Shiny Varghese

Articles By Shiny Varghese

Building Matters

A conference in Goa on modern heritage will focus on the challenges of legacies across the subcontinent

A set of maps on Varanasi routes heritage through its temples, craft and symbolic journeys

Each map is a result of three decades of research by INTACH’s respective departments — Intangible Cultural Heritage, Natural Heritage and Architectural Heritage.

How Pune’s iconic Prabhat Studios became the prestigious FTII

How a film studio gave way to an iconic campus.

Feeding Minds

A lecture platform of 20 years connects generations of architects to their peers.

How the Bombay Stock Exchange building got its distinctive shape

The story behind the design of Phiroze Jeejeebhoy Towers which houses the BSE.

A recent book One Heart. Two Worlds: The Story of the Jews of Kochi presents the stories of a community that arrived on Kerala shores in 1000 CE

Chronicled by scholar and historian KS Mathew and creative director and writer Yamini Nair, the anecdotes come together through “handwritten song diaries, memoirs, kosher recipes, Hebrew plays and synagogue rituals”.

Lessons from Bengaluru on how to reclaim our water bodies

The revival of lakes and tanks is bringing water back into the public realm.

A new anthology offers perspective on the identities of a ‘bystander’

A project called Bystander — in print and web — aims to understand the many definitions of the word “bystander” in the South Asian context.

Building Blocks: Whose Claim is it Anyway?

A recent court ruling on buildings and demolitions throws up questions of heritage, preservation.

An exhibition in Mumbai highlights how a city becomes home to strangers

The project focussing on “Making Heimat” (making home) investigates the urban, architectural, and social conditions of arrival in cities — how strangers who come to cities in search of life, livelihood, safety, and alter the way the city works, and the way they live.

‘We are marked by the architecture of our homes’: Rohan Shivkumar

Lovely Villa — Architecture as Autobiography, a 30-minute film directed by Mumbai-based architect and urban designer Rohan Shivkumar and filmmaker-cinematographer Avijit Mukul Kishore, is a conversation around Correa’s LIC Colony in the coastal suburb of Borivali.

Come Full Circle

A film on migrant labourers points to how they pay the price for urbanism.

Building Blocks: The architect who designed many of Chennai’s landmark buildings

With Chennai’s Kothari Building, the late SL Chitale showed how local conditions influence architecture.

Harvest of motifs: A 35-year-old school gets an artistic makeover

It indeed reaffirmed what economist EF Schumacher said of an “entirely new system of thought, a system based on attention to people, and not to goods”.

‘A walkable city keeps us close to our real selves’: Heritage revivalist Lokesh Ohri

A travel primer on the Doon Valley points us towards stories and places that are forgotten.

Building Blocks: Why the Delhi zoo doesn’t have conventional enclosures

Delhi Zoo was planned as a space sound in ecology, with no cages.

A retrospective on the late architect CP Kukreja presents his focus of material science and sustainable construction

Founder of the 50-year-old firm CP Kukreja Architects (CPKA), Kukreja passed away last year at the age of 80. A retrospective of his work is on display at the Sushant School of Art and Architecture (SSAA), Ansal University, till May 31.

Dutch designer Jeroen van Erp on his new book, embracing complexity and why people should vote on their birthday

With architect Sourabh Gupta of Noida-based Studio Archohm, Fabrique collaborated on Agra city branding. The idea was to optimise the cultural assets of the city and make it a brand that everyone, from the tourism department to the hotelier or an autowallah, could embrace.

A pop-up pavilion, designed and crafted in India, wins an international award

Shortlisted among submissions from across the world, the handcrafted pavilion is an ode to the friendship between India and France.

A museum that wants to tell the story of India’s natural history

The Indian Museum of Earth can be a repository of fossils, stories and research.