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Cloth, idea, brand: What is khadi, to whom does it belong?
Tue, Feb 20, 2018

KVIC has argued that khadi is a specific type of product created by a specific process, which is different from factory-made cotton garments.

Home and Beyond
Sat, Feb 17, 2018

A beautifully crafted mosaic of the lives of a family, that's also a sharp lens with which to explore the socio-political history of Kerala

From Yarn to Yardage
Tue, Jan 30, 2018

Seventy years after the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, textile designers on why khadi — his adopted fabric — needs to go beyond the barriers of subsidies, and work towards collaboration

Building block: Peace in the museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi
Sun, Jan 28, 2018

The Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya or the Gandhi Museum, within this 36-acre land, houses over 30,000 letters written by and to Gandhi, photos, and documents, including those edited by his secretary Mahadev Desai.

Architect Hasmukh Patel dies at 84
Sun, Jan 21, 2018

Patel was born in 1933 in Bhadran village in Anand district. His father was a civil engineer, who encouraged him to study architecture.

Coat of Many Colours
Fri, Jan 19, 2018

As an ode to heritage revivalist Martand Singh, an exhibition of textiles salutes the scale and excellence of the decade-long ‘Vishwakarma’ series

Sundaram Tagore’s film promotes the idea that great architecture belongs to humanity
Tue, Jan 16, 2018

New York-based art historian and gallerist Sundaram Tagore’s film Louis Kahn’s Tiger City takes its name from the ‘mini city’ in which the complex sits — Sher-e-Bangla Nagar.

Unto the Earth: Didi Contractor’s oeuvre is a story of rare beauty
Sun, Jan 14, 2018

From her alcove high in the mountains, Didi Contractor has spent decades making buildings in the image of nature. The 88-year-old self-taught architect’s oeuvre, like her life, is a story of rare beauty.

Urban Scapes: Work in Progress
Mon, Dec 25, 2017

How our cities were mapped and measured in 2017

Building Blocks: A Museum for the City
Sun, Dec 24, 2017

When an Ahmedabad mayor invited architect Le Corbusier to build Sanskar Kendra.

A unique exhibition of Thanjavur and south Indian paintings honours its collector Kuldip Singh’s passion
Fri, Dec 08, 2017

The 200 works on display include Thanjavur and other south Indian paintings. The paintings date as early as 19th century and depict rare subjects and stories that span the gamut of Hindu mythology.

History of architecture questioning the premise of reading a building
Thu, Dec 07, 2017

In an interview, M N Ashish Ganju talks about the sense of social purpose, finding one’s ancestry, and the museum of architecture

Pulp and Fiction: Artist Shubigi Rao talks about books, censorship and violence
Mon, Dec 04, 2017

As storyteller and compulsive archivist, Shubigi’s immersive tongue-in-cheek books, artworks and installations employ puns, both textual and visual.

Building Blocks: Art at Home
Sun, Dec 03, 2017

Triveni Kala Sangam hosts classrooms, studios and galleries. American architect Joseph Allen Stein gave the arts centre a democratic, human scale, making it intimate and approachable all at once.

Thai architect Patama Roonrakwit on building for the poor in Bangkok
Thu, Nov 30, 2017

Thai architect Patama Roonrakwit was in Delhi recently for WADe Asia, a platform for women architects, artists and designers.

Our cities are constantly evolving: Architect and historian Rabindra Vasavada
Sun, Nov 26, 2017

Architect and historian Rabindra Vasavada’s efforts to have 606-year-old Ahmedabad be declared a World Heritage City have borne fruit this year.

Courting Craft
Fri, Dec 01, 2017

A look at public spaces built after 1947.

Designer Sandeep Sangaru on his search for traditional techniques
Mon, Nov 13, 2017

Designer Sandeep Sangaru's designs made it to Christie’s London sale last month, earning him four times the Indian price for a bamboo coat stand designed by him

Made in India
Mon, Nov 06, 2017

From its cultural heritage to its industrial embrace, objects from India find mention in a book that honours form, material and memory

This too shall pass: Rahul Mehrotra on why he is rethinking the idea of permanence in cities
Sun, Nov 05, 2017

Architect Rahul Mehrotra draws attention to new ways of reading a city.

108 Curries in one: Annamma Kochamma’s cookbooks are like family heirloom
Sun, Oct 08, 2017

Annamma Kochamma's cookbooks on Kerala cuisine are, like a family heirloom, passed down generations.

As Light as Gold
Tue, Sep 26, 2017

An exhibition on zari honours its functionality as much as its technique

A river runs through it
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

A new fashion design brand is presenting high-quality Indian fabric to London

Haat of the Matter
Mon, Sep 11, 2017

The INA Dilli Haat, one of Delhi’s popular public spaces that revered handmade crafts for over two decades, has become a traders’ hub.

Teacher’s Day: Building Blocks
Tue, Sep 05, 2017

In a slum in Delhi, a primary school is made demolition-proof.

‘In Egypt, there is no separation between the political and normal’
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

Egyptian photographer Laura El-Tantawy’s photographic installation of her country’s revolution questions the notion of freedom.

Come into the Light
Wed, Aug 30, 2017

A grim factory in Noida turns into a sun-filled learning space, even as it holds on to its industrial past

Confidence of Tomorrow
Wed, Aug 23, 2017

A book of illustrations and stories by children impacted by the Batla House encounter in Delhi resurrects the hope of life through the everyday.

Where the earth meets the sky
Tue, Aug 22, 2017

Architect Shirish Beri’s constructions pay homage to an union between man and nature.

A City in Dialogue
Wed, Aug 09, 2017

A documentary on the practise of architecture presents multiple interpretations of the discipline

A Repository for Emotions
Wed, Jun 21, 2017

Australia-based museum conservator Vinod Daniel on how museums can be more than exhibition sites.

Investigating Spaces
Fri, Jun 09, 2017

The founders of Delhi-based architecture firm Morphogenesis, on their 20-year journey, which is now commemorated in a monograph, and their vision for the river Ganga.

Making Space: Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss on the importance of visionary designs and finding connections in a polarised world
Wed, Jun 07, 2017

Architect and theorist Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss on the importance of visionary designs, and finding connections in a polarised world. His studio Normal Architecture Office in New York, set up in 2003, would become a platform for studying cities that have seen abrupt change.

Building with the Senses
Mon, May 15, 2017

Singapore-based Argentine Ernesto Bedmar on his love for the tropics and questioning Indian architecture’s relevance in history

Eye to Eye: A graphic novel on philosopher UG Krishnamurti reinforces his idea of nothingness
Wed, May 10, 2017

This Dog Barking – The Strange Story of UG Krishnamurti (Harper Collins; Rs 599) calls 20th century’s most radical philosopher a “Cosmic Naxalite”.

Step Wise
Tue, May 09, 2017

Delhi participated in a global initiative to bring walks back into mainstream living.