Firstword (August 2016)

August, 2016


With the government´s whole new focus on Smart Cities, the activity, accountability and design needs of Tier 2 and Tier 3 Cities have gone up dramatically. And in the bid to vie for this status, more and more cities will up this quotient. In tune with this, the 11th Construction World Architect & Builder (CWAB) Awards - yes we are in the 11th edition! - have introduced a new category of Noteworthy Projects, aimed at identifying projects from all over India. The project entries were vetted by an elite jury; and they will be awarded in addition to the Architects and Builders who will be felicitated at the Awards being held on the 11th of August in Mumbai.

In tandem with this thought, Priyanka Khanna, co-founder, 42 mm, a New Delhi-based design firm shares the challenges and nuances of working in Tier 2-3 cities; and Natasha Iype, Architect, Good Earth talks about Alternative Architecture. Both these conversations reveal how the new generation is looking at architecture and design and how we can come together to build our cities so that they have a minimal impact on the environment.

Pune invites all Playboy lovers to the first beer garden in the country, to chug some beer and enjoy the company of the Playboy bunnies (just in the design!) The pristine white look offset with rich woody décor indoors is designed by Delhi-based This Is It Designs headed by Sahiba Singh.

A new Holiday Inn in Brooklyn is creating a buzz. Designed by Andres Escobar, every aspect of the design from the prism-shaped pendant chandeliers, the greenhouse adjoining the lobby and the eclectic furniture makes the hotel a delight for design aficionados.

The special feature on sanitaryware and bath fittings displays some fantastic new products that are creating waves. And industrial chic is beautifully translated in the warehouse office designed by Essentia Environments where rustic details - partitions made of rope and centretables made like warehouse cartons - find place. The result is a lofty looking space that appeals to both - the young and the young at heart. Look out for the next issue featuring the 11th CWAB Awards 2016!