THE ARCHITECTS UNDERGROUND: Weekly arts magazine on stage to launch next week

  London, United Kingdom VIJAY SHAH   National architectural association the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced that it is launching an innovative and culturally-rich new ‘weekly live arts magazine’ next week to promote architecture and the arts … Continue reading THE ARCHITECTS UNDERGROUND: Weekly arts magazine on stage to launch next week

PHOTO MOMENT: The BT Tower

  A window view of the BT Tower, in Fitzrovia, central London. I took this picture on the 28th of August, 2012, on the first day at my new office in Tottenham Court Road, after my company relocated there from our old site in Bressenden Place, Victoria which was scheduled for demolition. The BT Tower, formerly known as the ‘Post Office Tower’, was first built in 1961, with construction completed in 1964. Standing in at 191 metres (627 ft), it was initially devised by the then General Post Office as a means of ferrying telecommunications traffic from London to the rest … Continue reading PHOTO MOMENT: The BT Tower

SRI VENKATESWARA BALAJI TEMPLE: Dudley to welcome Europe’s largest Hindu temple

The city of Dudley, in the former industrial heartlands of England‘s West Midlands, will become the home of Europe’s largest Hindu temple (mandir) this Sunday. The Sri Venkateswara Balaji temple, built and consecrated on land purchased from the local district council, is expected to attract 10,000 devotees and visitors per day for its special inauguration festival which ends after five days of celebrations this Sunday (2 February 2014). While the temple has been in existence for some years, the festival will celebrate its expansion which includes a £500,000 building opened in April 2013 for the blessing of babies in the ‘yagashala’ ceremony. The … Continue reading SRI VENKATESWARA BALAJI TEMPLE: Dudley to welcome Europe’s largest Hindu temple

SRI RANGANATH SWAMI TEMPLE OF TRICHY: The ultimate monument of devotion

Tamil Nadu, the southernmost state of India, is renowned for its stunning and visually complex temple architecture, which draws in hundreds of thousands of devotees and tourists every year. As in most parts of India, Hinduism, the world’s oldest major religion, is the belief system followed by the vast majority of Tamils. Their intense love of God combined with a vibrant culture of literature and visual arts had produced some of the most spectacular forms of religious architecture to be seen today. Hindu temples in Tamil-speaking areas are called ‘kovils’ and are characterised by a tower-like shikara which in newer … Continue reading SRI RANGANATH SWAMI TEMPLE OF TRICHY: The ultimate monument of devotion

THE SHARD: Dagger on the Skyline

For the past few months while making tea and staring out of the windows in the office kitchen, I have noticed something slowly but surely take its place among the tall and mighty that are London’s skyscrapers. A streamlined monolith of glass and steel, it will be the tallest office building in western Europe, dethroning Canary Wharf from its long-held title, and at the same time expressing the dynamism in urban architecture that has shaped the capital in recent years. Dubbed “The Shard of Glass”, this 310-metre high icicle of a building occupies the space of a former office block … Continue reading THE SHARD: Dagger on the Skyline