The coffee house tradition, inherited from the Ottoman era, has become an important element in cultural events as well as scholarly endeavors. Most recently, an event was held at the National Reassurance Art Gallery in Teşvikiye, İstanbul. Called “Üç Şehir bir Kahve: Kahire, İstanbul, Viyana” (Three Cities, One Coffee: Cairo, İstanbul, Vienna), the exhibition promotes the coffee culture in these three cities.
Canada to fund 3.5 lakh cheap houses in Mumbai
The state government is finalizing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Canadian government pension fund and two Mumbai developers to build over 3.5 lakh affordable homes here through the Slum Redevelopment Authority (SRA).
If approved, the two builders, Deserve Group and Radius Group, will be able to exploit prime slum plots from Cuffe Parade to Borivli with the help of the SRA, which will expedite permissions for them.
2.45 lakh vacant houses mock at Modi government’s housing for all dream
The Bharatiya Janata Party-led government may have moved in to fulfil Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s poll promise of “Housing for All” by 2022, but there are 2.45 lakh constructed houses lying vacant all over India. Modi’s home state Gujarat, BJP-ruled Maharashtra, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh are the top 5 states that account for almost 70% of the vacant low-cost houses.
How Japan’s ‘jutaku’ houses squeeze creativity into small spaces
It isn’t, frankly, very sustainable. But the Japanese don’t really like second-hand houses.
It is a little difficult to imagine if you live in London, where the most desirable properties are in Georgian or Victorian squares, or in New York, where it’s brownstones or lofts. Not to mention the decadently decaying frescoed Italian palazzi of Rome or Venice. Yet, just as some of us can think of nothing more sensually stimulating than new-car smell, to the Japanese, nothing smells better than a new home.
How a talented architect keeps refining the tiny house until he gets it right
We have been following the work of architect Kelly Davis and his partner Dan George Dobrowolski trying to solve the problem of the tiny house with their Escape Series. I have started them all with “how a talented architect” addresses the complex mix of tradeoffs of size, rules, cost, complexity, how much of this and how much of that goes into it. The Escape Vista is the third in this series and they have really given us a rare opportunity; this is a talented team, and one can almost see the thought process as they progress through the different designs in a short period of time.Read more