Indranil Das Gupta, CEO of Industrial Zone business in SREI, told me about the dream of his company to transform an industrial SEZ zoned land in Alibag, Maharashtra, into a Smart Town. It took me only 45 minutes to get to the site from the Gate of India, a surprisingly easy speed-boat ride. The land is mostly swamps. RBTA proposed Venice 2.0. It is fun to elaborate on the smart urban concept we have learn for our projects in Moscow, Dallas, San Francisco and Shenzhen to Ali

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Workshop at NVA, Nataraj and Venkat architects, the studio of my colleague A. Venkat, who started working on Tropical Architecture with the Srilankan master Geoffrey Bawa, back in Colombo in the 1970’s. NVA has developed a well-known architecture practice in Chennai, and we have been cooperating for the design and construction of Brigade Xanadu since 2012. Here we are taking a selfie in his studio in 18, 3rd Seaward Rd, Valmiki Nagar,Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai. From left to ri

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It is incredible to see Signature. All the structure is up. The lobby is an awesome space that reminded me of the Taller, of La Catedral, raw concrete that with a skin of marble from the Rajasthan is going to look elegant. Client has told me Google is interested in leasing, that we need to re-invent their logo in the lobby wall. What? Re-design the logo of the top company in the world? Sure!!! Iconic? Sure! The golden section has the Fibonacci where each number is the sum

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