LA 66 |
EDITORIAL

These are cruel times. In the last few months, we have lot many luminous and passionate personalities related to the world of environment, spatial design, and planning – Sethuram Gopalrao Neginhal, conservationist, Sundarlal Bahuguna, crusader of Chipko, the first-ever community-led environmental movement in the country, and Dinesh Mohan, an engineer who became a flag bearer of the idea of public transport. Their powerful ideas and inspiring works have contributed immensely to the well-being of our cities, towns and environment. With the passing away of M.S. Ashish Ganju, architect and academician, the design fraternity has lost a very significant voice. It is a deep personal loss for us as well. With tributes pouring in from across continents, his path-breaking works and thought-provoking philosophical discourses of knowledge, intellect and wisdom will be cherished forever.

With the increase in the scale and complexities of institutional campuses, their design approach is now more diverse. Many inspirations for such developments are sited in regional landscapes, especially in the ways of conserving natural resources. Very often, these contemporary designs take in account diverse aspects of environmental management and placemaking, where professionals adopt radical approaches. In issue #38 [LA, Journal, May 2012], we featured a few of such developments. This issue showcases a few more.

A deep concern for nature, ecology, and local culture in development was the basis for the architectural practice of eminent architect Joseph Allen Stein, who practiced in India from the 60s till the late 90s. Snehanshu Mukherjee reviews Building in the Garden by Stephan White that documents his professional journey. In present times, learning from his practice attains a special significance. A new book, Radical City, shares some of these ideas of looking at the idea of “city”, not only from the lens of design and planning but also through other citizen-centric aspects.



MUNI GANJU
A WISE MAN OF INDIAN ARCHITECTURE

Narendra Dengle
 

A CANVAS OF POSSIBILITIES
Review by Geeta Wahi Dua


TIMELESS FLUX
IMBIBING LAND RITUALS INTO AN EDUCATIONAL CAMPUS

Sandip Patil
 

RESPONSIVE DESIGN
NIIT UNIVERSITY | NEEMRANA, RAJASTHAN

Vinod Gupta


THE QUIET AMERICAN
AN ACCOUNT OF A POSSIBLE INDIAN MODERNISM

Review by Snehanshu Mukherjee
 

EMBRACING THE WILDERNESS
 
CURRENT ISSUE: LA-66
tribute |

MUNI GANJU
A WISE MAN OF INDIAN ARCHITECTURE
Narendra Dengle

“BETWEEN THE EARTH AND THE SKY”
Geeta Wahi Dua

city and culture |

DECIPHERING URBANITY
GURGAON TO GURUGRAM
Review by Rajat Ray


A CANVAS OF POSSIBILITIES
RADICAL CITY
Review by Geeta Wahi Dua

design and planning |

PEBBLE IN A POND
UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES AS CATALYSTS FOR ‘SMART’
RURAL TRANSFORMATION
Rajeev Kathpalia


TIMELESS FLUX
IMBIBING LAND RITUALS INTO AN EDUCATIONAL CAMPUS
Sandip Patil


BRINGING IN NATURE
CARE CAMPUS, TRICHY
Mindspace Architects


RESPONSIVE DESIGN
NIIT UNIVERSITY | NEEMRANA, RAJASTHAN
Vinod Gupta


MICROCOSM OF CITY FABRIC
SOUTH ASIAN UNIVERSITY, NEW DELHI
Anupam Bansal


THE QUIET AMERICAN
AN ACCOUNT OF A POSSIBLE INDIAN MODERNISM
Review by Snehanshu Mukherjee


environment, ecology and biodiversity |

EMBRACING THE WILDERNESS
Landscape Environment Advancement Foundation [LEAF]


TRANSGRESSING WILDERNESS
INVESTIGATING THE WILDERNESS IDEA
IN THE URBAN REALM
Review by Rushika Khanna


OUTGROW
WILD AT HEART
Dhara Patel, Nishant Mittal & Parita Jani


RESTORATION OF MANJALPUR TALAV
VADODARA
Karmavir Ghatge and Associates


seeing the unseen |

THE “LAST RENAISSANCE” MAN?
Review by Sourav Roy















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