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What’s With All The Enormous Statues Going Up In India?

The “Statue of Unity,” which is actually of independence leader Vallabhbhai Patel and is currently the world’s tallest statue, was completed last fall, and more are on the way: a statue of the 17th-century warrior-king Shivaji in Mumbai, and enormous images of the Hindu god Rama and the 19th-century holy man Swami Vivekananda in Ayodhya. Why? A desire to stand out on the world stage, sure, but even more because of the Hindu nationalism of Narendra Modi’s government. – Apollo
Tags: Art, India, Narendra Modi, Mumbai, Visual, Rama, Swami Vivekananda, AYODHYA, Statue of Unity, Vallabhbhai Patel, 03.11.19


CEO Of Cartier: The Arts Define Who We Are

“Whether it is photography, painting, sculpture, or design, the arts define who we are at Cartier. Some of our creations were directly linked to the aesthetics of the Mughal period in India with Cartier looking less to local jewelry and more to miniature paintings. Also, geometric shapes found in Islamic Art inspired the designs of some of our accessories and the ornamental “guilloché” patterns in our watches. Art motifs enter Cartier’s vocabulary and then we use them in intuitive ways, on prod...
Tags: Art, India, Issues, Cartier, 03.13.19


One Of India’s Biggest Art Museums Is Inside Mumbai Airport

“Scattered throughout the four levels of Terminal 2 of Mumbai’s international airport are more than 5,500 pieces of Indian art and handicrafts, including tribal totem poles and a 3-D map of Mumbai built from recycled chips and circuit boards. Together they make up the Jaya He, GVK New Museum.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, India, Mumbai, Visual, Mumbai Airport, 03.12.19


Pakistan Has Banned Indian Movies. That May Hurt Pakistan More Than India.

The embargo was instated by Pakistan’s Association of Film Exhibitors following last month’s flare-up of armed conflict in and around Kashmir. It may seem a patriotic gesture, but there’s a real question whether Pakistan’s roughly 120 remaining cinemas can survive without Indian films to show. – BBC
Tags: Art, Media, India, Pakistan, Kashmir, 03.13.19


Finland plans to complete its coal ban one year early

Finland is following through with its coal ban initiative and making it a top priority over the next 10 years. The country promised to eliminate its reliance on coal by 2030, and Finnish Parliament just pushed through a motion to complete the ban a year earlier than the previous goal. One year may not seem like much, but moving the ban up means Finland will be completely coal-free in the next decade. The move also means that the country will have to increase its phasing out program by around 10...
Tags: Design, News, Sweden, Climate Change, China, India, Renewable Energy, Britain, Coal, Fossil Fuels, Finland, Norway, Parliament, Renewable Enegry, Coal Ban, TreeHugger LEGO


International Women's Day Spotlight: Meet the 8 women leading the change for a better world

International Women’s Day is just one of the 365 days per year that it is important to recognize and celebrate the contributions and advancements female leaders have bestowed onto the environment, society and culture from around the world. While there are thousands of women who are fighting to help conserve and preserve our planet, below we highlight eight brave women from across the globe who are making headlines for their innovative impact in the environmental, conservation and sustainability...
Tags: Design, Iraq, India, Africa, Earth, Uganda, Davos, Gaza, Palestine, Kenya, Un, Greenpeace, Kuwait, Caribbean, Christiana Figueres, Lagos


International Women's Day Spotlight: Meet the 8 women leading the charge for a better world

International Women’s Day is just one of the 365 days per year that it is important to recognize and celebrate the contributions and advancements female leaders have bestowed onto the environment, society and culture from around the world. While there are thousands of women who are fighting to help conserve and preserve our planet, below we highlight eight brave women from across the globe who are making headlines for their innovative impact in the environmental, conservation and sustainability...
Tags: Design, Iraq, India, Africa, Earth, Uganda, Davos, Gaza, Palestine, Kenya, Un, Greenpeace, Kuwait, Caribbean, Christiana Figueres, Lagos


Breezy brick home in India houses multiple generations under one roof

New Delhi architectural practice Vir.Mueller Architects recently completed the Singh Residence, an experimental house built primarily from brick. Located in Noida just outside New Delhi, the home serves as a prototype for stylish and comfortable multigenerational living that’s not only sensitive to Indian culture and aesthetics, but also makes use of energy-efficient passive cooling. The home was created as a model for adaptable and replicable residential development across India. Spanning an a...
Tags: Design, India, Architecture, Gallery, New Delhi, Brick, Teak, Carousel Showcase, Marble, Natural Ventilation, Concrete, Courtyard, Madhya Pradesh, Noida, Passive Cooling, Exposed Brick


Illustrating The Mundane

Ranganath Krishnamani is a designer and illustrator in Bagalore India who has worked with Adobe, Oracle, Redbus and as Creative Director for Liquidink Design in India. A skilled hand illustrator, Krishnamani’s work tends towards a more minimalistic, digital finish, largely depicting everyday scenes with special attention paid to the lighting. He used this focus on lighting as the running thread in a recent series of work called, Everyday Musings. Krishnamani used the everyday scenes of Bang...
Tags: Art, India, Bangalore, Krishnamani, Ranganath Krishnamani, Bagalore India


Skin in the game: do we need to take down nudes – or look at them harder?

The Royal Academy’s major exhibition of nudes features equal numbers of naked men and women. Is this progress?Things look different after #MeToo. And not just after #MeToo, but after several years of a surging fourth wave of feminism. There has been fury against patriarchy – with the term itself, after decades of dormancy, surging back into use to explain everything from the rise of Donald Trump to sexual violence in India to pay inequality in western Europe.Everywhere, dams of silence and fear ...
Tags: Art, Europe, Education, India, Women, Painting, Life and style, Society, World news, Body Image, Culture, Feminism, Art and design, Drawing, Sexuality, Royal Academy of Arts


This Museum Handles One Of The World’s Touchiest Subjects

“How do you memorialize a holocaust that even now, seven decades after it took place, may still not be entirely safe to talk about?” India’s Partition Museum, which opened in 2017 in Amritsar, in Punjab state and hard by the border with Pakistan, uses documents, photographs, and eyewitness testimony — carefully — to do the very tricky job. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, India, World, Pakistan, Issues, Punjab, Amritsar, 02.23.19, Partition Museum


Get ready to use soapnuts for everything from cleaning to self care

Cleaning with soapnuts (AKA soap berries) might seem like a new, eco-friendly trend, but the practice has actually been around for centuries. People in Nepal and India as well as Native Americans have known about the amazing cleaning powers of soapnuts for hundreds of years. But if they are new to you, keep reading and be amazed at what this all-natural, sustainable cleaning product can do. What are soapnuts? Sapindus mukorossi — the Soapnut Tree — is native to India and the Himalayas, and ...
Tags: Design, India, Features, Nepal, Himalayas, Green Products, Cleaning Products, Sustainable Cleaning Products, Soapnuts, Soap Berries


The Parting of the Furniture

So it’s come to this: BILLY is joining the gig economy, and he’ll hold your books and whatever else you see fit until you upgrade to KALLAX or HEMNES, or you finally bring yourself to KonMari all your worldly possessions away.IKEA recently announced that it is looking to launch a subscription model, in which customers effectively “lease” furniture and trade it back via credit system; depending on the condition, the Swedish behemoth will either refurbish or recycle the used items. Initially limit...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Design, China, India, CSR, Bloomberg, Bbc, Netflix, Furniture, Canada, Brooklyn, New York Times, Ikea, Switzerland, Manhattan


Global warming makes 2018 the 4th hottest year ever

U.S. officials have confirmed that 2018 was the fourth hottest year on record. Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA just revealed that temperatures were 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit higher than the worldwide average, which includes temperatures between 1951 and 1980. Temperatures in 2018 were the fourth warmest of any year since 1880. That places 2018 slightly behind the top three average temperatures on record: 2016, 2017 and 2015, respectively. Accordi...
Tags: Design, Sweden, California, India, Nasa, Arctic, El Nino, Gavin Schmidt, Philippines Greece


Global warming will melt over 1/3 of the Himalayan ice cap by 2100

Asia’s Himalayan mountain range is about to undergo some major changes. New research predicts that global warming will melt at least one-third or up two two-thirds of the glaciers in the region by the year 2100, significantly affecting the 2 billion people who call the mountainous area home. The alarming prediction will come to pass if global carbon emissions continue at their current rates. Even more disturbing is that one-third of the glaciers in the Himalaya and Hindu Kush range will still d...
Tags: Asia, Design, India, Nasa, Manhattan, Himalaya, Antarctic, China Pakistan, Indus, Hindu Kush, Philippus Wester


The Symphony Orchestra Of India (And Why There’s Only One)

Western classical music, and orchestral music in particular, has caught on in a huge way in East Asia, but it has only ever had the most tenuous of holds in the Indian subcontinent (which has a long and still-vibrant classical tradition of its own). Writer Simon Broughton looks at the history of attempts to establish orchestral music in India — culminating in the Symphony Orchestra of India, founded in Mumbai in 2006 and about to make a tour of the UK. — Gramophone
Tags: Art, Music, UK, India, Mumbai, East Asia, SIMON BROUGHTON, 02.07.19, Symphony Orchestra of India


The QuadraOpus is any sort of furniture you want it to be

The bachelor in me has nothing but appreciation for the QuadraOpus. Designed for small apartments with not enough space for a lot of furniture, the Quadraopus can be anything you need, from a shelf, to a table, to even a bench with or without armrests. In fact, the name QuadraOpus comes from the four basic needs the product aims at fulfilling… Shoe-rack, Storage, Seating, and Table.The QuadraOpus by Anupria Singh, an industrial design student from India, form building blocks of domestic furnitur...
Tags: Home, Design, Living, India, Modular, Product Design, Sal, Auroville, Anupria Singh, QuadraOpus


Women are essential to climate resilience in the Caribbean heres why

The impacts of climate change are felt most intimately by poor and rural women. Many women rely directly on nature for their income, and their lack of resources prevents them from shifting to alternate jobs or safer locations during disasters. However, the same factors that make women vulnerable — their connection to nature and ties to community — are also the strengths that make women critical and competent leaders in times of crises. In the Caribbean, climate experts are increasingly looking ...
Tags: Design, India, Paris, Un, Latin America, Caribbean, Commonwealth Foundation, Economic Commission, UN Population Fund, Dessima Williams Grenada, Association of Small Island States Related, Elain Enarson, Vijay Krishnarayan, Caribbean Alicia Bárcena, Kalyani Raj, Panos Caribbean


The Doogee S90 is basically a smartphone designed for Batman

What normal person would want a smartphone that is designed to A. be practically unbreakable and shatter-proof, B. be waterproof enough to be submerged for 2 weeks, C. work at ridiculous temperatures of -80°C (-112°F) D. dock a night-vision camera module, E. dock a walkie-talkie module with a 10km range, F. dock an external 5000mAh battery module, G. dock a gamepad module (for casual gaming when you’re not using the night-vision camera to snipe out Joker’s henchmen), and finally H. have a dual...
Tags: Deals, Gadgets, Design, China, India, Cellphones, Outdoor, Sony, Batman, Product Design, S90, Doogee


Bollywood Releases Its First Lesbian Love Story

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (roughly, “I felt something when I saw that girl”) isn’t the first-ever lesbian movie from India — Deepa Mehta’s indie film Fire came out in 1996 (and extremists burned down a few theatres that showed it) — but it’s the first to come from the big Bollywood studio system, and its cast features some of India’s biggest stars. Sharan Dhaliwal writes about seeing the film with other Indian queer folks. — The Guardian
Tags: Art, Media, India, Deepa Mehta, Sharan Dhaliwal, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, 02.04.19


Ghost gear is haunting our oceans

Fishing gear isn’t just deadly when there’s a fisherman at the other end of the line. Lost and abandoned equipment continues to kill, rampaging beneath the ocean’s surface, tangling fish, drowning seabirds and smothering reefs. This ghost gear haunts common and endangered species indiscriminately. According to a UN Environment and FAO report, another 640,000 tons of ghost gear is added to the undersea dump each year. In Southeast India, workers at the Suganthi Devadason Marine Research Institut...
Tags: Design, News, California, India, Conservation, Marine Life, Ocean, Un, Marine Pollution, Maldives, Edward, Ghost Gear, FAO, Coral Reefs, Indian Ocean, Nature / Environment


Infiniti's Concept Car Was a Big EyesOn Design Awards Winner at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show

Japanese automakers Infiniti and Lexus raked in four of the five coveted honors in the 13th annual EyesOn Design Awards, while Ford Motor Co. took home Best Production Vehicle for one its 2020 muscle cars. The awards—presented Jan. 15 at the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit—involved an all-star panel of global automotive designers from industry, academia and independent design studios, who walked the show to assess this year's crop of stunning concept and production...
Tags: Design, China, Germany, India, Cars, Ford, North America, Pasadena, Detroit, Detroit Auto Show, Pininfarina, Ford Motor Co, Sahara, Cobo Center, Ford Mustang Shelby, Dio


Recyclable art pavilion made of mesh pops up in Kolkata

West Bengal’s biggest annual festival recently saw the addition of a strikingly contemporary pavilion that is 100 percent recyclable in Kolkata, India. Designed by Abin Chaudhuri of the firm Abin Design Studio, the metal mesh pavilion was one of many temporary pavilions — or pandals — constructed to honor the goddess Durga as part of a five-day Hindu festival called Durga Puja. Unlike the other pandals, which are typically built of natural materials and reference traditional motifs and artworks...
Tags: Art, Design, India, Gallery, Newspaper, Bamboo, Art Installation, Kolkata, Carousel Showcase, Pavilion, Recycled Materials, Plywood, Recyclable Materials, Urban Revitalization, Temporary Pavilion, West Bengal


In India, Building Bridges Between Life and Art

The Kochi-Muziris Biennale, South Asia’s biggest art show, uses interactive exhibits and live performances to help Indians connect with contemporary art.
Tags: Art, News, India, William, South Asia, Kerala, Kentridge, Sue Williamson, Politics And Government, Kochi-muziris Biennale, Cochin (India, Anita Dube


MVRDV unveils a three-dimensional city skyscraper for Shenzhen

MVRDV is shaking up skyscraper design in its competition-winning proposal for Chinese real estate developer Vanke’s new headquarters building in Shenzhen. Envisioned as a “three-dimensional city,” the striking 250-meter-tall Vanke Headquarter Tower — dubbed the Vanke 3D City by MVRDV — will consist of eight mixed-use blocks stacked together in a sculptural arrangement optimized for views. Accessible green roofs top the staggered volumes to create a lush, park-like environment integrated with wa...
Tags: Design, China, India, Architecture, Gallery, Skyscraper, Shenzhen, Green Roof, Mixed-use, MVRDV, Stormwater Management, Mixed-use Development, Green Roofs, Water Recycling, Headquarters, Vertical City


MVRDV completes massive, mountain-like vertical village for 5,000 residents in India

A mountain-like residential development has risen in Pune — India’s eighth largest city and one of the fastest-growing cities in the country — and brought with it 1,068 apartments to house approximately 5,000 people in a single building. Completed as MVRDV’s first project in India, the Future Towers bucks the local standard for cookie-cutter freestanding buildings in favor of a singular mountainous structure with peaks and valleys. The mixture of unit types is meant to encourage interaction amo...
Tags: Asia, Design, India, Architecture, Gallery, Apartments, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Natural Ventilation, Courtyard, Pune, MVRDV, Jacob van Rijs, Vastu Shastra, Passageway, Social Spaces


Dutch designer creates leather alternative from palm leaves

The leather industry has taken a beating from conscientious consumers for decades, and for a variety of reasons. Firstly, the chemicals used in leather processing are toxic to humans and the environment. Animal advocates are also vocal about protecting the animals used to produce leather. So opponents of leather are always seeking alternatives. One Dutch designer, Tjeerd Veenhoven, is doing his part by developing leather look-alike rugs from palm leaves, called palm leather. Rather than relyin...
Tags: Design, India, Nike, Holland, Lisbon, Dominican Republic, Eco Textiles, Leather Alternative, Palm Leaf, Sustainable Leather, Palm Leather, Tjeerd Veenhoven, Veenhoven


Hey, that's our stuff: Maasai tribespeople tackle Oxford's Pitt Rivers Museum

Western museums are full of plundered objects. So what happened when a Maasai delegation travelled to the UK to discover where their sacred belongings ended up?Around a large table in a bright room in the University of Oxford’s Pitt Rivers Museum, four members of the Maasai tribe from east Africa are inspecting a small object. It has been carefully placed in front of them by a curator wearing special handling gloves. The Maasai say that it is a bracelet, an orkatar. They talk between themselves,...
Tags: Amazon, Art, UK, India, Africa, Religion, Society, UK News, World news, Culture, Canada, Ethics, Art and design, Museums, Sculpture, Anthropology


Hey, that's our stuff: Masaai tribespeople tackle Oxford's Pitt Rivers museum

Western museums are full of plundered objects. So what happened when a Masaai delegation travelled to the UK to discover where their sacred belongings ended up?Around a large table in a bright room in the University of Oxford’s Pitt Rivers Museum, four members of the Maasai tribe from east Africa are inspecting a small object. It has been carefully placed in front of them by a curator wearing special handling gloves. The Maasai say that it is a bracelet, an orkatar. They talk between themselves,...
Tags: Amazon, Art, UK, India, Africa, Religion, Society, UK News, World news, Culture, Canada, Ethics, Art and design, Museums, Sculpture, Anthropology


$100,000 Grawemeyer Award To Joël Bons For Concerto For Cello And Asian Instruments

“Nomaden, which was written for the French cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras and the Atlas Ensemble, a group of 18 musicians from Asia, the Middle East and Europe, had its premiere at the Cello Biennale in Amsterdam in 2016, where it was received enthusiastically. It pairs its cello soloist with musicians who play instruments from China (erhu and sheng), Japan (sho and shakuhachi), India (sarangi), Turkey (kemenche), Armenia (duduk), Iran (setar) and Azerbaijan (tar and kamancha).” (includes audio) ...
Tags: Art, Asia, Europe, Music, Japan, China, India, Turkey, Iran, Middle East, Amsterdam, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Jean Guihen Queyras, 12.03.18



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