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pune, Maharashtra, India

Member since April 27, 2010

  • Antilia


    Sometimes edifices are also built to be inhabited, and Antilia is a good case in point. With twenty seven storeys of concrete, marble and possibly other exotic construction material with a revolutionary architecture bringing forth the essence of the building, Antilia has the potential to become a major landmark of Mumbai equalling the Taj and Gateway of India in grandeur. It is a power statement of sorts representing the ever-present and increasing Ambani clout in Mumbai rather than a building that has purely residential value. It stands for the growing presence of India on the international financial scene as much as for the magnificent success of Reliance. As you suggest it could actually become a tourist destination in the future with some of its floors being made accessible to visitors, or rented out. And given their astute business sense, it is perfectly possible that the Ambanis thought of this possibility when they embarked on its construction. It could also become a museum for Reliance memorabilia housing memories of moments that marked the giant leap forward of this company. By the way, Burj Dubai allows visitors to go on to its hundredth floor or so to have an aerial view of the city for "only" $108 or so. Twenty seven floors is not that tall in comparison but is good enough given the fact that there are not many skyscrapers in Mumbai to obstruct the view around. When I read about Antillia, I remembered something I had read in the pas...

  • Man vs. machine


    There are pros and cons to the existence of various softwares used for draughting. Softwares make things so much simpler and efficient; work that can be completed however immaculately by an expert architect in several hours can be done in a fraction of that time by a well-written piece of software. Also, softwares ensure that the work is free of errors, and has a professional, albeit, machine-generated touch to it. They arguably also have the capacity to turn several chimerical ideas into reality with relative ease. They have been able to add several degrees of sophistication to designs without the accompanying complexity and difficulty of making them which is so often a hallmark of manual draughting. So softwares have revolutionized draughting but at a price which you rightly point out. They have taken the charm and the skill out of draughting which is always an inevitable consequence of any kind of automation. When the human stamp is missing from a work, it is as if the soul of that creation is missing. However perfect that work is, it appears to be lifeless because draughting and, for that matter, any creative activity has been an essentially human endeavor. Without an adequate amount of contribution from a human being, the work is simply not alive. I lament this change to a certain extent because it compromises the creative pleasure that one gets out of an activity such as draughting.

    In conclusion, I must say I am happy that powerful softwares help me achiev...