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Old November 4th, 2006, 08:57 PM   #121
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Old November 4th, 2006, 08:59 PM   #122
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Mumbai, October 12: The work for the World Vipassana Foundation’s pagoda, a replica of Myanmar’s Shwedagon pagoda, is in full swing. It will be completed by December next year. The pagoda, a dream project of S N Goyanka, who has taught vipassana to thousands of people in India and other countries, is situated near Gorai’s Essel World area.

The ceremony of placing sacred relics of Gautam Buddha in pagoda will be done by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on October 29. This unique pagoda will be about 325 feet high.

The Maha Bodhi Association of India has donated sacred relics of Gautam Buddha to be enshrined in the pagoda. Buddhists in Myanmar have also donated materials for the pagoda. It includes 850 marble rocks with the size of one cubic meter each for flooring the pagoda compound; 150,000 square feet of parquet for laying the floor of the cave; timber for crafting Myanmar decorations and 90 door frames; the sacred gold umbrella; stone Buddha statues including 28 2.5 feet high vipassana-practising Buddha statues in various mudras (postures); 18-feet high Buddha statue in sitting position; eight 5.5-feet high standing Buddha statues and donations totaling to $23 million will be spent in building this pagoda. The pagoda will contain a 280-feet diameter cave with no supporting columns. It will be the largest rock cave in the world. Unlike other pagodas, it will not be a solid brick structure, but with a spacious cave in which thousands of yogis can practice vipassana at the same time.

According to the World Vipassana Foundation, the pagoda will be a vehicle for the spread of Buddha’s teachings that emphatically opposes any sectarian, casteism and religious dogmas. His teachings have already proved to be an ideal bridge for peace, tolerance and harmony across all the communal and regional divides splintering India today.

The strongly secular nature of vipassana is further proved by its acceptance amongst people of all religions, nations, sects and socio-cultural backgrounds. Vipassana courses are taking root in even some of the staunchly sectarian countries. This monument will be an added focus of attraction to visitors and tourists worldwide, who visit our ancient country for its rich cultural traditions and its magnificent knowledge in the spiritual field. The sheer size, grandeur and architectural style of the pagoda itself will be sufficient to gain its entry into tourist maps. Even the tourists, who visit the pagoda, as merely another monument for sight seeing, will get great opportunity to receive the true teachings of the enlightened one, understand their benefits and may be inspired to follow the practical path of vipassana.
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Old November 4th, 2006, 09:01 PM   #123
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Crescent Group has announced plans for Crescent Tower, Mumbai Central: 42 stories
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Old November 4th, 2006, 09:02 PM   #124
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Old November 4th, 2006, 09:04 PM   #125
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Old November 4th, 2006, 09:06 PM   #126
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Mittal Park, Thane: 20, 10 stories

Mittal Grandeur, Cuffe Parade, is built on the grounds of the restored Taraporevala Mansion: 20 stories
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Old November 4th, 2006, 09:07 PM   #127
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Old November 4th, 2006, 09:08 PM   #128
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Old November 4th, 2006, 11:01 PM   #130
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many of them look so dull and backward, very eighties...
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Old November 4th, 2006, 11:27 PM   #131
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Amazing, some of these designs look very futuristic. Or it could just be Indian architectural styles a bit reminicent of the old Hindu temples, some of them look like Samurais with all the curved sword like edges. I'd like to see more commercial building built though.
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Old November 5th, 2006, 12:09 AM   #132
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You're right! In Mumbai, most of the new buildings with the sharp pointy bits actually do take architectural cues from traditional Indian architecture. In particular traditional wooden and Deccan styles. The buildings are also preportioned and styled according to Vastu (traditional Indian architecture) principals

The 'Mumbai style' of highrise architecture also takes great influence from the art deco style that most of Mumbai's older buildings are in. Central and southern Mumbai has something like one of the top three largest concentrations of original art deco buildings in the world. There is a massive redevelopment and restoration drive in process by owners of these buildings. As these buildings lie in Mumbai's new historic districts, and also lie in some of the most expensive real estate in the world, the new trend in these areas is to restore and keep the original building, and to build a tower rising out of it.

The bland, boring buildings are the middle class buildings found everywhere in the developing world. The capital buildings are mainly glass nowdays. Though I am glad that the fashion has emerged in India to spruce buildings that otherwise would be bland concrete mass-housing projects in other countries with colors and designs. In context of the city, they aren't too bad looking. You can check SSC India section's Mumbai Cityscapes thread for hundreds of very recent photos of Mumbai (which look nothing like the Mumbai of even 5 years ago!)

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Old November 5th, 2006, 07:41 PM   #133
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Old November 5th, 2006, 09:28 PM   #134
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You're right! In Mumbai, most of the new buildings with the sharp pointy bits actually do take architectural cues from traditional Indian architecture. In particular traditional wooden and Deccan styles. The buildings are also preportioned and styled according to Vastu (traditional Indian architecture) principals

The 'Mumbai style' of highrise architecture also takes great influence from the art deco style that most of Mumbai's older buildings are in. Central and southern Mumbai has something like one of the top three largest concentrations of original art deco buildings in the world. There is a massive redevelopment and restoration drive in process by owners of these buildings. As these buildings lie in Mumbai's new historic districts, and also lie in some of the most expensive real estate in the world, the new trend in these areas is to restore and keep the original building, and to build a tower rising out of it.

The bland, boring buildings are the middle class buildings found everywhere in the developing world. The capital buildings are mainly glass nowdays. Though I am glad that the fashion has emerged in India to spruce buildings that otherwise would be bland concrete mass-housing projects in other countries with colors and designs. In context of the city, they aren't too bad looking. You can check SSC India section's Mumbai Cityscapes thread for hundreds of very recent photos of Mumbai (which look nothing like the Mumbai of even 5 years ago!)
Fascinating to learn that Mumbai has such a high concentration of Art Deco buildings. I am also glad that they are restoring the buildings. It's very smart of them to save money like that and I am all for redevelopment. I did check out the Mumbai Cityscapes thread and there has been much change -- it will be intersting to see the transformation that the city is and will be having.

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Old November 7th, 2006, 12:03 AM   #135
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Gulf Finance house, which developed Energy City Qatar, has tied up with the Maharashtra Government to set up a similar township near Mumbai.

The Bahrain-based investment bank will invest $2 billion in the project. It will aquire 300 acres of land in Navi Mumbai at prevailing market prices. The initial investment of $300-400 million will be raised from strategic investors and high net worth clients. The rest will be through debt, some of which would also be offered through Indian banks.

Peter Panayiotou, Chief Investment Officer, said the project would have all the facilities the Qatar Energy City provides players within the petroleum sector, including an exclusive dataming platform for energy trading. the bank proposes to set up a special purpose investment vehicle for the proposed development, which, in turn, will float a wholly owned development company for the ownership.

Gulf Finance house's website has the official press release. You can see that the press release photo looks similar to the masterplan for Energy City Qatar, which I'll post below for comparison's sake:




Hopefully they will use Indian architects to give more of an Indian feel to the architecture.

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Old November 7th, 2006, 12:05 AM   #136
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