Buzz (June 2013)

June, 2013


The Council of Architecture (COA) withdrew permission to offer the 5-year B Arch (Bachelor of Architecture) course from five institutes viz, MMM's College of Architecture, Pune; NDMVP Smaj College of Architecture, Nashik; Apeejay School of Architecture, Greater Noida; Buddha College of Architecture, Karnal; St Wilfred's College of Architecture, Panvel and Noida International University, Yamuna Expressway, UP. This action was taken after learning that the institutes were not imparting education as per the minimum standards prescribed by the council under The Architects Act, 1972.

Architect Charles Correa's works are currently on show at the RIBA in London. The exhibit designed by Architect David Adjaye features several of Correa's sketches and drawings, architectural models, photography and a film.

The Greater Cochin Development Authority is planning to install 100 wind-powered street lights along the new stretch of marine drive walkway in Kochi, Kerala. Taking suggestions from energy experts, the authorities have opted for wind power over solar panels as it would not be feasible due to the high humidity and the presence of salinity in the air. A change for the good!

The Chairman of Indian Institute of Architects and Institute of Indian Interior Designers (Saurashtra Chapter) Mauktik Trivedi is among the four finalists selected from across the world for a global competition to be held at the fifth edition of INDEX International Design Exhibition at Dubai World Trade Centre (UAE) from 20th to 23rd May, 2013.

The Birla Institute of Management Technology (BIMTECH) is all set to launch its Bhubaneswar campus in July 2013. Designed by Hafeez Contractor, the campus is spread over 30 acre and its design lays emphasis on the architectural heritage of Odisha, particularly the Konark Temple.

The 12th century Nagaur Fort has finally made it to the shortlisted nominee list for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2013. The prize money for the winning project is a staggering US$ 1 million!