Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Here are some photos of the exhibition organised by the CSA (City School of Architecture, Colombo) for the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) visit. RIBA was invited by the CSA for this exploratory visit in anticipation of RIBA accreditation to the CSA. Exhibition is open to public from 22 to 25 of June. (Photos: Waruna)
Monday, July 20, 2009
Miyazaki san (Hayao Miyazaki) happens to be my favourite anime creator/director, not only because of his fantastic hand drawn, almost surrealistic images but also due to his ability to bring out the child in you, no matter how old you are (most probably his hand drawn anime style is one of the reasons for it). And most of the time Miyazaki's heroes and villains are not so black and white as we have gotten so used to see in western cartoons.
And of course he creates these fantastic (architectural) spaces and viewing angles almost all the time!
Studio Ghibli (Miyazaki san's studio)
Saturday, July 18, 2009
#Cities For A Small Planet by Richard Rogers
Two fantastic books. Books that base their ideas on facts. as expected the presentation of ideas and even statistics are very graphical (no, not 'graphical!').
'Cities For A Small Country' could be very relevant to S.L.
You can read a review here.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
This gesture of poetic modernism on the Tangalle bay in southern shores of S.L is still looking good, even after all the harassments (renovations) she had to face. One of my favourite buildings. Though the floors are now covered with some deco tiles and much of the finer details are hidden under layers of coarse paint one can still see the true beauty of raw modernism. Exposed block walls and exposed timer shuttered sofits etc. are still visible.
Architects – Valentine Goonasekera and Chris De Saram
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Read the news item of President Rajapakse's meeting with Professor M. S. Swaminathan who is considered as the 'Father of Green Revolution' in India. This is the kind of solid strategic thinking needed from the Sri Lankan leaders. While I have come across his name a few times before never had time to check him out on the web. Read about him on WP or you can visit his research foundation.
Yes, I am going off on a tangent here, but an interesting one.
original article on PRIU
Image from http://www.hindu.com
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Here are some more for those mars nuts out there.
living on mars @ astrobiology mag
Integration of Plant Growth into a Mars Habitat
Sunday, July 5, 2009
This bring me to an issue I have been thinking for a while. I always thought that the more stringent (and of course meaningful) building codes would be more beneficial to the architects, both creatively and commercially. Creatively because, such regulations always allow them to play with a little bit open space here and a few meters of set back there even though they could be a nuisance (in fact, IMO one of the points highlighted i the lecture). commercially because more complicated they are there will be fewer and fewer people who could interpret them!
Geoffrey Bawa Commemoration Week
Building and Construction Authority (BCA), Singapore
Friday, July 3, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Further info at TCP Dept.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
“Hambantota Receives an Administrative Complex and an International Convention Centre with Assistance from Korea
The Government of Korea has agreed to provide a loan equivalent of US$ 20 million (Rs 2,000 mn) for the construction of an Administrative Complex in Hambantota. The total cost of the project is US$ 25 mn (Rs. 2,500 mn) of which US$ 5 mn (Rs. 500 mn) will be provided by the Government of Sri Lanka.
Most of the government offices in Hambantota District are at present located in private houses as the tsunami tidal waves destroyed a large number of government buildings. The objective of this project is to construct a four storied Administrative Complex in Hambantota District to provide office space for most of the Central, Provincial and Local Government institutions which are presently located in private buildings in a scattered manner around the city.
In addition to the Administrative Complex, the Government of Korea has agreed to provide financial assistance in grant aid equivalent of US$ 6 million (Rs. 600 mn) for the construction of an International Convention Centre." - SL Treasury news item
Aum & Lee Architects Associates, Keangnam Enterprises, Ltd, Urban Development Authority, Sri Lanka are involved in various capacities in consultancy and construction of this project.”