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The Morphogenesis Monograph

Morphogenesis: The Indian Perspective, The Global Context

Part of the Master Architect Series

Morphogenesis: The Indian Perspective, The Global Context is a monograph that commemorates the 20-year ...
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By Rahat Varma
The modern workplace is undergoing a paradigm shift of changes in usage patterns and longevity of working hours. We as architects and interior designers need to design space such that the users are more comfortably integrated with their physical surroundings at the workplace. A big contributing factor towards indoor comfort, are the lighting levels. Le Corbusier identified the significance of light in architecture best when he ...
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By Rahat Varma
Just finished last week we bring to you The British School, New Delhi. Morphogenesis’ design vision for this school, found inspiration in the school’s tagline- ‘An International education with an Indian soul’. With this project, we set out to provide a strong cultural context to the international format of education this institution provides. The principal challenge was to construct the new building on the existing sit ...
Verical-Architecture
By Rahat Varma
With the rapid increase of urban density in our cities and land being a major constraint there is a need to look out for solutions that allow our cities to expand and not implode. High rise is a response to the paucity of land, without a doubt, tall buildings and compact living may be directly related. As a design ideology the high rise typology of construction has often been seated centre stage at a number of architectural di ...
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By Susan M Thomas
Sustainability has been the core concept in most well-conceived, upcoming projects in India. In the modern context, the methods to achieve it are validated by computer simulations to optimize the atmosphere in buildings. Vernacular architecture in India built sustainably by incorporating socio-cultural activities in its built form. This response provided a positive environment for the inhabitants. Interestingly, in Kerala, ...
The Network: Architecture and Urbanism
By Rahat Varma
Connectivity is essential for any development to thrive and potentially grow. With passage of time, the cities that we now live in have lost their walk-ability. Perhaps this change can be attributed to population explosion, which has caused the demise of transition and congregation spaces. Things as they stand today in most developments, especially in the residential sector, are to ‘pave paradise and put up a parking lot’. ...
Rainfall
By Shruti Khandelwal
Four out of five climatic zones in India receive rainfall and Cherrapunji, a sub-divisional town in the state of Meghalaya is credited as one of the ‘Wettest Places on Earth’. Rainwater harvesting is a significant component in designing sustainably, particularly in master planning projects where water management is a critical component of design. Rainwater harvesting for flushing, irrigation, and natural ground water recha ...
Vernacular
By Pratibha Chauhan
Sustainable architecture has always been a part of the design history of India but today it has become especially important. There are multiple reasons for this importance. Firstly, the buildings by far are one of the biggest consumers of the energy and secondly, design serves as an important catalyst for the rapprochement between nature and human. Vernacular architecture of India has always been sustainable not because Indian ...
How Cool is Green - Blog
By Pratibha Chauhan
Buildings contribute to 40% of all carbon emissions in the world. To outpace global warming, we need to step up to sensible, green design faster than we think. Green principles need to be embraced by everyone today; from the highest levels of government, policy and education to the grassroots levels of the common man.   Traditional Indian Architecture in today’s paradigm has always been green as built interventions ha ...