Bharat Bhavan listed amongst the ‘Top 20 Most Visited AD Architecture Classics’ by ArchDaily

BB1The terraces and courtyards reflect Correa’s concern with progression through space – the maze or puzzle – where parts are casually revealed and the complex of internal streets act rather like a village layout. In this way the architect makes the building reflect Bhopal’s own organizational layout.

Bharat Bhavan, one of the key projects of Charles Correa, has been listed amongst the ‘Top 20 Most Visited AD Architecture Classics’ by ArchDaily.

Why kala academy is considered to be such an important building?

 

Kala Academy is more than just a stone structure. Apart from the intangible values that surround the building, Kala Academy is being visited and studied by around a thousand students every year for its architectural significance.

Read more on why it is considered to be such an important building here, by Lester Silveira.

 

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News coverage: the Suo Moto Order passed by the High Court of Bombay in Goa, concerned about the discourse around Kala Academy

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KA’s layout draws in 1k students each yr

Date: 25 July 2019

Nida Sayed makes a case for the academic significance of the Architecture of Kala Academy in the Times of India.

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Mt Carmel Church ruins to be declared a heritage site

TCP MINISTER DECIDES TO ACCEPT THE REQUEST MADE BY CHARLES CORREA FOUNDATION AND ANA GRACIAS

The Conservation Committee of the department of Town and Country Planning
(TCP) headed by the TCP minister decided to accept the request made by Charles
Correa Foundation and Ana Gracias ( leader of a citizens’ movement from Chimbel) and list the ruins of Nossa Senhora do Carmo, on the conservation list of the Goa Land Development and Building Construction Regulations.

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In the News – Panaji architect pitches for archaeological park in Chimbel

Says ruins of Nossa Senhora de Carmo are a great alternative to create green space in the village

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Panaji-based architect Fernando Velho on Friday made a strong pitch for the ruins of the Convent and Church of Nossa Senhora do Carmo in Chimbel to be converted into an archaeological park for the residents of Chimbel.

Velho, who presented a vision for the ruins at the Charles Correa Foundation in Fontainhas on Friday, spoke of how important in terms of heritage value the site of the ruins was to Goans, and what a difference it would make to the people of Chimbel if the government gave its nod for converting it into an archaeological park.

According to Velho, who schooled at the Goa College of Architecture as well as at the University of Michigan, USA, converting the ruins into a park would not only give Chimbel a space for people of different communities to mingle and bond, but will also provide the village with a much-needed green area.

“The current area demarcated as green area in Chimbel as seen on Google Maps doesn’t have a single tree on the ground,” said Velho.

“When there are no trees, people immediately move in on these areas and want to build. The GPPDA is already eyeing 150 metres of land on both sides of the highway. The ruins of Nossa Senhora de Carmo is a great alternative to create a green space for the people of Chimbel,” he said.

Velho also spoke of the economic and social disparity of the people who live in Chimbel.

He explained that on one hand there were people living in Indiranagar as an in informal urban settlement but without water, and on the other hand are the people living in huge living spaces along the Kadamba Plateau with swimming pools.

As things stand, there is no public space in Chimbel to even put a bench for two people from these distinct communities to sit and talk, he explained. A proposed project like the reconstruction of the ruins would serve this and several other purposes.

Further, a final year architecture student Erica De Mello explained that since the site is just off the highway and between the developing Kadamba Plateau, it is very accessible. De Mello also presented a plan of how the area of the ruins and around could be done up again.

She also said the space would be great venue for several culture festivals that have sprung up in Goa recently and which are looking for traditional “Goan” spaces to host them.

The Nossa Senhora do Carmo Convent was constructed in 1747, and changed many hands until 1982 when it was abandoned due to the difficulty and cost involved in maintaining it.

Architects estimate that the whole space occupies close to 30,000 square metres of land, with the ruins covering 20% of it. The area is currently enclosed by the government. Even though it comes under the Ministry of Provedoria, it is not listed in the “protected sites” of the State.

Source: The Goan Everyday Newspaper (25th May 2019)

http://englishnews.thegoan.net/story.php?id=51729

‘India’s Greatest Architect’ Charles Correa

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India’s most iconic modern architect Charles Correa had a prolific career, having designed almost 100 buildings in India alone during his lifetime, but whether it was low-income housing or luxury condos, Correa maintained a universal approach that respected the local conditions, met the practical needs of its inhabitants and acknowledged the spiritual nature and beauty of his country.

Read the full article on architect Charles Correa by Charlotte Luxford here.

VISIT FROM HIS EXCELLENCY, ANTONIO COSTA, THE PRIME MINISTER OF PORTUGAL

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His Excellency, António Costa, the Prime Minister of Portugal on his official visit to India, had visited the Charles Correa Foundation on 12 January 2017 along with his other visits to the main centres in Goa.