Friday, April 30, 2010

shigeru ban in sri lanka (cSLa #26)

Well, there IS a web site for Shigeru Ban's work in Kirinda Sri Lanka, though I managed find it only now.

Photo 1 via
Other photos via

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Two wins for Design Group Five at Asia Pacific Property Awards

The results of the Asia Pacific Property Awards 2010 in association with Bloomberg Television have been announced and The Design Group Five International (Pvt) Ltd. (DG5I), one of Sri Lanka's leading architectural practices, is amongst the few multiple winners at the blue-chip awards ceremony. Read on....

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

museyon; a curated guide to your obsessions

Museyon. A curated guide to your obsessions. Are you a film (or for that matter music or art) buff and would like to visit one of  the locations from Hitchcock's 'Vertigo' on your next trip the states. Then here is your web site

Friday, April 23, 2010

tacking point, NSW, aussie

While skimming through arkitecton's blog on panoramas, i suddenly remembered this.

Photography & montage: truly yours

Foot note: I used a freeware program called panorama factory to create this montage. I now use 'Canon Photostich' (which i dont think is freeware) which is more user friendly (read: better suited for lazyboys like me) but provide less overall control compared to Panorama Factory. actually both these programs can stitch a grid (both up & down as well as sideways in one composite) as well as a sequential panorama.

The secret to create better panoramas lies in how you take your photos as much as how you montage them. Here are two excellent sites (site1, site 2) if you are interested. First one is for a DIY tripod pano head. For those who are not, you simply have to rotate the camera around the lens aperture plane (sometimes called the nodal point)  and not around the focal place (sensor / film plane) and definitely not around the central axis of your body, to avoid the phenomenon called parallax error.

And BTW Tacking Point in NSW is right here!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

CAA students competition

Here are a few pics from the exhibition of the CAA (Commonwealth Association of Architects) student competition winners, which was organized as part of the CAA conference which was held in Colombo recently. Alas, there were no participants, lest winners from Sri Lanka for this competition!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Pritzker Architecture Prize 2010

Pritzker Architecture Prize 2010 has been awarded to Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA.

(Many thanks to Narein for the reminder!) 

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Students work on display at SLIA exhibition 2010

Sorry about the quality and the quantity of the photos. I messed up downloading them!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

rethinking sustainability (SLIA exhibition 2010)

Here is my belated entry on SLIA 'Sessions' this year!

SLIA (Sri Lanka Institute of Architects for those ignorants!) has its annual sessions which include the exhibitions, annual sessions and the AGM, this year, well all over Colombo. Yes, the usual venue BMICH was under renovations and apparently there is no other single venue where SLIA could herd all these events together. To make the matters even more complicated CAA (Commonwealth Association of Architects) annual conference was also held concurrently with these events.

The theme this year was "Rethinking Sustainability". With the global recession, most of us architects, for the last few years have been thinking about nothing but sustainability as there was nothing much else to do. So this is a very comforting and reassuring theme as it kindly reminds us it is time to 'rethink' of the same! By the way last year it was "doing less with more".

Well, jokes apart, there were a couple of very relevant and impressive presentations at the conference this year. For me the most impressive was  by the Bangladeshi architects Md. Rafiq Azam of SHATOTTO. (its worth checking his website out)

Images via shatitto web (