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Songs of life

Deccan Herald | Apr 5, 2017

If your only aim is to be a star and make money, don't be a musician. You have to enjoy making music and recognise that the gift that you have, makes you happy.

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Bangalore Mirror | Apr 1, 2017

There's a chance that Euterpe, one of the nine muses from Greek mythology, the patron of music and lyric poetry, would be sitting among the audiences, appropriately disguised of course, later this month in Bengaluru. After all, even a goddess cannot afford miss a Beth Hart concert.

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Beth Hart: 'I Know What Makes Me Connect to My Music'

Rolling Stone India | Mar 31, 2017

Indian audiences can be assured of a sincere, honest connect with this singer and her music, as her views are fueled by the passion she puts into the writing of her songs.

Beth Hart: ‘I Know What Makes Me Connect to My Music'
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Tete-a-tete With Singer-Songwriter Beth Hart, On Her Upcoming India Tour, Her Music, And More

The Grey Alley | Apr 4, 2017

I think music and songwriting for me was a way to communicate with God, but then to perform for people and play with other musicians is a way for me to connect with the world.

Tête-à-tête With Singer-Songwriter Beth Hart, On Her Upcoming India Tour, Her Music, And More
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What to look for in an ultra luxury home

The Hindu Business Line | Nov 14, 2016

One of the families was keen on having a private elevator for their old parents in their duplex apartment

With one eye on the environment
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With one eye on the environment

Deccan Herald | Sep 16, 2016

Our focus is all about embracing nature in all the homes we build.

With one eye on the environment
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Realty Firm Total Environment Raises Rs 200 cr From L&T Fin

The Economic Times | Aug 31, 2016

We will use `100 crore towards principal repayment to IndoStar and the rest will be used for project expenses," said Sagar. The debt has been secured at an interest rate of 14.5% for a period of six years. IndoStar Capital Finance, a non-banking financial company, had invested `150 crore in the project over two years ago. "The fund has exited with an internal return of 17.5%,

Realty Firm Total Environment Raises Rs 200 cr From L&T Fin
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Total Environment Raises 300 cr from HDFC Cap

The Economic Times | July 26, 2016

We want to speed up construction of our under construction projects and accelerate delivery, which is the most important thing in the current market.
We sought equity as we did not want to worry about servicing debt on a month-on-month basis.

Total Environment Raises 300 cr from HDFC Cap
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Total Environment raises Rs 300 cr from HDFC Capital

Business Standard | July 26, 2016

In our new projects, we are also venturing into smaller, more affordable homes. We will now focus on hastening the pace of construction in order to be able to deliver quickly

Total Environment raises Rs 300 cr from HDFC Capital
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City needs an Expert - driven Single Authority

The Economic Times | 11 Aug 2016

Must have a carefully demarcated lake Regulation Zone

City needs an Expert - driven Single Authority
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Bengaluru beats Paris and all others for me: Kamal Sagar, Total Environment

India Infoline News Service | 2 Jan 2016

If I had an opportunity, I would demolish the legacy Metro lines and replace them with better ones that feature smart design.

Bengaluru beats Paris and all others for me: Kamal Sagar, Total Environment
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I'd raze metro lines & rebuild them with smart design: Kamal Sagar, Total environment building systems CEO

The Economic Times | 1 Jan 2016

I would green every inch of Bengaluru and plant thousands of trees of various varieties all over the place, says architect Kamal Sagar

I'd raze metro lines & rebuild them with smart design: Kamal Sagar, Total environment building systems CEO
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Customers should pay only for built-up area

DHNS | 27 Dec 2015

Kamal Sagar hopes that the Bill will reduce the money laundering allegations against real estate firms. He suggests that for finalising the Bill, the government should create a panel that takes on-board customers, architects and reputed developers, among others.

Kamal Sagar hopes that the Bill will reduce the money laundering allegations against real estate firms
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Hamlet: Method and madness

THE TIMES OF INDIA | 17 Oct 2015

From jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal and some of the most interesting musicians from around the world, to Globe Theatre's Hamlet -we have always tried to acquaint our city's audiences with the most enriching and challenging cultural experiences.

Hamlet: Method and madness
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The Other Side, Architecture, Theatre & All That Jazz

The Economic Times | 7 Oct 2015

The focus is to bring good artists to the city so the city gets to hear what kind of experimentative and contemporary music is being made across the world. We are looking for serious music that is fresh, soulful and stirs people emotionally.

The Other Side, Architecture, Theatre & All That Jazz
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Nestle in one of India's affordable cities

Khaleej Times | 15 Aug 2015

Bengaluru is among the few metros where you can own a modern home from a reputed developer for as little as Rs 6,000 per square foot, says Kamal Sagar, CEO and Founder of Total Environment

Nestle in one of India's affordable cities
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Flowing Spaces

Inside-Outside May 2012

A conscious connect with nature, the use of wirecut bricks and attention to detail distinguishes the work of Kamal and Shibanee Sagar, principal architects of Bengaluru-based Total Environment Building Systems Pvt Ltd.

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Inc. Vol. 2 No. 9 2011

Founded by the Sagars, Total Environment wants to be the 'FERRARI OF HOMES' with meticulously designed, robustly built apartments that bring the outdoors in.

Totalenvironment The Good Home Makers 2011
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In Harmony with Nature

The Ideal Home and Garden Sep-2011

Original,aesthetic and obsessed with details - that's Total Environment Building's 'Windmills of Your Mind' project in Bengaluru. Read on to share their passion for design and quality

Totalenvironment Harmony With Nature Ideal Home Garden 2011
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India's Ten Best Homes

Home Trends Vol. 2 No. 1 2011

Shibanee and Kamal did not allow the limitations of a high-rise deter them from building a duplex complete with natural beauty and a water body in Bangalore.

Totalenvironment Home Trends 2011
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Total Architecture

Forbes India - May 6th 2011

Shibanee and Kamal Sagar show that green homes can exist even in today's metros. By keenly observing and listening to the needs of individuals and families, Total Environment is able to design apartments that are thoughtful and elegant.

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Garden homes - Natural extension

Home Trends - INDIA - Feb 2011

Urban Haven - Apartments graced with garden environments infuse crisp design with serenity of nature. Natural elements in this high-rise duplex create the ambience of an independent home.

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How to bend it like Beckham in work space design

DNA Property | 5th Feb 2011

Not many can break the bounds of conventional design and yet achieve functionality in a building. DNA Property showcases two buildings in the city where creativity and practicality have been mingled to create right ambience at work place.

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Quest for an Unique Identity, Building a Reputation, Brick by Brick

No Money Marketing by Jessie Paul | May 2010

A good example of a firm that has flourished because it is clear of what it will NOT do is Total Environment Building Systems.

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Times of India - Times Property - Pune | 27 March 2010

Developer firm Total Environment, which is bringing Orange Blossom Special and Songs from the Wood projects, to the Pune buyer, has gone one step further with a patented software called eBUILD - that the customer can use to design their home. It provides all the options available and with a mix and match approach, the buyer can tap into the expertise of the builder as well as retain individuality.

Totalenvironment Personalize Your Home Space 2010


Facility Management - FM INDIA - FM Trends - Jan 2010

Kamal Sagar, talks and shares his thoughts on his organisation and its core strengths and future strategic growth plans....

Totalenvironment Q and A By Kamal Sagar 2010
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Total focus, Absolute intent

Forbes India - Enterprise | Oct 2009

Shibanee and Kamal Sagar, on how to get quality, being focused and other lessons for entrepreneurs.

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It's never too late to go green

DNA Sunday - Super Citizen | 11 Oct 2009

It's his determination to create something new that's got him where he is now, despite facing a few hiccups on the way. Kamal Sagar, Principal Architect and Director, Total Environment, feels that thinking big and thinking design will take Bangalore places.

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Total Effects | Winning Formula

Indian Express

The CNBC International Property Awards is the most prestigious competition in the world for real estate design and development. Last month, at the Asia Pacific ceremony in Singapore, among entrants from 22 countries a Bangalore-based company Total Environment won two awards.

Totalenvironment Total Effects Winning Formula 2009

Simply Chic

Living | May 2009

Your foremost steps into the model apartment of Windmills make you fall into a reverie - one wants to be reassured if his feet are still tucked tightly in India. Offering a flawless international style in this home, Bangalore based Architects Kamal and Shibanee Sagar have created a chic...

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Made to Order

Outlook Business | 04 April 2009

Rock Bands Pink Floyd, Grateful Dead and Social Distortion may not have much in common, but their songs Cirrus Manor, Scarlet Begonias and Reach for the Sky sure do.

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Interplay of Interior and Exterior Spaces

Design Speak | Jan 2009

We have really come a long way if we're discussing trends in luxury apartment design, considering that apartment living was never a luxury only a transformation that collective housing had undergone.

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A Modern Vocabulary

Indian Design & Interiors | November 2008

The 10' 5" x 9' 7" bathroom attached to the master bedroom of this home at Windmill Apartments in Whitefield, Bangalore conveys a sense of tranquility through its spacious and open feel. The warm honey colour of the Corian flooring and the dark cabinetry in natural veneer or laminate create a harmonious contrast.

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Windmills of Your Mind

Inside Outside | November 2008

As homeowners, some of us are only too aware of the pain of breaking walls and re-doing interiors to meet our needs. Others have to adjust to an existing house with all its drawbacks. But here is a residential development that takes away all the pain...

Totalenvironment Project - Windmills of Your Mind
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Customised Living Spaces

Deccan Herald | 24 October 2008

From one century to another, architectural styles have been influenced by changes in the art scenario and vice versa, and availability of new building materials. Stone, brick and wood were used from 1180 to the late 16th century.

Totalenvironment Customised Living Spaces 2008

The Present Projects since the Millennium

Time Out | 03 October 2008

A corporate campus built on a 2-acre site elongated on the north-south axis. All construction is done with materials from the earth. The exteriors, in a combination of hand-dressed granite masonry and wire-cut brick masonry, are defined with rows of glass bricks and wire-cut bricks with soldier bonds.

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The Green Warriors

The Bangalore Monthly Magazine | September 2008

A quiet start. An initial investment of Rs.10000, 4 people and the simple idea of giving Bangalore buildings that blend with its natural landscape, preserving the charm of the city. Eleven years on, Total Environment has managed to stay true to its vision...

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India's Most Luxurious Apartments

Business Today | 15 June 2008

Private swimming pools, elegant gardens en suite in your 22nd floor apartment, elevators to bring the Merc up to your floor, exclusive health clubs for your family and mini golf courses just in case you feel like swinging the five iron on a Sunday morning-Indian developers are redefining luxury beyond imagination.

Totalenvironment Indias Most Luxurious Apartments 2008
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Total Elegance

The Telegraph | 24 August 2008

When Bangalore-based builders and architects Total Environment Building Systems were starting out, they worked on a housing project for employees of a software company. Total Environment's founder-director Kamal Sagar had named the project Green is the Colour.

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Total Elegance

E-Version | The Telegraph | 24 August 2008

We have really come a long way if we're discussing trends in luxury apartment design, considering that apartment living was never a luxury only a transformation that collective housing had undergone.

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Stark World | 2008

Developers of residential and commercial property. Total Environment buildings are typically graced by ivy-covered walls and terrace gardens, and blessed with a lot of light and ventilation. Use of natural materials, like wire-cut bricks...

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Creating Innovative Lifestyle Projects

India Abroad USA | 21 December 2007

Total Environment is a multi-faceted, real-estate development organization. Its projects range from residential apartment blocks to corporate campuses. The core strength of Total Environment is the ability to understand and meet the needs...

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Made In India

Made in India Architectural Design | November 2007

In Bangalore, architectural practice established itself within a tradition of the background. However, this first generation also contained an Achilles heel that prevented their legacy from having its deserved impact.

Totalenvironment Made in India 2007
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Will Bangalore Walk the Electric Talk?

Bangalore Mirror | 25 August 2007

Don't be surprised if you see many electric cars, scooters in your residential areas in future. Alarmed by the rise in traffic congestion, several initiatives are being planned by builders, residents and environmentalists to tackle the menace.

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Shine On: The Soul of Music

Indian Institue Of Architects | August 2007

Moving on from cantilevered terrace gardens and indoor gardens, in this project, Total Environment, a Bangalore based Developer firm promoted by Architects, decided to provide larger, open-to-sky gardens that were stepped back on every floor.

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The Million Buck Home

Business Standard | 16 June 2007

Remember the song, ''Windmills of Your Mind", from The Thomas Crown Affair? Now did you know that a large, high-profile residential development, spread out over 24 acres with a built area of about 1.7 million sq ft, was coming up by that name in Bangalore?

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Choose Your Home at the Realty Show

The Hindu Property Plus| 28 April 2007

Karnataka Ownership Apartments Promoters Association (KOAPA), a trade body of organised real estate developers and builders in Karnataka, has flagged off its two-day real estate expo, "Realty 2007", at The Grand Ashok today (April 28).

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The Dhananjay Residence

Society Interiors | 2007

The Dhananjay residence is located in a small, gated community consisting of independent plots, and has been crafted with the same vernacular philosophy. "With a thicket of silver oaks spread across the site and a fairly generous plot size of 56 ft. x 86 ft., the project offered immense architectural scope," says Shibanee Sagar of Total Environment.

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High-end Apartments Become Dearer

Times of India | 19 October 2005

The grander your flat, the higher the guidance value. In other words, the guidance value fixed by the stamps and registration department for apartments will vary depending on the quality of construction, facilities offered and the location.

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Standing Out While Blending into Nature

Business Gyan | January 2005

He creates apartments, homes and offices that are distinct in the context of modern Indian architecture. Meet Kamal Sagar, principal architect and director, Total Environment, who uses only natural materials and finishes, with great emphasis on landscaping and eco-friendly technologies.

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Laying a Foundation

Outlook Home | 2005

The home I live in has a pink-and-white mosaic-tiled chequered floor in the living room, very lovingly installed by my landlords. But besides being an effective chessboard and the subject of many coffee-table conversations...

Totalenvironment Laying A Foundation 2005
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The New Lake City

The Hindu | June 2004

Less glass, less concrete, more natural material, more attention to natural lighting, and of course, good design. These are the new watchwords in building houses.

Totalenvironment Hindu The New Lake City 2004
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In Harmony with Nature

Financial Express | 18 April 2004

Unimposing, harmonious, organic. That best describes the latest in the business of construction even as being eco-friendly takes on a new meaning. Bangalore-based builder Total Environment intends...

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Eco Friendly Buildings the Norm Today

Deccan Herald | 12 March 2004

The city expands; destinations, which were hither to far away, suddenly become accessible with vast expanses tarred, expressways laid, connecting you to the fast-emerging high-rises that are touted as "the" place to reside or work.

Totalenvironment Eco Friendly Buildings the Norm Today 2004

Garden City

Jetwings | March 2004

The intervention of the Public Affairs Centre (PAC) and the institution of a citizen's report card has further bolstered the case for timely execution of projects that would otherwise stagnate industy bureaucratic files or remain incomplete for years together.

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Are Indian Software cos. Ending up as Copycats?

Deccan Herald | 25 January 2004

Do you know why software companies want buildings with an all-glass facade? They think the look is "cool." The fact that the design will probably double their energy costs never occurs to them.

Totalenvironment Are Indian Software Ending Up as Copycats 2004

The Good Earth

IIA J.K.Cement Aya | 18 December 2003

The Good Earth is a residential building with 24 apartments, a gym and a swimming pool situated in a quiet neighbourhood in Bangalore. The project is planned as two wings with three apartment on each floor.

Totalenvironment Commendation Award for Group Housing 2003
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Winners for Aya - 2002

J.K. Cement Patrika | November 2003

Details for Award Winners for AYA 2002

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Building An Ethnic Alternative

Routes The Gateway Magazine | November 2003

Showy Italian marble and Spanish tiles are making way for ethnic materials in some of Bangalore's luxury homes, says Sreya Urs

Totalenvironment Building an Ethnic Alternative 2003
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Laying a Foundation

Outlook | October 2003

The home I live in has a pink-and-white mosaic-tiled chequered floor in the living room, very lovingly installed by my landlords. But besides being an effective chessboard and the subject of many coffee-table conversations...

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The Big

Business Today | July 2003

Five million homes sold every year Rs 65,000 crore in mortgages + money spent on furniture and accessories = ONE HAPPENING MARKET

Totalenvironment The Big Real Estate Developer 2003
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India's Most Expensive Apartments | With It

Business Today | July 2003

Time Was, When it was considered infra-dig to live in apartments. Today, however, condos across the country have redefined fine living.

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Gleaning Information

Society Interiors | June 2003

It gives you a feeling of space, it gives you vision and, most importantly it brings the outdoors in. Read on to find out more about GLASS in the context of exterior cladding in building structures.

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Work Hard for Success

THe Asian Age | 13 April 2003

If hard work was the only criterion for heaven, then Mr Kamal Sagar would definitely be the first to enter paradise, when the pearly gates open. Right from his days at architecture school at the Indian Institute of Technology to his present job as...

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Architects Sweep Awards

Times of India | March 2003

Apart from excellent architecture, Mathew and Ghosh's projects have intriguing names - "House of Fragments," and "Boxes on the Floor." Shibanee and Kamal's is "Reach for the Sky," an apartment building, the underlying theme being a desire to interact with nature.

Totalenvironment Architects Sweeps Awards 2003

The Habitat Award For Apartment Planning

Architecture + Design | March 2003

The home I live in has a pink-and-white mosaic-tiled chequered floor in the living room, very lovingly installed by my landlords. But besides being an effective chessboard and the subject of many coffee-table conversations...

Totalenvironment A+D Spectrum Habitat Award For Apartment Planning 2003
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Are you Getting a Fair Deal?

Economic Times | 21 February 2003

Investment in immovable property is by no means a simple exercise. One should be wary of legal terminology used to understand the intricacies and ensure a fair deal in the bargain, says R Nirmala.

Totalenvironment Are You Getting A Fair Deal 2003

Corporate Real Estate Challenges for Growth

Economic Times | 21 February 2003

Most industries are currently confronted with a fast changing environment internally as well as externally. These changes are expected to have a tremendous impact on the functioning of a company's facilities and on the organisation of it's real estate management.

Totalenvironment Corporate Real Estate Challenges for Growth 2003

A Conscious Revival

Indian Architect & Builder | January 2003

Reviewing the works of Bangalore-based architectural firm Shibanee and Kamal Architects, where the design focus is on the integration of the built form with nature while unveiling the graphic potential of the material language they use.

Totalenvironment Indian Architecture and Builder Conscious Revival 2003
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Get a Home, Get a Lifestyle

Times of India | 04 September 2002

Just 1,200 sq ft of living space isn't enough. For Rs 20 lakh-plus today's buyer wants it all, including a club house, swimming pool and play-ground for the kids and a gym where he can work out.

Totalenvironment Get A Home Get A Lifestyle 2002

Blending Buildings with Environment

THe Hindu | 18 March 2002

Green is the colour, Life is beautiful, Footprints, Shine on ... These are the creations of Kamal Sagar and Shibanee. Wait a minute. They are not music compositions or paintings. They are brick and mortar buildings that are home to many Bangaloreans.

Totalenvironment Blending Buildings With Environment 2002

Green is the Colour of their Buildings

Times of India | 11 January 2002

There's something about Pink Floyd that fires Kamal Sagar's creative instincts. His buildings prove that, for they do all the talking. So there's Green is the colour and Sagar hasn't forgotten Cirrus Minor either.

Totalenvironment Green is the Color of Their Buildings

Green Architecture

Times of India | January 2002

Let's try to demystify the term 'green architecture' The simplest explanation would be to realise that if you build your home as an intuitive response to your environment and culture, you would automatically break through the empirical tenets that separate 'green architecture' from the mainstream.

Totalenvironment Green Architecture 2002
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Let a Garden Invade your Balcony

Economic Times | 24 December 2000

Imagine reaching home, having driven through a haze of smoke, noise and heavy traffic. You have reached home, and what would you like to do? How about a cup of coffee, a magazine, a reclining chair...

Totalenvironment Let A Garden Invade Your Balcony 2000

Architect Shibani Sagar picks out what appeals and what repels in the city

Times of India | 18 April 2000

If you have noticed the granite pergola that stands at the junction of Central Street and MG Road, then you've probably also realised how effortlessly nature can be incorporated into our built environment.

Totalenvironment Architect Shibani Sagar What Appeals What Repels in the City 2000

Architect Kamal Sagar on the Buildings that please him and those that don't

Times of India | 04 April 2000

Among the thousands of eyesores being built at a frightening pace in Bangalore - one of the exceedingly ugly structures is the Kemp Fort building on Airport Road.

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