Moving the world.

5 05 2008
Instantaneous acceleration.
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Future is not what we empower, it is what we really dream. And direct communication channels.

Our roads are like our nerves, so let’s make them smooth like a river. Let’s make them moving-Much like our conveyors and let them stop naturally like in a portal. Won’t it save fuel? On segregation portal, we need to work hard on comforting defined level of commuters like the above. This can be started by designing nodes.

Let these accelerate & brake in the physics governs us: Distance vs displacement:Speed vs velocity. What for we commute has to be understood in depth, it maybe a emergency or just a cool holiday. Much like the curves we design & program.

Coming to where these transit zones are located. Obviously on connected crests-no farms, no floods and better interconnectivity. Orient these avoiding head on sun making the solar collection on greater area.

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Designing earthquake resistant buildings.

5 05 2008
A high-rise in Hong Kong
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I offer proactive assistance for owners, developers and professionals to know more about earthquake resistance. I have been designing buildings for earthquake resistance before my graduation. The requirements of the house and plot shape may govern various geometrical orders so it is best advised to consult qualified structural engineers.

The primary factor to be kept in mind is to make the building symmetrical and have at least a 3×3 grid keeping the middle somewhat more. L-shaped columns (fabricated casts) on the corners make the structure economical. The size of columns may be slightly more in lower floors.

Relevance of plinth beams is important since it holds the structure.

Walls should have beams every 4-6 times it’s thickness. This holds the masonry.

Deep beams are economical & bond with columns. The roof slab should be a bit arched or cambered one. Suitable scaffolding is available in local building centres like TERI.

In high rise buildings, stilts should be 25% thicker.

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Some dos and dont’s in planning your house.

5 05 2008
Mahapitha Mandala
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I am sharing the basic house planning principles. Consult your architect to incorporate these in you home plan. We practice the same as “Vastu-Shastra” in India.

1.Make the room approx 2:3 ratio-This not only makes the room look good, but improves the flexibility in usage
2.Try to consolidate doors-Try to bunch all the doors-from other rooms, external and internal-so that you have continuous furniture keeping space,
3. Alternate side windows-on opposite walls are the best-to create cross ventilation and health.
4.Kitchen Location-Should be opposite to prevailing wind direction.
5.Toilet Location-Should be away from kitchen and preferably on the cross wind corners.
6.L-shaped, long and irregular rooms impair the functionality of the house. Please consult your architect.
7.Try to scribble movable routes from room to room for all and ask your architect to minimize the circulation area.
8.Divide the house into 3 zones-Public, family and private. 1 & 3 should be exclusive.

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