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Finding solutions to urban issues is always a great thing to do. What’s even better is when architects, planners and visionaries make use of existing infrastructure and amenities to improve the urban fabric and the social conditions of neighborhoods and cities.

UPDATE: New York’s Lowline park recently got approval from the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) President Maria Torres-Springer which means that soon, the underground park project will be a reality. While the Metropolitan Transit Authority had shown interest in the space last fall, the Lowline team was awarded conditional use due to the high community impact such a space would have.

In the near future, Lowline would become one of the first of a kind underground parks in the world!

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the grand teton

It’s the end of another week and surely, content of some amazing mountains and national parks is just like adding insult to injury. However, this is one video that just cannot be missed!

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Found this video about base-jumping and the tragic story of two best friends, Matt Blanc and Ian Flanders.
The story is a shift from the typical GoPro features and presents a combination of GoPro and other archival footage.

Most touching and somewhere deep down, inspiring.

Over the last two years, I’ve been reading about and finding so many amazing and interesting places on the map that it puts the entire scale and diversity of the planet into perspective. Taking into account how we understand and interact our planet and immediate environment, this series: Earth Panoramas, will aim at looking at various land-forms, cities and natural features from the sky –  a perspective we rarely get to enjoy.

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With developments on the architecture front taking place at a much faster pace than before, it’s been a while since I’ve wanted to do a post that reflects on the practice and the state of architecture. Doha based Al Jazeera had produced a series called ‘Rebel Architecture’ that revolved around the lives and works of certain architects from around the world, who have moved away from the typical practice typology onto one that involves contributing to society in a fashion that greatly respects the profession and context.

I plan to write this as a series that would cover every architect that was featured, in an individual article. When I look back at what every one of them have achieved, it is inspiring to see how little spaces and small projects go a long way in creating meaningful architecture. You don’t have to be a big-banner firm nor do you need to have your hands full with a dozen commissions. What the ‘rebel’ architects go on to highlight is the impact that meaningful, functional architecture can create.

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The Falcon 9 recently made its second landing on the barge Of Course I Still Love You, to the surprise and amazement of the entire Space X team and millions watching from around the world. With the Falcon 9 achieving what it did, humanity has taken another step in their quest to understand space and the universe and what lies beyond.

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I have lived in Bangalore for a really long time and over the years, I have witnessed how the city has changed in terms of its politics, economics and demographics. What started off as a conservative, retirement paradise has grown into a metropolitan, competing with other international cities in terms of services, infrastructure and lifestyle.

A few days ago, the internet caught whiff of an Indian Institute of Science report that read: ‘Bengaluru will be an unlivable, dead city in 5 years’. If saying things nicely all this while hasn’t been getting the attention of the masses, being radical definitely gets the job done.

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There are always Two Sides to development – Standing tall against the backdrop of a landfill scourged by scavengers, the Embassy Lake Terraces apartments; promises of luxury and better living.

embassy lake terraces

Housing is becoming one of humanity’s biggest concerns of the future. Are we Architects even helping the cause?

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