Self-driving cars and commercial use of public streets

In absence of proactive local regulations, self-driving cars will exploit city streets for commercial use. These vehicles will provide dining, retail, entertainment, and other services to passengers without paying commercial rent. They will redefine city life, disrupt real estate industry and free up spaces occupied by parking structures. Continue reading Self-driving cars and commercial use of public streets

Formal Structure in Islamic Architecture of Iran and Turkistan

Formal Structure in Islamic Architecture of Iran and Turkistan

Formal structure is the underlying system of order that unites the visible elements of architecture such as walls, columns, and roofs. This book takes a deep dive into selected examples of Islamic architecture of Iran and Turkistan. As a companion book to a traveling exhibition by the same name, this book encourages readers to go beyond the visible aspects of Islamic architecture of Iran and Turkistan to a deeper understanding of their formal structure. Continue reading Formal Structure in Islamic Architecture of Iran and Turkistan

Formal Structure in Indian Architecture

Formal Structure in Indian Architecture

Formal structure is the underlying system of order that unites the visible elements of architecture such as walls, columns, and roofs. This book takes a deep dive into selected examples of Hindu and Islamic architecture of pre-colonial India. As a companion book to a traveling exhibition by the same name, this book encourages readers to go beyond the visible aspects of Indian architecture to a deeper understanding of its formal structure Continue reading Formal Structure in Indian Architecture

Headquarters Building Entrance Inspired by Indian Architecture, Jersey City NJ

Headquarters Building Entrance Inspired by Indian Architecture, Jersey City NJ

“Project Reclaim” set urban revitalization in motion in Jersey City’s MLK Drive neighborhood. The project involved gut renovation of a quintessential Bank building and a new office building on two adjacent lots. The entrance to this project was marked by two minimalist pillars inspired by Indian architecture. Continue reading Headquarters Building Entrance Inspired by Indian Architecture, Jersey City NJ

Louis Kahn’s Legacy Lives on at IIM Ahmedabad

Louis Kahn’s Legacy Lives on at IIM Ahmedabad

The Management Institute at Ahmedabad in India demonstrates architect Louis Kahn’s fascination with expressiveness of commonly used building materials. His masterful architecture of brick and concrete was threatened by possible demolition a few months ago. However, strong lobbying by journalists, architects and preservationists around the world forced the institute to change its course, keeping Louis Kahn’s legacy alive Continue reading Louis Kahn’s Legacy Lives on at IIM Ahmedabad

The Starfish has landed:  Beijing’s new international airport

The Starfish has landed: Beijing’s new international airport

Bejing Daxing International Airport opened in 2019 as the world’s largest single building airport terminal. Its Starfish form has captured people’s imagination. It is expected to handle 72 million passengers per year by 2025. This airport is a fitting tribute to the legacy of architect Zaha Hadid, who died almost five years ago at the age of 66. Continue reading The Starfish has landed: Beijing’s new international airport

A Sustainable Island Community:  Mexcaltitlan

A Sustainable Island Community: Mexcaltitlan

The island of Mexcalatitlan de Uribe is known as the Mexican Venice. It traces its origin to the Aztlans of the Aztecs. Its round shape reflects their belief in moon worship, while its colorful houses and legendary history point to the birthplace of Mexico in 1,091 AD. This sustainable island community is full of adventure, ancient history, traditional culture, exotic wildlife and delicious food. Continue reading A Sustainable Island Community: Mexcaltitlan

Dholavira: The Rise and Fall of a Harrapan City

Dholavira: The Rise and Fall of a Harrapan City

The Harrapan city of Dholavira flourished for 1,200 years (3,000 BCE-1,800 BCE) as an important outpost of the Indus Valley civilization. Eventually, it succumbed to climate change and the shifting of rivers away from its shores. It lay buried for several millennia before being rediscovered in 1956. Dholavira is unique among Harrapan cities due to its elaborate water storage and distribution systems, well-organized town planning and sophisticated construction methods. Continue reading Dholavira: The Rise and Fall of a Harrapan City

Big and bold architecture: Copenhagen, Denmark

Big and bold architecture: Copenhagen, Denmark

If you like big and bold architecture, you will love Copenhagen and its world-renowned architect Bjarke Ingles (BIG). It is easy to see why Bjarke has become a cult figure in the world of architecture. You will see the hand of a daring architect in the big and bold suspended balconies at VM Houses, the apartments over a parking garage at Mountain Dwellings, and the giant mixed-use development shaped like the letter 8 at the 8 House. Continue reading Big and bold architecture: Copenhagen, Denmark

Vernacular Architecture: Thailand’s Floating Market

Vernacular Architecture: Thailand’s Floating Market

One of the most fascinating places to visit in Thailand is its floating market at Ayutthaya. It’s vernacular architecture includes intriguing wooden structures along the waterways with vendors selling their crafts and delicious Thai food. It is also a setting for local vendors to display traditional Thai costumes, and delight the visitors with interesting souvenirs. Continue reading Vernacular Architecture: Thailand’s Floating Market

Buddhist Architecture of Borobudur, Indonesia

Buddhist Architecture of Borobudur, Indonesia

The Buddhist Architecture of Borobudur displays how an ancient Mandala diagram can evolve into a three-dimensional work of architecture. In order to experience this transformation your journey begins at the foot of the stepped pyramid and takes you on a magical ride through countless Buddha statues in deep mediation overlooking the scenic landscape. Continue reading Buddhist Architecture of Borobudur, Indonesia