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Parth Gadhiya

on 19 January 2015

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What is the role of an ARCHITECT?
What are the ISSUES of present world?
To design and create spaces
Spaces for living creatures along with establishing balance and harmony with nature.
Solving the issues created in the past and controlling the creation of new
ISSUES of present world
1. Pollution - of the air, the water, the soil.
2. Natural resources running out, or being degraded.
3. Population growth outstripping resources worldwide.
4. Unequal distribution of financial resources.
5. The overwhelming power of multinational corporations over governments.
6. Nuclear weapons; the imminent danger of worldwide catastrophe.
7. Military means and thinking as a way of resolving political problems.
8. Genocides in Africa, Indo-China, Tibet, Europe, North America.
9. Racism, sexism, hatred of homosexuals, anti-Semitism.
10. Rising expectations in third world countries
11. Fundamentalism and narrowness, exclusivism, particularism, terrorism.
12. Ethnic groups clinging to land, to resources, to sacred space.
Parking space
Two wheelers
Auto/Taxi stand
Reception area
Dhamma hall for group meditation
Male hostel units
Female hostel units
Canteen facility
Open space for walking
Water cooler/Drinking water
Common Toilets/washrooms
video gallery
Experiential park

Construction of a new centre in Palitana and 1-day course

9 km. from the ancient spiritual city of Palitana, Gujrat, a new centre, duly named Dhamma Pali by Rev. Guruji, is going to be constructed on the Sonagad Road. It is 41 km. from Bhavanagar and 14 km. from Sihor. On Sunday, 20th October,2013, the first 1 day course for old students will be held there. All meditators, both gents and ladies, can take advantage of this course. Those desirous of making contribution in the construction of the centre, may contact
1. Mr. Anil Shah, mob: 9427232145, Bhavnagar;
2. Mr. Raju Mehta, mob 9426230331, Rajkot;
3. Mr. Nitesh Kothari, mob 9821820892, Mumbai.
Bank details: Bhavnagar Vipassana Centre,
Kotak Mahindra
Bank, Account no. 6411183455,
branch: Vaghwadi Road,
IFS CODE: KKBK0000891 [For RTGS and NEFT]

What is
Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills, i.e., an Art of Living.
This non-sectarian technique aims for the total eradication of mental impurities and the resultant highest happiness of full liberation.
Vipassana is a way of self-transformation through self-observation. It focuses on the deep interconnection between mind and body, which can be experienced directly by disciplined attention to the physical sensations that form the life of the body, and that continuously interconnect and condition the life of the mind.
It is this observation-based, self-exploratory journey to the common root of mind and body that dissolves mental impurity, resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion.
The scientific laws that operate one's thoughts, feelings, judgements and sensations become clear. Through direct experience, the nature of how one grows or regresses, how one produces suffering or frees oneself from suffering is understood. Life becomes characterized by increased awareness, non-delusion, self-control and peace.
Total no. of Vipassana centers all over the world
Sensing Spaces:
As the art form that most directly affects our day-to-day life, the ever-present
background to our days, architecture is nothing without the people who occupy
and use it.
The exhibition creates, above all else, an essential interaction between three factors: the nature and quality of physical spaces, how we perceive them, and their resulting evocative power.
Setting out to show how architecture as an art form can only be truly experienced in person, through the senses – vision, touch, hearing, and even smell.
This exhibition sets out not to teach people what
to understand – through illustrations and information – but to understand above all
else that ‘architecture is a personal, enjoyable necessary experience. [Architecture]
has a monopoly of space ... [and] alone of the arts can give space its full value.
To grasp space, to know how to see it, is the key to the understanding of building’
(Bruno Zevi).

Baha'i House of Worship
The Bahai House of Worship in Delhi, India, popularly known as the Lotus Temple due to its flowerlike shape, is a Bahai House of Worship and also a prominent attraction in Delhi. It was completed in 1986 and serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent
The temple gives the impression of a half-open lotus flower, afloat, surrounded by its leaves. Each component of the temple is repeated nine times. The temple is open to people of all faiths, languages and cultures. It is a symbol of a United India.
Eleven most important things to analyze in any Case Study
Environment and micro-climate
Analyzing the surrounding environment and the micro-climate of that place will help understand the reason of the orientation of the structure, the kind of roof chosen and the materials used in its construction.
User behavior and requirementsStudying the functioning of a particular place, say a Hospital, is very important; without which you will not be able to figure out the requirements and the area that should be allotted for each of the requirements.Talking to people working at that place (Hospital), will help you figure out if the requirements that are provided are adequate and he area that is allotted is sufficient for its efficient working.
Utility and space enhancement
Study of Utilitarian facilities of a particular case is also important. Various measures taken to enhance a particular space should be analyzed.
Form and Function
Analyzing the reason behind the form of that particular building…and how it merges with the surrounding environment. Form and Function go hand in hand. The form of the building should be able to convey the function of the building. A lot of Architects say “Form follows Function”.As an example, an institutional building should not end up looking like a museum or a disco.Some other Architects might disagree with that philosophy. They’d say that the function of a structure keeps changing but changing the form of the building everytime its function changes is not possible. They say, Adopt a “Universal Design Scheme”.
Horizontal and vertical circulation
Horizontal circulation consists of elements such as the corridors and lobbies. Vertical circulation includes elevators, staircases, ramps etc. The efficiency of the placement of these services should be analyzed.
Site Planning and Landscape detailing
Refer to the Article on the blog “A Guide to Site Planning“, which deals with different aspects considered in site planning in greater detail.
Structural details such as Column and Beam Design, Steel and Composite structures
Understanding and analyzing the structural details is also important. For example, large span structures such as Auditoriums use trusses or heavy I-section steel beams and sometimes shell-roofing that involve construction of Ring beams whereas in small span structures, RCC construction is used.
Building Services such as Fire Alarm system, HVAC, Water supply systems
The working of Fire Alarm system, HVAC and Water supply systems should be examined and their space requirements are to be analyzed.
Design detailing considering the Barrier-free environment
Implementation of the Barrier-free architecture for comfortable access to disabled people. Most public buildings have mandatory accessibility systems for the disabled. Check out Guidelines to the Disability Standards for Access to Premises 200X. (Australian law)
Socio-economic profile of user group
It might also be important to find out the socio-economic profile of the people using the services so as to determine their requirements and available resources.
Parking details and standards
Measure the allotted parking area on site, say for ten cars, then calculate the average area for each car and compare it with the areas specified in TSS (Time Savers Standards).
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