S H A M I A N A

Beneath this Shamiana,
He swore to her, he’ll always be.
Her mate, through thick and thin.
She swore too, she’ll never leave,
His life, whether they lose or win.
In that moment, Gods testified.
For they just hint, how to begin.
But it’s us, on Earth, who carry on,
Either live to love, or be lost in sin.

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You remind me of…

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You remind me of that stubborn tree,
Still standing next to my old house.
I built many memories around it.
While all it did was shed, just shed!
I went in circles, around and again,
Sang songs, laughed and cheered.
While all it did was shed, just shed!
I tried sticking to it, few paper leaves,
Even embracing it, with little arms .
While all it did was shed, just shed!
I tried carving my love, on its trunk.
Silly but truly, I tried too hard.
While all it did was shed, just shed!
-KV

World’s First 3D-Printed Jet Powered Aircraft

3D-printing has once again aced a technological frontier. And this time, it isn’t just shoes, apparels or robotics. With the aid of 3D-printing, Aurora Flight Sciences and Stratasys Ltd have developed a drone, which is reportedly the fastest and most complex 3D-printed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) ever flown. With all these superlatives attributing this drone, it made a star debut at Dubai Airshow 2015.

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A Little List of Gifts – For anyone who loves design

The Blueprint Wrap

Often one gets bewildered and stuck while planning gifts for an upcoming occasion. On top of that a gift idea for a friend or a significant other who is an architect feels even harder to crack! Whether the giver belongs to the design community or not, an architect’s sophisticated taste cautions one.

Gifting here becomes an art of comprehending the other person’s taste and requirement. An act which demands thoughtfulness, consideration with a bit of humor and surprise. So apart from the conventional pricey presents bought from a stationer, or perhaps a set of literary classics on Corbusier, Kahn or Vitruvius, these are some quirky suggestions. One might want to have a quick look at this list. Depending on the purpose and penchant of an architect, the list appeals to every whim and affectation.

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Real Madrid’s New Headquarter | Rafael de La-Hoz

This design brings an end to Real Madrid’s search for a comprehensive corporate headquarter. The winning proposal for the design competition was selected for the unique balance between its futuristic outlook and viability. This entry comes from the studio of Rafael de La-Hoz, along with inputs from a building company Ferrovial Agroman. A building located right within the city of Valdebebas, Madrid; ‘Ciudad Realmadrid’ would encompass an area of 8,000 square meters once constructed.

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‘Soft In The Middle’ by Atelier 2B | Winner of ChiDesign Competition

‘Soft in the Middle’ presents a unique concept for CADE (Centre for Architecture, Design and Education) and CTBUH (Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat) headquarters. Being one of the winning entries of ChiDesign  competition (organised by Chicago Architecture Foundation) , this proposal by Atelier 2B (Yewon Ji, Nicolas Lee and Ryan Otterson) proposes a facility with flexible and collaborative core.

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Shake Hands with 3D-printed Robotic Limb | Rob Scharff

“Robots are becoming omnipresent in our lives,” says Rob Scharff, who created a 3D-printed robotic hand, that can actually shake hands with humans. And when we say ‘shake hands’, this happens through the robot’s own tactile feedback, and not some remote operated input. A graduate from Delft University of Technology, Scharff has been working on a research project called ‘Soft Robotics’, which essentially talks about upgrading elementary robotics to an advanced hybridized technology, which responds to human stimulus.

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Pop-Up Building Milan | Daniel González

 

A Cardboard Fairy tale

Pop-up Building Milan ’ is an artistic interpretation of art, culture and architecture of Milan, trifling across the walls of a Milanese courtyard. A composition created with unconventional materials such as cardboard, adhesive tapes, varnish, cartons and zip ties, blithely peaking meaning and understanding of a place.  Daniel González, an Argentinian contemporary artist, hereby simplifies the entire city of Milan into a few components of rudimentary shapes and lucid forms.

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Winning Design for Cinisi Church by Studio Kuadra

Some of the most important spaces in the history of mankind lie within a few exquisite specimens of sacred architecture. And how can one forget churches, when the discussion is about sacred spaces. The list of these overwhelming worship spaces is diverse and substantial. So, here is another concept belonging to this epochal category of architecture.

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