Category Archives: architects & architecture

Namel Weeramuni: Life and Theatre, Theatre as Life

Nandasiri Jasentuliyana aka “Nandi,” in Sunday Times, 1 September 2019, where the title is “A Legendary Author’s Autobiography”

Namel Weeramuini’s compelling autobiography was launched on his 85th birthday, before a large audience at the Namel Malini Punchi Theatre yesterday.We live in a global village where the main road has many forks and takes us on many incredible journeys. It is increasingly difficult to know the final destination of these journeys. It means we choose the life we want for ourselves often amid uncertainty.

 Namel Weeramuni Attorney at Law

 

Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under architects & architecture, art & allure bewitching, cultural transmission, education, female empowerment, heritage, historical interpretation, life stories, literary achievements, meditations, patriotism, performance, politIcal discourse, self-reflexivity, sri lankan society, the imaginary and the real, unusual people, world events & processes

Colombo in the 1970s on Video Courtesy of Asela Atukorala

Looking Back at 1970s Colombo

Last year, a nearly three minute video shot on 16 millimetre film featuring aerial videography of 1970s Colombo, Sri Lanka was released on the Kinolibrary YouTube channel. The video is called “1970s Colombo Aerials, HD from 16mm”. I’m embedding the video below which you can watch if you wish. Following that, I will give my thoughts on this footage. ,,,, https://aselaatukorala.blogspot.com/2019/08/a-look-back-at-1970s-colombo.html

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under architects & architecture, transport and communications, travelogue, world events & processes

Michel Nugawela’s Brand Strategy via the Pathways of Outstanding Innovators

STAGE TWO IN 2019: “ANAMCHARA” at the HILTON, 19 August 2019

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under architects & architecture, art & allure bewitching, commoditification, cultural transmission, economic processes, historical interpretation, landscape wondrous, life stories, performance, power politics, psychological urges, self-reflexivity, the imaginary and the real, world events & processes

Upmarket Bungalows as Tourist Lodges

An Item in MENAFN – Colombo Gazette

Wilde and Co. has expanded its boutique hotel collection with the addition of The Planters House; a colonial estate ‘bungalow’, which enjoys a secluded position on the original Lipton Estate, just below the famous Lipton’s Seat. The company operates with owners to develop, manage and promote a handful of beautiful hotels and lodges across Sri Lanka.  Founders Tim Edwards and Max Duddy share a twin passion for heritage and conservation and those themes inform the makeup of their portfolio. 

The Planters House: A colonial estate bungalow

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under architects & architecture, art & allure bewitching, cultural transmission, economic processes, heritage, island economy, landscape wondrous, modernity & modernization, sri lankan society, tourism, travelogue, world events & processes

Gifts to Lanka: China pats itself on the Head

Cheng Xueyuan, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Sri Lanka, in Sri Lanka Güardian, July 2019, where the title is “Chinese military is actively providing more and more international public safety products
August 1st 1927 was the founding date of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. In the past 92 years, from war to peace, PLA had gone through arduous struggles to epic accomplishments of national independence, people’s liberation and peaceful development. Chinese people and PLA are peace-loving. China will continue to develop itself by securing a peaceful international environment and, at the same time, uphold and promote world peace through its own development.
New office and auditorium  complex of the Sri Lanka Military Academy aided by China

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under architects & architecture, authoritarian regimes, centre-periphery relations, China and Chinese influences, economic processes, Indian Ocean politics, landscape wondrous, security, self-reflexivity, sri lankan society, transport and communications, world events & processes

Minnete de Silva Pictorial : Aficianado and Architect Extraordinary

Minnete de Silva: Aficionado and Architect Extraordinary

Minnette de Silva (Sinhalaමිනට් ද සිල්වා;Tamilமினிட் டி சில்வா; 1 February 1918–24 November 1998) was an internationally recognized architect, considered the pioneer of the modern architectural style in Sri Lanka.[2][3] De Silva was a fellow of the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects.

De Silva was the first Sri Lankan woman to be trained as an architect and the first Asian woman to be elected an associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in 1948. De Silva was also the first Asian representative of CIAM in 1947 and was one of the founding members of the Architectural publication Marg. Later in her life, she was awarded the SLIA Gold Medal for her contribution to Architecture in particular her pioneering work developing a ‘regional modernism for the tropics’….. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnette_de_Silva

Minnette de Silva with Pablo Picasso (left) at the World Congress of Intellectuals in Defense of Peace, 1948

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under architects & architecture, art & allure bewitching, British colonialism, cultural transmission, education, female empowerment, heritage, historical interpretation, Indian traditions, landscape wondrous, life stories, self-reflexivity, sri lankan society, unusual people, world events & processes

Anecdotal Lore on “Apey George,” namely, George E. De Silva, and Family

Eardley Lieversz, 16 July 2019

Interestingly, I am in touch with Apey George’s grandson, Mahindra, who lives in Melbourne. He is George Silva Junior’s son. George and his wife were good friends with my maternal aunt and uncle. They were very Burgherised. You wouldn’t consider George Jnr as a Sinhalese. He is very Burgher in his manners.

Continue reading

4 Comments

Filed under architects & architecture, caste issues, communal relations, cultural transmission, education, ethnicity, female empowerment, heritage, historical interpretation, landscape wondrous, life stories, nationalism, politIcal discourse, sri lankan society, unusual people