March 2009 Blog Posts (9)

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Decoding India's Rental Dynamics


JLLM Recent Report Authored by me

Most of us are aware of the reasons behind the unprecedented turn down of the Global and Indian economy. In the current real estate market scenario, Sentiment, Supply and Affordability would be the three forces which will affect the rental envelope in the near future. Our latest research provides insights… Continue

Added by Himadri Mayank on March 31, 2009 at 11:45pm — No Comments

The Joys of Free & Open Source Software

We love expensive software but there's nothing like good'ol free stuff. Here's a list of my favorite 'legal' free or open source software you need to get going.

Image Editing

Gimp (GNU Image Manipulation Program)

Gimp is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It's available for Mac, Windows and… Continue

Added by Vishal Charles on March 30, 2009 at 11:08pm — 1 Comment

Turtles all the way down

A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy. At the end of the lecture, a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said: "What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise." The scientist gave a superior smile before replying,… Continue

Added by Sabu Francis on March 26, 2009 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Shipping Container Architecture

A lot of cool stuff is happening with shipping containers these days. I got a chance to evaluate use of shipping containers for a project once which got axed because of lack of data & will. It can be tricky especially if you are trying to use shipping containers in a project for the first time; but there are some very creative solutions out there.

Check out Hybridseattle - a west coast… Continue

Added by Vishal Charles on March 20, 2009 at 2:00am — 8 Comments

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Retrofitting India's Central Business Districts (CBDs)

I might work on a paper - Retrofitting India's CBDs this year. Although my interests would be more on the cash flows evaluating the prospects of investment, I would definitely like an opinion of buddy architects and planners on the matter. I would also like to know about certain experiments which were probably done outside India in 70s or 80s.

Renovating Structure

- The CBDs of Indian cities - Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai mostly comprise of Grade B/B+ Office structures… Continue

Added by Himadri Mayank on March 13, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

First Apple DC store design finally approved....but

Apple finally managed to get a design for their first store in DC approved by U.S. Fine Arts Commission’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) AND the Old Georgetown Board (OGB). Many of us have dealt with committees and I guess there's no need to elaborate on how it goes. Apple purchased this site, an existing red brick building in Georgetown, back in 2007 and have been dealing with these 2 committees since then. The fifth design option that was finally approved is essentially a… Continue

Added by Vishal Charles on March 10, 2009 at 7:35pm — 2 Comments

a quick trip to see air force one

While in my home town, I took the 20 minute drive up to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Although I have been there a number of times in my childhood, I have not been since the addition of the new Air Force One Pavilion and the Boeing 707 that once carried Reagan and a number of other Presidents.

The Pavilion itself is a nice addition done by a local LA architect. The roof… Continue

Added by Jennie Santoro on March 10, 2009 at 2:58am — 2 Comments

exploring architecture in film

There are a handful of films that explore architecture, usually through the life and work of a well known architect. My Architect, the story of Louis Kahn, is the classic example that will always be playing in schools of architecture around the world. Film is a great medium to discuss architecture and it seems almost strange that there aren't more well known or well made films out there exploring built environment. Although I have not yet seen it, there is a new documentary on the film festival… Continue

Added by Jennie Santoro on March 8, 2009 at 12:00am — 7 Comments

Challenges and opportunities in design technology

In the state of Kerala, at the southern tip of the sub-continent of India there exists an ancient form of martial-arts called "kalaripayattu" or kalari for short. Some even consider it as one of the oldest forms of martial-arts: As Kerala was on the trade routes with China, this martial art could have been transported across and deposited in other regions of the world in various mutated forms. One interesting aspect of this martial-arts form is the way it recognized the importance of… Continue

Added by Sabu Francis on March 6, 2009 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

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