Newsletter | Volume XI | November 2019

Re-interpreting Civic Architecture 

India is marching forward to seek its rightful place amongst the comity of great nations, and as Indian citizens, it remains our duty to participate in the evolution of our institutional heritage. When we talk about rapid growth and emerging economies, in a fundamental sense, architecture is about the people for the people, and by the people! 

DFI has been at the vanguard of making modern institutional and civic buildings like Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Institute of Archaeology, Vanijya Bhawan, and The Delhi High Court, propagating our learning and observations in the society and in our disposition. 

We were privileged to have A G Krishna Menon as a speaker at our DFI learning center, the eminent architect, urban planner and conservationist practising in Delhi for over four decades now.


Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Institute of Archaeology,
Greater Noida 

Apart from the educational focus for the entire program, the Institute embodies the principles and goals of accessibility for all. The design incorporates a variety of strategies, symbolic value and visual drama with an immersive setting tuning with elements reminding of glorious India and her ancient civilizations.    

Vanijya Bhavan, New Delhi

Vanijya Bhawan, under construction, is the new office of the Department of Commerce, Government of India. Evocative of the grandeur of Lutyen’s Delhi, the complex incorporates extensive use of sandstone from Agra and Dholpur.  With a targeted 4-star GRIHA rating, the building is touted to have a paperless operation and running on solar energy derived from photovoltaic panels covering its roof. 

Delhi High Court Extension, S Block

The sanctioned strength of judges of the High Court of Delhi over the time shows the importance of additional infrastructure and facilities to be provided in the existing Delhi High Court building. For Delhi growing as the capital city of India, the extended new block of the High Court of Delhi will house some important administrative offices and an auditorium.    

DFI in the News
Entitled 'Substance across the Gateway | The Infrastructure boom in the North-East', article written by our founding partner at DFI, Ar Anand Sharma published in The Sentinel illustrates how the cities of North-Eastern Region of India are evolving to drive growth and innovation in the country.
DFI Learning Session
In conversation with A G Krishna Menon
Responsible for drafting the first-ever Indian Charter, i.e. INTACH Charter for the Conservation and Unprotected Architectural Heritage and Sites of India, A G K Menon has served as a former convener of the Delhi Chapter of INTACH.  

Discussing his heartfelt views over democracy affecting architecture, he also enlightened our DFI team with the right attitude that an architect must possess in order to achieve what they desire. 

Master Architects of India have shared their visions over the present government's ambitious project of revamping Central Vista, however not as profound as the way A G K Menon has done. Challenging the modern conventional ways of urban planning and architecture practices adopted to plan new Indian cities, his theories and research have revolutionized the way we have been integrating the modern into historical architecture. 
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