In September, an illegally constructed five-story building collapsed in Mumbai, India, killing more than 60 people. It was the latest in a series of collapses this year alone, which included a section of a hospital and another three-story building. Though too late for this year's casualties, the Urban Development Ministry of Mumbai's Maharashtra state government recently rolled out a much-awaited cluster development program for new buildings in Mumbai. They will soon be taking bids from developers for commercial districts, including Crawford Market, Bhendi Bazaar and Mohammed Ali Road.Cluster development addresses zones where, due to certain traditional and conventional presence over a
Related Links: Amid PPP Slowdown, India Turns to Cash Contracts Growth in India's Infrastructure Markets Projected Chinese Firms Face Political Obstacles of Working in India The phrase “human-resource deficit” is seldom associated with India, a nation of more than 1.2 billion people. But this deficit is exactly what’s happening there in the construction industry today, when the growth of the service sector and the movement away from jobs in the industry has led to a deficiency of talented and reliable people.According to a 2011 report by Ernst & Young and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the
Related Links: Green Building Booms in India India Moves Forward on $90-Billion Industrial Development Plan A recent study by the Indian Green Building Council predicts that, in the next 10 to 15 years, India will need at least 70 new cities with populations of 500,000 each to handle the rural-to-urban migration and avoid overpopulation in its existing metropolitan areas. In addition, as India's population is expected to exceed China’s by 2020, the federal government has begun pumping undisclosed sums of money into infrastructure and manufacturing.The government has been planning ecologically healthy cities to deal with its projected status as the
Courtesy of Synergy Thrislington A 200-member team broke the speed record in India by assembling the components of a steel-framed building in two days, working around the clock. Courtesy of Synergy Thrislington At the site, workers erected prefabricated floor subassemblies and other factory-built components. The builder claims that nearly 80% of the work was done in the factory. Related Links: Instacon Time-Lapse Construction Video Synergy Thrislington In just 48 hours, workers assembled the prefabricated structural-steel subassemblies and other components—without any interior finishes—of a 10-story building in the industrial town of Mohali in northwestern India. The still-unfinished building holds the nation’s
Courtesy of Hirsch Bedner Associates No one sleeps at Antilia, a $1-billion residence built for India's richest man, because it violates the tenets of Vastu Shastra, an ancient version of feng shui. Courtesy of Hirsch Bedner Associates The ballroom is one of many spaces used by the family during the day. The 27-story "house" has 168 parking spaces, nine elevators, three helipads, a health spa, a 50-seat theater and more. A lavishly decked-out 27-story residence in the heart of South Mumbai—built for India's richest man and the ninth wealthiest person in the world—is swathed in secrecy. All are mum about
+ Image Courtesy of the National Disaster Management Authority Sixty-eight percent of India's population is in danger due to poorly designed buildings in earthquake zones. The 344 towns in zone five are among the most damage-prone cities on the planet. Related Links: As Indian Ocean Tidal Wave Death Toll Mounts, U.S. Joins Aid Effort Massive Loss of Life Prompts Calls for Expanded Tsunami Warning Net After the Dec. 26, 2004, Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami that killed over 230,000 people in 14 countries, officials from the National Disaster Management Authority of India decided that installing deep-sea sensors could warn them
Delhi International Airport Ltd. Indira Gandhi International Airport's $2-billion Terminal 3 has obtained LEED-Gold certification. Raintree Hotels The chain of Raintree business hotels in Chennai are the first eco-sensitive hotels in southern India. They use rubber, wood, bamboo and medium-density fiber for construction. Related Links: Indian Green Building Council India Plans Airport System Expansion (requires ENR login) Over the next five years, experts say, India's green building sector will outpace the growth of the country's overall construction sector. But with today's green infrastructure penetrating just 3% of all construction, India's green building boom may have only just begun.Evidence of this
From a new Panama Canal to sea-level rise to near-limitless cloud storage to a rumored WSP-AECOM design mega-merger, the last 10 years had big industry impacts. What's ahead for firms, owners and professionals?