Just outside Pune is Lavasa, an ambitious new city that started taking shape in the early 2000s. The planners hired a foreign architect to give it a Mediterranean look, complete with stucco buildings and seaside villas. Within a few years, the weathered facades and street grime has turned it into a ramshackle, sad affair. When plans were announced for Amravati, Andhra Pradesh’s new capital city, all the catchphrases of urban design were tossed about: smart city, IT city, sustainable habitat, green architecture, etc. Then, after an international competition, a foreign architect was selected. Soon, he was dropped. Others were shortlisted, including a famous Bollywood set designer. Finally, an Indian architect was selected. And eventually the entire project was dropped.Now, in Delhi, plans are afoot to challenge the century-old legacy of Edwin Lutyens and redesign the Central Vista, including Parliament house. The project is shrouded in the sort of secrecy accorded to military … [Read more...] about ‘The private home has done more harm to Indian urbanism than any other building’
THE New York hotel where the Duchess of Sussex held her "secret" baby shower earlier this year has launched an incredible Christmas package for penthouse suite. But if you want to enjoy the festive season like the rich and famous, you'll need a staggering $250,000 (£190,316) for the three day break. The Mark Hotel, which brands itself as New York's "most boldly lavish hotel", has said that its jaw-droppingly expensive package brings together the best of the "iconic holiday traditions". The price includes a three-night stay in the 12,000 sq ft penthouse suite, which is the biggest hotel suite in the entire United States according to the hotel. One night in the suite can go for up to $75,000 (£57,104). The two-floor suite is also where Meghan Markle's baby shower was hosted, and has been dubbed "a castle in the sky" by its French designer Jacques Grange.There are just five bedrooms but eight bathrooms and a living room with 26-ft ceiling, as well as conservatory and … [Read more...] about Meghan Markle’s New York baby shower hotel launches £190k Christmas package with private ice rink and helicopter rides
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Breaking News Here they are ... newlyweds Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian chillaxin' on an insanely expensive private island in the Bahamas during their honeymoon -- that they booked on Booking.com. We're told the villa runs $35k per week -- and you can only get to it if you have an aircraft or a boat. The photos of S & A at the villa were taken by a drone but we're told the couple willingly participated in the shoot in connection with Booking.com ... so, it wasn't a crazy rogue paparazzo invading their privacy. Serena also posted on Instagram about the villa -- "A week in paradise. Thanks @bookingcom for helping us find the perfect honeymoon villa. #BookingYeah." All signs point to Serena getting either paid or a huge discount for the endorsement -- despite the fact both she and her Reddit co-founder husband are LOADED! #HowTheRichStayRich … [Read more...] about Serena Williams & Hubby Honeymoonin’ On Private Island, $35k Per Week!
No. 16 Clanalpine St, sold on Wednesday for $8.8 million, above its reported guide of $8.3 million to $8.7 million. MORE: Celebrity buyer eyes trophy home Real estate bosses sell in Mosman It’s a whopping result for the property which has more than doubled in value since it traded in November 2011, for $4.2 million. The current owners paid $6.8 million for the property in April, 2016, according to CoreLogic. Richard Simeon, of Simeon Manners Property Mosman, said there had been huge interest in the property. Imposing street presence.Source:Content Portal Room with a view.Source:Content Portal The buyer - a family moving to Sydney from Melbourne - as the first group to inspect the property when the campaign started last month. “They loved it from the first moment they walked in they wanted that house,” Mr Simeon said. “The vendors are delighted with the result.” Mr Simeon said the Mosman market was performing very well at the upper end, after a … [Read more...] about Private Mosman trophy home sells early for $8.8m