Mumbai’s Iconic Victorian And Art Deco Buildings In UNESCO Heritage List

The Art Deco buildings are characterised by Deco fonts, marble floors and spiral staircases. (AFP) Mumbai: Mumbai’s Art Deco buildings, believed to be the world’s second largest collection after Miami, were added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List on Saturday alongside the city’s better-known Victorian Gothic architecture. A not-for-profit team of enthusiasts are in the process of documenting every single one but they estimate there may be more than 200 across the city. The majority of them, built on reclaimed land between the early 1930s and early 1950s, are clustered together in…

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Can Mumbai’s flamboyant Art Deco be saved from salty winds and ugly alterations?

A shaft of late-afternoon sunlight falls on a deep, grey sea and bounces off the water’s surface. The effect is an artificial-looking, molten silver pool that makes the ocean seem more welcoming than it really is. The wind carries a fine, salty spray over the promenade skirting the frothy waters. It is low tide. Traffic bustles. Across the busy street, in the milkiness of a post-rain September, the features of Marine Drive’s Art Deco buildings are distinctive. Art Deco studs other cities too, popping up here and there in Ahmedabad,…

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Mumbai’s air quality dips, to go down further today

Mumbai’s air quality dips, to go down further today With temperatures falling and winds calming, the air quality in Mumbai that was poor on Friday further dipped on Saturday . And it is only expected to get worse on Sunday , according to the System for Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR). The city’s overall air quality was indexed at 283 on Saturday evening, down from 267 Friday .Both fall in the poor air category meaning people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should reduce prolonged…

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