Latest Trends in Affordable Housing

3D Power believes, it is no secret that the world's urban population is picking up, and, in many cases, urban rent prices are rising with it. Architects are continually inventing new solutions to confront the challenges of maximum unit count paired with minimum budget, all the while incorporating architecture's latest technologies and trends into the designs. Design, of course, can't solve it all. 

Katharine Bristol argued in her 1991 essay "The Pruitt-Igoe Myth" that architects must evaluate the social and political structures that define public housing instead of simply agreeing to think inside the box. The 3D images by 3D Power depict the same out of the box kind of architectural rendering. 

Heritage and Modern Bungalows

The oldest society in Ellisbridge area, on the western side of the river, was Pritamnagar Society. Wealthy people of Ahmedabad covered Shahibaug Area. The bungalow of Sir Chinubhai Baronet is unique. Because the construction has mixed Gothic style, the bungalow looks like a palace. At present, the bungalow is saved from being destroyed. It is surrounded by Shilalekh apartments. The bungalow of Sheth Ambalal Sarabhai is called ‘Retreat’. Its design was prepared by a Bengali architect, Surendranath. The bungalow of Sheth Mangaldas Girdhardas Parekh has European style. At present, there is a hotel and restaurant in the bungalow.

The design of Amit Ambalal’s residence and Dave House was made by a French architect Bernard Kohan. The design of Manorama Sarabhai House (1955) and Shodhan House (1956) was made by Le Corbusier. Both these bungalows are well known for their unique architecture.

Claude Bartley made the architectural design of Shalimar Lalbhai House 70 years ago. Charles Correa designed the bungalows of Dilip Parikh and Ramakrishna Harivallabh. The architects of the city, Balkrishna Doshi, Hasmukh Patel and Leo Parera designed the architectural structures of residential houses. These structures are novel and unique in their own way. Achyut Kanvinde prepared the design of Harivallabhdas House (1964) and Leo Parrera prepared the design of Avani Shah’s House. Contemporary Bungalow with heritage charm of Mohit Shah designed by C. Naren. The bungalows of the wealthy people on C.G.Road are remarkable. When C.G. Road became commercial zone, all these bungalows were demolished one after the another and now a grand commercial complex has come into existence. These days the rich people have a craze to make farm houses. We can see numerous farm houses around Ahmedabad.


 Jennifer Aniston collaborated with designer Stephen Shadley to transform a 1970 residence by Harold W. Levitt in Beverly Hills into an inviting retreat where she hosts frequent gatherings. “The making of the house was as significant to me as the living in it,” says the former Friends star.


Aniston loved the tall entrance doors the moment she saw them. The Murano glass chandelier just inside is one of the first things she bought for the house. “Jen said things like ‘Zen’ and ‘Bali’ when we discussed the design—rather than doing a theme house, we got at the spirit of that,” says Shadley.


In the foreground of the living room, a Jacques Adnet ashtray for Hermès holds cigarette packs in Motherwell’s favourite blue. Larsen fabric is on the shade of the Vladimir Kagan lamp. The Japanese vase is from Naga Antiques, the curtains are of a Bergamo silk, and the paint is by Benjamin Moore. The wood flooring here and elsewhere is from BR-111.

The living room is an intimate space that opens to views of the koi pond. The low table is from Todd Merrill Antiques. Glant Linen is on the sofa, which Shadley designed, and the chairs are covered in Manuel Canovas velvet.


A pizza oven and wine room are featured in the kitchen. A travertine bar separates it from the sitting area, where Aniston and her guests can relax or watch television. Glant fabric covers the chair and the Piet Hein barstools.


The game room, with its bar and vintage pool table, is “a great hangout at parties,” says Shadley. “And there are lots of places to sit outside.” The sofa is upholstered in a Larsen fabric, the lampshade is of a Calvin silk, and the barstool seats are covered in Hunt leather.


Heated travertine floors warm the lanai, which can be enclosed with a bronze chain-mail curtain. The fabric on the love seat and chairs in the foreground is from Holly Hunt, as are the pillow fabrics. Chella fabric covers the Shadley-designed chairs near the fireplace.


Shadley extended the house’s eaves, which were clad in cumaru, and put in travertine flooring. The umbrellas are from Janus et Cie.

Can housing sector lead India back to double digit growth?

Over the years 3D Power has noticed that India has an uphill task as it begins to revive from a decade low growth rate of 5% in 2013. In its journey of re-stimulation, the housing sector is set to play a pivotal role. For one, housing shortage of almost 63 million units presents both a critical stress and an opportunity. The demand for houses is expected to increase by another 26.3 million units in the next 3 years due to population growth at the current rate of growth. These statistics mandate public-private partnerships; providing incentives to form such alliances will provide an impetus. The housing sector also has a positive impact on allied industries. As per  LIC Housing Finance  Limited (LICHFL), 78% of the sum spent on construction of a housing unit in India gets added back directly to the India's GDP. Thus industries such as building material suppliers, cement, steel, sand, timber, architectural and interior design, and financing institutions also benefit. Additionally, CREDAI says currently the real estate sector employs nearly 7.6 million people. Given the total existing demand, the number of employees could increase to about 17 million by 2025. Creating projects will also increase the rate of urbanization which currently stands at 31%, lower than any other developing nation. 

The housing sector needs large volumes of funding and infrastructure development to achieve its social and economic objectives. According to the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), funds committed to the construction development sector contributed 11.1% share of the total FDI inflow in 2008. This share dropped to 4% in 2012. Risk perception, timeline delays and lack of clarity of exit routes have shaken investor’s confidence. Easing the minimum 3 year lock in period, reducing minimum capitalization threshold as well as the minimum built up area of 500000 square feet to 100000 square feet must be considered. The government must fast track certain pending and disputed policy measures. The need of the hour is to recognize challenges and take measures to mitigate them. Long standing demands such as single window clearance, raising FSI (floor space index) cap and recognizing housing as “infrastructure or core sector” must be met. Bank credit must be made available to both developers and consumers so that transaction activity receives a significant push; currently bank credit deployment to the construction sector is just 2.3% compared to the total industry and majority people have no access to formal credit. 

According to the Economic Survey of India, the real estate industry contributed 5.9% of the country’s GDP in 2012-2013. In the US, housing services contribute 15.5% of the GDP, more than 2.6 times India's contribution, even when its housing needs are substantially satisfied. Therefore for a housing deficit nation like India, the GDP contribution from housing should be multifold. Growth can be multiplied if the housing shortage is met; but in order to meet the potential of the sector, government policies, infrastructure and the correlation between GDP and real estate activity must play necessary roles.

Vintage Industrial Home for a Couple and Their Three Cats in TaiwanImage 1

HAO Design Studio completed the design and development of Recall Casa, a charming industrial home design especially envisioned for a couple and their three cats. The unconventional crib is located in Kaohsiung city, Taiwan and has comes with a total living surface of 155 square meters. The old movie poster, gramophone record and vintage camera make this space looks like a loft café. The entire vintage collection of the owners is carefully put on display, resulting in an original home design with plenty of eye-catching elements.

Unexpected Exteriors of 3D Bungalows

No matter whether it’s about making or darkening of an image of a bungalow or creating 2D images showing the attributes of a proposed architectural design for a bungalow are very tough tasks. 3D Power, being outstanding at that, gives you elevations designing services for your dream home in the form of images. It can be bungalows, twin bungalows, villas, farm houses, row houses, etc. It helps you to visualize your dream home before it is really constructed which in turn saves your time, money and gives you option to change, edit the unwanted areas and its aesthetics.

3D day views helps you to imagine your home with all industrial details like the colours, textures, elevations, material details, etc. The Night views add a great impact to the project. It combines interior artificial lights with natural lighting on its landscaping. These are perfect components to have the complete picture of the living space.

East Delhi to soon get 8,000 flats in its two smart cities

By Rumu Banerjee, TNN | 31 Aug, 2015, 10.35AM IST

NEW DELHI: The east side of the city is all set to get smart. Starting early next year, two new infrastructure projects offering 8,000 flats are coming up in Karkardooma and Trilokpuri. 
To be built on TOD (transit-oriented development) guidelines, both the projects will give commercial as well as residential spaces. While the Karkardooma project will have 5,000 flats, at Trilokpuri—where the flats will come up right opposite Sanjay Lake—3,000 will be up for grabs. Also tagged as smart cities, the complexes will be built near Metro stations and will have landscaped parks and green areas. The buildings, too, will be totally green with complete recycling of waste, including plastic.
"Both the projects are in critical stages of planning and design. We have already identified the basic plan, including the number of flats that will be on offer, along with the commercial segment of the projects. Both will have an iconic, signature building of 100 storeys that will have both commercial and residential spaces," Mittal said. 

They will also provide retail space, a five-acre park, sculptures, a laser park and a circular skywalk. According to NBCC, the EWS housing will be largely subsidized. Other units in the semi-luxury, middle-class and luxury housing, serviced apartments etc will be sold to the public like any private development. "NBCC will maintain the complex for 30 years," said Mittal.