Pavitra Sriprakash

High-tech solutions to make your buildings smart

Let’s continue to cogitate on the previous question: ‘What is smarter? A smartphone or a leaf’.

19 Oct 2018

Think sustainabilty, think embodied energy

During the Q&A of a seminar I was asked if a leaf was more high tech than a smartphone. This sparked off a debate on the definition of ‘high-tech’.

14 Oct 2018

Early morning plogging

I regularly jog to the beach with my dog.

05 Oct 2018

All about bioplastics

The issue with plastics is their disposal.

28 Sep 2018

Lifelines or garbage piles?

Rivers are considered lifelines yet garbage piles, people encroach and untreated sewage pours, unabatedly.

16 Sep 2018

Participate in low carbon lifestyle

According to the World Health Organisation, India has 14 out of the 15 most polluted cities in the world in terms of particulate matter (PM) 2.5 concentrations.

07 Sep 2018

Be cognizant of the cause and effect always

The Madhouse Effect, is a book by award-winning climate scientist Michael E Mann, and the Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonist Tom Toles. According to one review, “it portrays the intellectual

31 Aug 2018

Go environment friendly for semi-outdoor areas

“What is a good material to consider for an outdoor deck?” asked a client building a home with many courtyards and verandahs.

24 Aug 2018

No straw in my drink, Please!

Last month Starbucks announced plans to stop serving beverages along with plastic straws by 2020. This is a huge indicator for many changes to follow soon.

19 Aug 2018

Comfy organic beds can save our planet

What is the first thing you wake up from and the last thing you get into every single day? It is your bedding comprising of pillow covers, bed sheets, duvets and comforters. Most people spend about a

10 Aug 2018

Take some open space now and then

While planning a new site, there is always the question of how to maximize the building up to every square foot.

03 Aug 2018

Gather your friends and relatives,make a difference to the planet

Remove — This is the last step of the 5r’s to reduce plastic pollution as per the world’s largest environmental movement — kick started in April as part of the Earth Day 2018.

27 Jul 2018

Worldwide, mud is the new marble

Which statement is chicer? ‘This marble is imported from Italy’ or ‘this local slate was quarried on site’. 

20 Jul 2018

‘Human appetite for animal flesh causes socio-economic damage’

I was queuing up at a buffet dinner when someone remarked for fun, “I am a strict non--vegetarian.”

14 Jul 2018

How to tackle flooding due to rain in your neighbourhoods

In 1993,  Raghunandan commissioned the visionary Ar Sheila Sri Prakash to design his home in RA Puram, Chennai.

06 Jul 2018