FuturArc Prize 2017

The 2017 cycle of the annual FuturArc Prize took place from September 2016 to December 2016. The competition brief—to design a Green building that serves more than its intended purpose in connecting or repairing the systems in which it is embedded—attracted interest from more than 500 professionals and students from Asia and beyond. The brief […]

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Bringing global industry leaders in energy storage and microgrids to India

Mumbai hosted a specialised international conference and expo on energy storage and microgrids with an attendance of over 250 delegates and over 1,000 visitors. The 4th edition of Energy Storage India (ESI) was held at the Nehru Convention Centre, and was organised by Customized Energy Solutions and Messe Dusseldorf India and powered by India Energy […]

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Industrial Sustainability in India


Most industrial establishments in India have embarked on their sustainability journey only recently. With 8,000 members across all segments, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is a non-governmental, not-for-profit, industry-led organisation founded in 1895 that overlooks the concerns and development of the sector. In 2004, the CII-Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre (CII-Godrej GBC) was set […]

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From machine to habitat


The history of industrial architecture can tell you a lot about the evolution of health, environment and human dignity in the workplace. Providing wealth to its owners and millions of jobs to the labouring masses, the development of factories also brought the world mass production, pollution and the rapid growth of makeshift industrial communities. And […]

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Suhasini Ayer-Guigan


BJ: As a practitioner in the sphere of sustainable architecture that goes beyond just the built form, what do you think has changed in this field from the time you started your practice more than three decades ago? How has the perception of sustainability in architecture impacted the practice? SA: I finished architecture school in Delhi and […]

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Tangshan Organic Farm


The project is a processing workshop for organic food. Raw materials that come from organic food producing areas across the country are collected, processed and packed here, and the finished products are then distributed to other places. Sited on a rectangular flat area covering 6,000 square metres, it is surrounded by villages and farmhouses. Inspired […]

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Located in Kirti Nagar, a densely populated industrial market in Delhi, the project is a production unit of garments, a single facility that consolidates the manufacturing process of fabrics from raw materials to finished products, exclusively for export. Besides ensuring the inherent quality of fabrics and the finished garments, the clients wanted to establish a […]

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Rajasthan Solar Processing Zone


An initiative to showcase upcoming technologies in solar power generation, this solar farm is being promoted by a developer using a model of development that brings together multiple investors on one land. The developer is in effect selling serviced plots; providing cleaning, repair and maintenance services; metering and pooling of electricity; its transmission to the state grid; and disbursement […]

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Method South Side Soapbox


PROJECT DATA Industrial precincts traditionally conjure images of smokestacks—gritty, hardened buildings spewing effluents and breeding squalor in their wake. The Method Manufacturing Facility in the historic industrial town of Pullman, Chicago represents an effort to break this stereotype and construct a new, clean industrial model. “With Method’s factory, we wanted to become native to an urban community and create an […]

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Industrial Architecture


Industrial growth brings jobs but, if poorly regulated, it comes at an environmental and human cost—especially at the bottom end of the manufacturing pyramid. People living in informal settlements often depend on factories for jobs, the same ones that spew waste into the waterways. This issue examines two questions affecting industrial architecture: How might a […]

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