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Apurva Bose Dutta launches her book, Architectural Voices of India

Ar. Apurva Bose Dutta, an award-winning architectural journalist from Bengaluru speaks with Gallopper about her recently-released book, ARCHITECTURAL VOICES OF INDIA, and a little more. Architectural Voices of India: A Blend of Contemporary and Traditional Ethos, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK is Apurva’s first book as an author. It features the journeys of 17 iconic architects of India, and, simultaneously assimilates their thoughts, perspectives and visions to understand where the architecture and building industry is heading and where Indian architecture is positioned in the…

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Space as a starting point for innovation

A mutual fund from Parnassus Investments, comprised exclusively of companies with outstanding workplaces, has given a 9.63 percent annualized return as against an overall S&P index of 5.58 during the same period. Investing in workplace happiness ensures organisations stay on top. Space is, and can be used as a starting point for innovation. But are we? Across several decades, test after test in social science has shown that when humans are given a simple set of rules to solve a problem, with a clear destination,…

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FINDING YOUR BALANCE-WORKPLACE STRATEGIES

By 2020, millennials will occupy 50% of workplaces, many of them in decision making positions. The physical & digital form of workplaces has to reflect the needs and aspirations of a generation which has grown up in a digital age. Organisations have to make a fundamental shift within their workplaces, as millennials no more ‘need to come to work’. Godrej Interio and iDream present a first of its kind workshop series in India, to sensitize organisations and professionals on this fundamental shift; as well as…

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Meet the 63 years young Architect, Bobbie Vijayakkar, an “origami maniac”

Bobbie Vijayakkar firmly believes, “Just because you are breathing at this moment…. that’s not living? But if you are pursuing your passion and also enjoying it….thats what is living!” And he lives his life by this dictum. The decisive, action oriented and result focused Bobbie Vijayakkar, completed his formal education in Architecture from the country’s premier institute Sir J.J. College of Architecture, Mumbai in 1977 and registered with the Council of Architecture, Delhi. He is an Associate Member of the Indian Institute of Architects and Associated…

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Innovation in the face of Change – Workshop held in Mumbai

  The workshop  on “Innovation in the face of change” wad held last Sunday, July 30th in Mumbai. It was conducted by Parthajeet Sarma of iDream (see www.idream.in), in association with Ideactio, at Workbay, Mumbai on July 30, 2017. The programme was organised by Gallopper. It was well attended by stalwarts from various domains from across the country.                

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Architecture expressing synergy and a global spirit : Architect Rahul Kadam

Architect Rahul Ajeet Kadam graduated from the BKPS college of Architecture, Pune University, India and has a Master’s degree from South Bank University, London, U.K, in Health care Planning and Design. He was a student member at Architectural Association, London, UK. His quest for excellence has helped him to be part of award winning projects of repute in a career spanning a little over 2 decades. He  travelled extensively before beginning work with leading architects like Ar. Bimal Patel, Ar. Hasmukh Patel, Kamal Malik and…

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Architect Samruddha Mogal : In search of the perfect angle & composition

“I couldn’t understand how photography became my passion from a hobby,” reminisces Samruddha Mogal, an architect in private practice, in Nashik for last 18 years for whom photography has been a hobby since childhood as he learned the basics from his architect father. Samruddha received his first digital camera in year 2002 and started doing digital photography. While in a study tour to Jaipur –Ajmer in 2003, he discovered that, some of the images shot by him were good compositions and needed to be preserved.…

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Gallopper Talks 2017 – A Report

On Friday March 3rd, 2017 Architects, Engineers, Designers, Businessmen, Professors, turned up in large numbers to witness the first Gallopper Talks in Navi Mumbai at the auditorium of LTIADS (Lokmanya Tilak Institute of Architecture and Design Studies). It was brought to Navi Mumbai by Gallopper in association with LTIADS. Gallopper Talks is a series of inspiring talks centred around urban issues, construction and sustainability. The main intention of Gallopper Talks is to push the Building and Construction industry forward, by embracing change and innovation, and…

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Transcending the boundaries of space – DCA Architects

DCA Architects, an award-winning, multi-disciplinary design firm, based out of New Delhi, India was founded in 1996. The firm has accomplished architecture and design projects across diverse scales and typologies over the last two decades. At DCA, a conscious effort is made to use local, sustainable materials and technology, which reinforce traditional crafts and skill-sets of the craftsmen, while minimizing the impact on the environment as far as possible. Each project is therefore not a cookie-cutter solution, but climate-appropriate and designed to meet specific needs…

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Delivering Crisp Cool Projects – Aijaz Hakim

“The strength of our work lies in a very modern and non-conformist approach to the profession, as is evident in our projects. A hallmark of our work is always a clean, crisp coolness to the project,” says Aijaz H. Hakim who as Principal of AHA (Aijaz Hakim Architect), brings over 20 years of comprehensive experience. AHA was founded in Pune, India in 1994. It is a multidisciplinary firm that has completed a broad range of projects in architecture, landscape and interior design. Aijaz, brings his…

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Creating new and refreshing structures – Anindita Chaudhary and KR Vishwanath

Experimentation, risk and meeting intelligent people drives Anindita Chaudhary, Founder of Studio of Creative Chaos (SoCC), and she is passionate about architecture, interiors, art, technology, adventure sports, cooking and travelling.  Interestingly, she has tested a lot of things starting from programming, introduction to machines like CNC 3-7axis, laser cutters, 3D printers, hitech softwares like catia, rhino, grasshopper generative components (bim), revit, web design, advanced metals to various adventure sports like swing jump 100 feet, cliff diving into the water 100 feet, basic surfing course, snorkeling,…

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Delivering Innovative Designs Optimizing Human Well Being

Architect Yash Patel and Architect Rachita Patel,  Principal Architects at Ergo d novate believe in delivering innovative design solutions which optimizes human well being and overall system performance. Yash Patel completed his B.Arch and his expertise is delivering contextual, climate and client friendly designs with systematic execution. Rachita Patel has done her B.arch following which she did her Post Graduation in Industrial design  (Ceramic and Glass Design) from the prestigious National Institute of Design. Their creative global firm, Ergo d novate is based in Gujarat and…

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Architect Chandrashekhar Kanetkar | Designing with integrity, creativity and conviction

Architect Chandrashekhar Kanetkar believes that the emotional make up of the client and his relationship with his built form is of utmost importance and that is what sustains his team as they plan each project. Here is a video interview of Architect Chandrashekhar Kanetkar with Architect Sibani Sarma, CEO of Gallopper, as he bares the soul behind his designs. Architect Chandrashekhar Kanetkar, a graduate from M.S. University, Baroda with a Gold Medal in design, has won many design competitions held by Lalit Kala Academy, NASA, MSSIDC…

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Architecture can change the world – Kingshuk Datta (KD)

Kingshuk Datta once re-mastered Laurie Baker’s famous quote as: ‘I learn my architecture by watching what nature does; in any case it is always the pragmatic and laterally evolving because nature does it. They don’t even employ builders, or for that matter architects, the living beings do it themselves. Every being builds. The job works. You can see it in the various manifestations of nature – the way a tree fractal structure works with a lot of complexities that arise from simple programming. I’m absolutely certain that Emergent Design is one of the answers.” Kingshuk…

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Kiron Cheerla, to whom context, client, materials and technology matter

Kiron Cheerla, lead at Kiron Cheerla Architecture (kca) is committed to the design of buildings, not just its function, appearance and spatial quality, but also other important factors such as context, client, materials, technology etc. Kiron Cheerla wanted to become an architect at a very early age and he passed with a gold medal from the school of planning and architecture, J.N.T.University in 1994. He pursued Master of Architecture from University of Texas, at Arlington and later. worked in R.P.G.A. design group in Texas (a small…

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Evolving with ever changing time and environment – Matai Associates

“In these fast changing times, the desire to keep abreast, requires exploration and understanding of emerging trends in all walks of life. Architectural Design has to address the spatial, physiological and technical needs of the users/consumers in this multi-cultural environment. Our desire and attempt is to, constantly, excel, improvise and innovate, with all the available resources – to create environments which can establish new standards. The responsibility of our profession demands accountability, not just to our users orconsumers, but also to the society at large.…

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Ingenuity is a gift – Architect Harsh Boghani

“Ingenuity is a gift, and often, it is the most talented, intelligent and artistic minds that have the ability to observe, imbibe and  react to circumstances to create something that is out-of-the-box. Most of the time, these discoveries or creations are a result of weird interventions, random conversations or chance encounters.”  reflects Architect Harsh Boghani in an introspective note. The founder member of The Crossboundaries in coherence with Ar. Shailesh Boghani, Ar.Harsh Boghani pursued his B.Arch from SVIT, India with a gold medal and further…

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Merging aesthetics and functionality – Rohan Haksar

RRH Design started out of Rohan Haksar’s interest in merging aesthetics and functionality. It is this philosophy which ensures that they innovate and design and that no two projects are even remotely the same. RRH Design, a boutique architectural studio, designs and executes projects that are tailor-made to the requisite of each client – an approach that allows the end-user to appreciate personalised design in a whole new light. RRH Designs is a successful union between a unique choice of materials and contemporary new-age technologies that…

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A Candid Video Interview with the Legend, Architect Prem Nath

Premier Architect Prem Nath, established Prem Nath and Associates in 1967 as an Architectural and Interior Designing Firm offering engineering services all over India. Prem Nath is a cheerful and passionate human being and his demeanor is almost infectious. He has a child-like enthusiasm and passion to think way ahead of his time.  Here is a candid interview with the legend. Premier Architect Prem Nath, is one of the most celebrated architects of India.  He is the recipient of “Design Legend” felicitation from Society Interiors in 2015 and One…

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Video interview with Architect & Urban Sanitation interventionalist Pratima Joshi

Pratima Joshi, Director and Founder, Shelter Associates, has worked in the area of sustainable low cost housing and sanitation for the urban poor for nearly 25 years. Using concepts like multi-stakeholder consultation, user-centered design and participative governance long before they were fashionable, her approach has evolved to include the following principles: 1. Understanding the true situation before making plans—collect data and speak with all involved parties 2. Designing spaces, whether building for the poor or toilets, must account for habits and ambitions of residents/users, rather than…

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“From Concept to Concrete”, work-mantra of Medha & Pavan Kakade

“From Concept to Concrete”, is the work-mantra of Kreative House – a young and vibrant, multi-disciplinary firm with a team of architects, interior designers, civil engineers, research assistants and surveyors. Founded in 2002 by Medha Kakade, who received her architectural degree from Appasaheb Birnale College of Architecture in 1999. Her first job was with the reputed architectural and interiors’ firm of Sangli–Parikh Associates. Kreative House has grown in size and credibility – handling more than twenty five projects a year. In 2012 Pavan Kakade joined Medha and her team. Pavan,…

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Good design is what works the best – Architect Amey Dahanukar

“Design is a journey of discovery and a good design is what works the best”, believes Amey Dahanukar. Having completed his Architecture from Rachana Sansad’s Academy of Architecture in Mumbai, he went on to do a Master’s Degree from University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in UK. Amey founded ARA Designs in 2011 and is the inspiration behind it. He is also a partner of Dahanukar Associates. ARA Designs is a young and dynamic Architecture, Urbanism and Design firm. From large architectural ideas to the smallest of furniture details,…

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Inventive Architect Abin Chaudhuri on holistic development – Video interview

Spending his initial years in rural West Bengal, attending a ‘Pathshala’, with sheer grit and determination, he has risen to become a front-runner with projects across the globe. Architect Abin Chaudhuri has never done it conventionally; post Architecture he went on to do a course on Industrial Design. Abin graduated from Jadavpur University, Kolkata in 1998 and pursued specialisation in Industrial Design at Domus Academy, Milan in 2003. He is an architect, innovator, quirky designer and inspired entrepreneur. His creative mind is constantly in the…

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