From student to professional

26 07 2008
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Dear Young Architects,

Most of us are really skeptical about what should we do and where should we go after college days. Some take up design work, while others like site work more.

It’s a matter of your core-what you decide. You can be really fond of making a max model, or relish talking with others in clubs. It is really difficult when you look at totalitarian aspects of architecture.

Draw a circle on a tracing paper. & try to lay up various aspects of & related to architecture. You can branch any node which is away from architecture.

It is something similar to mind mapping tools.

Like Design>Modeling>PS Envo>Permit Drawing>Working Drawings> Site>Accounts etc.

Try to arrange your colleagues circles with you and see how they lap. Interact more with your colleagues in trio. Try to find that common triangle.

This kind of collaborative interdependent graph will also filter out physical and mental strain factors if you form a consortium later on.

Happy doodling.

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Optimising the Search Engine called “Life”

23 07 2008
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God is a principle. The moment god takes over us when we surrender, we focus on making our business more for the benefit of the end user.

We plan and earn money for our coming generations. Why, we love our kids because we see ourselves in them-the self image in our subconscious when we used to be toddlers-we can’t recall ourselves when we were in front of that mirror. So we prepare the edited version of our path for them.

There is a lot of suffering in some countries like Africa. So we have to think about humanity too. We realize we can’t be everything. So, we find out small core competencies like we look at our kids and relay the work cycle-like our employees , freelancers and corporates. We are the purpose of their business and rightly expect that we aren’t outsiders as well.

That’s how we shortlist the providers. That’s how we look at our suppliers. We have to segregate essentials and luxuries if we want to create utopia.

Relationships start just the way micro blogs so. We initially get paid in differentials and then trust too exponents. There is a definite way to optimize work/pay. So we remain down to earth and money works for us-it is not our master. And some day we are really rich-materially and spiritually.

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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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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!

Some dos and dont’s in planning your house.

5 05 2008
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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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10 04 2008
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We create projects after discovering needs unknown to you

Spend life: Don’t try to buy it. (Except from God)

Winners do same things differently. Losers indifferently

Where there is a resolution there are many ways and shortcuts for beeline strategies

When in home don’t fight with the pop

Experiences create books

Unknowingness & manipulation cause confusion

Strike the iron when it is hot and don’t let sparks injure

Silent constraints are the most dangerous ones

It’s better to be simply bad beforehand than to let things take a complicating worse turn.

A well-thought sketch is better than a revised drawing.

Enable us to serve you faster.

Let’s talk clearly. Unclear can be nuclear.

It’s worst when you are a loser but fail to accept it.

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New India

10 04 2008
Population density map of India.
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I want to visualize India as a maze-matrix of real superhighways, soft skylines, climatic, energy saving and eco friendly habitations where there is qualitative living, a uniform transitory national bylaw responsive to latitude, altitude and other geographical constraints. Even the slum structures look good. I feel if I can contribute my mettle and energy to make our India the top in this world only then my lease of life be successful. Our lives should be simplified-not complicated.

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