International Flavor in Bangalore Architecture
Jun11

International Flavor in Bangalore Architecture

Post-independence, architecture and landscape design in India represents collective thinking, which is shaped by socio-cultural traditions, political thinking, economic policies, and international standards. Bangalore, being one of the fastest developing metropolises of modern India, typically mirrors architecture style that reinterprets international flavor. Of late, the city has witnessed the growing influence of international architects who provide an international touch to both residential and commercial sectors. International architects are currently leading the high-end segment of Bangalore’s architecture style, bringing in global trends and blending the same with unique local-ethnic ideas to develop a hybrid design that caters to the taste and preferences in India. Bangalore is witnessing consistent demand for residential and commercial space by the rapidly flourishing IT sector, which has led to a growth of the construction industry at a fast pace. No wonder, architects are having a good time over the past two decades, with unparalleled opportunity for creativity and innovation in architecture and landscape. Now, they are all set to improve their footprint in modern real estate scenario as high-end properties are doing well in the city currently. Foreign Influence in Bangalore’s Architectural Design In Bangalore, Whitefield, Sarjapur, Marathahalli, Kanakapura, and parts of North Bangalore such as Devanahalli and Hebbal are witnessing extensive real estate properties that mirror cutting-edge international design trends. Such design trends, with international flavor, are prominently targeted at the younger working population, especially from the IT sector, which as migrated to the West in pursuit of lucrative career opportunities and a modern lifestyle in Bangalore. However, the “international revolution” isn’t typical of an elderly middle-class population of Bangalore since majority of them prefer staying in houses with traditional designs. In certain cases, the younger generation demonstrates a propensity to buy apartments with state-of-the-art international facilities to ensure a comfortable stay. Today, modern Bangalore represents luxury villas that are meticulously built in San Francisco or Italian style, giving an international touch to the landscape. Moreover, there is a growing demand for row houses as that in England as well as independent houses within the gated community as you can find in Bellevue in Seattle or Albany in New York. The international architects strive to replicate the real estate architectural designs of Europe and the U.S. in residential and commercial landscape of Bangalore. From an overall perspective, luxury residences and commercial spaces built on international style are relatively high in demand and doing well. Therefore, it has been possible for the builders to ask for high operating margins. International architects have assessed the potential of Bangalore’s real estate market and are confident that the city is all set to make the giant leap towards...

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World Environment Day -2014
Jun05

World Environment Day -2014

World Environment Day, also popularly known as Environment Day is observed every year on 5th June to promote awareness on the importance of preserving our bio diversity and the need to identify the problems related to our environment and ways to take corrective action. World Environment Day was established in year 1972 by United Nations General Assembly, and, the first World Environment Day was celebrated in 5th June,1973. It was on this day that the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment was held to tackle challenges being faced by environment such as global warming, climate change, disasters and conflicts, harmful substances, environmental governance, ecosystem management and efficient use of resources. The 26 Principles of the Stockholm Declaration: The Stockholm Declaration was an output of this first global environmental conference (United Nations Conference on the Human Environment) held in Stockholm from June 5-16, 1972. This declaration is a major milestone in the evolution of international environmental law. 1. Human rights must be asserted, apartheid and colonialism condemned 2. Natural resources must be safeguarded 3. The Earth’s capacity to produce renewable resources must be maintained 4. Wildlife must be safeguarded 5. Non-renewable resources must be shared and not exhausted 6. Pollution must not exceed the environment’s capacity to clean itself 7. Damaging oceanic pollution must be prevented 8. Development is needed to improve the environment 9. Developing countries therefore need assistance 10. Developing countries need reasonable prices for exports to carry out environmental management 11. Environment policy must not hamper development 12. Developing countries need money to develop environmental safeguards 13. Integrated development planning is needed 14. Rational planning should resolve conflicts between environment and development 15. Human settlements must be planned to eliminate environmental problems 16. Governments should plan their own appropriate population policies 17. National institutions must plan development of states’ natural resources 18. Science and technology must be used to improve the environment 19. Environmental education is essential 20. Environmental research must be promoted, particularly in developing countries 21. States may exploit their resources as they wish but must not endanger others 22. Compensation is due to states thus endangered 23. Each nation must establish its own standards 24. There must be cooperation on international issues 25. International organizations should help to improve the environment 26. Weapons of mass destruction must be eliminated So, from Stockholm, the environment agenda led to the Brundtland Commission (where the idea of sustainable development came to fore for the first time in its report, Our Common Future), and then to the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit in 1992, which gave birth to UN conventions on climate change, biodiversity and desertification World...

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Emergence of Dwarka Expressway
May28

Emergence of Dwarka Expressway

With the growing urban population across the National Capital Region and increasing preference of consumers to stay closer to work places as well as opt for hassle free & faster routes to work places, prompted Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) to commission  an eight-lane expressway, known as Dwarka Expressway also known as the Northern Peripheral Road. The Dwarka Expressway Corridor starting at Dwarka, New Delhi and terminates at Kherki Dhaula on NH-8, Gurgaon has turned out to be a big attraction for real estate developers, investors and end users alike in the last 4-5 years. The entire Expressway stretch will act as an alternate link road between Delhi and Gurgaon. The biggest influential role the expressway is expected to play is to ease the traffic situation on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway. The entire 18 km long expressway project is being developed by India bulls Group under public private partnership (PPP). Backed by powerful infrastructure development plan for the stretch, Dwarka-Gurgaon Expressway is now registering the biggest real estate development. The eight lanes, 150 meter wide and 18 km long Dwarka Expressway will play an important role for the daily commuters from Delhi to Gurgaon and vice versa. The expressway will be providing them a congestion free travel especially when the Delhi- Gurgaon Expressway has witnessed highest number in traffic volume growth. Once finished, Dwarka Expressway is expected to be one of the best motorways to journey from Delhi to Manesar. Real Estate Developers with their projects in Dwarka, Gurgaon and along the Expressway are depending on the completion of the Expressway project to get them the desired return on investment (ROI). More than 33,000 houses are under construction along different sectors of Dwarka-Gurgaon Expressway. Around 50% of the expected houses will be ready for possession in the next 12-18 months period. Proximity to the IGI airport, the Delhi Aero City, and the forthcoming Diplomatic Enclave in Dwarka, the Dwarka Expressway has achieved similar growth rate curve as premium Gurgaon locations like Golf Course Extension Road and National Highway (NH)-8. With the increasing number of corporates & MNC’s operating out of Gurgaon, coupled with the locational advantages, Dwarka-Gurgaon Expressway has emerged as an attractive alternative destination for residential users eyeing either Dwarka or Gurgaon. Dwarka Expressway, a boon to real estate The completion of Dwarka-Gurgaon Expressway will give huge boost to the real estate development in this area. As a number of properties start getting completed on this expressway, more and more end users will be interested to moving here. Over the period of time, Dwarka Expressway will evolve into a seamlessly prime real estate destination for variety of end users...

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The Importance of Practicing Recycling
May26

The Importance of Practicing Recycling

Recycling – An Environment Friendly Approach Recycling is the production of new products or materials from (recyclable) materials that would otherwise be considered waste. The process of recycling includes collecting recyclable materials, sorting them out, and sending different materials to different areas for processing. These processed raw materials are then sent to manufacturing units where different kinds of products are made from them. Today, you find more and more recycled products being used everywhere. Some of these products have total recycled content and some have partial recycled content. Common house hold items that are made from recycled material include newspaper, tissue paper, paper napkins, aluminium rolls, plastic containers and bottles, paper bags, steel cans etc. Key Benefits Recycling is a key strategy to reduce solid waste that is sent to landfills and incinerators. However, there are other benefits of recycling too – It helps conserve natural resources such as wood, water, and minerals It reduces pollution by reducing the consumption and need to collect new raw materials It reduces energy usage It reduces greenhouse gas (carbon dioxide and methane) emissions that are major reasons for global warming It helps sustain the environment It promotes the use of green technologies It has created new employment opportunities in the recycling and manufacturing industries world over. Recycling helps economy. The 3R’s – Reduce…Reuse…Recycle Recycling can’t be viewed in isolation. It is one of the waste management options in the solid waste hierarchy and therefore, when you think of recycling, you should think of all the three components (reduce, reuse, and recycle) as one whole idea. In a waste hierarchy, the waste management options are ranked from the most sustainable to the least sustainable. In this hierarchy “reducing” is the best option and “disposal” the worst. Reduce – If you don’t need something, don’t get it and prevent waste.  The first step towards zero waste is to reduce production of waste.  For instance, people tend to get too much food stuff from the market (even things they don’t consume much) and then they have to throw away some of these food items, as their usability date expires. This wastage can be reduced if you buy only those food items that are more likely to be consumed. Reducing waste is as simple as this example.  The aim is that individuals and communities reduce waste, recycle more, and use resources sustainably. Reuse – If you have to buy something, buy something that can be used again. Reusing is using things again and again in their original form. A good example is using reusable nappies (real nappies) as against the disposable ones, because a disposable nappy...

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Architectural Initiatives taken for Homes
May17

Architectural Initiatives taken for Homes

Initiatives taken by Architects to bring long term value to homes for end users  The real estate industry, augmented by the economic boom in India post 1990’s after the government introduced economic reforms and MNCs started their operations in India, is today the second largest employment generation sector and contributes about 6.3 per cent to India’s gross domestic product (GDP). The future holds substantial growth opportunities in this sector with the advent of global real estate players in India. In addition, demands of emerging urban populace created a strong influx of modern lifestyle with the integration of diverse Indian culture. Advanced design and engineering trends are being adopted by the industry to set forth better standards of living to achieve long term value for end users. Real Estate Development Property developers have envisaged this transition and fundamentally work  on a robust  model that is a gamut of  interlinked processes  of estate development  right from Land Acquisition & Liasoning ,Design & Construction, Marketing & Finance, Customer Service & Operations. Developers’ need a core team comprising of Architects, Planners, Engineers & Marketing Professionals that formulate the “Design Cell“ and showcase versatility in creating excellence spread across housing projects ranging from mid segment to luxury condominiums. A Design Cell The In- house Design Cell of a real estate firm performs the vital role in delivering the vision of a dream home to potential buyers .They have the challenging task of meeting the demands of different classes of people while at the same time incorporating contemporary and environment friendly design concepts into the structural design of the residential or commercial spaces. The Design Cell led by architects and planners whose substantial design skills and technical expertise are underpinned by exposure to people, places, and culture always come up with innovative and  futuristic concepts . With the goal of creating buildings and spaces that demonstrate a healthy community living, the design team always bears in mind that the spaces they create must enhance the quality of life of people and provide long term value to them. Design team provides the necessary inputs and acts as an interface between various departments throughout the project life cycle. Effective research and development, use of latest design technology, landscape design, green building design, selection of materials, and quality of construction are some of the things that are taken care of by the design team to create great designs and meaningful architecture. Let us briefly go through the steps followed by the architectural team. R&D – Formation of design brief is developed by carrying out in-depth analysis of demographics and socio – economic surveys and inputs derived by the...

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