In pictures > Indo German Urban Mela in Bangalore

Event: Germany+India: Infinite Opportunities
Place: Palace Grounds, Bangalore
Dates: 22nd June – 1st July

The Germans are leading the way when it comes to advancement in technology and it is no surprise that they are making their presence felt in India, one of the worlds biggest markets. The Indo-German Urban Mela is being held across 5 metropolitans across India to commemorate the 60 years of Indo-German diplomatic partnership.

Big conglomerates such as Bosch, Metro, Siemens, Duestche Bank, SAP, among many others participated in the event showcasing and educating their latest offering. The big focus was on making cities sustainable or as the German’s called “StadtRäume – CitySpace“, considering the growing burden in the Indian cities.

The pavilions are designed by renowned German designer Markus Heinsdorff.

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Goa State Central Library in Panaji

The Goa State Central Library is one of the oldest existing public library in India inaugrated on the 15th September 1832 by Viceroy Dom Manuel de Portugal e Castro, it was then called Publica Livraria. Since then the library has transformed from a library with military institute, municipal office and academy and finally became a National Library. Read more about its history here. It is located right next to the Goa State Museum. In recent years it has undergone extensive renovation and has transformed itself into India’s best library with very good facilities and the envy of other State/Central libraries.

Website: Goa State Central Library
Images: Yours truly

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Houses of Goa Museum, Goa

A remarkably dense collection of all knowledge of Goan architecture with a dash of Goan music and art that is Mario Miranda. The building and all contents within were designed and collected by Goan architect Gerard da Cunha. The museum itself is designed to look like a ship, with traffic flowing on all sides of the building. There are also buildings around the museum which are a delight to see.

Address: #674, Near Nisha’s Play School,
Torda, Salvador do Mundo Bardez Goa – 403 101
Timings: 10 AM to 7:30 PM

All images are taken by me.

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In Captions > Chatrapathi Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai

Chatrapathi Shiva Terminus

Much effort has gone into making Mumbai look and feel like London. One of the most stunning example of Victorian Design is Chatrapathi Shivaji Terminus or CST (formerly Victoria Terminus), it's where every person who travel through train to Mumbai City steps out.

Gargoyles are everywhere in CST, serving not only as water spouts but also as sculptures that is scaring off evil spirits. CST's peculiar design is considered to be both gothic and victorian.

Images: Flickr users UrbanWanderer, digitaleye81, Blacknell, Clogette, my hovercraft is full of eels, Eric.Parker and 陈霆, Ting Chen, Wing.
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Top Architecture Colleges in India

CEPT University, Ahmedabad

Not just is Center for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) University Ahmedabad one of the finest architecture schools in India, but it is also good for other fields such as Technology Management, Humanities, Interior Design and Urban Planning. The school started out as a small centre in 1962 but now also offers a full range of UG, PG and doctorate courses. 

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Visit the website for more details: CEPT University


Sir JJ School of Architecture, Mumbai

Sir JJ School of Architecture in Mumbai was actually Asia’s first architectural school. The revised curriculum that includes sustainable architecture and planning makes the college rank consistently in the top 5 colleges in India.

ImageFlickr User Doctor Casino 
Visit the website for more details: Sir JJ School of Architecture


School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), New Delhi

School of Planning and Architecture (SPA) in New Delhi offers very unique coures like Landscape Architecture, Industrial Design and Architecture Conservation. The courses are always revised to accommodate the latest in the field.

Image: SPA Website
Visit the website for more details: SPA


Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi

Birla Institute of Technology in Ranchi is known for its Bachelor of Architecture and its Masters of Urban Planning. The college is still budding in terms of alumni since it is a much newer colleges than others on this list.

Image: Wikimedia Commons
Visit the website for more details: Birla Institute of Technology


Maharaja Sayajirao University (MSU), Baroda

The Maharaja Sayajirao Univerisity in Baroda focuses on studio based project approach. While the university is great, Baroda is widely considered as the center of art in India. Baroda also has a rich history in the field of Architecture.

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Visit the website for more details: Maharaja Sayajirao University (MSU), Baroda

PRASADA : Practice, Research and Advancement in South Asian Design and Architecture @ Cardiff University

PRASADA is a branch of Welsh School of Architecture (WSA) dedicated to South Asian architecture.

Excerpt from PRASADA website 

“PRASADA is a centre devoted to the architecture, visual arts and material culture of South Asia and its diaspora. The centre aims to integrate academic research with creative practice through research projects and publications, design consultancy work, teaching and postgraduate research programmes. Founded in 1995 by Adam Hardy, PRASADA has been based at the Welsh School of Architecture since 2004. It is one of the research groups of the British Association for South Asian Studies (BASAS) and is linked to a wide network of scholars, artists and designers:
The BASAS journal South Asian Studies, is edited from PRASADA at the WSA.”

Not just have they worked in temples in the UK but are also designed a temple near by Bangalore . You can view the full list with description and illustrations here.

Although Cardiff School of Engineering at Cardiff University is my Alma Mater, I am very proud of the diversity of study present at the university!

Bamboo Bus Stand near Mumbai

Bamboo Bus Stand near Mumbai

Bamboo Bus Stand somewhere near Mumbai, designed by students of Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. Designed to show the strength and show how Bamboo can be used.

Other examples of Bamboo works:

Some of the above links should stand stand testimony to the versatility of Bamboo!
First seen on Inhabitat.