Monday, November 8, 2010

Is Architecture Art?

Architecture is the art of building. Architecture relates human requirements and construction materials in a bid to furnish practical use as well as an aesthetic solution. Architecture, according to Richard Meier, is the greatest of the arts, and it encompasses thinking that other arts don’t even deal with. He further elaborates, "Like relationship of the work to the individual human being – the person who uses it; the person who experiences it; the person who sees it; and how that person perceives that space. You know there’s an old adage that a sculptor can make a square wheel, and an architect has to make a round one".

However, according to Richard Meier, to be a work of architecture is creating a work of art. He says, "Well I don’t say all buildings are architecture, first of all. So there’s lots of buildings that have nothing to do with architecture. They have to do with economics. They have to do with an enclosure, but I wouldn’t consider them works of architecture".

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Architects Who Design With Purpose

The new emerging generation of architects wants to do more than create beautiful architectural designs. It’s out to protect the environment and create designs that make great places to live, work, and play. The purpose of architecture is to shelter and enhance man's life on earth and to fulfill his belief in the nobility of his existence. Architects who design with purpose think of local climate, culture, and economic conditions before starting on to a new project. Green architecture is definetely the new 'mantra' of these designers. 

"Architecture to me is about this gracefulness of life, about loving the interplay of forms in graded light, the visual connections between spaces and the landscape variation that includes plant life, air, earth, and water as part of each building," says Aashish Karode, the Principal, Planning & Design Services at Design Atelier, New Delhi, India. He further states, "I believe that improved performance and sustainable practices in Architecture and Urban Design have a staggering impact on busineses as also the entire economy. In fact a 60% of the power consumed by the economy is accounted by the built environment".

Architecture to designers like Aashish Karode begins with the excitement of creating lively environments where the symbolism of the architectural artifact and the embedded landscape enliven the whole ensemble.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Goals of Green Architecture

The concept of Green Architecture can be traced to the energy crisis and the pollution concern in the 1970s. It may be assumed that the green building movement originated in the U.S. because of the need and desire for more energy efficient and environmentally friendly construction practices. Apart from the environmental reason, there are other motives to construct green buildings including economic and social benefits. The recent sustainability initiatives call for an integrated and synergistic design to both new construction and in the modification of an existing structure. This modern approach is called as sustainable design and integrates the building life-cycle with each green practice employed with a design-purpose to create a synergy amongst the practices used. On the other hand, the the aesthetic motive of green architecture is to design a building that is in harmony with the natural features and resources surrounding the site.

The practices and techniques in creating (or retrofitting of an existing structure) green building reduces and ultimately eliminate the impacts of new buildings on the health of human beings and the environment. The methods employed are using sunlight through passive solar, active solar, and photovoltaic techniques and creating green roofs using plants and trees. The provision of rain-harvesting in green building minimizes rainwater run-off.

The practice and technolgy may differ from location to location but there are certain fundamental principles that persist from which the method is derived. These are Siting and Structure Design Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency, Materials Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality Enhancement, Operations and Maintenance Optimization, and Waste and Toxics Reduction. Similarly there are few universal steps in designing sustainable buildings: specify 'green' building materials from local sources, reduce loads, optimize systems, and generate on-site renewable energy.

Green building or sustainable building is the practice of creating structures and using methods that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle. The common goal of green buildings is to design a structure that reduces the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the environment by efficiently using energy, water, and other resources; protecting health of the occupants and improving employee productivity; and reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation.

Many countries have already developed their own standards for green building or energy efficiency for buildings and others are busy evolving for themselves.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

How Green Is Your Building’s Wood?

By Aashish Karode

How can architects, developers and builders know for sure that lumber for building their projects comes from sustainably managed forests? Sustainability is defined internationally as: meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising that ability for future generations. An ideal way to ensure that wood is harvested in an environmentally and socially responsible manner is to choose wood from a state with strong forest practice laws. Tough standards and regulatory oversight offer assurance that comprehensive rules are followed and enforced.

The environmental attributes of wood for construction of homes has been measured and found to be superior to alternatives such as steel and concrete. The United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program recognizes wood for green building, especially if it is grown within a few hundred miles of where it is grown. How green is your building's wood? Green comes in many shades. But architects, developers and builders can feel assured of sustainability using wood products that are locally grown and manufactured, and that are grown in places with stringent and comprehensive laws that govern the practice of forestry.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

New Directions for Living Roofs and Walls

The evolving technology of green roofs has been leading to the use of greater diversity in their designs. After years of implementing green roof designs, the international industry has seen a steady move towards more diversity in both elements of construction and plant materials. What is most fascinating of the improvement in green roof design is the use of plants on these roofs which, along with other naturally decomposing materials, aid in greater biodiversity. No longer are sedums the only plants that are being used on green roofs. At the EcoBuild Conference in London 2010, exhibits featured new green roof designs showing a greater use of ornamental grasses and other flowering plants including some bulbs.

Germany and Austria have been the leaders in green roofs for many decades now. In Linz, Austria, all new construction built after 1985 must have a green roof installed on it. The change has been remarkable. Green roofs and living walls are beneficial for our environment in reducing urban heat island conditions, reducing dust, cooling spaces, and habitat for several species in an urban.

Friday, July 23, 2010

A Case for Green Entrepreneurship

Improved performance in architecture and urban design could add considerable value, given that 60% of the power/water consumed is accounted for by cities and of that 60% of power by the air-conditioning of buildings.

Using conservative design methods, a potentially staggering impact on the power-water consumption of the country could result if effective ways are found to support change in products and processes across the built environment. Imagine if buildings could be designed to be used through the day without electrical lights, or to run air-conditioning needs on pre-cooled recycled water or to use all natural and paid resources conservatively and then say multiply this model to the entire city to gauge the impact.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Design Atelier's new "Fairway Pub" opens at the Airforce Golf Course

Newly opened "61" at Gurgaon, gets a " Green Signal"

The Preliminary Evaluation Report on our new opened Institutional Building project “61” @ Sector 44 Gurgaon, with the Indian Green Building Council's Evaluative checklist suggests, that we may shortly qualify for the Gold Standard Certification in the Core and Shell building Category with special points for Performance and Innovation in Energy Savings, Natural Light Utilisation, Passive Cooling and Insulation, thermal protection and Climate Responsive Design, and several other Green Building Criteria for excellence for Leadership in Energy and Environmental design.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Design Atelier - Architects & Design Consultants - New Delhi

Design Atelier is a  national firm of Architects, Urban Designers and Interior Designers whose unequivocal focus is to influence the future shape of Indian built environments through design thought leadership, expert knowledge and services excellence. We have been successfully engaged by major organizations; especially design and quality conscious international corporationsto design their projects in IT, Education, Institutional, Hospitality and Retail sectors.  We are additionally recognised for a strong project management focus, and we offer a range of strategies and a powerful implementation plan with the methodology to succeed in a given framework of time, quality and cost. We are committed to advancing the client's goals as a "Design Firm with an Implementation Mentality.
Design Atelier is focussed on 5 service areas: Architecture, Campus Design, Hospitality, Workplace Design, and Retail Design. Our designs focus on creating a strong identity and an 'aura' that give our projects an unusual presence in the surrounding environments.


The team at Design Atelier is deeply committed to leave good marks on the earth. We want to work with a thoughtful integrity and sensibility. We want our buildings to be loved today and to last. The professional and dedicated team of Design Atelier wish to measure work by the pleasure of the lives lived in buildings designed by them.

Sushil L. Karer
AIIA; B.Arch.;
Principal- Design

Aashish V Karode
B.Arch.; M.U.D.(Berkeley,U.S.A)
Principal- Design and Planning Services

Pawan Bangali
Sr. Design Associate

Prosenjit Banerjee
B.Arch. MArch
Sr. Design Associate

Utsav Pushp
Sr. Design Associate

Jaspal Singh
B.E. (Civil)
Sr. Project Management Consultant

V.K. Srivastava
B. Tech. Civil IIT Kharagpur
Sr. Construction and Project Management Consultant


Architects and Design Consultants

B-24/II, Lajpat Nagar-II
New Delhi 110024, INDIA

Tel.: +91 11 41009927 - 28
Fax: +91 11 41009926