How do architects charge in Pune? Taking our own case as an example here. Date: May2015
Percentage based: Our charges are typically based on a percentage model. Our architecture fees will be 7% of the total project cost incurred by the
How deep should a foundation of a loadbearing construction be?
For a ground plus one storey loadbearing house a strip foundation of 1′-6″ below ground level is sufficient. What is important is that soil and silt is removed and that the
My husband and I had been gifted these second hand sofas ( 3 seater+two seater) a couple of months back. Thanks to these that we had some seating in our living room. They actually made it look like a living
I often work directly with craftsmen and their labour. Some english words are visually familiar to them. However instructions can be written in hindi/marathi for ease of communication. This effort has given me excellent results and a lot of appreciation
Recently, Pooja and I were on site at our project near Kanha National park when we saw how the bricks weren’t crumbling on impact. We are keeping the external facade bricks exposed with mud mortar pointing.
Thanks to my Yoga instructor, I got a chance to help him make a cowdung plastered floor in the garden of his house.Location: Javakhedkar's house, near Karve statue, close to Rahul nagar, Kothrud, Pune. He got the dung from :
Below are drawings D1 and D2 of a rainwater filter made for rooftop rainwater collection for two terrace areas of 100sqm and 40-70sqm respectively. The design consists of a first rain separator to the right and a filter chamber to
For a planted filter bed of canna to actually treat water, water should be sprinkled from top. That water should be in a flow from top to bottom and only then it will be absorbed by the roots. This can
Gps is a service available in most carry on devices particularly mobile phone and tablet. This can be effectively used in the study of large areas where we later take help of tools like google maps and google earth.I am
This is a schematic idea for a small water treatment unit which can be easily installed in the side-open space of a bungalow. The treated water can take care of gardening needs. If it is further connected to an alum
3 soil samples from our ongoing site at Kanha National park were tested for feasability for using as mud mortar. 2 samples were taken from under the foundation area and the third which was specifically taken for mud mortar.
After our experiments with slaking of lime, we tried plaster mixes using lime, wood shavings and mud. Two plaster patches were applied side by side on an exposed brick wall in two coats. The patches took about 2 days to
Participatory budgeting is a process by which people living in an area can participate and demand for works in their locality.This is a process which was introduced to bypass the lacunae in the existing system of elected corporators.
This estimate is a slightly overpriced initial quote from an excellent rajasthani carpenter. Actually this is a firm and not an individual. However I have posted this to give an idea of furniture estimation. The above estimate is for slightly
Why do we design perfect elevations for mass housings?! This is a building next to my house completed about 6 months back. Some of the families have settled well now. Today I noticed these clothes hanging outside one terrace. A
Project: Design of a marketplace for a competition held by Ethos India. (February 2015)
Site chosen by us: Mohagaon weekly bazaar at Mohagaon village, Balaghat district, Madhya Pradesh
Area: Approximately 1 acre.
Design team: Pooja and Meghana (M+P architects collaborative)
I spent 10 days in singapore. watched the Formula one race, roamed the country in mrt and bus. Got the local flavour of people, food, luxury, cosmopolitanism, shopping and nature. Here are some fun points which I would recall for
Meghana+Pooja in partnership as M+P architects is now close to year old with some interesting projects on the way. In the spirit of Diwali festivities, we presented 2 of our projects for the A&I digest exhibition at krishnasundar lawns, mhatre
Competition: Bangalore International centre design. Design team: Abhijit De, Meghana Kulkarni. An ideas competition split in two stages.This was the entry to stage 1. Entry for the Bangalore International Center open architectural competition.
Master's students of Digital, Environmental and Landscape streams of BN College of Architecture, Pune were at the receiving end of this session on photography. I conducted this workshop along with a colleague -Aditya Laghate.
I conducted a day's session on water and sanitation. I was invited by Ar.Shubha Mishra ( CEASID) for conducting this session for students as a part of their sustainable architecture 5 day workshop. Students were from different cities across India
Rajalakshmi Deshpande interned with us in 2014-15. She gifted our office's library a lovely book. This book is a compilation of dialogues with eminent Indian architects, conducted by Ar.Narendra Dengle at various Feed events.