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Greetings The Architectural Design Project (Thesis), attempted by each student in the fourth year of undergraduate course at R V College of Architecture (Autonomous) is an opportunity to actively engage with the discipline (allied fields) and contribute original, relevant ideas and add value to the larger discourse through design. It definitely offers a chance to demonstrate competency and expertise with the accumulated skills. The Studio has always considered Architectural Design Projects (Thesis) as a series of engrossing questions to be grappled with, in architecture using various methods/ processes (analogue and digital media) with scope for re-examining these ideas further in the future rather than as viewing them as defined or finished entities. The students are encouraged to take a position/inquire/ examine/ speculate about architecture, its issues/ scope and its relationship to the world with rigour and inquisitiveness. The Studio acknowledges the thought-provoking insights into architectural discourse by Ar Dev Bildikar and his immense contribution in building each proposition and narrative during the Architectural Design Project Prep Course that paved way for further design exploration. This book provides a snapshot of the distinctive ideas/ themes/ narratives explored by fourth year students in (2017 to 2018, Section A) at R V College of Architecture and its spatial/ experiential manifestation as design. Architectural Design Project (Thesis) is undertaken in two phases the preliminary part, Architectural Design Project Prep Course (16 weeks) is predominantly exploratory/ research based and focuses on developing an architectural proposition with a narrative. The second phase, Design Studio (Thesis) Studio (16 weeks) concentrates on testing the proposition with numerous iterations and culminates with a detailed design scheme. Each Architectural Design Project, through its proposition and design aspires to interact with natural, social, cultural landscapes that constitute our built environment. Each Architectural Design Project (Thesis) in the book is thematically arranged within a Matrix to highlight the main Architectural ideas/ concerns examined (natural | social | cultural) in association with the key concept/ parameters considered for design (tectonic expression- affect | memoryidentity | place-experience | site- constructed). We hope that the book, offers a glimpse into the intellectual premise and making/ crafting of each design project by the student. Studio Tutors: A Naik | G Prasanna | N Vastarey | S Balvalli | U S Maiya

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Hiranyagharbha (24k) Drawing by Divakara Murthy V

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TECTONIC EXPRESSION | NARRATIVE CAPACITY | MATERIAL & AFFECT

ARCHITECTURE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTS COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

43 Coining History : Tracing Narratives in Numismatics through Architecture - C Kathyaini

ARCHITECTURE NATURAL PROCESSES HUMAN ECOLOGIES

19 Arena 94 - Goutham KB

01 (N) IMBY: Story of Waste - Arvind Shekar

ARCHITECTURE HISTORICISM CULTURAL PRACTICES

31 Stories on a Fringe - Bhargavi Lalitha Murthy

23 The Stitch - Chethan P

07 Cruising the skies - Chidananda S Badiger

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TRACE | MEMORY | IDENTITY | MATERIAL CULTURE | NOTIONS OF SPACE

13 The Fourth Estate - Dheeraj Belgaonkar

11 Green, Blue and a View - Akanksha Khanna

37 Traversing Celestial Landscapes - Anarghya Pai B

15 Biomorphic hybrid - Akshay Kumar K

21 246 Degrees West - Farha Siddiqui 05 The Arabian Voyage - Aishwarya M Revankar

27 The House of Silent Screams : tracing untold and lost stories of the Colonial Era - Ganesh Katave 35 The Path and the Pavilion : A Story Through Architecture - Anisha Kar 39 A Passage through Time - Anusha S


PEOPLE | PLACE | CONCEIVED & LIVED EXPERIENCES

51 600001 - B V Anirudh

SITE CONSTRUCTED | PERCEIVED & INHABITED LANDSCAPES

81 Surf’ s up - C Niyati

53 Between the Binary - Bhavna Madappa 69 Place Diaries: Reclaiming the People’s Market - Deeksha S 57 Creative Learning Space - Gudisa Kaumudi 73 Work.rar - K Pranav Somayaji 67 The ‘Big’ House and the ‘Halfway’ Street - Pavan S

75 (Re) Union at the Bund - Aditi Shreedhar

87 Archive of Decay - Ankita Sinha 83 Twittering Space - Aishwarya Saravanan

47 Dilli-Yeh Shehar Nahi Mehfil Hai. - Ekansh Goel

77 Hiranyagarbha (24K) - Divakara Murthy V

71 New Esplanade along Hoogly - Aditya Baisya

85 Stitch in Time: Story of WCotton - Chethan Alawandi

59 Tales of Malabar - Amrutha Valsalan 63 Kochi Culture Pavilion - Anjali Vinod 65 A moment in time and space - Chaitra B Awarad 55 Rooted in Truth - Chinmayi Suri 61 Place for Arts - Harshitha R

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Tectonic Expression, Narrative Capacity, Material and Affect

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(N) IMBY: STORY OF WASTE

Municipal waste segregation, Waste to Energy Power Plant (Infrastructure, Industrial and Civic) Okhla Landfill, Delhi KEY WORDS : transforming ecosystems, community engagement, tectonic expression, large span cantilever and cable structures, earth berm construction This project challenges the methods used by cities/ governing bodies in handling issues of solid waste management by creating hazardous and toxic landfills on the outskirts of major metropolitan areas. The premise is built on the phrase, ‘not in my backyard’ that best summarizes the urban dweller’s attitude to waste management and it examines if infrastructure projects could be designed as a part of community engagement initiatives. The project is situated in Okhla landfill that occupies 60 acres and rises 55m, though decommissioned by South Delhi Municipal Corporation in 2018, it still faces the uphill task of remediation and reclamation. The proposal identifies a two decade long gradual process of using the landfill area, producing energy and reclaiming the area as a new public space with amenities including museum, health center and halls for the local community residing in Okhla. It uses the existing structures on site to retro- fit the new waste segregation and energy plant. It explores tectonic expression as a means of celebrating infrastructure projects. CLOCKWISE FROM RIGHT a) exploded axonometric view of the waste management plant b) gradual transformation of the landfill over the course of 15 years

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THE ARABIAN VOYAGE

Maritime Museum and Research Institute (Institutional and Civic) Rabindranath Tagore Beach front near INS Chapal (K94), Karwar, Arabian seacoast, Karnataka KEY WORDS : historicity and cultural practices, tectonic expression, narrative capacity, form, materiality and affect, way finding through uninterrupted/free flowing spaces and enclosures The city of Karwar, a natural harbor on the west coast of Indian peninsula has a long history of maritime travel (colonial influences Portuguese, British port). Today, the Indian Navy operates a Naval Base near Binaga Township as a part of Project Seabird. Under the government directive, a museum celebrating naval history is currently housed in the warship INS Chapal on Rabindranath Tagore beach. It is in need of renovation and expansion to accommodate the larger maritime history of India and the west coast. This project builds from the premise of showcasing these voyager stories through sea faring historic vessels, maps, ship replicas and other paraphernalia associated with maritime travel through the museum. It explores ‘tectonic expression’ and the nature of enclosures in architecture. The design attempts to regulate the dichotomy of scale between housing a mammoth warship and its impact on the experiential/ human dimension. The project also contributes a new context responsive public space to enhance the sea front of the city of Karwar. RIGHT - FROM TOP a) image represents view of the museum b) master plan of the project

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CRUISING THE SKIES

Aviation Museum and Centre for Excellence in Flight, (Civic) Hindustan Aeronautics Limited site, Bangalore KEY WORDS : historicism and cultural practices, tectonic expression, narrative capacity, material and affect ‘The Wrights created one of the greatest cultural forces since the development of writing, for their invention effectively became the World Wide Web of that era, bringing people, languages, ideas and values together (……) And they set travelers on a path that would eventually lead beyond Earth’s atmosphere.’ - Bill Gates, chairman and CEO of Microsoft, in Aviators: The Wright Brothers, Time Magazine, 1999. Aviation science has unfailingly captured the imagination of mankind from ancient times and has led over time to explorations (deep space, planets like Mars and Saturn), scientific breakthroughs in our understanding of the universe and inventions that made flying accessible to people across the world. The project builds on the ‘magic and wonder’ of flight to inspire and educate communities about aviation by redesigning and expanding the existing Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Museum with interactive (experience oriented, simulation, models) learning installations and outreach programs. The design draws inspiration from biomorphism (structure of birds/ aves) and the vitality of flight to create the tectonic expression and craft the sculptural space of the museum. RIGHT - FROM TOP a) image represents rear view of the museum b) cross section through the internal space

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GREEN, BLUE AND A VIEW

Ecotourism and Wildlife Research Centre (Institutional and Educational) Eco- sensitive buffer zone (100 m to 1km width) of Bannerghatta National Park, Bangalore. KEY WORDS : transforming ecosystems, site constructed, materiality, detail and affect, structural systems using bamboo The project is set in the Eco- sensitive buffer zone (100 m to 1km width) of Bangalore’s urban forest, Bannerghatta National Park (260 sq km) which is home to diverse flora and fauna and forms a part of the larger wildlife corridor for elephants that runs from Anekal hills, Karnataka to Sathyamangalam range in Tamil Nadu. The premise is developed from UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere program and an understanding of the buffer zone regulations that restrict resource use and promote special development measures to enhance the conservation values of the area through eco- tourism initiatives. The project views the site as a constructed landscape rich in natural processes and biodiversity and hence it strives to develop a larger landscape strategy to improve the water storage facilities by rain water harvesting, controlling pollution by restricted vehicular movement, reducing the ecological footprint by sourcing locally available materials like bamboo. The built forms include a series of vertical structures which double up as research facilities and watch towers that are inter-connected by bridges and sited in accordance with terrain conditions to cause minimum disruption to the existing flora and fauna. The architecture explores tectonic expression and modularity using bamboo as primary building material. RIGHT - CLOCKWISE FROM TOP a) image represents research centre in its landscape b) arrangement of structures in plan c) typical section through vertical accommodation structure

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THE FOURTH ESTATE

Media Centre (Civic and Commercial) Opposite the Metro Station, in the Central Business District surrounded by institutional buildings and Cubbon Park, Bangalore KEY WORDS : place making, social constructs and community engagement, tectonic expression, narrative capacity, material and affect The project explores ‘iconicity’ in architecture and the significance of crafting-built forms that responds to the urban context to create a vibrant public realm. Set in the Central Business district of Bangalore, close to Minsk Square and Cubbon Park area, the project examines the various institutional/ government buildings (General Post Office, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Chinnaswamy Stadium) including the modernist icon, Visveswaraya Towers by Charles Correa (1980s), their internal design and external place making characteristics, to conclude that overall, the area is a vehicular node with disconnected pedestrian networks and fragmented pockets of public space for thousands of people who commute or occupy the space through the day. The proposal views the addition of the new Metro Station (public transit node) as an opportunity to dissolve or erase the boundaries between various government institutions to cohesively restructure the public realm, reactivate it with temporal activities and events throughout the day. The new Media Centre design creates a dialogue with its neighbor, the Visveswaraya Towers using tectonic expression, material and detail to generate a new cultural icon for Bangalore. RIGHT - CLOCKWISE FROM TOP a) view of the media centre in the urban context b) poster represents project’s conceptual idea c) sectional view through the media centre

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Rice Research Centre and Industrial Unit (Institutional and Industrial) Outskirts of Gangavati, Tungabhadra river belt, Koppal district, Karnataka KEY WORDS : transforming ecosystems, modified terrain, tectonic expression, analogical design, large span structural systems, shading devices and facades, served and servant spaces The project explores analogous design and biomorphism to develop its design vocabulary (structural expression, form and aesthetics) from the modulated terrain patterns due to rice cultivation and the structure of paddy crop/ rice hull. Set in the rice cultivation belt of Tungabhadra river, the project builds its program from the government’s recent initiative (2016) to develop Koppal district, Karnataka into the largest Agri-Business Centre with research unit and processing facility in Asia. It explores methods of creating a hybrid typology by integrating research institution and industrial processing unit. The interaction between land, man and machine forms the crux of the design. RIGHT - CLOCKWISE FROM TOP a) image represents overall view of the research centre b) spatial language within the research facility c) master plan of the project

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Mixed-use Football Stadium (Civic) Colva, Goa KEY WORDS : social constructs and community engagement, tectonic expression, narrative capacity, material and affect Goa’s association with football dates back to colonial period (British/ Portuguese influence, early 1900s) with one of the earliest clubs formed in Colva, Salcete in Goa. The game today is still widely popular with the local fishing community in Colva with multiple clubs. This sets the premise to explore Stadium design within a sustainable inter-dependent, parasite-host system, rather than Stadium as infrastructure being underutilized many months of the year. The project explores community initiatives and partnerships through sport/ play and architecture is reimagined to accommodate the two different ideas of Stadium/ Arena as a place for sports that doubles up as a space for community activities when not in active use. The community uses the multi- dimensional spaces to rent, buy, lease out parts of the facility to run the football stadium. The design also revisits way finding/ circulation patterns, tectonic expression and design of long space structures to accommodate the versatile spaces. RIGHT - FROM TOP a) image represents external view of the football stadium b) sectional elevation through internal spaces c) circulation diagram within the stadium d) section through the stands and the football pitch

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246 DEGREES WEST

Performance Arts and Tourism Centre (Civic) Visakhapatnam Fishing Harbor, Andhra Pradesh KEY WORDS : historicism and cultural practices, tectonic expression, narrative capacity, material and affect The project explores ‘iconicity’ in architecture and its attributes (contrast with the context, monumentality through transcendence of scale, constructed cultural symbols with aspirational values). The project revolves around strengthening the existing water edge/ harbour conditions in Visakhapatnam by proposing a Cultural Centre and enhancing the tourism through temporal events. The design sits on threshold between land and water (harbor edge) and is inspired by biomimetic organic structures (inspired by sails and shells). It is enclosed in a steel cage (structural/ services), representing the predominance of the shipping port in the context. The design was developed using a grid inspired by the winter sunset angle predominant at the site, 246 degrees, west. The grid is also used as the main structure holding the auditorium building. RIGHT - CLOCKWISE FROM TOP a) image represents performing arts centre b) view from the entrance c) transect through the harbour area with the project

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Industrial + Public Hybrid (Infrastructure, Industrial and Civic) Azeez Sait Industrial Estate (under-pass with overhead bridge and park), Nayandanahalli, Bangalore KEY WORDS : urban edges and place making, social constructs, infrastructure and community engagement, tectonic expression, material and affect In cities today, to manage and accommodate our increasing dependency on the machine (vehicle), new transit infrastructure (motorways, orbital roads, underpass, sub- urban railway lines, metro lines) is being introduced rampantly. In most cases, the character of the immediate urban fabric it slices through is disrupted and the intangible networks that bind communities is broken or sidelined in the race for rapid commute and connectivity. In the long run such spaces become unused/ underutilized/dead or void spaces leading to safety and security issues besides the deplorable quality of the public realm. This project examines one such derelict and underutilized motorway junction with an underpass in Aziz Sait Industrial estate, Nayandanahalli, Bangalore and considers it as an opportunity for ‘stitching’ and reclaiming the overhead space for the neighboring communities through an industrial and civic hybrid. The larger strategy attempts to close/ strengthen the existing economic loop which consists of plastic recycling units in the neighborhood by proposing manufacturing component in addition to community spaces so that the place becomes active throughout the day improving safety and security. The project explores tectonic expression using steel and recycled plastic to create a new inclusive prototype for designing public infrastructure projects. RIGHT - FROM TOP a) aerial view of the hybrid b) community spaces and market

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THE HOUSE OF SILENT SCREAMS

Tracing Untold and Lost Stories of the Colonial Era. Memorial and a Museum for lost memories (Civic) Dutch cemetery, Fort Kochi, Kerala

KEY WORDS : lost, obscure, trace, memories, stories, narratives, identity, uncanny, sublime, grotesque, phenomenology, archetypes, sub-altern, atmosphere, place- palimpsest ‘A single story creates stereotypes and the problem with stereotypes is that they are not untrue, but are incomplete. They make the story the only story’ -Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian Novelist, The Danger of a Single Story, TED Global, 2009 This project set in Dutch Cemetery at Fort Kochi in Kerala, India revisits the stories of Colonial Period and its influences on Indian culture, architecture by juxtaposing the longovershadowed story of ‘other worlds’ or African people and slavery. Though the story of African people remains unacknowledged in mainstream narratives, it has gradually become assimilated in the local folklore and gets represented as the benevolent guardian spirits that inhabit Kappiri shrines. The shrines are receptacles of lost memories and stories signifying the ‘other’. The project uses architecture as a tool to create a hypothetical setting where the dominant (Colonial architecture) and sub- altern narratives (African) collide in the space of the Dutch Cemetery. The project focuses on spatializing the stories and memories through the design of the Museum for African people and slave trade and has a series of repositories, archives, temporary exhibition spaces and large urban public realm to unite diverse communities. The design uses the archetypes in architecture like the ‘ruins’, ‘towers’, ‘labyrinths’, ‘gardens’ and ‘bridges’ to constantly evoke disruptive and contemplative emotions and experiences ranging from ‘uncanny’ to ‘peace’. The design invites viewers on a journey of ‘self’ discovery by pondering, questioning or simply losing oneself in the myriad corridors and meditative spaces sequestered within the larger context of Dutch Cemetery. The upright towers claim the sky for light and the subterranean towers seek the depth claiming the ground. The project also seeks to celebrate untold stories by making it a part of the Kochi Muziris Biennale that has raised awareness on various socio-cultural issues. The project hopes that a critical engagement of stories, memories, place and spaces in this design will reignite the debate on why ‘all’ stories need to be told, heard and experienced. RIGHT a) view of the memorial from the sea

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A Public Library/ Archive- an open physical archive of books, objects, people and politics. (Civic) Conservancy lanes in Shankarapuram, Bengaluru KEY WORDS : social constructs and community engagement, knowledge repositories, trace, memory, identity and notions of space, conceived and lived spaces, site constructed At a time when the method of storing knowledge is fast evolving, this project reimagines the physical construct of archival spaces in a larger political landscape and the manner in which users of the future will engage with them. It breaks down three aspects of the traditional library- the archives, the structure and the characters in society who dominate the access and interface of knowledge- the orator, the anarchist, the proletarian (Impermeable man, based on Alan Toffler’s ‘Future Shock’) and the place/ setting. The hypothetical archive/ library sets out to repurpose and occupy the neglected/ underutilized/ narrow (03 to 04 m wide) commons or conservancy lanes (remnants of British colonial planning, used for manual scavenging) in the residential neighbourhood of Shankarapuram, Bangalore. The design (the mindset of a hypothetical user group, the function, movement and knowledge interface in a public library) is constructed on the basis of how people engage with this library, strategically placed in an interconnected network of narrow lanes which are the back-end to a series of residential blocks (easement rights, body and space). Architecture becomes a personification of the characters. The library itself becomes a narrative on the political debate behind ‘sentient/ visible/ invisible’ knowledge systems and our society. Back-alleys (lanes) are reimagined as reading spaces. RIGHT - FROM TOP a) aerial view of the Library b) anarchist street view

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A Story Through Architecture

Folklore Museum (Civic) Abandoned village Kuldhara in Jaisalmer district, Rajasthan KEY WORDS : historicism, cultural practices and building spatial narratives, trace, memory, identity, perception, way finding, vernacular building practices The project explored the archetype of ‘ruins’ in architecture, its materiality and affect. The initial project premise developed from oral traditions and literature that celebrate memories of the place, Kuldhara through local tales, myths (folklore) and cite reasons for the village being abandoned after centuries (13 century to 19 century) of occupation by the Paliwal community. Today, the uninhabited village lies next to a dry river bed (Kakni river) with remnants of city wall, residences and sacred structures and is being developed under the Rajasthan government initiative as a noted tourist destination (commercial and civic program) for haunted and uncanny experiences in India. The proposed folklore museum in the project showcases the traditional art, craft, construction practices and social spaces scattered through the ruins using curated wayfinding and a series of temporal events. The design focuses on employing architecture as a means for story-telling and creating new narratives through multiple movement paths and spatial sequences. It also drew inspiration from local land management practices and building traditions to develop larger landscape strategy to respond to the arid and hot climatic conditions. RIGHT - FROM TOP a) view of the Pavillion b) view of the path

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Astronomical Observatory and Research Institute (Educational and Special Purpose/ Other) Mt. Saraswati, Nilamkhul Plain in the Hanle Valley of Changthang, Ladakh

KEY WORDS : architecture, natural processes, human ecologies, trace, memory and notions of space, site constructed, measure and scale, scenography The project explores the construct of ‘site’ in architecture as a palimpsest of natural processes and memories/ traces of man’s cultural practices over time. Set amidst cloudless skies and barren uninhabited terrains (4500 meters above sea level), high on Mount Saraswati in Hanle Valley, the design focuses on expansion of the existing Indian Astronomical Observatory (the high-altitude station of Indian Institute of Astrophysics) and addition of a Research Institute. The project considers the ideas of scale/ measure and human gaze in setting the project on the landscape and design response to the harsh/ hostile climatic conditions. The Buddhist Stupa, already present on site is integrated in the larger Master Plan by understanding cosmic mandalas. The intent of the project is to create architecture that celebrates the sacred geography and solitude with the stars. RIGHT - FROM TOP a) longitudinal section of the intervention through the landscape b) aerial view of the Project

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Sanskrit Research Institute and Community Centre (Educational and Civic) Rayagopura at Melukote, Karnataka KEY WORDS : historicism and cultural practices, memory, identity and notions of space, grid as measure and order, site constructed, materiality and affect The project seeks to unravel the sacred geographies (knowledge, values, notions of time and space, cultural practices) that govern man’s interaction with the natural setting and their manifestation in architecture as sacred precincts with Kalyani’s (sacred tank), gopura (gateway), mantapa (hypostyle halls) and entire temple complexes. It views the temple town of Melukote in Karnataka as a palimpsest of cultural memories, meaning and symbolism and positions the project around the unfinished Rayagopura (monumental gateway). The design draws on the terrain, green and blue systems in addition to the proportions of the scattered historical/ sacred pavilions and temples that dot the landscape to build a grid that negotiates between the old and new to create a measure and order for the proposed Sanskrit Academy and Research Center. The project also explores the significance of archetype of standing stones, stone circles, temples, courtyards and ruins in architecture. It uses light as a device (perception) along with material to respond and interact with the historical setting. RIGHT - FROM TOP a) view of the Rayagopura (gateway) b) master plan of the institute and research centre in the historical context

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COINING HISTORY

Tracing Narratives in Numismatics through Architecture Museum of Numismatics and Research institute (Civic and Educational) India Government Mint, Khairtabad, Hyderabad

KEY WORDS : historicism and social practices, trace, memory, identity and notions of space, ornament and detail, fractals, materiality and affect Over time, with the changes in trading systems with the gradual shift from the usage of physical currency to the latest e-currency, the cost of making the coins is more than the value of coins itself. Mints across the India have reduced or stopped the production of lower denomination coins. This project is set in one such defunct Indian Government Mint at Khairtabad, in Hyderabad and explores the role of architecture in preserving the memory/ history of trading and the process of manufacturing coins. The design examines the dichotomy in scale of the objects (miniature) being displayed in relation to situating the human body within the spaces of the building itself. It attempts to repurpose and occupy the defunct and abandoned structures of the Mint as a part of the narrative sequence in the museum by introducing new activities and temporal events. The idea of ‘detail to whole’ is examined through the use of fractals in space making and the function of ornament in disseminating symbolism and meaning in a given cultural context. The open spaces are designed as the new public space with gardens and amenities for the city of Hyderabad.

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The House of Silent Screams Drawing by Ganesh Katave

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DILLI-Yeh Shehar Nahi Mehfil Hai

Mixed use complex with commercial, community and entertainment (Commercial and Civic) Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi KEY WORDS : historicism and cultural practices, people, place, perceived and lived experiences ‘Ik roz apni rooh se poocha, ki dilli kya hai, to yun jawab main keh gaye, yeh duniya mano jism hai aur dilli uski jaan’ (I asked my soul, what is Delhi? It replied: The world is the body, Delhi its soul) – Mirza Ghalib, 19 century Urdu poet. The fortified city of Shajahanabad (Old Delhi) with its imposing gateways and bastions, streets and by lanes teeming with people is home to a vibrant community. The people, culture, nightlife and food are not relics from the past but bustling with life, a city within a city (microcosm). Traditionally Chandni Chowk has always been a market place supporting formal and informal economies. The other components of the urban fabric included residential fabric (old havelis), community social/ cultural spaces and temporal events that enlivened the public space. Post 1990s, with increased commercialization and unregulated growth of buildings to support this phenomenon, caused drastic reduction in residential population. This led to parts of the fabric becoming either defunct/ decayed/ derelict. With the introduction of the metro facility in Delhi in 2002, the fabric was further altered/ demolished thus disrupting traditional networks but it also presented an opportunity to reimagine the new public realm for Old Delhi and reclaim defunct, derelict, underutilized spaces. The design examined character/ criteria for space-making in the old city (typologies of built and open), cultural landscapes (perceived and lived spaces) and conceive a new architectural type into the dense historical fabric by integrating the traditional occupations their arts and crafts with new amenities for the local communities. This project attempts to induce change by redefining what should be the nature/character of the new public place (hybrid) in the historic context of old Delhi and creating a new identity by designing a landmark. RIGHT - FROM TOP a) view tower from the pedestrian path b) view of external courts and stepped terraces

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A project by EKANSH GOEL ekansh1901@gmail.com


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TERRACE AS A PUBLIC REALM

USABLE TERRACE SPACE

OPEN CONNECTIONS TO TERRACE

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Hybrid with Bus station, commercial node and event space (Transport, Commercial and Civic) George Town, Chennai KEY WORDS : social constructs and community engagement, people, place, conceived and lived experience, memory, place and identity, public realm The project analyzes the historic precinct of Chennai, George Town (colonial/ British Black Town, 16 century) which overtime has found distinct identity/ references/ representations in local pop culture (art, movies) to uncover spaces (built/open), activities (temporal/ everyday), networks that support local cultural practices (tangible/ intangible). It argues that places (in Indian cities like George Town), have a unique identity through the multiplicity and simultaneity of events associated with people and built environment. It contests the latest Government proposals that create mono-functional/ non- context specific infrastructure projects from bus stations to other transit hubs that do not support the diversity of activities to create vibrant public realms in cities. The project attempts to create a hybrid ‘event/ activity’ space (performance/ retail) in super dense zone of George Town in association with existing underutilized public infrastructure (bus station and proposed skywalk) and looks at revitalization of historic precincts with local community and context driven programs. The design focuses on tectonic expression through materials that make the hybrid, the new landmark that catalyzes change in the historic precinct. RIGHT - CLOCKWISE FROM TOP a) and d) longitudinal section through bus station b) image represents view of the hybrid bus station c) view of event space and commercial nodes

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BETWEEN THE BINARY

Housing and Community Centre with Cultural hub (Residential and Civic) Baruipur, Kolkata KEY WORDS : social constructs and community engagement, people, place, conceived and lived experience, gendered spaces, body, identity and memory, inclusivity The project examines the construct of ‘gender, body and space’ in architecture and argues that the ‘binary code of man/ woman’ does not consider the perceived or lived memories/ place associations made by the third gender. It investigates the cultural practices and the character of spaces inhabited (live, work, play) by the transgenders, their ‘home’ and in the public realm (city) through a detailed study of one such closeknit community in Baruipur, Kolkotta. It concludes that spaces can be charged with political/ social overtones of ‘patriarchy/ gender roles’ in India that sideline and make the transgender ‘invisible’ in the public realm. The project builds on the pan- India, Government initiative to provide educational and vocational training to members of the transgender community and also adds housing facilities with event spaces. The design claims the government land (High Court, Police Station, close to the Railway Station) within the heart of Baruipur and argues for an ‘inclusive’ approach to design by creating shared public facilities/ amenities including event spaces common to all communities in the city. The design uses the ‘veil’ as a metaphor in creating new spaces that blur the notional boundaries between people and the transgender community by occupying/ reimagining the ‘in- between/ interstitial spaces’ between various Government buildings. RIGHT - CLOCKWISE FROM TOP a) image represents view of transgender housing complex b) diagrams conveying a typical day in a transgender’s life c) section through transgender community centre

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JAGLI OF NEIGHBOR’S HOUSE

GETTING READY FOR WORK

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ROOTED IN TRUTH

Research Centre and Institute for Theosophy (Educational) Huddleston gardens, Theosophical Society, Adyar in Chennai KEY WORDS : historicism and cultural practices, people, place, perceived and lived experiences, theosophy, design and natural setting, ornament, skin and light The initial exploration of the project focused on denotative and connotative (references from linguistics) characteristics of metaphors in architecture and their significance as a tool for expressing and communicating meaning. The project later focused on sacred and spiritual icons and their manifestation in architecture through time as archetypal ideas influenced by the nature. The context chosen was the Theosophical Society (established in 1886 with the aim to promote Universal Brotherhood of Humanity; encourage the study of Comparative Religion, Philosophy and Science and investigate unexplained laws of Nature and the powers latent in man) and the accompanying Huddleston gardens (260 acres) on the south bank of Adyar river in Chennai. The sprawling gardens adjacent to the river are studied as a constructed landscape with natural processes (estuary conditions, bio-diversity, 450-year-old Banyan tree) and cultural practices with symbolic markers (temples from various faiths dot the landscape). The proposal is developed from the addition and expansion planned by the society (research, library and archival facilities, study center and community spaces for outreach programs) within the premises of the gardens. The strategy aims at conserving the bio-diverse habitat and occupying the terrain gently. The Banyan tree is seen as the place for discourse/ discussion/ stories on Theosophy; hence community places in the design wrap around it. It reimagines the structure, enclosure/ skin by applying ornament to respond to the natural setting and capture/ use light as a device to enhance the reading spaces within the built form. RIGHT - TOP TO BOTTOM a) exploded axonometric view of research centre b) images represent various community spaces within the institute

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A project by CHINMAYI SURI chinmayi.suri@gmail.com


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CREATIVE LEARNING SPACES

High School with Multi- functional/ Blended Learning (Educational) Close to Turahalli forest belt, Bangalore KEY WORDS : children and learning environments, community engagement, place, lived experiences, accessibility, way-finding The project explored need/ impact of design on learning spaces by analyzing works of Herman Hertzberger and by understanding various learning/ teaching models currently practiced including ‘blended/ multi-functional’ learning environments that combine physical and digital models. The design contends the traditional classroom environment in favour of adaptable learning spaces that support different abilities (kinesthetic); flexible seating and notions of time, mood lighting, easy accessibility to amenities (multipurpose halls, washrooms, technology). It also examined the significance of integrating ‘natural environment’ (courtyards, play areas) by blurring the divisions between ‘outside/ inside’ through design to aid implicit everyday learning practices. It also has multipurpose halls, auditoriums that promote community involvement to help in a more wholistic learning approach. The project focused on designing an Educational Institution/ High School (K12 School) based on ‘blended’ learning module and the faculty in the school are treated as facilitators who foster this play/ learn environment. Some key design ideas include modularity with units capable of adapting for learning or playing needs based on the mode of instruction chosen, user driven space making and appropriation to generate the form to encourage play/ self-learning/ interactive peer group learning. RIGHT - FROM TOP a) view of the campus with play and learn areas b) diagram represents section through the school

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A project by GUDISA KAUMUDI kaumudigudisa@gmail.com


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Museum of Trade History and Archeological Research Centre (Civic and Educational) St Angelo Fort, Mapilla Bay, Kannur, Kerala KEY WORDS : place, perceived and lived experiences, historicism, cultural practices, conservation The Cannanore/ Kannur Coastline noted for its multicultural diversity, formed a part of the European Spice Trade route and was home to one of the earliest colonial settlements (Portuguese later Dutch and British) with bastion fort, St Angelo built in laterite along the Mapilla Bay (early 15th century). The project examines cultural practices in Kannur, their symbolic manifestations as tangible and intangible heritage in creating place memories and identity. It argues that ‘man’ being homo-symbolicus (language, imagination, spirituality), all his activities imply symbolism; every social/ cultural fact is imbued with symbolic character. An exploration of symbolism in architectural forms, norms, structures related to religion, culture or folklores is examined to create a program for the Museum for Trade History within the premises of the fort. The project views the fort with its stories, design and construction as opportunity to understand architecture as a vehicle that illustrates values that are simultaneously universal and specific to culture. Hence the design uses the setting to add an Archaeological Research Centre to continue exploration of the fort and surrounding bay area. RIGHT - CLOCKWISE FROM TOP a) view of the Museum within the fort complex b) plan of museum of trade history c) transect through the site

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PLACE FOR ARTS

Fostering Urban Creative Communities

Cultural Hub and Retail Plaza (Civic and Commercial) Old Malleshwaram Market, Bangalore KEY WORDS : historicism and cultural practices, people, place, perceived and lived experiences The theme explored in the project revolves around designing architecture in an urban context and the significance of place making. Set within the old/ underutilized Market in Malleshwaram, Bangalore, the project draws its cues from the local communities, their aspirations and the history of the place in supporting various forms of art (visual, performing arts) overtime. The design works on regenerating the old market (with its networks) and proposes the addition of new studios/ performance areas and auditoriums that communities can use as innovation hubs/ create synergy between the arts. The hybrid space supports creative communities and gives new spaces for youth to play and learn within the neighborhood through arts. It also promotes active pedestrian engagement with the place through various temporal activities. RIGHT - CLOCKWISE FROM TOP a) view of the cultural hub b) plan of cultural hub and retail plaza c) master plan locating the hub in the context

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A project by HARSHITHA R harshitharajanna96@gmail.com


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Performing Arts Centre (Civic and Commercial) Fort Kochi, Kerala

KEY WORDS : place, lived experiences, historicism, cultural practices, conservation, climatic response The project delves into the rich culture and heritage of Fort Kochi in Kerala to trace the layers of communities (local and colonial influences) who have settled here over time, their cultural practices and markers/ landmarks that have contributed to eclectic character of built environment. It aims to unite all the local performing arts under a single space by proposing a series of auditoriums and public plazas. The design draws inspiration from the pavilion to help respond to the hot and humid climatic conditions. It also considers user experience to craft the interior linking spaces between the auditoriums. The larger strategy looks at creating culture trails (pedestrian paths) by linking the new performance space to the existing historic landmarks in the context. RIGHT - CLOCKWISE FROM TOP a) site marked in its context (Fort Kochi) b) conceptual view representing pavilion and auditoriums c) section through the performing arts centre

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A MOMENT IN TIME AND SPACE

Heritage Interpretation Centre and Museum (Civic) Old city core, within the citadel area, Bijapur, Karnataka (Vijayapura) KEY WORDS : historicism, people, place, lived experiences, cultural practices, heritage, conservation, structure, material and ornament in architecture, symbolism The architecture of Bijapur (Vijayapura), established in early 10 to 11 century has rich and diverse influences from various sovereign kingdoms including Chalukyas, Bahmani Sultanate, Mughal and later British Colonial rule. The walled old city core saw prolific building activity under the Bahmani Sultanate (14 to 17 century) and includes tanks systems (baoli) for water conservation, palace complexes, mosques, mausoleum and gardens inspired by Persian and Ottoman architecture. The project set opposite the unfinished Bara Kaman (Adil Shah’s II mausoleum, 17 century) in a site with ruined remnants of historical structures from the period, explores the connection between Persian (Sufi mysticism) world view its mathematical and spatial abstraction into structure, form and ornament in the design of built and open spaces at Bijapur. The larger strategy looks at conservation and interconnecting historic structures through new pedestrian networks and public spaces and integrating the historic buildings/ monuments with the rapidly growing urban fabric of the city. The proposal re-interprets the design ideology behind the historical structures (spatial proportions and experiential character) using new material, structure and ornament to craft an Interpretation Centre and Museum. RIGHT - CLOCKWISE FROM TOP a) view of the museum b) aerial view of the interpretation centre c) elevation of interpretation centre from the road

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THE ‘BIG’ HOUSE

Open prison with Rehabilitation Centre and Public Spaces (Museum and Park) (Special Purpose residential and Civic) Old Prison premises, Vinobha Nagar, Shimoga, Karnataka KEY WORDS : social constructs and community engagement, people, place, conceived and lived experience, corporeal, crime and punishment The project examines social constructs on punishment/ imposed restrictions and how architecture arguably forms the interface for isolation from society (prisons/ correctional facilities). The project studies typologies of correctional facilities and the spatial/ temporal character of ‘habitable spaces’ that expand or shrink based on the severity of the crime (its impact on human being) The design contests precedents in India and reimagines the spaces for confinement their experiential character, nature of social interface through the design of a Halfway house, using architecture (space/ program) as the tool to influence the lifestyle of inmates and aid their reintegration into society. The project is set within the old Prison grounds in Shimoga, Karnataka (46 acres) with orchards, derelict structures and acres of abandoned land. The design also integrates the campus into the urban fabric of the city by designing a large public park/ plaza with Museum. RIGHT - FROM TOP a) interface between society and the rehabilitation centre b) conceptual idea : Labyrinth c) aerial view of the open prison

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A project by PAVAN S pavantnchs@gmail.com


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PLACE DIARIES

Reclaiming the people’s market

Mixed-use complex (Civic and Commercial) Russel Market Precinct, Shivajinagar, Bangalore KEY WORDS : social constructs and community engagement, people, place, negotiated city, conceived and lived experiences, placemaking, adaptive reuse, long span structural systems The project explores the role architecture in an urban context, the negotiated city with the market as a space for exchange (goods and commodities, monetary transactions, social and cultural practices). The project set in the historic Russel Market, part of the old ‘Blackpally’ or Shivajinagar area that catered to the colonial settlers in Cantonment area traces the origins/ stories of the market (open shanty in a low lying area to introverted edifice in Indo-Saracenic architecture, 85 years), surrounding area with secondary markets, public squares and street culture, monuments like the clock tower (150 years), a remnant of colonial hegemony within the space of the native/ local communities. In the recent years, due to a fire mishap in 2012 the market is scheduled for renovation/ demolition under various government schemes. This project envisions/ reimagines the market as a Mixed- Use facility having city scale impact, accommodating the market, various public amenities, commercial offices besides the retail sector, keeping in mind the aspiration of the local vendors and residents. Strategies to conserve memories of the place, improve/ strengthen connection to transit points, relink networks for goods and pedestrians and initiate new/celebrate existing temporal activities to reclaim the public space are proposed. The design attempts a combination and various configurations of both adaptive reuse and new built to create the design for the Mixed-use complex. RIGHT - CLOCKWISE FROM TOP a) diagrams represent individual shop typologies in the market b) model image of the structural system c) transect through Russel market precinct

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NEW ESPLANADE ALONG HOOGLY

Centre for Tourism Development (Civic and Commercial) Near Dalhousie Square, on the banks of Hoogly river, Kolkata

KEY WORDS : place, lived experiences, historicity, cultural practices, conservation, architecture as threshold between land and water The project set close to Dalhousie Square (BBD Bagh), along the banks of river, Hoogly in Calcutta was once the seat of commercial and political power for British colonial rule and notable trading port for East India Company in 18 and 19 centuries. After decades of neglect, the area part of Central Business district in Kolkata with noteworthy remnants of colonial architecture is listed under World Monuments Fund and undergoing renovation. This sets the premise for the project which explores if architecture can add new meaning, memories and value to under-utilized/ derelict cityscapes like waterfronts and reconnect the social and cultural landscapes of the city to the water edge. It focuses on conserving the existing built heritage (warehouses) and memories and addresses rejuvenation of a derelict but historic waterfront with strong colonial ties using tools by infusing new programs translated to spatial intervention (adaptive reuse) as a means of reimagining the public realm for the city. RIGHT - FROM TOP a) view of the tourism development centre b) riverfront as new public space along the river

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A project by ADITYA BAISYA aditya.baisya95@gmail.com


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New typology of workspace (Commercial) Malleshwaram (close to Metro Station), Bangalore KEY WORDS : people and place, lived experiences, mobile workspaces, density, place making Change in communication systems have put the traditional ‘workspace’ on a trajectory of change with evolving dynamics between people, construct of the physical workspace with its artefacts and methods of sharing ideas and information across the world. The workspace today fosters creativity and synergy between disciplines as a method of problem solving. The society and market forces today encourage the individual/ small entrepreneurs/ startups along with large corporations and their ability to make worldwide impact using web services. The city of Bangalore, recognized globally owes its unprecedented physical/ virtual growth and expansion in the last four decades to the IT Sector but currently the need for large mono-functional physical infrastructure (buildings and services) is being examined with emerging typologies of co-working spaces. The project set close to a transit hub/ Metro Station in Malleshwaram, Bangalore re-examines the constructs behind ‘physicality of space as a constraint or facilitator’ for chance encounters and inter-disciplinary collaborations. The design creates diverse spatial scenarios for play, learn and work within and around the building. The larger strategy also focuses themes like place making, density (modular/ structural systems for high-rise buildings), site and services (core/ circulation) in the urban context. RIGHT - FROM TOP a) image represents the new workspace in an urban context b) conceptual section through the workspace

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A project by K PRANAV SOMAYAJI itspranav4996@gmail.com


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Ecological Research and Community Centre (Infrastructure and Civic) Kempambudhi Kere (tank), Chamarajapet, Bangalore KEY WORDS : natural processes and transforming ecosystems, perceived and lived landscapes, community and cultural practices, aesthetics in infrastructure projects and experiential character. The project addresses the conflict between man and nature and re-examines the role of urban commons like tanks and open spaces in an urban context. Due to unregulated urbanization over the last two decades, the vast network of lakes and tanks (water systems) in Bangalore are under threat due to pollution or have been lost and encroached for more buildings. Today, various governing and regulatory bodies (Lake Development Authority, National Green Tribunal, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike) and citizen’s forum/ activists are fighting to save the remaining water bodies in the ‘city of lakes’ and its dependent green cover. The project, set in one of the few remaining tanks, Kempambudhi Kere, Chamarajapet (built in 16 century, chieftain Kempegowda I) explores the social and cultural connect (sacred and profane) communities had to the tank and the markers like temples and watchtower that capture the rich history of the tank. The larger strategy looks at reinstating the tank as new commons by building networks for activities beyond aesthetic or recreational purposes. The design proposal looks at an infrastructure with institutional hybrid to cleanse, manage, sustain and research on the bio-diversity of the fresh water eco-system. RIGHT - CLOCKWISE FROM TOP a) image represents view of the treatment plant b) master plan of the ecological research and community centre c) conceptual section

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Museum of Gold (Civic) Kolar Gold Fields (K.G.F), Karnataka, India

KEY WORDS : historicism and cultural practices, atmosphere, ornamentation, adaptive reuse, gold, subterranean, senses, perception, land art, scenography This project draws its inspiration from the idea of ‘atmosphere’ in architecture and explores methods of creating the experiential character through design. It uses sensorial qualities and light as devices in characterizing spaces. The spatial narrative for the museum evolves from viewing the site as a series of constructed landscapes made by man and use archetypal memories of ‘cave’ and ‘labyrinth’ often associated with the subterranean mines. The project is situated in the abandoned shafts of Kolar Gold Fields in Karnataka India with nearly two centuries of colonial history. The project attempts to re-inhabit, experience and understand the idea of ‘man made landscapes, like mines that are a forgotten and ignored by-product of man- machine war against nature. It ponders if there is a way to reconcile with these ravaged landscapes that stand ‘uninhabited’ in the aftermath of devastation through sensitive design and community interaction. The journey through the bowels of earth calls to viewer’s primordial instincts, documents’ man’s lust for ‘gold’ and chronicles the long history, process and techniques used to mine ‘gold’. ‘Gold’ informs the colour, material palette, detail and ornamentation explored in the project. The project uses various representational techniques (hand drawing, digital and mixed media) to capture ‘atmosphere’. RIGHT a) axonometric section through Gifford’s shaft

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Water Sports Institute (Educational and Civic) MRC Nagar, Adyar Creek Estuary, Chennai KEY WORDS : natural processes and transforming ecosystems, community engagement, site constructed, tectonic expression The ecologically sensitive (reservoir for tidal water in times of high tide) and biodiverse Adyar Creek and estuary zone (358 acres) in Chennai around the MRC Nagar and Theosophical Society area has been part of massive restoration projects (rehabilitate the coastal ecology and watershed) over the last decade under Chennai River Restoration Trust. The project builds on one of the themes proposed by the government to promote eco tourism, community involvement and environmental education by proposing a Water Sports Training Institute. The project explores tectonic expression to design a structure that sensitively and gently blends in with the context and creates a livable bridge. This project explores architecture as a medium to bridge the gap between a rejuvenated estuary and the public. RIGHT - FROM TOP a) view of Water Sports Institute b) view of the tensile structure and bridge

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A project by C NIYATI niyati19c@gmail.com


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TWITTERING SPACE

Ornithology Research and Training Institute (Institutional and Educational) Perungudi Dump yard, Pallikaranai Marshland, Chennai KEY WORDS : natural processes, transforming ecosystems, constructed and reclaimed landscapes, structure, enclosure and skin in architecture The Pallikaranai marshlands (inland freshwater), part of the wetland ecosystem in Chennai (coastal city, India) are home to large species of migratory birds and support an aquatic ecosystem. The biodiversity of the ecosystem is under severe threat due to practices like dumping of toxic waste, discharge of sewage and indiscriminate building in spite of legislations under government bodies like National Wetland Conservation and Management Program (NWCMP) instituted in the 1980s. The project premise revolves around, reviving, reclaiming and re-inhabiting a part of the degenerated landscape as a habitat for migratory birds. It develops conservation strategies to protect such landscapes as bio-diverse environments that provide resilience against urban floods for the city. The architecture explores the idea of ‘designing with nature’ using environmentally responsive enclosures/ built forms (skin/ facades) that sit gently on the landscape without disturbing the terrain and act as observatory for migratory bird study. RIGHT - FROM TOP a) view of ornithology institute b) elevation of the pavilions

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A project by AISHWARYA SARAVANAN reach.aishu21@gmail.com


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STITCH IN TIME: STORY OF COTTON

Textile Museum and Guest Houses (Civic and Commercial/ Hospitality) Close to Gokak falls, Textile Mills area, Gokak, Belagavi District, Karnataka. KEY WORDS : historicism and cultural practices, site constructed, perceived and inhabited landscape The history of Gokak in Belagavi district of Karnataka is connected to the Industrial Revolution (Britain) circa 19 century that saw the establishment of Cotton Mills for high quality yarn export (currently working) and a Hydel Power Project close to the natural Waterfalls formed by river Ghataprabha. The project set along the precipice (waterfall as backdrop), is located within the historic Mill precinct dotted with sacred structures and derelict warehouses. The larger strategy integrates the ‘Global Cooling’ afforestation program (1994) with the existing dilapidated/ underutilized structures and weaves a new Museum for Textiles, depicting the story of cotton. It also looks at tourism development and promotion initiatives with accommodation facilities and design of pedestrian network (trails) within the precinct. The project uses locally sourced materials and reinforces the memories held within the lived landscape through the Museum. RIGHT - FROM TOP a) view of the library next to the mills b) view of the museum and guest house close to the Gokak waterfalls

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A project by CHETHAN ALAWANDI chets14021995@gmail.com


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ARCHIVE OF DECAY

Coal Museum and Tourist Centre (Civic) Kathara Open Cast Coal Mine, Jharkhand KEY WORDS : dystopia, natural processes and transforming ecosystems, tectonic expression, long span structural systems, modularity and allotropy of materials The project explores the dystopian side of progress, where natural landscapes were ravaged and poisoned in the race for procuring fossil fuels like coal. Set in the coal mining belt of Jharkhand, it looks at the short span of time (colonial to post Independence, around two centuries) in which wilderness was turned into waste lands and the capacity of man, community and our cultural modes to tolerate widespread destruction and pollution. The project acknowledges the site as an archive, a constructed landscape with layers of processes both natural and manmade that have left scars to be experienced, understood and accepted before the process of reclamation and healing can begin. The project situates the body in the toxic/ artificial environment to build the narrative and create the new site- architecture. The design explores tectonic expression to design the ‘alien object’ that perches or sits gently on the landscape and crafts the journey of the user through the landscape, showcasing both visually and tactilely the land in its rawest form. RIGHT - CLOCKWISE FROM TOP a) aerial view of the coal museum in a ravaged landscape b) iterations for the structural system c) master plan

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A project by ANKITA SINHA ankitasinha13@gmail.com


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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP a) image represents interior view of the museum b) exterior view of the entrance nodes c) longitudinal section through the museum

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Industrial - Commercial Hybrid Drawing by Chethan Prakash

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Accomplishments NATIONAL 1) Council of Architecture (COA) National Awards for Excellence in Architectural Thesis and JK AYA Best Architecture Student of The Year Award, 2018 a) National Zonal Winner (04. South): The House of Silent Screams – tracing untold and lost stories of the Colonial Era, Ganesh Katave b) Zonal Finalists (04. South): i) (N) IMBY: The Story of Waste, Arvind Shekar ii) The Stitch, Chetan P iii) Hiranyagarbha/ 24K, Divakar Murthy V iv) The House of Silent Screams – tracing untold and lost stories of the Colonial Era, Ganesh Katave

2) A3 Foundation Awards by S D Sharma, Chandigarh, 2018 a) Innovative Design Award: i) Coining History: Tracing Narratives in Numismatics through Architecture, Kathyaini C ii) The Stitch, Chetan P b) Futuristic Design Award: Hiranyagarbha/ 24K, Divakar Murthy V

3) Scholarchs, Honors for Academic Excellence in Thesis by Vowels Idea League, 2018 Shortlisted in National top 24 Thesis entries: The House of Silent Screams – tracing untold and lost stories of the Colonial Era, Ganesh Katave

4) Mind rain thesis competition, 2019 Shortlisted in National top 24 Thesis entries: The House of Silent Screams – tracing untold and lost stories of the Colonial Era, Ganesh Katave

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INTERNATIONAL 1) Annual Architecture Drawing Prize: World Architecture Festival with co-curators Make Architects and the Sir John Soane’s Museum, 2018 (UK) Hand Drawings Category, Citation and exhibited at Sir John Soane’s Museum and World Architecture Festival (Amsterdam, November 28- 30): Hiranyagarbha/ 24K, Divakar Murthy V

2) AIA Dallas Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition (KRob), 2018 (USA) Student Hand drawing Category Finalist: Hiranyagarbha/ 24K, Divakar Murthy V

3) IS ARCH International Awards for Architecture Students, 2018 (Spain) Coining History: Tracing Narratives in Numismatics through Architecture, Kathyaini C

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