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Luxury has a new address

Think luxury. Think Adyar, one of Chennai's friendliest neighbourhoods. Where you can find a burgeoning market for über-posh homes... »

‘I don’t believe in trends in design’

Akshay Bhatt, the man who designed the Make in India pavillion at Hannover Messe 2015, says history and memory are the two vital aspects of design strategy... »
(From left) Akhil Nichani, Jay Puducheri and Shantanu Vyas.

Smart water solution

A bunch of Chennai students are making Paani Genie, a 90-litre water container that can be rolled along. »

Understanding labour laws easily

An online product helps companies comprehend the rigours of labour laws and comply with them. »
May 3, 2015
Greensense

Living with summer

This summer season has been a much talked about one, at least for one reason. Which ever city one lives in or travels to, everyone gets to hear people discussing the rising temperatures. Architects... »
May 3, 2015
Waterwise

Tackling detergents in water bodies

It seemed like a Bollywood movie-set but was a main road next to the Varthur lake. Foam was billowing and floating around and the landscape seemed surreal. Immediately it has made news all across I... »
A policy circular by the NHB says that inclusion of registration and other documentation charges in the price of property dilutes the Loan-to-Value ratio
April 24, 2015

Property matters

The National Housing Bank (NHB) has instructed housing finance companies not to include stamp duty, registration, and other documentation charges in the cost of the house or property being financed... »
Chandrashekar Hariharan
April 24, 2015

Beyond planting a tree

Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22 and events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It first came about in 1970, and is now coordinated globally... »
April 24, 2015

The monsoon of 2015

It is awaited with bated breath and even the stock markets react to it. If you are a water consumer of any kind in India and everyone is, it is most crucial for you. The Indian Meteorological Depa... »
High-end buyers prefer investing in premium properties that rise in value.
April 24, 2015

Six reasons why people buy luxury homes

At any given point in time, and regardless of economic conditions, there will always be people who are not content with just any kind of home. As a result, the demand for luxury homes in India may... »
April 24, 2015

Green dream a reality now

A recent study by Indian Institute of Science (IISC), Bangalore, has revealed that energy consumption by homes in Chennai contributes to 39 per cent of the city’s emissions and consequent carbon... »
Reclaim your streets: Mumbai
April 21, 2015

Street smart

Streets are one of the most valuable assets of our cities. In addition to serving as thoroughfares, streets are also public spaces where people meet, interact, and engage with each other. Yet, our... »
April 17, 2015

Good tidings for home buyers

At a time when salaries aren’t expected to increase much, a reduction in home loan rates is a blessing. The recent 0.2 per cent cut by prominent lenders, including HDFC, State Bank of Ind... »
April 17, 2015

‘Interesting’ news for home loan borrowers

Home loan is again in the news. This time it is the ‘interest’ that has come into focus. The State Bank of India has taken the lead in reducing the interest rate by a substantial 25 basis points f... »

Rate cuts - flavour of the season

Renovating existing property

Myriad shades of grey

For a breath of fresh air

City’s artery to come alive again

Thumbs up to Bill

Pave it aesthetically

Glass has class

May 3, 2015

Freeing cramped spaces, in style

Anything that is innovative tends to capture the eye. While the differential aesthetics proves to be arresting, what invariably stands apart is the simplicity in representation as well as the addre... »
May 1, 2015

Home with a view

Today, people are buying homes with a long-term view or expectation. And often that is a smart move if you have the patience. In most cities across India, there are developments in suburban areas t... »
April 24, 2015

Applying for a succession certificate

My friend's widowed mother-in-law passed away recently. She had a property in her name jointly with her grand son and after her death, when the question of transferring her rights over this prop... »
April 24, 2015

‘Online’ sale of sand

Historically, the cost sheet of construction comprises land and materials like bricks, steel, cement and sand. Once the land is identified, materials form a major part of the cost. Sand has become... »
dome
April 24, 2015

Structure it geometrically

The beauty of any building is defined by the form it takes, the geometry it projects. Any form, be it curved, inclined or multiple angled, is geometry. The manner in which this geometry is used not... »
Use green with a variety of colours to liven up your interiors
April 24, 2015

What’s haute this season?

Summer’s here, and it’s time to freshen up your home. If you’re scouting for a neutral shade to add style and sophistication, can we suggest a brand new colour? Green. Green is well known as... »
April 24, 2015

Are our airports built right?

As the Chennai airport struggles to get its act together, it’s time to look at its environmental impact and the need to make its architecture and design energy-efficient. To retrofit an... »
CUT DOWN EMISSIONS by adopting sustainable construction methods and switching to renewable power sources.
April 17, 2015

Chennai’s mega carbon footprint

Chennai has another first to its credit. This time, for all the wrong reasons. A recent study in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews by the Indian Institute of Science (IISC) reveals... »
April 17, 2015

Designing with sensitivity

Many a time an arresting facade captures the eye, the design standing out for its complicated depiction as well as astounding aesthetics. While the structure could be a physical manifestation of a... »
April 17, 2015
Preparing for rains

The April bounty

They arrived most unexpectedly and lasted for a few days. April showers drenched the city with their summer rain. In one part of the city it rained 70 mm in about an hour and the rainfall intensity... »

It is all about materials

Your space, your right

Springtime in the mall

The commodification of water

Earth as shelter

Interest rates to play truant yet again?

Glass bricks as separators

Say it with flowers