Architecture Archive

Future belongs to driverless trains

Driverless trains have become a reality in today’s time. Having got two antennae for sending out and receiving signals on both sides of track, the train ‘wakes up’ automatically at a pre-programmed time for reaching its designated track, says Namrita Kalsi, Chief Architect, New Delhi Municipal Council. In an interaction with Shashi Kumar Sharma of

Curiosity drives design innovation

Keeping sustainability as the focal point of its design process, Blocher Partners India is trying to bring simple, timeless architecture to its customers by incorporating ideas of sustainability. The architecture firm seeks to provide comfortable space for users while using minimum energy. Principal Architect and Managing Director, Hartmut Wurster discussed vital elements in the design

Functional, ecological designs will cater to growing population

The need to seek quality of life while selecting a new home still remains for a potential home-buyer. There is likely to be positive increase in exchange of finance and migration locally as well as internationally in the wake of cities becoming smart. The smart city concept will generate employment and education in huge numbers,

Urban design enhances livability

Majorly cities around the world are coming up with innovative solutions to integrate urban land use, transport, energy and housing policies, for improving the lives of their citizens. To make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, implementing sustainable development agenda is imperative. More inclusive and integrated pathways to city and urban planning

Expertise, sufficient funds will bring plans to fruition

Construction activities in India, if are leveraged enough, would aid meeting the goal of building smart cities. While decisions are mostly taken by engineering lobbies, bureaucrats or politicians, there is a need to better involve professionals and narrow down the focus on addressing problems afflicting cities, according to Architect Surinder Bahga, Saakaar Foundation. What are

Need for stronger infra, policies for faster implementation

The construction industry calls for embracing advanced techniques for building smart and sustainable infrastructure. Managing overall efficiency is becoming increasingly challenging given that systems, like energy, transportation, building management, waste management, among others, have been operated more or less independently, says Ar. S.K. Goel, Conarch Architects. What are the major challenges faced while developing smart

Holistic approach to creating equitable, aesthetic environment

Cities need to connect more closely with the realms of ecology, technology, economics, management and humanities. According to Prof. Charanjit Singh Shah, Founding Principal, Creative Group, smart city is a city which uses information and communication technologies (ICT) to make its critical infrastructure as well as its components and public services provided, more interactive and

Viability gap funding may ease projects

A lot of cities in India have fruitfully transformed into smart cities through the adoption of technology traversing areas such as transportation, energy, water management, healthcare amongst others. A smart city requires seamlessly interconnected systems that can be retrofitted over the existing infrastructure to build world-class smart cities in India. However, such systems need to

Areas should be citizen-centric, investor-friendly

Innovative and advanced technology should be brought in to India and a large area with glossy high-rise towers shall be called smart city; one must understand that smart city is an urban development strategy. According to Ar. Prem Nath, Prem Nath & Associates smart city, should be about how citizens are shaping the city, and

Time-based mapping is crucial

Designing a smart city seems to be one of the biggest challenges as the way a society works differs from place to place. Basically, cities are designed to accommodate human behaviour and needs. It is essential to have a detailed data analysis on the human behaviour and time-based usage of zones to create an efficient