Friday, September 30, 2011

crawford market morning walk

early for a jury at jj, i took a walk into and through crawford market in the morning light- past the meat market into the courtyard with the fountain surrounded by men louning around waiting for the day to begin. into nagdevi street an exquisite mosque is dwarfed by an enormous new high rise with cobwebs framing it from the street below. below the jj flyover on mohammedali road people sleep on the pavements as the street was beginning to come alive.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

conclaves on the city

the first at sahyadri on malabar hill. my first time there inside the pleasure garden of the pwerful overlooking marine drive. under discussion was the rajiv awas yojana- the central government's new plan for urban poverty. the room was full of politicians (including the chief minister), bureaucrats (current and past), mayors from around the state, ngo workers and academic institutions. the plan offers 50% subsidy to plans for urban housing provisions and leaves a lot open-ended (at least so far). have to see how this turns out.
later, an unsolicited conclave of us architects met at the udri- this time to discuss 'urban form' and trying to influence the preparation of the development plan from the outside. 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Fort Modernism

These two almost face each other just off DN Road. One- a decrepit old shell; and the other the sleek modernism of New Excelsior. Green glass and White marble cladding.

We were in town for the readings from Christopher benningers new "letters to a young architect." There is always something nice about serious committed modernism and it's romantic humanism.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

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