Organisation in unplanned cities.

30 05 2008
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I have seen a small city. Yes the quality of life is more natural. Things of your convenience-ration, clothes and other household utilities are within walkable reach-say just 200 m. More special services and quite a lot of employer locations are just within 500m. So why need a vehicle just spending ten times in commuting for a trivial thing. Manual transport reduces pollution and old courtyard houses save a lot of energy keeping bills as low as $100/year. I have noticed that per capita living cost is just $500/yr in such cities. So what have we really achieved by metros is what I really wonder.

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Civil role of professional inputs in small homes in India.

23 05 2008
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1. Pre-Requisites-

a) Contractor- Availability on phone. Good labor management, flow monitoring, relay, anticipating materials week beforehand. Co-operative slab subcontractor.

b) Essentials- Give week’s commencement notice to authorities. Ensure site cleaning. Temporary Water Connection for soft soil. Electrical Connection for wood, water pump and night work. Reserve water tank. Temporary Store Raw material area & mortar platform at optimum work flow & secure place.

c) Documents- Copy of permit drawing, letter, working drawings, site order book, bill folder packet, pen, pencil, sharpener, eraser, stapler, staples, tape and 3’ plastic laminate roll, on caretaker’s responsibility.
d) Material Reqd-2000 Bks (recoverable), iron door, lock+3 keys & 4 steel sheets/angles/bolts. Flex pipe, tap, nipple & motor tanker, if no water.

2. Works till DPC Stage-

a) Excavated Volume-Stable pegs (temp bk piers+mud mortar-2′ away) confirms PL per WD.

b) Contractor marks notched CL for wall foundation(red) & column footing(white). Materials-Colors/lime/stone dust/brick dust, Peg/12mm bar & spade.

c) II Lines to CL to accommodate width of above as per WD.

d) Excavation-Use excavator for bulk & ensure safe stacking. Tarpaulin cover for rains.

e) Leveling-Define the leveling plane by mortar-lining and blue string line to relate with depth.

f) Boring small holes with bar, pesticides are poured and layer of specified sand is covered in all.

e) PCC auto-mixed is to be laid and rammed/compacted. Checked with plumb & tape.

g) On proper footing mesh (and pedestal) of steel bars, L bars are laid on columns tied by double wire. Should be vertical and cater to specified cover. Alternate laps follow.

h) Brickwork-staggered tapering on top, ensure level in brickwork. Ensure size to apply for DPC.

i) Backfill soil in specified compacted layers below top header course.

j) Pipes stacks erected before construction. Plinth beam & DPC be followed as per specification.

2. Works in Superstructure-

a) Siphon leveled and aligned joinery embedded & pest-proofed in course before brickwork is must.

b) Walls and columns should be checked in plumb line. Brick work should not have vertically continuing joint over joint.

c) Continuous curing is a must at any cost.

d) Junctions should be gripped as per detail.

e) Last course/layer is specialized.

3. Pre-Roof Laying

a) Shuttering should be placed, tied and leveled properly on compacted ground

d) It takes a week (+21 days) to lay well placed reinforcement. Ensure your shuttering fellow.

e) He should have additional planks for mortar platform at top

f) Before laying slab mesh, get checked location of electrical boxes, form work & beams.

g) The peripheral slab mesh would be cranked higher. It is never flat.

h) Ensure the specified additives to strengthen the roof.

4. Roof Slab Casting.

a) Less water and sand. General ratio should be 1:2:4.

b) Vibrator is a must everywhere in 1′.

c) Cold water for 7 days is a must.

5. Pre-Plastering-

a) Ensure all conduits & pipes in place in wall and columned tucked.

b) Ensure watering immediately before plaster.

c) Try getting done scraped rough plaster to tile bathrooms, kitchens and facades first.

d) Get all the plaster checked through professional.

6 Pre-Flooring

a) Ensure proper ramming, and leveling of floor base.

b) To avoid termites put more sand adjoining the walls etc.of

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Organisational Architecture

20 05 2008
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I have not worked in any large organization, still I offer an unbiased opinion.

Every business goes on reputation which is different from character. The founder CEOs really have very good visions which become secondary. But the one way “Order” communication has complicated the organizational problems. How?

The face value of the senior “Order” becomes an excuse and gives the employee “benefit of doubt” so that he can prove that the order has been obeyed without giving the outcome desired by the end user-“Customer”. Hierarchy aggravates the problem. This lack of interaction in employee is a natural tendency as he may want “home culture” in his corporate environment-or his colleague had taken an advantage (not realizing if ha has himself unknowingly) etc.

Every service is time bound package-we need to invent a calculus which would soften the rigid graphs and have a trend torch which will show the way with different cadres in different colors. Often customer feedback is the only key to narrowing and focus of the trend torch-we have to come out of good and bad-to good and learn-implement-follow equation. The employee will himself realize where he has to go to keep it more focussed and competitively upwards.

We have to remember that only true formula is=A simple equation.

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Architecture in daily life loop.

19 05 2008
Facsimiles of Le Corbusier's books, each cover showing the sinuous shaded curves of the Modulor.

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I wake up, rub my eyes and find my spectacles in conveniently placed table near the bed. The slippers are neatly stacked below the semi-cantilever bed. Walking to the attached bathroom, i wash my face and shave on the concave mirror. A ventilator above sprays a lot of diffused light.

Getting ready in a jiffy with a nearby cupboard, i take my belongings on the reminder table at the room exit-to the sites. Or at my workstation, which conceals the noodle wires through a gap in 2 loosely placed table, i have the flexibility to stretch my feet at 45 deg. All the drawers, alcoves, hardware, stationery etc are in my vicinity. My desktop enabled working and surfing in multitasking mode shifting at convenience. And suddenly then….

THE PHONE RINGS-the whole paradigm shifts to that created urgency which i could have deferred by 2-10 minutes hence if i would have a mail/sms and callback. This tempo would now take 20-30 minutes to rebuild if there isn’t a second call. Clutter takes over the flow. The voice mail was poor and not at all customizable to my requirements so i shunted it out. I doodle on my internet trying to filter the crux of the call and feel like the need to have a software which would record the outcome and the action required and make me relaxed.

Architecture and designs take over-a few sketch downs and ups, cad lines & edits. Every time a new line defines itself. No stroke can be similar. Emails come and go, new sites are stepped on. New ideas creep craving for it’s takers- A cup of tea-good time for feedback calls to buyers & personal chats.

Hey internet-give us some color and plasticine clays to sculpt buildings. Bit more-follow us on more complicated lines. Late nights give heartaches wondering this lease of life will make the world more innovative, I cantilever my feet like a portal frame and the sleep dives like Le Corbusier‘s modular.

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Vastu Logics

15 05 2008
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The climatological laws of vastu were very simple and based on observations of many ancestral generations.

Southwest-Based on heating due to undesirable summer sun, desert winds and plate tilt-It was an unfavorable direction.
Brahmsthaan-Enhanced privacy & cross ventilation.
Kitchen in Southeast-Leeward wind side dispels smoke prevalent in ancient cooking methods.
Golden section was also seen as a factor in vastu designing & orientation.

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14 05 2008

आँगन में समय जब बीताती है धूप, रोशन दीवारें जब छुपाती है धूप!
इन नक्शे चेहरों का क्या कहना,चेहरा से जब घूंघटा उठाती है धूप!
चल के बदल जायें हवाओं के रुख, हवा से हवा जाब मीलाती है धूप!
ऐ साहिल समझ ले तू इस राग को, नदी पर चमक गुनगुनाती है धूप!
ओ बाबुल तू डोली को वीदा कर, तारों की छाओं में टिमटिमाती है धूप!
सौदागर इसे तू न नीलम कर, कभी तेरी बोली बुलाती है धूप!

Where are we going?

13 05 2008

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With the advent of internet, our civilization is heading for a entirely different perspective.

Now is the time of knowledge sharing. This will spurt up the locked corners of imagination and we are really headed for a new era in interdependence like never before-computers, internet, software, robotics and what not. Humanity is evolving without the need of craving for power and dominance.

We are heading for a new revolution which will be technological and green. How about a new world, where we’ll become less ground related and placing our habitations based on potentially adaptable places. The roads and city networks on flood and earthquake proofed platforms. Our cities be protected be calamities like winds etc. Mingling with lot of nature and green transportation.

Everyone thrives with the work he loves. Everyone having a lot of purchasing power to innovate the lives of the future generation. Everyone having good oxygen and stamina with a lot of fresh air walks in the interconnected city greens. Tech geeks developing their one room laboratories. Inventions and innovations. Rhythms of routines working on differently creative things. We’ll develop solid-plasma models by dancing our fingers above a table.

3D-Spiral houses with warping tree strands, houses like the mixture of a ball and a disc-like never imagined before. Self cleaning houses changing shapes as per climatic and usage responses. Stackable and inflatable cars-no parking hassles. Laptops like wearing a watch.

We’ll have e-parcels through duct portals from anywhere on earth in minutes. We’ll have real meetings and share real trust and we’ll have programs establishing that. We’ll use 1% of energy of what we use now. How’s that?


God will be really happy to see us enjoying our work.

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