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    River Hope gets aesthetically designed buildings in the city to open up for charity.

    The late Dr Paul Kalanithi in his book, When Breath Becomes Air, wrote: “Moral speculation was puny compared to moral action.” A thought that perhaps resonates with Bengaluru-based architects Krupa Rajangam and Aparna Shastri — the team behind River Hope. The two started River Hope four years ago to raise money for Karunashraya, a trust that provides free palliative care for advanced stage cancer patients. Now the duo raises funds for the Indian Cancer Society. This year, their initiative presents Open Day, a walk that opens the doors of strikingly designed buildings and offices of architects in Bengaluru to students and architecture enthusiasts.

    Popular buildings like the Permit Room lounge bar, a1000yoga studio, Mistry Architects, office spaces like Studio 4A and Pragrup, Collage Architect Studio and many such places feature in this edition. “River Hope was started in the memory of a friend in 2013 with the first event, the Whitefield Heritage Walk. Every year, we organise different events but all of these focus on architecture,” explains Rajangam, adding, “this year, we thought of the Open Day — an opportunity for people to not only visit the buildings but interact with architects and understand the idea behind it.”

    Previous editions of the initiative were free for visitors. But raising funds demands a fee, a reason why both Rajangam and Shastri decided to ticket the Open Day. “Last year, we showcased architecture drawing sketches at InCITE gallery. Many people and students visited. But when we requested them to donate, not many came forward. So this time, we are charging a nominal fee,” says Rajangam. Rs 100. December 10 -11. At various venues. Details: 9008038001.

    — Ayesha Tabassum

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