Friday 11 August 2006

Charles Correa Speaks on Mumbai Massacre

on Friday 11 August 2006 - 16:04:07 | by admin
Correa was speaking at the Forum for Exchange and Excellence in Design (FEED) at the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) on 6th August in Pune, India.
‘‘Cities like Mumbai should be governed along the lines of London and New York, which have an elected mayor living in the city. Accordingly, the mayor can then focus on the development and betterment of the city totally and will be responsible to people and not to his political bosses,’’ Correa said.
‘‘The public are living in a dehumanising condition. At times, the government officials behave in a docile manner as was reflected in the aftermath of the recent Mumbai blasts, when citizens rushed in to carry the injured and dead to hospital.’’ he added.

The lack of planners and the role of architects as experts, rather than executioners in policy and decision making also undermines the proper maintaining and development of a city, he mentioned. Adding further that skyscrapers were not a solution to end the problem of housing in cities like Mumbai and Pune, architect Correa endorsed the traditional way of building houses as they were affordable and provided better living conditions.

In many of his published articles he has explained how low rise typical developments in countries like India, Pakistan or Bangladesh can achieve a certain density in urban development. By his word high density area doesn\'t mean containing highrises. Rather highrises often reduce the job opertunity of unskilled floating urban population.

Saturday 05 August 2006

Zaha Hadid : Exhibition at Guggenheim NY

on Saturday 05 August 2006 - 00:35:44 | by admin
Visit the Exhibition at Guggenheim NY

An exhibition entitled "Zaha Hadid" runs through Oct. 25 at the Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave. (at 89th Street), New York. Hours: 10 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Saturday to Wednesday, till 7:45 p.m. Friday; closed Thursday. Information: 212-423-3500
or Click Here to visit the exhibition page of

The stories behind

The Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati by Zaha Hadid
This was the first built commission by architect Zaha M Hadid named Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati. And somehow this was a breakthrough for her after her two long decades of loboring on developing her complex theories and paintings.
And she had never looked back... Hadid became the first woman to win the Pritzker Award (2004). Pritzker is the heighest honor for architects. Many of her designs and concepts are heihgly praised worldwide. She becomes one of the most influencial architects of these days. Became a worldwide celebrity designer and showered with handreds of commissions.

Having an exhibition in a major musium of an architect is no doubt an another level of achievement in the career. Now Zaha Hadid's works are being exhibited in that very spiral ramp of Guggenheim of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Read What Critic Says

[this part is written by Inga Saffron]
"The Guggenheim retrospective is a big, messy affair that is likely to be difficult for the average design civilian to process - a little like the mercurial Hadid herself. Yet the show's strength is its tornado swirl of paintings, architectural models, and furniture. Her futuristic imagery can be unsettling, and her buildings aren't necessarily what you'd like to see in your neighborhood. But by the time you've completed the pilgrimage to the top of Frank Lloyd Wright's ramp, where her all-white kitchen resides in royal splendor, you sense that you are in the presence of an important artistic force....[read more]

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Sunday 30 July 2006

ARCASIA Students Jamboree & 12th Asian Arc. Congress

on Sunday 30 July 2006 - 09:01:11 | by admin

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Bangladeshi students and architects please go through this topic to know the latest scenario of arrangement from Dhaka

This year The Architects Regional Council of Asia (ARCASIA)\\\'s 12th congress and Students Jamboree is going to be held in Beijing, China.
Students and architects from the member institutes of architects to arcasia are participating in this event.
ARCASIA is a Council of Presidents of National Institute of Architects in the Asian region, where Japan, China, Mongolia, South Korea, China Macau, China Hong Kong, Vietnam, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are members.
The congress is going to be started from 17th September 2006 and ends on 22nd September 2006. Though the Students Jamboree is dated as 20-22 September. Students who will register for the conference will also be allowed to participate in the main congress other than just the students\\\' jamboree.
Architect Charles Correa (India) will give an important speech on the starting date of the event.

Economical accomodation, food and transportation will be provided by Architectural Society of China.

Click to Visit homepage of the 12th arcasia

Click to Visit for details about the Students Jamboree

Click here to download the students registration form

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