Shiny Varghese

Articles By Shiny Varghese

Architect Tay Kheng Soon on nurturing small businesses and visions for a green economy

He was in Kollam, Kerala, as a keynote speaker at the National Conference of the Institute of Urban Designers India (IUDI) last month.

Building Blocks: How the City Centre mall captured the spirit of Kolkata

When the City Centre mall opened in Salt Lake, Kolkata, in June 2004, it was a hybrid mall with closed and open spaces.

The last straw

Meet the tribe of Indians trying to live plastic-free and sustainably

Delhi’s Central Vista redevelopment project needs transparency and accountability

The buildings of the redeveloped Central Vista were given life-span extensions, which increased from 150 years to 250 within the hour-long press conference by Puri. For this, they will need to work with a material other than concrete, which only has a longevity of approximately 70 years.

Task is to provide new building for Parliament, a space for people to enjoy: Architect Patel

Patel agreed that the Parliament’s central vista bears similarities with the Gujarat legislative assembly’s central vista, but is not without its challenges.

Firm behind Sabarmati riverfront beats five others to bag Lutyens’ Delhi revamp project

The firm, headed by Dr Bimal Patel, beat five bidders to bag the coveted project, which is expected to be completed by 2024. Patel’s firm, set up by his father Hasmukh C Patel in 1960, designed the Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad, and the Central Vista and state secretariat in Gandhinagar, when Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister.

‘Urbanism is about imagining futures’

Kazi Khaleed Ashraf on the architecture of Bangladesh and living with water

Architect Neelam Manjunath on working with bamboo that’s tougher than steel

Her first project at Manasaram Architects in 1999 came from Karnataka’s only female governor, VS Ramadevi. In Raj Bhavan, Manjunath had to remodel a dilapidated brick building, which would become a space to entertain VIPs.

Hyderabad Design Week will showcase the city’s entrepreneurial skills in offering global solutions

Design consultant Elizabeth John of Alcubis Design Solutions will present the ‘Pochampally Project’ at the Rajeev Gandhi International Airport to illustrate the region’s distinctive double-weave ikat.

A Space to Call My Own: What makes a house a home?

Househunting is pretty much like finding a partner. One needs to feel secure, be assured of ample space, know just how private or public one wants to be.

Central Vista project: Days before bidding, architects seek clarity

With the IIA Haryana Chapter and the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA) Alumni Association, New Delhi, the architects elaborated on four aspects of the multi-crore project.

A passage for all

Differently-abled-friendly public spaces are the need of the times.

An exhibition of textiles presents the range of experiments done in pattern and material in Varanasi

Made possible by the Devi Art Foundation, the exhibition curated by Pramod Kumar KG of Eka Archiving Services, is dedicated to the memory of Suresh Neotia and Martand Singh, patrons who found merit in Rahul Jain’s research.

Delhi: Architecture firms feel left out, cite issues with project criteria

An advertisement in the newspapers on September 2, for the appointment of an architectural consultant for the project, laid down criteria that architects say even the most established firms in India will find difficult to match.

Vasant Kamath passes away: ‘He gave mud buildings a brand value’

His practice with architect-wife Revathi — Kamath Design Studio in Delhi — grew world renowned for their use of locally available materials and sensitivity to crafts and local skills.

A conclave on modern heritage in architecture sought to explore its relevance and value systems

Themed on Modern Heritage, the conference provoked issues about pedagogy and practice of architecture in India.

Geoffrey Bawa, the Master Architect of Sri Lanka motivated by beauty

In his birth centenary year, a look at Geoffrey Bawa’s legacy of blending the past and the local into contemporary designs

Building Blocks: As demolition threat and court cases cloud Kala Academy Goa, it stares at an uncertain future

Watch This Space:  A look at public spaces built after 1947.

Raising the pitch

In his solo, artist Sayanthan Samanta draws attention to shrinking farmlands at the cost of urbanisation

Building Matters

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