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Born in America in 1942, Christopher Charles Benninger has lived and worked in India for the past thirty-three years, leading some to label this as a "self imposed exile." He studied City Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Architecture at Harvard University under Joseph Luis Sert, where he was later a Professor of Architecture. A Fulbright Fellowship brought him to Ahmedabad, India in 1968, and he returned as a Ford Foundation Advisor to found the School of Urban Planning there in 1971. Benninger often quotes Gandhiji's directive,"Live in a village and plan for the world." He founded the Centre for Development Studies in Pune, India (1976) involving him in rural development and poverty alleviation work. He has prepared plans for the Governments of Bhutan, Nepal, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India. He has designed institutions, residential schools, business and luxury hotels, corporate headquarters and large scale housing projects.

Benninger was selected for the Designer of the Year Award (1999), and for the American Institute of Architects Award (2000) for his design of the Mahindra United World College of India. He maintains studios in Pune, India and in Thimphu, Bhutan, where he prepared the new capital plan, and is presently designing the capital complex. He has advised the World Bank, UNO and Asian Development Bank on development projects in Asia and Africa. He is a distinguished architect, planner, institution builder and writer. His works have been published widely in international and national books and magazines. He is a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Architects and of the Institute of Town Planners, India. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the International Society for City and Regional Planning, the World Society for Ekistics and the American Planning Association. He is registered with the Council of Architects.

Projects..

Center for Development Studies and Activities, Pune







The Buddhist Center





Mahindra World College, Pune















Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi/B]





Cochin Refineries Limited







Central Inn Pune



Tian Square, Pune









Centre for Neurological Disorders and Complimentary Medicine, Pune (u/c)



 

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I am deeply impressed and humbled. Some individuals show exemplary commitment to the causes they hold dear, and I would say quite a few architects in India would fit this description!

On another note, quite a few immigrant architects, have made India their home. Laurie Baker, Stein of Doshi Stein partnership, Architects of Auroville - who actually have designed a number of local eco-friendly projects in India, and this gent from Pune.....
 

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Sun, or Drwho, can you please rename this to the Pune Projects thread, so the thread in the City Folder forum can be limited to just photographs?

I'll cross post those project posts here.



International Biotech Park, Pune

Development of 100 acres of Biotechnology Park in association with the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation. The Park shall feature a variety of development models for market driven development including a core-shared facility and built-to-suit units.

 

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Projects posted by Sun:
Suncity said:
Mont Vert Finesse, Baner Pashan Link Road, Pashan



Mont Vert Céleste, Ramnagar, Bavdhan



Mont Vert Dieu, Pashan-Sus Road



Mont Vert Pristine, Off Aundh Road, Aundh



Kumar Pacific, Shankershet Road



Kumar Karishma, off. Karve Road



Kumar Paradise



Rohan Asman



10 Kasturkunj



Rohan Vasantha



Konark Puram



Konark Indrayu



Silver Leaf



West End River View



PT Gera Centre





Ganga Satellite



Siddharth Ganga Tower





Sneh Ganga



Ganga Preet



Shaan Ganga



Parmar Park Phase II



ICC Trade Towers



ICC Tech Park



S L Kirolaskar Convention Centre



Family Entertainment Centre



Giga Space





Marisoft III (nearing completion/completed)



Projects posted by Kshatriya
kshatriya said:
Tech parks u/c

Kalyani Nagar



Viman Nagar



Airport Road

 

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KPIT



Developer/Owner : KPIT Infosystems Ltd.
Architect : Venkatraman Associates
Use : Commercial-Software Development
Address : Hinjawadi, Pune
Area : 14,000 m 2
Work Period : 2004-(Under Construction)



I-NOX



Developer/Owner : I-NOX
Architect : TK Architects, UK
Use : Multiplex Cinema and Shopping Mall
Address : Pune
Area : 10,000 m 2
Work Period : 2001-2002
 

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More projects posted by Sun
Suncity said:
Runwal Uinverse (Office building)



Runwal Diamond (Shopping centre)



Runwal Gold (Mall)



Nucleus [upcoming]



Zircon [Vascon Engineers]

 

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Some of the more interesting projects from Kumar Properties...

Kumar Connaught Place


Kumar Vaastu


Kumar Parisar


Kumar Planet IT


Kumar Karishma


Kumar Platinum
 

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A couple more...

Aftek Infosys (by Architect Niteen Parulaker)


Udhe India, Vikhroli (by Architect Niteen Parulaker)
 

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Another project u/c from the architect in the 1st post of this thread, Charles Benniger, the Amby Valley Residential School for Sahara India

Academic building of the Sahara Amby Valley School


Perspective of the Montessori school building


Knowledge center and library of the school


The administrative building.
 

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Deccan Gymkhana
J.M.Road, Pune
Architect:
Developer: Kumar Builders
Status: Supposedly completed?

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K.K. Market
Pune-Satara Road, Pune
Architect:
Developer: Kumar Builders
Status: Under Construction



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Business Court
Narli Baug, Mukund Nagar, Pune
Architect:
Developer: Kumar Builders
Status: Under Construction


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Kumar Business Court
Architect:
Developer: Kumar Builders
Status: Under Construction


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Kumar Kruti
Architect:
Developer: Kumar Builders
Status: Under Construction

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Baner Pashan Link Road, Pune

Architect:
Developer: Kumar Builders
Status: Under Construction



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Laxmi Vilas

Architect:
Developer: Kumar Builders
Status: Under Construction

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Buena Vista
Baner Pashan Link Road, Pune
Architect:
Developer: Kumar Builders
Status: Under Construction


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Yes there are a lot of townships in Pune. but most of them till now were smaller in size. Magarpatta is the 1st big township built in the city.. very close to the heart of the city. The townships coming are however bigger in size. more than 100 acres.. some r by big firms in Pune. like. Orchid, Kumar builders,clover. kunal,rahul constructions..All these townships are very modern,plush with banking, health care, shopping and recreation within the complex,health-oriented activities such as yoga and meditation centres, jogging/cycling tracks, hospitals and schools.

some statistics of Magarpatta city.

.400 acre township
.Cybercity. IT towers sprawling over 4 million sq.ft. 20 towers.
.32,000 trees, 20-lakh sq ft of lawns and 25-acre central garden and over 120 acres of pollution-free surroundings
.200 bed -multi-speciality hospital
.School
. Magarpatta buses to travel
.Mega commercial center - 5.25 lac sq.ft
.Coming up - On the anvil is a planetarium, indoor and outdoor sports complexes, food courts, restaurants and a wonder golf course and an amphitheatre. Aqua Sports Centre, Swimming Pool, Tennis Academy and Sports Stadium, Corporate Club with conferencing facilities
 
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