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From government departments, banks and single storey institutes of mid-twentieth century to contemporary Information Technology Parks, the idea of an office work place has undergone a sea change. Brand name, availability of budgets and space, awareness of the importance of a functional and aesthetically pleasing outdoor environment are some of the reasons for newer work places in India being designed in several imaginative ways. A typical project brief includes the creation of a unique identity for the company or organization, a sense of place and at the same time providing a stress free environment for the employees, employers, clients and visitors. The current issue of the Journal features a few of the many such examples of works across the country.
Over the couple of decades, various research organizations, planning departments and institutes across India have been involved in working on various types and scales of sustainable solutions for our future developments. Areas of focus include construction technologies, city planning, infrastructure, and design. However, in comparison to the scale and pace of development that we see around us today, we would argue that very little has been achieved in real terms.
Tamnay Tathagat, one of the leading names in the area of providing consultancy for sustainable design and building solutions in the country discusses various aspects of the subject. Do we always have to look ahead to find solutions and ways to address challenges of the present day? Cannot our past guide us for our future? The idea of exploring history with that perspective is the theme of a brief essay by this Editor.
 
   

reports

Cultural Landscapes: ISOLA 7th National Conference, 2011
Saurabh Popli


competition

Saluting Our Brave
National Architectural Design Competition for the National Police Memorial

Reflection & Remembrance
First Prize Winning Entry by Siddhartha Talwar & Nikhil Dhar

Immortal Monument
Second Prize Winning Entry by Saket Jain, Sachin Jain & Ritu Jain

Imprinting the Landscape with Memory
Third Prize Winning Entry by Anita Tikoo Matange, Vijay Matange & Sroboshi Das


landscape design

‘Out of the Glass Box and Into the Garden’ Defining Office Landscapes
Samir Mathur | Sandeep Menon

Reclaiming a Brownfield for the City:
Maker Maxity

Interweaving Art, Architecture & Landscape:
Uppal Business Centre

Connecting with Nature: Software Campuses
Infosys Park 1, Velankani Information Systems and Wipro EC4
Nina Chandavarkar, Oikos

Exuberant & Playful: Ecohub, Rajarhat
Anuradha Rathore, Salient


urbanism

Regenerating Change
In conversation with Dennis Pieprz

sustainability

Sustainbility Today
Tanmay Tathagat

view from within

Future of the Past
Geeta Wahi Dua

landscape in Indian literature

Poetic Clues:
Depiction of landscape in the plays of Kalidasa
Uma Sankar Sekar

profile

Rohit Marol

Indian sub-continent

Laki's Diyabubula: Enchanted Forest
Varna Shashidhar

landscape industry

Well-designed Hardscapes
Mehul Jain

book review

Space for Engagement - by Himanshu Burte
book review by Suhasini Ayer

The Secret Abode of Fireflies - edited by Nanni Singh
book review by Snehanshu Mukherjee

know your plants

Ronjh, Acacia leucopholea

 
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