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Architectural Digest India celebrates its second anniversary

This week Architectural Digest India celebrated its second anniversary with a lavish event at the Four Seasons Hotel in Mumbai. Architectural Digest was established in the United States in 1920 and has since expanded internationally through Condé Nast, launching in India two years ago.

In recognition of this achievement, the magazine has published AD50: a comprehensive list of the 50 most influential figures in Indian Architecture and Design for 2014. Gracing the cover of the second anniversary issue (download here) are Nisha Mathew Ghosh and Soumitro Ghosh of Mathew & Ghosh Architects, Sunita Kohli, Ambrish Arora, Abha Narain Lambah and Gurjit Singh Matharoo, all of whom feature in the AD50...read more

Santiago Calatrava's Transit Hub called 'cheap' by the New York Times

After a small area of the World Trade Center Transit Hub opened to the public last week, The New York Times published a frank and detailed account by David W. Dunlap in which the author scrutinised the reality of this supposedly ethereal scheme.

Dunlap’s firsthand account lists buckling aluminium ceiling panels, rough columns and beams in direct contrast to the smooth finish found in Calatrava’s renderings, lighting fixtures that project from the beams so that ‘they look like albino garden slugs’ and highly visible joints and connecting pins where structural elements meet.

The review is far from glowing - it opens with the question ‘How can a $3.94 billion building be made to look cheap’ - but it is realistic that while there may be flaws at this early stage, it is likely that many of the kinks will be smoothed out by the time the Transit Hub opens in 2015...read more

The BBC goes inside Christ the Redeemer

Constructed from 1926-1931, the 38m-high statue of Christ the Redeemer looms majestically over Rio de Janeiro. In this meticulous account presented by The BBC, the instantly-recognisable structure is explored from the inside out through an examination of its internal structure and a journey back in time to the various concepts proposed by designers for this now world-renowned sculpture.

In January Christ the Redeemer was struck twice by lightning in hits that blasted off a fingertip and scorched the back of its head. £500,000 repairs - funded by tyre company Pirelli - are underway in order to ensure that the statue is ready for an influx of visitors during the FIFA World Cup this June. The BBC also considers the fact that the supply of the original green-grey tiles that coat Christ the Redeemer has run dry and addresses suggestions that future repairs may alter the statue’s exterior to a deeper green hue…read more 

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