months of …

Living or Surviving? Design for Migrant Workers in Qatar

‘Why do we build cities? What happens when a city is built with the aim of merely being an image of modernity? What is ‘instant urbanism’ are there lessons we can learn from it?’ Qatar, the world’s wealthiest nation, whose wealth is sourced by oil and natural gas, is on its journey from becoming a …

7 Steps for Urban Connect at Madurai

Cities EVOLVE. A place which had a specific moral yesterday can mean something else today and a different one tomorrow. No context stays static. It seeks manifestations that appropriate to its time and place. Having said that, are we acting conscious to those transformations? Has the progress our communities made created sensible reflections in our …

Cities through Time- Rethinking Muziris

To be able to look at, think and talk about history is no easy task. There are different ways of looking at it, indeed, and for too long we seemed to have focused on ways which suit our own convenience and through our present day lenses. Cities have formed the backbone of our historical narratives …

7 Steps to Better Transit in Chennai

Waiting at the bus stop for my daily commute has resigned me to a certain fate,  I always get bored, restlessly shuffling from one leg to the other in a rather quizzical imitation of some below- average bhangra. There's never the right bus when I need it and after an infuriatingly long period of waiting, …

City and the Homeless

The Beauty of Architecture without Aesthetics: Dignifying the Marginalized.    We architects have our own aesthetic sensibilities because of which we often disregard those beyond our set standards. The slums and shanties that we perceive as dirty patches to our cities have a beauty of their own, the beauty of struggle, survival and spirit. "For …