The Verandah House / Modo Designs

first_imgManufacturers: BTicino, Dulux, Kohler, Saint-Gobain, Toto, Acor, Changi, Whirlpool & Siemens ArchDaily Houses Save this picture!© Bharat AggarwalText description provided by the architects. This house is on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on a 4-acre land having dense flora, a lily pond and an existing outhouse having a vernacular typology. The new house was to be a permanent dwelling away from the city into the natural wilderness. Earlier the Munshaw family owned a colonial style house in a densely populated locality of Ahmedabad and which was build in mid 20th century. The owner’s initial brief for the new house included a preference to avoid a rigid box formation, a mention of lifestyle that was mostly outdoors, and a dwelling that would be a container for the collection of artifacts, paintings, Persian rugs, books and ancestral furniture.Save this picture!© Bharat AggarwalRecommended ProductsWindowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreFiber Cements / CementsRieder GroupFacade Panels – concrete skinFiber Cements / CementsDuctal®Ductal® Cladding Panels (EU)Save this picture!Floor PlanSave this picture!© Bharat AggarwalThe proposed design weaves and integrates the above concerns. The fluid curvilinear formation is a reinterpretation of imagery of old ancestral house and also to reiterate the existing natural formation on the site. The house bends to allow views of the lily pond. and simultaneously generates an element of surprise in the experience of interior space. The entry verandah, lower and upper verandah that comprises a major part of the house and all these are oriented towards main garden and lily pond. These are a 15 feet cantilevered and hovering spaces that fuses with the surrounding landscape. The interior space lavishly opens into these semi-open verandah spaces.Save this picture!© Bharat AggarwalThe house is a ground floor structure having the master bedroom and daughter’s room at a higher level. The central spine segregates the living, dining, library and master bedroom on the side that has the main garden and lily pond. The rear bay houses the kitchen, mother’s room, and daughter’s room. The rear bay is also interspersed with landscaped entry court and the central court that relieves this bay and lets natural light within the house. The central spine also is illuminated by skylights to have a contrast to the dark Kotah floor.Save this picture!© Bharat AggarwalSave this picture!© Bharat AggarwalThe house is a fusion of raw character of outdoor spaces and the finesse of the interiors. The exterior material palette is natural jute panels on the curving beam face, Valsadi wood paneling, and doors, concrete ceilings, terracotta colored rough surface and rough Kotah stone flooring. This is further complemented by old renovated wood and cane furniture in the verandah spaces. The interior space, in contrast, has white walls, polished Kotah stone. The interior space fuses old and customized new furniture along with lots of artifacts, paintings, and Persian rugs.Save this picture!© Bharat AggarwalProject gallerySee allShow lessHakka Indenture Museum / DnASelected ProjectsHefei Wantou Vanke Paradise Art Wonderland / Shanghai Tianhua Architectural DesignSelected Projects Share The Verandah House / Modo Designs Structural Consultant: Electrical Consultant: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Amee Associates India The Verandah House / Modo DesignsSave this projectSaveThe Verandah House / Modo DesignsSave this picture!© Bharat Aggarwal+ 16Curated by María Francisca González Share Architects: Modo Designs Area Area of this architecture project 2018 “COPY” Photographs Projects Photographs:  Bharat Aggarwal Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Saurin Patel Year:  PVDRS CopyHouses•Ranchodpura, India ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Plumbing Consultant:Chetan VyasClient:Maharshee and Shalvi MunshawArchitect In Charge:Arpan ShahArchitectural Team:Arpan Shah, Deep Bhagat, Khanjan JoshiCity:RanchodpuraCountry:IndiaMore SpecsLess Specs Interior Design: Area:  630 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” CopyAbout this officeModo DesignsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRanchodpuraIndiaPublished on May 23, 2018Cite: “The Verandah House / Modo Designs” 22 May 2018. 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Watch out Savills! US luxe lettings firm to land in London with £40 million backing

first_imgAn American lettings company is about to land in the UK with a £40 million expansion plan to acquire 250 apartments in London for its luxury property platform.Founded in 2013, Blueground is up and running in six US cities as well as in Athens, Istanbul and Dubai and claims to have 2,800 properties available through its Android and IOS app.The company is targeting the London corporate medium lets market with its properties, which will be designed to offer both a home and a tech-enabled environment where people can also work.Its lettings app and service is very similar to Airbnb, except that Blueground rents the properties directly off property owners and then refurbishes them to a high standard.It’s service is also very select – corporate tenants have to be pre-vetted before they can start using the service or its app. And prices are high; in New York it’s cheapest apartment is $2,900 a month for a studio.Series BIts venture capital backers think the business has legs and as well as a £15.5 million injection of cash earlier this year, it now has another £40 million to play with following a Series B funding round led by Westcap and Prime Ventures.“We are excited to see how our operation in London will shape the future of our company and prepare us for further expansion,” says co-founder and CEO Alex Chatzieleftheriou (left).Its apartments must be rented via Blueground for at least 30 days, and cost less per month the longer they are rented.Blueground airbnb October 25, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Watch out Savills! US luxe lettings firm to land in London with £40 million backing previous nextAgencies & PeopleWatch out Savills! US luxe lettings firm to land in London with £40 million backingBlueground is a cross between WeWork and Airbnb and is to lease 250 apartments in London to kick off its business in the UK.Nigel Lewis25th October 201901,219 Viewslast_img read more

Left to their demons

first_imgRefugees fleeing war and conflict find shelter but little solace in camps erected to house them, according to Richard Mollica, who heads the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT). Mollica, a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, has worked with refugees for decades. The camps themselves can be dangerous places, rife with sexual violence, he noted. And, though shelter and safety are the main priorities for new arrivals, Mollica knows from experience that a holistic approach that includes mental health care is critical for their long-term prospects. The problem is getting worse. As the United Nations marks World Refugee Day on Monday, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is reporting unprecedented numbers of refugees, with 42,500 added daily. Data from UNHCR show 59.5 million displacements around the world, with 19.5 million people fitting the definition of refugee by traveling abroad in search of safety and better lives. Though European countries have become a prominent destination for those fleeing conflict in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, UNHCR figures show that the nations hosting the largest refugee populations are outside of Europe: Turkey, Pakistan, Lebanon, Iran, Ethiopia, and Jordan. Mollica, who is consulting with governments in Greece and Italy on the crisis in Europe, took a break from his travels to speak with the Gazette about the challenges facing today’s refugees.GAZETTE: Europe, and the Syrian civil war that is driving refugees there, has been in the headlines, but is that the largest refugee crisis in the world today?MOLLICA: I think the largest crisis has to do with the Syrian refugees. You have millions of Syrians who are living displaced. [They’re] in Jordan; they make up a significant percentage now of Lebanon’s population. They’re in Turkey and they’re fleeing by the hundreds of thousands into Greece and Italy, trying to get into Europe. This is where most of the crisis is: the war in Syria. Then you have also Iraqi refugees fleeing the crisis in Iraq and they’re coming into these countries and trying to flee into Europe. You also have many Afghan refugees as well. And then you have the enormous number of people coming in from Eritrea, Somalia, and other parts of Africa, trying to get into Europe as well by taking boats to Greece and Italy.‘You have whole generations of children now growing up who really are people without a country.’GAZETTE: What are the common challenges that refugees face?MOLLICA: It depends on whether you’re talking about chronic refugee camp situations like the Palestinians or the camps in Kenya, where people have been living in these camps for over 20 years. They face different problems than people who are in the acute refugee phase, like the Syrian refugees fleeing the civil war, or the Iraqi refugees fleeing ISIS and the conflict in the Middle East.In the chronic state, you have a problem with people who feel hopeless. They’re living displaced. They have no secure environment. They have no constitutional rights to being part of a country. They’re being protected by the international community. You have whole generations of children now growing up who really are people without a country. The problem of the chronic refugees is really one about dependency, hopelessness, despair. The younger people are affected by no jobs, no school, poor education.And then you have the people coming into the camps from the Syrian civil war who have faced tremendous brutality and suffering. They’re seeking some kind of protection from a terrible, brutal civil war that’s been impacting them, protection from future violence. Many of them lost everything. Their homes, family members murdered, children were murdered, rape. They’re coming in a very acute and terrible state, having suffered.GAZETTE: Are the physical problems a higher priority to address or are the mental problems perhaps more significant because they’re even longer-lasting?MOLLICA: The general concept is to provide refugees who are going through the acute crises with safety and protection, food, water, and shelter, and some acute emergency care. And I think the United Nations and the international sponsors have done a very good job relocating and protecting millions of people in Lebanon and in Jordan. But the problem is that these refugees are so traumatized that one would guess that about 60 percent have major depression and about a third also have post-traumatic stress disorder.Because you carry this psychological burden, that doesn’t mean that you can’t function, you can’t go to school, you can’t work. It’s just that you’re in a state of serious emotional distress and suffering. The model — safety, protection, food, meeting humanitarian needs — provides a basic structure of safety and support, but these environments are not healing environments, they’re not recovery environments. That’s the problem you have today. You have millions of people who have a tremendous physical injury, tremendous losses of family, sexual violence, and gender-based violence, etc., and they come into refugee camp settings, where there’s no healing agenda, no recovery agenda.That’s HPRT’s biggest critique of the current situation. One camp, called the Zaatari camp [in Jordan], which is massive and huge and just a sand desert — in no way at all can one call that a healing recovery environment for people. People are being warehoused, [though] the governments, the United Nations High Commissioner, and the international community are doing the best they can.GAZETTE: Would it better for refugees to be in a position where they could work, support themselves, maybe go back to school?MOLLICA: Absolutely. I’ll be talking about this at the World Bank next week. Health is siloed from mental health, and mental health is siloed from community development, economic and social-cultural development. We’re talking about people who live in very siloed worlds, where the humanitarian aid gets the top priority, disease gets next priority, mental health is a sideshow, and the basic recovery of the people — including rebuilding their spiritual environment, their cultural environment — is not even on the table. You don’t have an integrated, holistic approach to the refugee crisis and refugee community, and that’s the problem.I’ll give you an example. With unaccompanied minors, between 11 and 17, about 10 percent are girls. They have to leave their families, they’ve been through civil war, they have to go on a long journey by themselves. They come into Greece by the tens of thousands. They’re given safety and protection. But most of the kids have been trafficked; they’re in the hands of traffickers. There’s no adequate healthcare for these kids. There’s absolutely no mental health care for these kids, almost none, and no sense of developing a program. They are — especially the girls — sitting ducks for traffickers. [The camps] have no integrated, holistic approach to how you deal with the well-being of an 11-year-old girl who ran away or was sent away by her family to Greece and has been through such horror. It isn’t enough to put her in protective shelter.Of course, one of the biggest, saddest stories is that gender-based violence in all refugee camps is epidemic. You don’t have the same priority put on reducing gender-based violence as you have on reducing infectious diseases. There’s no parity between infectious diseases, in the health sector, and gender-based violence, which is a health issue, a mental health issue, and a human rights violation. There’s no real attempt to stifle and suppress the epidemic of sexual violence that’s happening to young boys and girls and to women in these camps. This is a conceptual problem, because health is in a silo — health is about infectious disease — but the biggest health issue is violence: pre-coming into the camp, coming to the camp, and ongoing in the camp. The violence is not seen as a health issue of the same priority of the infectious disease; there’s a conceptual problem.GAZETTE: It sounds like the rationale is: OK, let’s get everybody a place where we can feed them and give them shelter and we’ll keep them there until the conflict is over and then they can go home and pick up their lives like they were before.MOLLICA: It’s what I call the rubber-band model. The refugees are the stretched rubber band. You put the rubber band in the camp, it’s less stretched. You send them home and it’s not stretched anymore and they go back to normal. Of course all the epidemiological research shows this is not true. And the rubber-band phenomenon is not based on credible scientific evidence. … Yet that’s the philosophy.last_img read more

Professor critiques Vatican Library texts

first_imgEMILY McCONVILLE | The Observer Classics professor Joseph Amar examines a copy of the commentary of the Book of Genesis by Jacob of Edessa. Amar said he believes this manuscript was published in the third century.He also studies the Aramaic language and its dialects, which linked Christianity and Judaism and, at times, made them almost indistinguishable.“In general, it’s about documenting Christianity at a crucial stage in its history, where it’s still very Jewish-looking but hasn’t become entirely the kind of Christianity we recognize today,” Amar said. “It sort of still has one foot in Judaism and one foot in Christianity. This is preserved in these ancient manuscripts because Jews and Christians were using the same language.”Amar said as he delved into the texts over the course of his career, documenting the ideas of early Christian thinkers and studying everything from the content of manuscripts to handwriting styles, he noticed that the Vatican Library had a record-keeping problem. Until recently, he would find the documents he needed ⎯ often the only copies in existence ⎯ stacked on shelves, unorganized and unprotected.Amar also found serious discrepancies between the manuscripts themselves and the catalog that was supposed to guide the scholars researching them, he said. Some descriptions misidentify the author of a text or the date of its publication, Amar said. Others misrepresent the manuscript’s argument, in what Amar called a “Catholicizing tendency.”“It gives the impression that the manuscripts are in agreement with contemporary Catholic teaching, when of course many of the manuscripts are very ancient and pre-date anything that was going on in any church,” he said. “But you only know that when you look at the manuscript itself and compare it to what’s in the catalog, and you say, ‘Someone has been fudging the information here.’”Part of Amar’s job is to correct these errors, he said. In addition to his research on the time period itself, Amar works as a consultant for the Vatican Library, pointing out where the manuscripts and the Bibliotheca Orientalis Clementino-Vaticana differ.“I look at [the manuscript], I look at the way it’s described in the catalog, and I say we have to change A, B and C,” Amar said. “Sometimes we have to change the century in which it was written and the author that we thought wrote it.”Because the manuscripts often have pages missing, finding the right information, especially the document’s author, involves some sleuthing, Amar said.“It’s really hard,” he said. “[You find the author] by the language itself. You look at the words the author used, and you say to yourself, ‘If this is written by X, did X use this kind of writing? Did he use these words? Does this fit what we know about him?’ Then either you say either the manuscript attribution is correct, that the guy they say wrote it actually wrote it, or you make an educated speculation that, ‘I’m pretty sure that this isn’t who they say it is, but it could be Y or Z. But it sure isn’t X.’”Amar’s work has taken on new significance in the digital age. In addition to improving its organization, in recent years, the Vatican Library has begun to digitize its oldest and rarest documents. Whereas the Bibliotheca Orientalis Clementino-Vaticana was once the only source of information on a text, the library can now update the description on the Web, incorporating Amar’s research, he said. The project involves many scholars who are largely in charge of the digitization in their own fields.“They sort of let me take the lead,” Amar said. “They say, ‘When we draw up a list of priority, of manuscripts to digitize, which ones do we own in The Vatican that no one else has copies of?’ Those are number one. And which of those do we need to correct as far as the catalog goes to give people a clearer understanding of exactly what’s in them?”Amar said the process often leads to new discoveries. For example, scholars believed for centuries that Jacob of Edessa, an influential Biblical scholar, had written a commentary on the Book of Genesis ⎯ but no one could find it. Meanwhile, a catalog contained a misidentified Genesis commentary, Amar said. By comparing that manuscript’s writing and handwriting style with Jacob’s known works, Amar said he was able to correctly attribute the commentary to him.“It’s like reinventing the wheel,” Amar said. “This is something altogether new, from way in the beginning of Christianity, in a part of the world that we don’t even think about in Christian terms.”Tags: ancient texts, Vatican The Vatican library provides invaluable resources for Department of Classics professor Joseph Amar, but in the course of his study, he has worked to correct discrepancies in one of the library’s manuscript catalogs, he said.Using manuscripts from the first centuries of Christianity, Amar said he studies the writings of early Christian thinkers. Many of the manuscripts he studies reside in the Vatican Library, collected over many centuries and cataloged in the Bibliotheca Orientalis Clementino-Vaticana, an 18th-century tome that lists the authors of documents, their publication dates and descriptions of their contents, Amar said.last_img read more