Urban transmog rification. Necessity for mutation of spaces.

Over millennia the human race has evolved to an extent that habits have diversified to a great extent associated with factors such as culture, climate, topography, ecology and economy. In the Indian context this diversification can be observed in every few kilometers of travel. However, one thing which unifies us is certainly the enthusiasm of the people, the vibrancy they portray in terms of physical aspects such as art, architecture, attire; or non-physical aspects like events, rituals, gatherings. This reflects in the organically evolved vigorous spaces which one often finds in the old towns and city centers. Although these spaces,

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The spirit of Tara.

A gifted architect will always design the open spaces of a building — the spaces mandated by local authority to be left open, such as setbacks, minimum uncovered area; the residual spaces between buildings; courtyards, parking, driveways, etc. — with the same precision, meticulousness, and painstaking detail, as the building itself. While most people can usually understand covered spaces, as defined by volume, shape, size, four walls and a roof, they are not so adept at evaluating the quality of that space which is not a finite structure. An irresponsible and lazy architect might dump his shoddy work onto a

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This beautiful modern design has a number of unique standout features.

The overall intention for this project was to allow the garden spaces around the dwelling to be optimised. When OFTB Landscape Architects first arrived at the site, its first comment was that, considering the slope and lack of existing retaining structures, the outside spaces were unusable.

It was extremely important to provide a concept to each space that would result in the area being used for a particular purpose. It was equally important that the homeowners could traverse the design easily to move between the spaces. However, the severe


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A Seattle karaoke joint gets the Japanese treatment

Think of Japanese design and what comes to mind? The neon pop of Tokyo’s Shinjuku neighborhood? The attention to detail and craft of an ancient Kyoto temple? For designers at Seattle-based mwlworks, the answer is a little of both, and it shows in the heady brew they’ve brought to Rock Box, an upscale karaoke joint in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.

“When the owners approached us, they had a different kind of karaoke experience in mind,” says principal Eric Walter. “It’s not the same in Japan as it is here, where it’s

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Let’s get something straight: small spaces don’t have to be boring. In fact, they are often more interesting than bigger spaces. As you can see from this month’s bold cover*, it’s about thinking big and using your imagination.

As we see it, a small space gives you license to have fun. You need to be creative in how you work with the size and the layout — this tends to lead to unique design solutions that would never have come into being in a larger space, where it’s easy to be lazy and follow the same old formula.

Case in

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Documenting urban open spaces heritage.

Various typologies of public spaces in the city of Delhi were documented by the First Year students of Department of Landscape Architecture, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi with objective to study the spatial organization, relationship to the city and various landscape aspects. The study was guided by Prof. Rommel Mehta, Minesh Parikh, Jasleen Waraich, Nandini Rewari and Pankaj Jain.


The Ajmal Khan Park is located at Karol Bagh — a northwestern part of Delhi. This park was named in honor of Hakim Ajmal Khan, a former President of the Indian National Congress and a founder

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Unique and inspiring designs on show


Perched on a ridge of the eastern Australian mountain range, facing the gradual sloping contours which stretch off into the horizon towards this continent’s vast deserts, Invisible House sits on an idyllic site with unimpeded views of majestic Australian topography. However, its position also leaves the structure exposed to the day¬long might of the sun and winds which sweep up the valley and across the range from the endless desert plains. Supreme technical skill and understanding of the climate was needed to create a home in this vast and untamed space,

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Big ideas for little spaces

Expert tips on how to give small spaces a big impact.

Not everyone has a big backyard to get creative with. For many people, especially those who live in the inner city, their «backyard» is limited to a balcony or small courtyard. And, just like any outdoor area, without a little design inspiration these spaces can end up as barren, wasted spots, useful for little more than drying the washing. Fortunately, there are plenty of imaginative ways to turn even the smallest space into an enticing outdoor room simply by using the same styling tricks you’d apply to any room

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This house’s design philosophy of contemporary minimalism simultaneously reflects a sense of detachment

Sumie is an ancient Asian art form of pen and ink drawing. It is minimalistic, comprising the fewest brush strokes in monochrome to capture the essence of a subject. Sumie paintings are characterised by the contrast of dark and light and the vast empty spaces left in their composition. The pictorial emptiness represents the Buddhist philosophy of detachment while the brush strokes capture feelings visually.

Ashish Patel, Nikhil Patel and Vasudev Shcta of Ace Associates wittingly turned this Anand house into a giant canvas that creatively expresses

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In Moscow in 2012 created 136 thousand new parking spaces

In Moscow in 2012 created 136 thousand new parking spaces, said today at an operational meeting in the government of Moscow deputy mayor for transport Maxim Liksutov. He recalled that the November 1, 2012 launched a pilot project paid parking in the center of Moscow. The project covers a number of Coach, Petrovka Street and adjacent streets. Peak occupancy of cars — from 50% to 65%, the RBC korrspondent.

Recall that in 2011 the city had made a record number of parking spaces — about half a million.

Until the end of 2012 in Moscow, scheduled to be operational 6-plane

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