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LA, Journal of Landscape Architecture No. 49

The only Indian publication exploring the practice of landscape architecture and its allied fields in India. The publication provides a forum for information flow, exchange of ideas and viewpoints, and showcases breadth and variety of works and research in the field of landscape architecture in context of Indian region. Since its inception in February 2001, it has been attempting to widen the visibility of landscape design, and bring the profession of landscape architecture closer to public realm.

LA, Journal of Landscape Architecture
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Over the past few decades now, the near absence of natural processes in the working dynamics of our living spaces of all scales – neighborhoods, towns and cities, is proving to be entirely detrimental, resulting in their unorganized and uncontrolled growth. Along with sustainable growth, urban areas need to evolve with time to become livable, humane and inclusive places. Growth at the local scale needs to be recognized as small components of an interdependent larger framework of a ecourban region which is neither static nor isolated and independently constructed. Moreover, while constructing new idioms of design and planning, we also...

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In his article,‘Urban Designers Historic Cities, the Decline of Traditional Sensibilities’,Samuel Noe poses a pertinent question – that in sharing responsibility for environmental change with the users of that environment, as a consequence are we ‘designers’ willing to accept their right to build according to their aesthetics which may be quite different from our own? Do we work for our own selves, and for our egos—usually detached and unaware of ground realities—or for the actual end users, for those whose daily lives is/ would be affected by our interventions? Do we as trained ‘experts’ impose our design decisions and sensibilities...

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arvind talati

Image based on The Talati Collection at Archives – Housing for an Industry in Odhav, Ahmedabad, 1959 Aravind Talati (extreme left) with Le Corbusier, Bombay dock, 1953 Stadium and Sports Centre, Baroda, 1961 Narratives about modern architecture in India have often overlooked the contribution of many pioneers. As a result, the accounts tend to be simplistic and incomplete. The story so far is that the history of modern architecture in India is a story of shadows – one of the many that European and American architecture produced, which was not entirely the case. Arvind Talati is a case in point. Despite his association...

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in memory of anil laul

1944-2016 One of the foremost things one would notice in Prof. Anil Laul’s office was a caricature of him holding a club over his shoulder, wearing cave-man clothing made of animal fur, and smoking a pipe. A caricature that was gifted to him by his students, and one that he displayed proudly in his office. Our first interaction with him was on our first day as interns at the Anangpur Building Centre in 2009 – a picturesque campus set in the middle of nowhere in Faridabad; a deliberate attempt to be found only by those he wanted to be found...

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healing touch aravalli biodiversity park gurgaon

(Photo credit: M Shah Alam) The original site for Aravalli Biodiversity Park at Gurgaon had many mining pits which were operating since 1980s-90s. It was also a stone crushing zone with eight active crushers. The Supreme Court banned mining in 2002, but it was implemented only in 2009 The same happened with stone crushing too. In 2009, the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon MCG came in existence and all the land was given to MCG. Atal Kapoor from ‘iamgurgaon’, an NGO identified the site and gave a proposal to MCG for an urban park. The design brief had a heritage trail...

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naubad karez at bidar karnataka

CROSS SECTION: QANAT TUNNE LLower reaches tend to discharge water into the sandy soil. Hence, qanat lining becomes essential. CROSS SECTION: NAUBAD KAREZThe presence of kaolinite in the weathered laterite acts as an inhibiting layer, for further percolation, giving rise to lateral flows. Post-monsoon, the percolation through the kaolinite creates a low discharge inflow into the karez A - RUNOFF ZONEHill slope/ Watershed divideB - RETENTION ZONEMother wells. Private landsC - CONVEYANCE ZONELateral distribution networks Agroeconomic landuse with settlementsD - FRINGE ZONELateral distribution networks Agroeconomic landuse with settlements First use rights E - OPEN CHANNE L ZONEAgroeconomic landuse with settlements Lined channelsF -...