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CARE Design Cell CARE School of Architecture Trichy, India Instagram: caredesigncell Email: designcell@care.ac.in +91-8220138211


WINTER AT

C.A.R.E 2019 C.A.R.E SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE CENTRE FOR APPLIED RESEARCH AND EDUCATION


C.A.R.E Design Cell, has been an unit under the C.A.R.E. School of Architecture, (CARE Group of Institutions), from 2018. C.A.R.E Design Cell in collaboration with C.A.R.E PEP (People - Environment - Place), is committed to work towards consultancy projects related to design research, design thinking, documentation, publication and other related activities. The collaboration shall strengthen design awareness, intiation and education, for the benefit of students across multiple disciplines.

C.A.R.E. Design Cell & C.A.R.E PEP Ar. Maniyarasan R Ar. Naveen G

C.A.R.E School of Architecture Ar. Vijaykumar Sengottuvelan Ar. Judith Belinda Laura T Ar. Senthil Kumar Ar. Godwin Emmanuel ADMINISTRATION Mr. Kumaresan Mrs. Manjula PUBLICATION DESIGN Ar. Maniyarasan R Deepthi JBM Harish Kanth B

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c C.A.R.E. School of Architecture designcell@care.ac.in October 2019 Coverpage: Image from Origami workshop, 2019 Innerpage: CARE Group of Institutions, Trichy Opposite page: Image from Animascape workshop, 2019 Last page: Screenshots of Instagram posts from Summer at CARE 2019 Printed at Valvil Press, Trichy, TN, India


CONTENTS 01

INTRODUCTION

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CALL FOR WINTER WORKSHOPS 2019

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TIMBREL VAULTS Catenary carpet in brick that flows... Ar. Peter Rich & Ar. Senthilkumar Doss

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PHOTOGRAMMETRY Architecture conservation documentation Ar. Maniyarasan R

02 C 02 D 02 E 02 F

PROCEDURAL DESIGN II Newer vocabularies in Architectural expressions Ar. Balaji Rajasekaran READING SPACES Exploring Architecture Physically, Socially and Architectonically Ar. Ramalakshmi. R & Ar. Surabhi Shingarey THEATRE & PLAY Body - Self - World Ashwini & Srijith INTRODUCTION TO UX DESIGN Understanding Human - Computer interaction Abhilash Pillai


02 F 02 G 02 H

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CHATURANGANA Architecture generated performance making Ar. Shinjita Roy & Ar. Vidya Gopal DOCUMENTARY FILM MAKING Exploring the idea of motion images through spaces Ar. Sarath Chandran GRAPHIC DESIGN FOR ENVIRONMENT Visual creativity through environment Boopathy Srinivasan

SUMMER AT CARE 2019 Workshops from the Summer May 21 to June 30 2019, C.A.R.E Campus A / Animascapes B / Reconfigurable Gemotries C / Procedural Design D / Structure - Form - Systems E / Lino Cut & Print F / PlanometriCity G / Computational Design


INTRODUCTION An architect’s responsibility has transcended beyond a process laden design endeavour to encompass a relentlessly expanding spectrum covering social, economic and political studies compounded by dramatic shifts in technology, thus creating sumptuous new forms of knowledge. How then does one evolve a legitimate pedagogy that is inclusive of these newer domains within the constraints of the curriculum was the quest. The Summer & Winter at CARE programme is conceived as the medium that seamlessly assimilates and immerses in such learnings, beyond the confines of the classrooms and syllabus, to help students develop an interdisciplinary and critical approach to the architectural discourse at the school. Further we at the school believe that such cross pollination between the varied fields of Art, science & technology and Architecture provides for a rich and fertile environment that fosters ideation, innovation and allows for individual pursuits, all vital ingredients in a creative environment.


WINTER AT C.A.R.E SCHEDULE Announcement of Winter Workshop - October 2019 Registration open - 11th October 2019 Last Date for Registration - 25th November 2019 Winter Workshop Commencement - 24th November 2019 Winter Workshop Conclusion - 2nd January 2020 Exhibition of Works - Last Week of Jan 2020

WORKSHOPS & DATES Timbrel Vault - 24 to 28 November 2019 Photogrammetry - 30 Nov to 5 Dec 2019 Procedural Design II - 3 to 8 December 2019 Reading Spaces - 9 to 12 December 2019 Theatre & Play - 9 to 15 December 2019 Introduction to UX Design - 13 to 15 December 2019 Chaturangana - 18 to 22 December 2019 Travel & Film-making - 26 to 30 December 2019 Graphic Design & Environment - 26 to 30 December 2019


TIMBREL VAULT 24 to 28 November 2019

A flowing Catenary Carpet in Brick !

Course Fees: 10000 INR Open to Architecture & Design Students/ Professionals


Course Overview Geometry and Architecture - The romance has existed in symbiosis across region, religion, culture, language and style! Every ‘ism’ in Art and Architecture adopted geometry by its merits and created expressions. Nature and its laws are probably the only constants other than Change! A look alike but not exactly a Parabola, Catenary constantly reminds Architects, on the laws of gravity. A simple hanging chain explains it all as the inverse becomes the most stable form, generating arches and vaults. An inquisitive mind popped up many questions! A catenary? What happens when I hang a long and a longer chain, what happens when a chain of different material is suspended, what will be the result if we connect varying catenaries? Is modern day computational techniques any helpful in answering these? How do we understand to address the compression and tension? This workshop is envisioned as a collaborative exercise were students will be exposed to the practical aspects of Catenary. We shall also extend our process into computational formats. As we progress, findings shall give us the directions to apply a catenary and its inverse in combination forming a section which is sinusoidal in nature. The sections when relaxed using physics engine resulted in an optimised 3D form which were catenary in nature. Traditional flat bricks shall be chosen as a material medium addressing use of local materials and its versatility to be used in Timbrel vaulting. A small 3D module using the sections were then developed for a quick realtime mock up. The next stages of the workshop would venture in to bringing in a program to facilitate a small student activity centre moving partially above and below the ground negotiating various forces just by its form ideally eliminating conventional building/ structural components of footing, columns, beams and slabs and creating a seamless flowing carpet with Bricks! Course Instructors Architect Peter Rich, founder & principal Architect at ‘Peter Rich Architects’, a firm based in Africa. Fondly called as the African lion, Ar.Rich has worked extensively in the indigenous rural settlements of southern Ama-Ndebele, in Africa.True to the firm’s philosophy of creating meaningful and uplifting spaces, his architecture is borne of the land and rooted in context. An amalgamation of latest developments in structural geometries along with the revival of the ancient Spanish technique of timbrel vaulting coupled with contemporary sensibilities, creates an unique architectural idiom that is aesthetic and authentically rooted. He is also known for his measured hand drawings and analytical sketches, his works are extensively published and more recently displayed in the Venice biennale, 2018. Senthil Kumar Doss, founder & principal Architect at ‘Play Architecture’, Bangalore, is a practicing architect since 1999, at ‘Brand New Day’ an experimental design studio at Auroville. Having been part of design team, Senthil accomplished construction of major housing projects, before moving to Bangalore. He found ‘Play Architecture’ an avant-garde practice at 2005, besides beginning his career as an academician at RV College of Engineering, Bangalore. Till date ‘Play Architecture’ has produced notable and widely published works in many leading Architectural & Design magazines. As student of martial arts with quest for writing, Senthil recently ventured in to research, to understand and establish relationship between architecture, structure and martial arts.


PHOTOGRAMMETRY 30 November to 5 December 2019

“to present theoretical and practical understanding of visual documentation methods, aimed as an integral part of the conservation processes� Course Fees: 10000 INR Prerequisites: Interested in Visual Documentation of Spaces Open to Art, Architecture & Design Students/ Professionals


Course Overview Photogrammetry is the science of making measurements from photographs. The input to photogrammetry is photographs, and the output can be a drawing, an ortho-photograph or a 3D model. This course seeks to explore photogrammetric methods that can be employed in the field of heritage conservation for recording, documenting and assessing built heritage. It will focus on using the photogrammetric methods with the technological advancements encouraging more accurate methods of documentation. This course will teach participants to visually record buildings, that can assist to interpret, to analyse the significance and to be able to assess the condition. Workshop Structure The components of the workshop is structured in multiple sessions of lectures, hands-on training, field work exercises, etc., The workshop shall try to cover the following. 1. History of Photography 2. Photography Basics & Equipments 3. Photogrammetry 4. Post Processing sessions 5. Introduction to other documentation techniques

Expected Outcome Upon completion of the course the participants should be able to – (i) develop critical understanding of Photographic Documentation of Historic buildings (ii) understanding of the Architectural Documentation via photography (iii) have awareness regarding of the effectiveness in photographic documentation (iv) gain introduction to various methods of documenting built heritage Maniyarasan R currently leads a Design Research Cell at C.A.R.E School of Architecture, Trichy. He is a research scholar at the Design Department, IIT Hyderabad. ‘Architectural documentation and its impact’ is his research area. He works as a visual documentation consultant for architectural and conservation firms. He has his Bachelors in Architecture from SPA New Delhi; Post Graduation in Photography Design from NID Ahmedabad, in collaboration with UCA, Farnham, UK. He also has completed a short term course on Conservation of Wall Paintings, with Courtauld Institute of Arts, London.


PROCEDURAL DESIGN II 3 to 8 December 2019

“new vocabularies in Architectural expressions”

Course Fees: 12500 INR Prerequisites: Laptop with required software Open to Architecture & Design Students/ Professionals


Course Overview Based in engineering sciences and appropriated by the design field, the potential of physical forces becoming an agency of design have been demonstrated by a number of legends over the last century. This workshop will explore two dominant avenues of research and knowledge – empirical learning via prototyping of human scaled spaces and objects, and scientific learning via established methods and technology from the computer graphics and computational engineering industry. The objective for these explorations would be to develop an operative design framework that synthesizes the multiple formative forces of architectural space – art, engineering and manufacturing. It seeks synergies between design generation, design articulation, engineering logics and constraints of physical medium. Physical forces as an agency of design, the workshop will follow the legacy of learning through making and thinking through hands.

The workshop will investigate the physically-based parameters as effective constraints in design development and envision to form a process that ensures continuity between the stage of design and the materialization of the output, thus it will be hands on exercise to generate 1:1 /Human scaled physical prototype. Participants will be introduced in the concept of material thinking as a design driver and through digital tutorials and physical model-making will aquire an understanding of the relationship of input and output that characterizes non-linear systems.

Balaji Rajasekaran is an architect, researcher, maker and academician who aspires to influence the design culture both in theory and practice by collaborative and interdisciplinary grounds for design research. He has pursued his masters degree in Design Research Laboratory in Architectural Association school of Architecture, London, UK. He is passionate to explore new vocabularies in architectural expressions and in investing systemic design applications to enable non-standard artifacts in the domain of Architecture and Design. He is now the principal of ‘dMac experimental design group’ and has been a tutor & visiting teaching fellow at various International workshops & Architecture schools.


READING SPACES 9 to 12 December 2019

Exploring Architecture as a physical, social and architectonic manifest

Course Fees: 7500 INR Open to Art, Architecture & Design Students


Course Overview An architectural space is embedded with many layers of meanings. How do these many meanings come to the fore? What architectonic aspects transcends a semi-open pavilion to a sacred mandapa in Hampi? How do materials and structure impact human habitation – be it the stone colonnades of Melkote or brick corridors of IIM Ahmedabad? What makes the Malakottai teppakulam at once a node, a sociable public space and a functional water structure? Have these meanings accrued over time or were they implied at its conception? The workshop will look at developing a mechanism to question and read architecture as a physical, social and architectonic manifestation through documentation, reading and writing techniques.

Schedule The Elective is divided into 4 sessions. Day 1 - Reading an architectural space through documentation Day 2 - Employing analytical tools for formal analysis Day 3 - Analysing contextual and social response of the space Day 4 - Discerning patterns/perspectives based on analysis

Expected Outcome The following processes will be employed as a technique for thinking about and critiquing architectural space making, (i) Documentation/ Measured drawing (ii) Analytical diagrams (iii) Critical write up.

R.Ramalakshmi & Surabhi Shingarey Both of them have completed their B.Arch from NIT, Nagpur and M.Arch (Theory and Design) from CEPT, Ahmedabad. Together, they run an architectural practice, Samvad Design Studio in Bangalore and pursue practice, teaching and varied research interests concurrently.


THEATRE & PLAY 9 to 15 December 2019

Understanding oneself; their ‘Body-Self-World’.

Course Fees: 12500 INR Open to Art, Architecture, Design & Engineering Students


Course Overview Theatre is a collaborative form of fine art that uses live performers, typically actors or actresses, to present the experience of a real or imagined event before a live audience in a specific place, often a stage. Students gain an appreciation of the aesthetics and humanistic aspects of Theatre. One of the main goals of theatre is to examine people in conflict, to appreciate the diversity of the human condition. Students will be exposed to dramatic literature. This diversity will also be examined in live theatre productions, a medium that allows students to understand the human experience as a performing art.

Introduction to Theatre will show students the journey that performing artists travel as they create live theatre. By observing performing artists’ creative processes, students will have the opportunity to reflect on, and understand how creativity is an important aspect of all people. The course will also require that the student critically read plays for plot, structure, character and theme. 

Learning Outcome 1. To articulate how theatre embodies culture and it’s values. 2. To develop critcal thinking skills by effectively evaluating theatre productions. 3. To effectvely analyze structure, plot, characterization and design of theatre productions. 4. To identify and describe major theatre genres from different historical periods.

Ashwini and Srijith, both theatre exponents have been working together in this art-form for the last ten years in the genres of gender inclusivity and political satire.This production as a part of the winter school uses Space as a relevant metaphor to explore the theme of ‘Body-selfworld’. Borrowing freely from traditional  art forms of the state like koothu and kalahari and Tamil literary works, the play will be choreographed to Express inside, outside, feelings and reactions with special focus on social engagement as a tool for a better society and hence a better future.


INTRODUCTION TO UX DESIGN 13 to 15 December 2019

Understanding the aspects of Human - Computer interaction Course Fees: 8000 INR Open to Art, Architecture, Design & Engineering Students


Course Overview The world today is filled with digital solutions for each and every aspect of your day-to-day needs. Everything from food, groceries, and cabs can be ordered via apps. Digital payments are revolutionizing the way commerce is done bringing speed, transparency and growth opportunities to even small merchants. And geographical distances have disappeared thanks to the advent of social media. However, under all these conveniences that we relish and have come to become so dependent upon, lays its User Experience(UX). UX is that invisible entity that helps companies understand who their end users are and what their exact needs are. This, in turn, helps companies create seamless experiences that are both delightful and rewarding to their end-users and is viable as a business. The UX Design workshop will help you understand the philosophy of UX, the steps involved in crafting digital experience and how to start off on the road to becoming a UX designer.

Expected Outcome

Introduction to UX

The relationship between UX design and Business

Walkthrough of a UX design Case Study

UX Design Strategy

Framing the problem statement.

Intro to UX research

Prototyping, Presenting & Exhibition

Abhilash P He has been working in the field of UX for 9 years till date. He has his masters from NID Bangalore. He currently works as a Product Designer at Freshworks, Chennai. He loves uncovering the true intent of why people do what they do, that made him to create his career in the field of UX Research. He started his career with Microsoft and HFI.


CHATURANGANA 18 to 22 December 2019

“the workshop offers a toolkit for site specific performance making, inspiring students to explore inter disciplinary avenues between arts and architecture� Course Fees: 9000 INR Prerequisites: Interested in exploring different forms of art and performance Open to Art, Architecture, Design students & Creatives


Course Overview Chaturangana is a site-specific performance project which envisions heritage architecture as active performance spaces. Graduates of SPA New Delhi and performers in Indian Classical art forms, Vidhya Gopal and Shinjita Roy have conceived this project to develop a new language of site-specificity in Indian arts. “Are heritage monuments buildings only of the past? How do they fit in our present urban fabric? How actively are we interacting with our neighbourhood?”. This workshop intends to develop a more refined sense of design in students by offering an alternate perspective of that of the arts. We will understand tangible parameters of design such as circulation, volume, proportions, modularity through exploration of intangibles like emotion, rhythm, choreography and aesthetics. Outcomes •

Encouraging students to participate in multi-disciplinary collaborations.

Active engagement and interaction with heritage site leading to an alternative approach to architectural conservation.

One-of-a kind workshop and exhibition to showcase students’ work.

Schedule (Includes sessions both in studio and site) 1. Introducing Chaturangana. Understanding spaces and heritage. 2. Exploring a heritage site with Raaga (melody) and Taal (rhythm) of Hindustani Music. Exercises based on body movement, choreography, rhythm and melody. 3. Developing a fictional narrative for walkthroughs of the site with language, words, written and spoken text. 4. Introducing students to case studies of site-specific productions. 5. Work on the final showcase.

Shinjita Roy is a site-specific choreographer, with training and experience in architecture and Indian classical dance. Her background in Kathak and her architectural knowledge informs her performance- making process, drawing emphasis on features of architecture comprising our everyday spaces. She co-founded Chaturangana, where she generates performance from lesser known heritage architecture of India. She is currently taking her praxis explorations further to find a sustainable context for Indian classical dance in site-specificity. An architect and a musician, Vidhya Gopal is an independent artiste looking to carve a unique path. She is trained primarily in Hindustani Classical music but holds a special love for poetry and ghazals. Vidhya has conceived two original music projects – The Betel Leaf and Chaturangana- which is the cross-roads of music, dance and architecture. She also conducts workshops titled “Journey of a Song” that encourages song-writing and original music making. Apart from this, she engages in some recordings for short films, web series and ad jingles.


GRAPHIC DESIGN FOR ENVIRONMENT 26 to 30 December 2019

visual creativity with nature History of activism in graphic design: the great icons of graphic activism, milestone projects in graphic activism.

Visual Rhetoric like figures of speech for literature, there is visual rhetoric which helps to ideate and innovate visually.

Principles & Theories of graphic design for effective communication and appreciation for aesthetics Smaller Projects to translate any text or speech to visuals: symbols or illustrations or pamphlets or poster or book cover or information graphics or any other graphic outputs

Final project - Two days long graphic activism project with the scope of environmental crisis/concern

Boopathy Srinivasan is a graphic / communication designer. He joined NID PG Diploma Graphic Design course (2009-2012). His interests have widened from graphic narratives to various verticals of graphic design. Parallely, his focus on envrionmental awareness is growing in time. He is a design educator based out of Chennai. His a visiting faculty at NIFT Chennai, NID Vijayawada, etc.. Course Fees 6000 INR Open to all Art, Architecture, Design & Engineering students


DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING 26 to 30 December 2019

exploring motion images

Sarath Chandran is a freelance independent film maker. He undertakes Short film projects. He is someone who wants explores his idea through film as a primary medium. He is also a qualified architect from NIT Trichy. Introduction to film making as a visual medium. Pre production, Production & Post production. Understanding the camera, equipments, techniques and handling. Understanding movement in films. Principles of Composition. Importance of Planning in production and teamwork Smaller assignments of shots and merging cuts. Sense of the visual medium. Introduction to Audio Creating the storyboard for the documentary. Course Fees 9000 INR Open to all Art, Architecture, Design & Engineering students


REGISTRATION PROCESS Step1 : Visit www.care.ac.in/architecture

Step2 : Click on the homepage link Winter at C.A.R.E. 2019 Step3 : Go through the registration/payment procedures Step4 : Complete the payment procedures through NEFT/RTGS/IMPS mode

Payment details for Non CARE Students & Professionals

Details of Bank Account Number Account Number

: 913851615

IFSC Code Beneficiary Name

: IDIB000T027 : CARE School of Architecture

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: Current

Branch Name

: Cantonment, Trichy

Kindly note down UTR/Reference number while transferring the money through NEFT/RTGS/IMPS mode. Important Dates: Last date for Online Registration [for CARE Students]

- 15-11-2019

Last date for Online Registration Non-CARE Students, Professionals - 25-11-2019 For further details, call 8220138211 / 9786222170, write to designcell@care.ac.in


SUMMER AT CARE 2019 Workshops from the Summer May 21 to June 30 2019, C.A.R.E Campus A / Animascapes B / Reconfigurable Gemotries C / Procedural Design D / Structure - Form - Systems E / Lino Cut & Print F / PlanometriCity G / Computational Design Summer at C.A.R.E 2019, was held between May 21 to June 30, with 7 workshops from varying multitudinal creative fields, animation to computation processes.


ANIMASCAPES Chitra Chandrashekhar is a creative proprietor of Mographies, a visual storytelling studio cum content micro consultancy practice. She is a Design Thinker, Creativity Educator and a Lifelong learner in the making. She creates co-learning experiences modeled after expeditionary learning for learner centric holistic growth, while blurring teacher-student barriers. She has interacted with various learner age groups in formal, non-formal and informal settings. As an active community weaver and builder, she is motivated to participate in an ecosystem of abundant knowledge exchange, creative richness, innovative enterprises and conscious integrated communities. Chitra is an Architecture and Visual Communication Design graduate from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and IDC School of Design, IIT Bombay, respectively.


The core purpose of Animascapes as a knowledge area is to expose minds to trans-functionality of Creative projects with attention to Movement, Time-Space and Dynamism as inherent and timeless dimensions or elements of design. Animascapes learning modules are fun, experiential, project based and reective to enhance the Community & Knowledge as a whole. Animascapes as a knowledge area converges with (experimental) animation, puppetry, toy design, architecture, machine/mechanical design, automobile design, Interaction design, physical computing, video art, dance, choreography etc. The Basics module introduces the Learners to two key mindsets: 1) How Animators Think (and Make)? 2) What If Thinking! These modules were explored using Basic stop-motion animation techniques and model making as Creative Prototyping Tools. Beyond just a medium of Art/Storytelling animascape is equally useful to be applied as an active idea shaping tool where doing and thinking go hand-in-hand. Two days were dedicated to introducing Students to the Concept of Animascape Through basics and history of animation, How Animators think and make, Poetics and Study of movements and sharing case studies of projects that have been done by others. Next two days were dedicated to pooling of project ideas, Shortlisting and vvvDesign-Build of these ideas in self organized groups.


RECONFIGURABLE GEOMETRIES The workshop introduced students of architecture to architectural sheet and tube elements that are flat-packable, flexible in one orientation and rigid in the second and/or third dimension. Ankon Mitra is landscape director at Hexagramm Design Private Limited, an independent architecture and landscape consultancy practice in New Delhi, India. The practice’s primary focus is on hotels, resorts and premium residential developments in India. Ankon is a visiting faculty at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai and School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and Bhopal, and conducts annual workshops in these institutes, on Architectural and Technical Origami. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi in 2005 and has a Master of Science degree from the Bartlett (University College London) in Adaptive Architecture andComputation (2009).


Starting with table top paper studies and models, the workshop culminated in large scale architectural prototype models in cardboard. 6 groups of 6-7 students each worked on 6 unique geometries. The students participated in the initial digital tools session to understand the making of the creasing pattern and its dynamic action-geometry, then went on to create study models in paper and then went on to physically fabricate and assemble large scale real world architectural objects, enabling a better understanding of the relationship and constraints between digital and physical realms – constraints of material, structure and fabrication. Students understood the idea of bottom-up design methodology, where a singular design component (or a family of them) combine in predetermined ways to form larger, complex objects. The workshop setup a rigorous dialogue between design models, fabrication, experimentation, modularity and rules of propagation and proliferation.


PROCEDURAL DESIGN Balaji Rajasekaran is an architect, researcher, maker and academician who aspires to influence the design culture both in theory and practice by collaborative and interdisciplinary grounds for design research. He has pursued his masters degree in Design Research Laboratory in Architectural Association school of Architecture, London, the UK. He is passionate to explore new vocabularies in architectural expressions and in investing systemic design applications to enable non-standard artifacts in the domain of Architecture and Design. He is now the principal of ‘dMac experimental design group’ and has been a tutor & visiting teaching fellow at various International workshops & Architecture schools. He was instrumental in organizing CAADRIA 2012 as its Executive coordinator and the chief editor of its souvenir. His works have been published in various international publications including CAADRIA/CUMINCAD, ICESGBT, Building Construction, Hcellence and Indian arch, etc


Procedural Design workshop explored operative verbs as a tool for designing space/objects. Using verbs as a design tool reinforced the idea of design as an active and fluid process. The volumes, the verbs, and how they are applied to one another was tempered/directed by the specific requirements of given spatial or programmatic needs. These operative verbs abstracted the idea of spatial formation to its most basic terms, allowing for an objective approach to create the foundation for subjective spatial design. As a design strategy, it was defined by playfully designed sets of rules and conditions that stimulate collaboration between participants and lead to unpredictable outcomes. Playing with human interaction, frameworks and generative systems, this process offered endless creative opportunities. Increasing inclusion of the computer as aid in design exploration as opposed to a tool for automation of delivery processes enabled the participants to widen the search for multi-objective solutions to an exponentially larger space. We envision this analogue based process further with the power of digital techniques could potentially push the envelope of this process and thereby increase the efficiency.


STRUCTURE - FORM - SYSTEMS Vinod R Shah after completing his graduation in 1976 joined a consulting ďŹ rm in India as a design engineer. After six years of experience in the ďŹ eld he joined school of architecture CEPT University in 1982. He taught at CEPT University for 33 years, At present he is managing director of Vinod Shah Consulting Engineers Pvt. Ltd. His emphasis in practice for architectural projects is his involvement at the stage of conception. For engineering projects his area of specialization is water retaining structures. In the post-earthquake work at Gujarat as well as Kashmir he was involved in reconstruction of school buildings and water tanks. He was in charge of National Resource Institute for training of teachers for seismic aspects. Belsare Mangesh has done M.Arch. in sustainable architecture from CEPT University. He is practicing architect and teaches as visiting faculty at CEPT University and other schools of architecture. He offers workshops and training programs related to structures, construction, climate and daylighting design at various schools of architecture across India.


Form, Material and Systems- how they are selected, manipulated and associated plays an important role in outcome of design. Material properties and structural actions are vital for the development of form. The workshop aims at imparting the basic knowledge of structural actions, material properties and its relationship with form. Deciphering the system from the form will be the important aspect, which will be studied through the tool of scaled models. Going through an intuitive process based on a given material, students evolved forms that could carry actual loads. Through testing and application of the principles of structural action, optimization of the material without compromising on design sensibilities, functional necessities and structural stability were worked out through iterations in models of varied scales. The workshop ended with the display of the final scaled models of the evolved forms varying between 1:100 to 1:20.


LINO CUT & PRINT The workshop was anchored by Artist Mark Rathinaraj from Chennai, who is also a member of the advisory board of C.A.R.E. He is an alumnus of College of Fine Arts, Kumbakonam. Mark’s art is accessible and easy to understand and enjoy. His naturalistic works completed with versatile strokes of the pen is so typical of his exceptional approach to art and makes his works distinctive. Mark’s work is strongly influenced by the works of K. M. Adimoolam and the Madras Art Movement. His works are lauded for spontaneity and are an absolute assurance of his individuality and versatility. His brush and the nozzle of his ink bottle have brought to life many spectacular scenes from folksy Tamilnadu, which is a core subject area that he confidently flaunts in his works of art. He has hosted many solo shows and participated in group shows both in India and overseas. His creative bent of mind has also encouraged him to express himself through lyrics to some songs from the album that he recorded and released. The Lino Cut & Print workshop was conceived to create a visual record on the city of Trichy, representing its heritage of the city and spaces. A total of 37 architecture students were part of the workshop conducted over a period of 4 days at the CARE Campus. Lino cutting and printing is a popular variant of the wood block printing technique existent in the 1900’s and used to print texts and scriptures prior to the invention of the printing press. The poor engraver’s wood as linoleum, and the base material for the print was known as, was popularized by 19th century artists Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, who exploited the textural richness inherent in the technique of lino printing in their paintings.


Still a prevalent artform amongst artists and graphic designers. The visual imagery of a lino print falls in the intersection between fine art and Design and hence is in the purview of architecture where visualization, abstraction, engagement with the medium and self-interpretation are key skills of the profession. The lino cutting and printing workshop was an offering by the Design cell, CARE School of Architecture, as a part of their summer school program 2019.


PLANOMETRICITY Vignesh Premkumar, is an architect, graduated from C.A.R.E School of Architecture, Trichy. He started his career as a junior architect in CCBA. ‘The soul of India house’ - a planometric artwork got published in Architectural magazines of high repute. He is currently a freelancer undertaking planometric drawings on a commissioned basis. He is also the founder ‘Scribble Studios’, an art and animation-based start-up.

“It is a technique of Architectural delineation inspired by the Mughal miniature style of painting”.

How is it relevant to architecture and architects? This style of representation offers a more holistic perception of a building to a viewer in a single frame. Unlike normal orthogonal projections planometric drawings combine plans, sections, elevations, views, interior elements like furniture, murals, human activities and exterior elements like landscape and vehicles in an aesthetic composition. Planometric form of representation also helps in communicating the functionality and liveliness of the building to the viewer.


For the overall understanding of the process of the workshop, initially a small exercise was given to students, in which the students documented the various courtyards and spaces of C.A.R.E college campus. Then analyzed and interpreted those spaces as planometric drawings through rough conceptual sketches. Then those sketches were rasterized in AutoCAD, exported to photoshop, added colors and various layers to it, forming a complete sample planometric drawing. In the above-mentioned exercise, they understood the various stages of doing a planometric drawing. Before starting with the Big picture, students visited the site Golden rock Railway colony. (A British colonial Architecture, built during 19th century) They documented the various housing typologies as well as the public spaces in Golden rock. Then they interpreted those spaces into planometric drawings by framing it in AutoCAD, coloring and adding the livelihood in Photoshop. Thus, resulting in an overall Big picture of Planometric drawing of Golden rock Township.


COMPUTATIONAL DESIGN Monish Kumar S is a practicing Architect from New Delhi. He graduated from the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), Delhi in 2009 and went on to start Ant Studio in 2010. He did his PG Diploma “Designing - as a process of in Robotic Fabrication from Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), Spain in the year 2015. In collaboration with his thinking, sketching and colleagues, he has won many national and international architectural documenting spatial possibilities, competitions. The core intent of his work is to bridge between the is not independent from the mespheres of Art, Nature and Technology and the hence the name ANT dium within which it occurs. The STUDIO. Karthik Dondeti is a practicing architect and founder of Voxelscapes - an architecture and computational design studio and Codebalé, a creative coding and generative art studio based in Bangalore. He holds a Master’s Degree focusing on Design and Technology from the School of Design at Harvard University. He had subsequently worked with Research Institutes in the fields of Building Technology and Design Computation which include Harvard Visual Computing Group and MIT Building Technology. Karthik has been working in the fields of Computational Design since 2008.

preferred design ‘tools’ of each architect bear strong relationships with the architectonic qualities of their buildings and spaces.” -

Alex Munt, Scan Journal of media arts culture


Digital technologies have altered the way we live, work and communicate. Our tools for designing and documenting space are digital in nature. We now have the ability to leverage the computational power at our disposal today. This human-machine collaboration will open up a plethora of possibilities in architectural design through innovations in structures, materials and construction. We should be able to push the boundaries of existing methods and systems of built forms. Despite this shift from analogue to digital, we are yet to leverage their true potential. It requires new methods of communication and new methods of thinking about design. This 3 day workshop offered students an introduction to computational design thinking and modeling. A combination of theoretical lectures and practical workshops laid down the foundation towards understanding the concepts of design computation and parametric modeling. Theoretical sessions began with lectures on computational design thinking and the advantages of pursuing this change in design methods. Students were exposed to both works by tutors in their professional practice and case studies of work happening across the globe in this domain. These sessions also established the methods of digital fabrication as a natural extension to the digital design processes. As part of the practical applications, students were exposed to Rhino, a NURBS based modeling tool and Grasshopper, a parametric modeling interface within Rhino. A series of mathematical and geometric concepts were introduced that were imperative towards building parametric models. Students were taught to re-imagine the process of modeling basic geometries like lines or simple shapes to render them parametric. We built the complexity up involving double curved geometries and complex shapes that respond to change in parameters in real-time. After having established frameworks for building complex geometric models, students were asked to apply all the concepts discussed towards building a parametric skyscraper. The intention was to learn the process of modeling a building sequentially from the base up using functional and volumetric constraints as parameters that are amenable to change. Students were then asked to explore strategies of designing building skin that would further depend on the underlying changing geometry. The workshop culminated with students learning the methods of parametric modeling and their inherent advantages and limitations.


Above: Linocut prints, Linocut & Print workshop, 2019 Opposite: First year Orientation, Erumbeeswarar Temple, Trichy


Images: Summer at CARE 2019 workshops Instagram posts

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Winter at C.A.R.E 2019 | Winter Workshops  

Booklet with complete details of the Winter workshops at C.A.R.E. School of Architecture Trichy.

Winter at C.A.R.E 2019 | Winter Workshops  

Booklet with complete details of the Winter workshops at C.A.R.E. School of Architecture Trichy.

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