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Deepti Maithil

mumbai, maharashtra, India

Designer (architecture)

Member since May 22, 2007


  • Gender & Space

    Environment, Environmental Design

    Men and women relate with space differently , their perceptions and reactions are unique. Society also defines certain parameters within which both are conditioned to behave.

    It is strange how men are accustomed to being offered more room in a train compartment while a woman is expected to make herself comfortable in any corner. A lone woman standing in a corner is always looked upon with suspicion while a man in similar circumstances would not be.

    This could be a hangover of times lived or just a natural behavioural pattern but slowly this will dimish and make way for more equality with both relating with the environment in the same way .

  • Residence Antilia - Urban Monument ?!

    Environment, Environmental Design

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    Structures are built for purposes....BUT sometimes the former superceeds and therefore becomes a monument. For this day and age where just about nothing surprises us (blame on media ,technological ease,human evolution ) comes a 27 storeyed residence for one of the richest ppl in the world - Antilia belonging to the Ambanis.

    Ofcourse its one thing to celebrate its jazz ....read 700 million construction cost , 160 pkng , 400000 sq ft capet area , with all entertainment facilities , 3 helipads....other is to wonder is this the sign of new day architecture ppl will indulge in to boast of power and opulence.

    Will it soon become a tourist spot with tickets to reach its top floor with security and gate checks ...a tower kingdom for a modern day maharaja...a casestudy for design students? its certainly more than a residence...

    Antilia Mumbai - "Techno Palace 2010"

  • Structure of Architecture Education

    Education, Environmental Design

    While so much revolution characterises education from one age to another I guess the indian system is still reeling under the effects of age old notions. Ofcourse the British influence of rigorous draughting continues to be a part of our schools not to forget construction details also reflect past day ideas. When one actually starts practising one realises how practical and real one has to be which is quite absent in the 5 yr curriculum of school....purposefully or otherwise I still don't know!

    I believe its more rigorous in United Kingdom with its 3 level system of 8 yr curriculum , it is almost like no one really completes the third level! even the ones who make it to second level have had to really fight hard.

    So what is it that makes an 'Architect' definitely not school ....is it ability to practise successfully? is it ability to maket oneself well ? is it ability to handle everything or be able to do a little of everything....I am still figuring out.

  • Making Drawings - Man vs Machine

    Environment, Environmental Design

    Draughting has been a practice for such a long time now that it is difficult to imagine architecture practice without it. Indian Architectural Education gets it from the britishers. Today one uses the computer to do it .....complete switch to Autocad happened some years ago and today it is almost synonymous with architectural practice itself! The irony with using softwares is tht by the time one gains complete expertise with one software there is a new one waiting to be learnt. Gone are the days of hand sketching I almost feel am witnessing this change more than any other generation but am able to adapt to it more than the previous batch. While thrs so much uniqueness to hand made sketches computerised stuff makes it all look the same ....such an unfortunate development in this field. And ofcourse the software war is not to be forgotten Autocad vs Revit vs Archicad vs Sketch Up vs 3s max ......lets not forget that the content is more important than the tool itself!!

  • Making Drawings - Man vs Machine

    Environment, Environmental Design

    Draughting has been a practice for such a long time now that it is difficult to imagine architecture practice without it. Indian Architectural Education gets it from the britishers. Today one uses the computer to do it .....complete switch to Autocad happened some years ago and today it is almost synonymous with architectural practice itself! The irony with using softwares is tht by the time one gains complete expertise with one software there is a new one waiting to be learnt. Gone are the days of hand sketching I almost feel am witnessing this change more than any other generation but am able to adapt to it more than the previous batch. While thrs so much uniqueness to hand made sketches computerised stuff makes it all look the same ....such an unfortunate development in this field. And ofcourse the software war is not to be forgotten Autocad vs Revit vs Archicad vs Sketch Up vs 3s max ......lets not forget that the content is more important than the tool itself!!

  • SANAA - Pritzker Prize 2010 winners

    Arts & Culture, Environmental Design

    Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa 's firm SANAA (tokyo based firm) took home the Pritzker Prize for 2010 . Their projects include 'New Museum of Contemporary Art ' in New york city,glass pavilion of Toledo museum of art and Rolex learning centre in lausanne. Their works come across as simple , non flambuoyant yet successful in creating a mark. Lot of glass and fine detailing is characteristic. Simple yet strong forms like the use of rectangular boxes in the museum speak of self assuredness and experience inside the building rather than a flashy outide.

  • When will Architecture Education get more real??

    Education, Environmental Design

    All the years spent in getting architecture education with voluminous lectures on town planning, urban planning, graphics , design , construction were really far from realty. Designer dreams , attack on the university norms , presentation skills and constant deadlines for submissions were characteristic of the 5 yrs spent ....somehow didnt really get equipped on real practical stuff .....like really seeing a real building coming up or learning tricks tht govern the builders perspective somehow 5 yrs after college i still feel like a student of this field , surprsing?!

  • Metro Work Mumbai

    Environment, Environmental Design

    With the city witnessing its foray into becoming a well connected smart place traveling even short distances is becoming a task! 'Metro Work' boards fail to give a euphemistic effect.....what will come is robbing the city of its efficiency in the present scenario..... jams jams and more JAMS are becoming routine 1.5 hr routines are becoming 2.5 hr one thing is increasing though...... our patience and more of it hoping to see a new city fabric soon..... there have to be more efforts in making people aware of wht is envisaged.

    WE need to know wht we are waiting for ......its our city our day to day life thts going to be affected soon ofcourse as promised in a positive way but how come there's so little made available to the city in terms of information about new infrastructure ,new bus route , new trains instead tvs are being planted allover for entertainment......why not spend some on spreading information instead?

  • Practising Architecture in India - 2

    Arts & Culture, Environmental Design

    Entry of the Corporate It never ceases to amaze where the practice of architecture is headed.The point where architects share space with some MBA graduates and also a background of a biiiig LOGO is when they choose to work for a real estate company. Suddenly from a small studio one is pushed into a big corporate environment .....lot of management lot of rules and yet again a new role to adopt....ever changing scenarios ever changing identitites...

  • Women Architects

    Arts & Culture, Environmental Design

    Any field is constituted by its history as well as its present which lies in hands of professionals and academic institutions. One thing that catches one's attention is the number of women architects practising around. Ofcourse its not scarce to find women in this field but wonder why and when will their names feature in the top architects list? Lets see I can find Zaha Hadid , Brinda Somaya , Anupama Kundoo .....any more will be a revelation....

My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design