Z-AXIS 2022 SPEAKERS

Kartik Vora

Academician, Ajeenkya DY Patil University

Kartik Vora studied architecture from CEPT Ahmedabad, Masters’ from UIC Chicago and PhD from MS University Vadodara. He was Chief Researcher for Charles Correa’s Vistara exhibition for the Festival of India Exhibition in India, Russia, Japan, and Germany; and Research Fellow with SOM Foundation in Chicago. Subterranean architecture and Topology grab his passion — particularly the three dimensional double labyrinths and their applications in Nanotechnology and in Space. He has been teaching and researching for over 35 years — integrating advanced Climate and Construction technologies in the Built Environment curriculum. At the present he is Professor Design-Chair with Ajankya DY Patil University, Lohegaon, Pune.

Marc Angélil

Architect, AGPS Architecture

Marc Angélil is a practicing architect at AGPS architecture, a firm with ateliers in Los Angeles and Zurich. He held the 2021 Kenzo Tange Visiting Professorship in Architecture and Urban Design at Harvard University and is professor emeritus from ETH Zurich, conducting research on social and spatial developments of metropolitan regions worldwide. His publication Mirroring Effects: Tales of Territory, co-written with Cary Siress,

explores the socio-spatial impact of development-led urbanization on local habitats in different world regions today. His built projects include the IUCN headquarters in Geneva, Children’s Museum of Los Angeles, Portland Aerial Tram, Zurich International School, and midfield terminal at the Zurich Airport. The atelier has received international acclaim, recently for an off-the-grid ranch in California, including three recognitions from the Los Angeles AIA Chapter.

Richard Hassell

Co-founder , WOHA

Richard Hassell is the co-Founding Director of WOHA. He graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1989 and was awarded Master of Architecture from Melbourne’s RMIT University in 2002. He has lectured at many universities and serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia. He is also appointed the Seidler Chair in the Practice of Architecture at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. With every project, the practice aims to create a matrix of interconnected human-scaled environments. These spaces foster community, enable stewardship of nature, generate biophilic beauty, activate ecosystem services and build resilience.

Valerie Mulvin

Co-founder, McCullough Mulvin Architects

Valerie Mulvin is a co-founder of McCullough Mulvin Architects, a Dublin-based practice focusing on the design of sustainable cultural, educational and civic buildings, with an interest in innovative contemporary architecture, place, and history. Valerie graduated from UCD School of Architecture in 1981 and spent a year in Rome on post-graduate scholarship.

She collaborated with Niall McCullough on “A Lost Tradition, the nature of architecture in Ireland”, a seminal book. As part of Group 91, designers of the competition-winning Temple Bar Framework Plan, she designed Temple Bar Gallery & Studios and Black Church Print Studio. Other award-winning buildings in Ireland and internationally include Ussher Library TCD, Trinity Long Room Hub, Dublin Dental School & Hospital, Waterford Fire Station, Blackrock Further Education Institute & Public Library, St. Mary’s Medieval Mile Museum Kilkenny, and the Learning Laboratory in Thapar University, India.

Her latest book “Approximate Formality – Morphology of Irish Towns”, published 2021, discusses the origin, originality and potential of towns and town plans in Ireland. She is a member of Aosdána.

Lina Ghotmeh

Founder, Lina Ghotmeh Architecture

Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture is Paris-based atelier founded by Lina Ghotmeh. Echoing her lived experience in Beirut, her office’s work is orchestrated as an “Archeology of the Future”: every project emerges in complete symbiosis with nature after a thorough historical and materially sensitive approach. These Projects include “Stone Garden”, a hand-crafted tower in Beirut; “Réalimenter Masséna”, winner of the call for innovative projects of the city of Paris; and the new Hermès Workshops, a low-carbon passive building under construction in Normandy.

Lina Ghotmeh is a Louis I Khan visiting professor at the Yale School of Architecture, a Gehry Chair at the University of Toronto, and is a Member Professor at the IAA International Academy of Architecture. She has been awarded the 2020 Schelling Architecture Prize, the 2020 Tamayouz “Woman of Outstanding Achievement” Award, the 2019 French Fine Arts Academy Cardin Award, among others.

Louisa Hutton

Co-founder, Sauerbruch Hutton

Louisa Hutton founded the practice in 1989 together with Matthias Sauerbruch in London before moving to Berlin in 1993. Louisa was a member of the Curatorial Board of the Schelling Architecture Foundation for thirteeen years, and was a Commissioner at CABE as well as a member of the first Steering Committee for Germany’s Bundesstiftung Baukultur. She is an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. In 2014 Louisa was elected to become a Royal Academician, and was subsequently awarded an OBE in 2015 for her contribution to architecture. Further to Sauerbruch Hutton‘s endeavours, Louisa has taught at the Architectural Association and was a visiting professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design. Louisa herself studied at the University of Bristol and the Architectural Association in London.

Matthias Sauerbruch

Co-founder, Sauerbruch Hutton

Matthias Sauerbruch founded Sauerbruch Hutton in 1989 together with Louisa Hutton and has since been directing the office. Matthias is a founding member of the German Sustainable Building Council, a member of the Urban Design Council in Munich and on the board of KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin. He is an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and was Director of the Architecture Section of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin. Matthias has taught at the Architectural Association in London as a Unit Master. He has held tenure professorships at the TU Berlin as well as the Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart.

He was a visiting Professor at the University of Virginia, the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the University of the Arts in Berlin. Matthias himself studied at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin and the Architectural Association in London.

Christopher Lee

Co-founder + Principal, Serie Architects

Christopher Lee is the co-founder and Principal of Serie Architects London, Mumbai and Singapore; and leads the design of Serie across all three offices. He is Arthur Rotch Design Critic in Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, and the London Mayor’s Design Advocate.

John Ochsendorf

Educator, MIT

John Ochsendorf is the Class of 1942 Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Architecture at MIT, where he is the founding director of the Morningside Academy for Design, which aims to elevate design education and innovation globally.

A native of rural West Virginia, Ochsendorf earned his degrees in engineering at Cornell University, Princeton University and the University of Cambridge. He is known internationally for his work combining design of architecture and engineering with traditional construction knowledge. He has contributed to the design of a number of award-winning structures around the world, including the Mapungubwe Interpretive Centre in South Africa, which was named the 2009 World Building of the Year, as well as the Sean Collier Memorial on the campus of MIT.

Ochsendorf is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Fulbright Scholarship to Spain (2000) and a MacArthur Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (2009). He was named a MacVicar Fellow for exceptional teaching at MIT in 2013, and from 2017-2020 he served as the Director of the American Academy in Rome.

Solano Benítez

Architect, Jopoi De Arquitectura

Solano Benítez is an architect based in Asunción, Paraguay and graduated from Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo, Universidad Nacional de Asunción (FAU UNA) in 1986. Over the years, he has founded different groups working towards developing professional activity. Currently, Solano works from Jopoi de Arquitectura. He has received numerous national and international awards and distinctions, within an individual and collective capacity. This includes the Decade Award for 1989-99 (College of Architects of Paraguay), BSI Swiss Architectural Award in 2008, Arquitecto del Bicentenario from the Asociación Paraguaya de

Arquitectos in 2011, the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale in 2016 and the 2021 Global Award for Sustainable Architecture. He was also a finalist for the 2nd Mies van der Rohe Award for Latin America, is a Honorary Fellow at the American Institute of Architects (2012) and holds an honorary Doctorate from the Universidad Nacional de Asunción (2021) 

Nelson Mota

Educator, TU Delft

Nelson Mota is associate professor of Architecture at Delft University of Technology. He earned his doctoral degree from TU Delft in 2014 with the dissertation “An Archaeology of the Ordinary: Rethinking the Architecture of Dwelling from CIAM to Siza”. Nelson is author of the book A Arquitectura do Quotidiano (edarq, 2010), co-editor of Global Housing: Dwelling in Addis Ababa (JapSam Books, 2020), and co-editor of the academic journal issues Footprint 17 (2015), Joelho 8 (2017), and Footprint 24 (2019). At the TU Delft, Nelson coordinates the Global Housing research group and educational program. He is editor and member of the editorial board of the academic journal Footprint and the book series DASH- Delft Architectural Studies on Housing.

Rahul Mehrotra

Founder Principal, RMA Architects

Rahul Mehrotra is the founder principal of RMA Architects. He divides his time between working in Mumbai and Boston and teaching at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University where he is Professor of Urban Design and Planning and the John T. Dunlop Professor in Housing and Urbanisation. Mehrotra’s most recent books are titled Working in Mumbai (2020) and The Kinetic City and other essays ( 2021). The first, a reflection on his practice evolved through its association with the city of Bombay/Mumbai. The second book presents Mehrotra’s writings over the last thirty years and illustrates his long-term engagement with and analysis of urbanism in India. This work has given rise to a new conceptualization of the city which Mehrotra calls the Kinetic City.

Sean Godsell

Founder, Sean Godsell Architects

Sean Godsell graduated with First Class Honours from The University of Melbourne in 1984. In 1994 he formed Godsell Associates Pty Ltd Architects. He obtained a Masters of Architecture degree from RMIT University in 1999. 

In July 2003 he received a Citation from the President of the American Institute of Architects for his work for the homeless. In 2006 he received the Victorian Premier’s Design Award and the RAIA Robin Boyd Award and in 2007 he received the Cappochin residential architecture award in Italy and a Chicago Athenaeum award in the USA, in 2008 he was a finalist in the wallpaper* International Design Awards and a recipient of his second AIA Record Houses Award for Excellence in the USA. In 2008, Kenneth Frampton nominated him for the inaugural BSI Swiss Architecture Award for architects under the age of 50 and his work was exhibited in both the Milan Triennale and Venice Biennale in the same year. In 2010, the prototype of the RMIT design Hub façade was exhibited in Gallery MA in Tokyo before being transported in 2011 to its now permanent home at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. In 2013 he received the RAIA Victorian Medal and William Wardell Awards for the RMIT Design Hub and the Harold Desbrowe Annear award for the Edward St House. He is the recipient of the 2022 AIA Gold Medal.

Mariam Issoufou Kamara

Founder , atelier masōmī

Mariam Issoufou Kamara is an architect from Niger. In 2014, she founded atelier masōmī, an architecture and research practice that tackles public, cultural, residential, commercial and urban design projects. The firm is headquarted in Niamey, with a design studio in New York. Kamara believes that architects have an important role to play in creating spaces that elevate, give dignity, and provide people with a better quality of life. The firm’s completed projects include the Hikma Community Complex, a library and mosque complex, which won two Global LafargeHolcim Awards for sustainable architecture. Other works include the Dandaji Regional Market and Niamey 2000 Housing, which was shortlisted for the 2022 Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Kamara is a professor of Architecture Heritage and Sustainability at ETH Zurich.

Kapil Gupta

Co-founder, Serie Architects

Kapil Gupta is the co-founder of Serie Architects and Principal of Serie Mumbai. He graduated with honours from Sir JJ School of Architecture in 1996, Mumbai followed by postgraduate studies at the Architectural Association, London. Kapil leads and manages Serie’s project portfolio in India with projects ranging across housing, commercial and institutional sectors. He is closely involved with the development of projects from inception to completion.

He was a Director at the Urban Design Research Institute, Mumbai between 2003 and 2008, where he led India’s first entry to the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2006. He has served as a visiting critic at numerous schools in India and been on several jury panels for competitions and design awards including Archiprix, Boston in 2010. He was the Charles Correa Design Chair at the Goa School of Architecture for 2020 and a design reviewer for the 2022 cycle for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.  He has written on the challenges of south Asian urbanisation and is currently involved with ecological and land regeneration strategies in India as a response to climate change.

He is a Registered Architect with the Council of Architecture, India.

Mark Mulligan

Educator, Wentworth Institute of Technology

Mark Mulligan is an architect-educator based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with projects completed in New England, Costa Rica, Hawaii, and Japan.  As a young architect, he worked for several years with Fumihiko Maki in Tokyo, and his engagement with Japanese architecture has grown to include research and design collaborations with Maki (Nurturing Dreams, MIT Press 2008), Kengo Kuma (Horizon House, 2013), the Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum (The Thinking Hand, 2014), and structural designer Jun Sato (Komorebi Pavilion, 2017).  He has taught at Harvard Graduate School of Design, University of Oregon, and Hosei University in Tokyo, and is now Associate Dean of Architecture at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. 

Heinrich Wolff

Architect, Wolff Architects

Heinrich Wolff is an architect working in Cape Town, South Africa. He is in practice with his wife Ilze as Wolff Architects. Their practice is developing an architecture of consequence through the mediums of design, advocacy, research, documentation and art.

Heinrich’s work has been exhibited internationally, the most significant exhibitions being the Museum of Modern Art (2010), the Venice Biennale (2006 & 2010), the Sao Paulo Architecture Biennale (2005, 2007 & 2019), the Chicago Architecture Biennial (2015 & 2019) and the South American Architecture Biennale – Ecuador (2008).

In 2011 Heinrich was selected as the Designer of the Future by the Wouter Mikmak Foundation (Netherlands). In 2007, he won the DaimlerChrysler Award for South African Architecture. With his practice Heinrich received the Lubetkin Award in 2006 from the RIBA for the Red Location Museum of Struggle. He has won several other international and South African awards for excellence in design, most notably for public buildings such as schools and hospitals.

Heinrich has been guest professor at various institutions; IUAVenice (2013), ETH Zürich (2014-15), Washington University, St. Louis (2016) and the Goa College of Architecture (2017) as the foreign visiting Charles Correa Chair. He was an associate adjunct professor at the University of Cape Town and was an honorary research fellow at the same  institution.

Dirk Van Gameren

Educator, TU Delft

Dick van Gameren is professor of housing design and dean of the Faculty of Architecture and the built Environment, TUDelft, Netherlands. He is founding editor of the bookseries DASH, Delft Architectural Studies on Housing. He is currently developing the Global Housing Study Centre for research and education on affordable housing in the Global South. He is a practising architect and partner of Mecanoo Architecten. In 2007 he received an Aga Khan Award, and in 2012 the Best Building of the Year Award of the Dutch Association of Architects.

Nondita Correa Mehrotra

Director, CCF

Nondita Correa Mehrotra is an architect working in India and the United States. She studied architecture at the University of Michigan and at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and worked for over two decades with Charles Correa. She is a principal in the firm RMA Architects with offices in Mumbai and Boston. Ms Correa Mehrotra is Director of the Charles Correa Foundation, which is involved in research, publications and the facilitation of projects focused on the improvement of the built habitat and the debates around architecture and urbanism in India. 

She has taught at the University of Michigan and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and continues to be a design critic at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Wentworth Institute of Technology. She was a finalist for the design of the symbol for the Indian Rupee, an idea she initiated. She has been on the Master Jury of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and the Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction, and has designed furniture and architectural books, and has curated several exhibitions.

Telangana State Urban Centre of Excellence, Hyderabad

Author: Nitya Kapoor
Site Location: Hyderabad
Institute: School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal (SPA-B)
Advisor: Dr Piyush Hajela

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The Telangana Urban Centre of Excellence, proposed by the Government of Telangana, would act as an urban think tank and a research Centre to deal with urban challenges and house best practices. The intent is to set up an integrated development of mixed-use typology, in a sprawling campus of 45 acres, abutting Outer Ring Road. It would be conceived as a research Centre, to host prototype solutions for various urban issues, that celebrates and leverages the natural topography of the site. While the campus with all its facilities will be planned in 25 acres, the remaining extent of 20 acres would be kept as green space/walking track/golf/future requirements. These facilities include: Hub of Urban

Innovations, Conference and Convention Centre, U-Hub, Workstations, Research labs, Accommodation facilities, Residential facilities, Relaxation Hub, Service facilities and parking.

The proposed detailed design comprises of Workstations, Research Labs and U-Hub, integrated with the Central Green, Entrance Court, and built form for public facilities (Auditorium, Conference Block, Amphitheatre), and Service areas.

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Attapadi Community Development Center

Author: Jerin J Panakkel
Site Location: Attapadi, Kerala
Institute: College of Architecture Trivandrum (CAT)
Advisor: Prof. Niby Thomas Varghese

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At the time of the formation of Kerala State, Attappady was a healthy rich land. Then ninety percent of the population was Adivasis. Their self-sufficient subsistence economy, life support natural systems, as well as ecologically harmonious lifestyle, were destroyed in a very short time. Their cultural, as well as unique agricultural foundations, were destroyed and devalued. The tribal community itself has been undergoing drastic changes. The best way to resolve this issue is to create change in the community for all three generations at the same time. Pratheeksha Bhavan is trying to address the issue that the community faces in a 3 steeped manner consisting of all the 3 generations of people who are part of the community. The project tries to solve this issue in the community under the St Thomas ashram at Attapadi. The project consists of a kindergarten, High school, vocational training institute with bamboo training workshops, community center with a medical dispensary for tribal medicine and preparation. Education stands as the best way to address their issues, the right kind of education is needed to understand their cultural importance and also to understand, and experience modernity.

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Multimodal Transit Hub

Author: Shreyas Varun K
Site Location: Bengaluru
Institute: Nitte School of Architecture and Planning, Bengaluru
Advisor: Prof. Ar.Yuvaraj Perumal

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As Bangalore is the developing city in India and a metropolitan hub, which intakes thousands of people in search of opportunities every year. Which made me think about the development and connectivity of the spaces through transit.
From the statistics of buses fleet into & within the city could cause a major source for traffic. With this the taught process of decentralizing transit hub has arrived. Based on the analysis, one of the best possible way to reduce traffic in the city is by restricting the inter-city & inter-state buses to the city center. And by having proposals of bus terminals in the periphery of the city ORR with collaboration of both public & private agencies.
Multimodal Transit Facility gathers many modes of transportation together and is strategically located so that the commuter has different transit alternatives to reach the destination. It describes an approach to planning, building, and operating the transportation system, emphasizes optimal utilization of transportation resources and connections between modes. One of the objectives of an Multimodal transit hub is to minimize the cost and inconvenience of changing transit systems by a commuter.
The benefits derived from effective intermodal co-ordination:

  • Lowering transportation costs by allowing each mode to be used for the portion of the trip for which it is best suited.
  • Increasing economic productivity and efficiency, thereby enhancing the Nation’s global competitiveness.
  • Reducing the burden on overstressed infrastructure components by shifting use to infrastructure with excess capacity.
  • Generating higher returns from public and private infrastructure investments.
  • Improving mobility for the elderly, disabled, isolated, and economically disadvantaged.
  • Reducing energy consumption and contributing to improved air quality and environmental conditions.
  • It introduces Single ticket travel which in turn enables easy movement from one mode to another.
  • Reducing Land take for road operations and common amenities & maximizing opportunities for shared          facilities and synergies.
  • Minimizing potential phasing impacts by reducing the number of components that need to be accommodated and avoiding duplication of facilities.

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Transit Oriented Development – A Mixed Development

Author: Shah Ronak Vipul Amita
Site Location: Bandra Kurla Complex, MMRDA Ground, Mumbai.
Institute: Aditya College of Architecture
Advisor: Ar. Rita Nayak

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The thesis project emerges from the need for an urban environment that is oriented on the user, with the need for active and meaningful public places at the heart of this research. The key issues in responsible urban design have evolved as walkability, safety, and sustainability. Given the current rate and size of growth in Indian cities, there is an urgent need to incorporate features that favour the car over the pedestrian, as well as to favour mono-use buildings over eye-catching and dynamic mixed-use structures.

The character of a city’s public areas can be used to measure its success. However, based on observations of the cities we live in today, it can be stated that not all public places are effective – many variables influence how these areas work. Sensitive design is vital, but the ability of a good public space to adapt and profit on its constructed surrounds – its design and functions – is also important. The goal of the thesis is thus to investigate how architecture may contribute to the creation and maintenance of an active public realm supported by the built environment.

Aside from public engagement, the design dissertation promotes interaction inside the built environment. Because of the position in the IT industry, there is a lot of space allocated to offices, therefore it is necessary to analyse these areas plus keeping in mind the impact of multi transit hub at one area. To remain relevant in the wider urban environment, office spaces must react to current demands, which are based on flexibility and adaptability to encourage collaboration and creativity.

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Toy museum and Lego world

Author: Juzer Ali Johar Ali
Site Location: Gandhinagar, Gujarat
Institute: Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Architecture, Pune
Advisor: Prof. Mukta Latkar Talwalkar

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In modern times children are getting into mobile and iPad more, whereas to create space for kids to play and explore without gadgets. A place where kids and adults are engaged in activities, & play some games. Young children do not get enough opportunities to explore without interference or interruption. We need to correct that unfortunate trend, giving them space and materials to let their instincts as learners take over as they physically explore their world. It’s what they do naturally and unfortunately what is being inhibited with increasing frequency.


The museum aims to be a place to collect and present old and new toys in some creative and contemporary ways but still keep the unique traditional toys.


Moreover, this project is also designed to be the place where kids enjoy modern toys and the parents enjoy toys from their era and simultaneously to provide interactive areas for children as well as parents.


The purpose of Toy Museum is to present the design which helps create imagine and let the visitors relaxed. Additionally, the project also seeks to bring people together to talk and share ideas by showcasing a number of toys from different eras ranging from past to present. It is a city level museum, considering footfall of 500-600 people. Finally, the museum also predicts the future of toy industry.

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Architecture for a Future : An Exploration in Dynamism and Transience

Author: Supreeth L Suresh
Site Location: Mysuru, Karnataka
Institute: Wadiyar Centre for Architecture
Advisor: Shreyas Baindur

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The thesis is heavily influenced by movies and books which fantasize about the architecture of the future However, all of this seems hypothetical, when every thesis project, every drawing on a paper is, why can’t we allow ourselves to dwell more on imagination, than the reality of everything.


This project might seem fictional but, just like how we see in comics or fictional movies, these
works have a side of reality that brings them into the realm of plausibility.


Going forward, we need to be more considerate towards the future, taking account of how we use
resources, which contrary to what we think, is not infinite, just like the way the earth itself is not infinite. We should make spaces suited to accommodate unpredictability. For example ,in a small village,a person who gives more space for thematic spaces instead of static spaces allows for the
house to be more than what it is — capable of holding infinite spaces — and the owner can build
again and again based on the events. Building this space once, without static rigidity helps it to
survive the future.
The thesis ends with one of the variations of a building that has evolved overtime, where half the
building is occupied by a thematic parasite. The whole point was to decode a built space, keeping
unbuilding it as the starting point. The entires hell of the building is kept while the intervention happens later.
The temporary becomes the new permanent and architecture is no longer a static object. It is a
living organism—ever-changing, ever-adapting, and ever-evolving—regardless of the context
and time. Space itself becomes timeless.
The architecture of the future should be about creating spaces that are nothing yet everything
at the same time.

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Reimagining the Foreshore Estate as a Social Infrastructure

Author: Vaishnavie Ravi
Site Location: Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Institute: MEASI Academy of Architecture, Chennai
Advisor: Ar. A. D. Devaanand

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WATER AND LAND EDGE, is a dialogue between oppositional environs, or simply the feeling of being against a great precipice constantly in motion, that brings a magical attraction to waterfronts.
The fishing Communities across India are fighting to protect lands as SEA LEVEL RISES, and the risk of future developments by the government at the coast, putting the fishermen’s livelihood at stake. The Marine ecosystems are compromised for the sake of land expansion.


The site, Foreshore estate is a neighborhood in Chennai, India. It is situated along the southern stretch of Marina Beach. It is located by the Bay of Bengal on one side and the Adyar Creek on the other.
The government is anticipating the estate to be a tourist attraction essentially becoming an economic source but this is often at the expense of the fishermen ls community.


Development and Progress can’t be traded-off at the expense of the authentic settlements of the place.
This thesis is mainstreamed on the redevelopment and the revamping of coastlines without revoking their communities. An idea of bridging that might sustain the locals and also heave in visitors who want to explore the city’s rich heritage. It also engages in the social, economic, and infrastructural compositions to ultimately bridge the gaps in the social context.


The intention of the Social infrastructure is to create a community gaining set out, rather than just being an economic source. This forum will work as a point of convergence for a vast spectrum of people and at the same time fortify the existing coastal domains. A prototype landscape which enriches the visitor experience , forging stewards of the resilient ecological systems where land meets water.

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Weaving the future of Khonoma, Nagaland

Author: Vaibhav Dalvi
Site Location: Khonoma, Nagaland
Institute: V.I.T.’s Padmabhushan Dr. Vasantdada Patil College of Architecture (PVPCOA), Pune, Maharashtra
Advisor: Ar. Niranjan Garde

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Why weaving the future of Khonoma?

Khonoma is known as Asia’s first green village, situated near the Indo-Myanmar border, in the Indian state of Nagaland. The rich architecture and culture of the place are still seen through the community that is still living there. Throughout the period of my internship, I visited the village and met the people around the place, many times. Generations of youth are leaving villages to earn a living or work, leaving their elders behind.

Each visit to Khonoma brought a new story, and with every story, the concern to conserve the culture, material, and architecture of the space became much stronger.

Bamboo – To conserve and create

Nagaland and especially Khonoma is blessed with a natural assets like Bamboo. It sits comfortable and cozy around the green backdrop of a rich bamboo plantation. While documenting the community, for new structures coming up, bamboo is only used for aesthetic purposes, while concrete and bricks are used for structural purposes. The knowledge of using bamboo in structures is fading away with time. Adapting to new technology, the community is neglecting bamboo’s natural response to its microclimate, while bricks and concrete create damp conditions. Present-day, flat roof constructions are creating leakage problems, which is not an ideal response to the amount of rainfall the area witnesses.

The concerns I had regarding Khonoma’s return to bamboo increased after seeing this scenario, which is the reason I proposed the insert bamboo workshops.

The aim of the insert is to encourage locals to identify the potential of bamboo and practice their weaving skills. It will stand testimony to the traditional building technology and form.

Climate, Analysis, and Implementation.

Form follows function, but here, form follows climate.

The (Morungs) – a place to stay for boy soldiers – and their traditional houses were a great example of how space syntax responded to the planning and construction of the structure. Considering the building material they used to build modular houses with the common measurement that was finalized by anthropometry.

Space was usually divided into the entrance porch that held a weaving area and fireplace, followed by a central living space that culminates into a kitchen and storage. A simple linear flow of spaces was enclosed by timber room and bamboo beams and columns.

Taking cues from their traditional building techniques and planning and designed a module that replaced timber roofing with bamboo.

Khonoma is an earthquake-prone zone, taking this into consideration, I designed the body of the house with wattle and dob construction with bamboo as reinforcement. It ensured the home’s stability and sustainability.

As the village sits on a hilltop, the irony of heavy rainfall and scarcity of water is emphasized. Using a solid stone and waterproofing the footing underneath the structure, will act as a water tank, which could be a wise solution to the problem. The water tanks will hold water throughout the entire seven-month rainy season and be useful to them for the remaining three months.

Standing on the solid stone footing structure goes ground plus one storey high. The vertical division of spaces is such that where the entire ground floor is given to workshops that have natural spillover space from the surrounding plinth. And the upper floor is dedicated to the research and learning areas, with a separate entry and narrow passages which are internally linked. Structures stand-alone since connecting pathways could be detrimental during an earthquake.

Overall planning and Placement of the design –

The village has planned pathways from every house that culminates in the farmland. To follow that rhythm every designed structure also has a staircase that opens up on the ground and leads to the farmlands without disturbing the previous planning of the community. Planning follows the contour line and hence the clusters simply sit together the way the site allows. The left side of the site holds all the living spaces and dormitories while the right side of the site holds all the workshop areas. The centrally placed school acts as a nucleus of the insert, where every child learns about their culture and community just by being present in that structure.

The insert ultimately merges with the surroundings and becomes one entity for the community, in its true sense. It captures the spirit of the place. Materials like stone, bamboo, and mud teach everyone to be humble with the design yet creative with the approach. The building techniques connect one back to the roots, from where they evolved specifically to the space and people.

The insert is something which is of the people, for the people, and by the people!

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Intuitive Architecture for Flooding

Author: Shangary S
Site Location: Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Institute: C.A.R.E School of Architecture (CARE)
Advisor: Balaji Rajasekaran

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Flooding has become one of the seasons for the last few years. During that period the livelihood, health, wealth, work, and routine of the people get affected completely. It takes time to become physically, financially and mentally normal again., My thesis is an attempt to re-imagine the public infrastructure to be more efficient during normal days and serve better to the local community during a kinetic situation like flooding. Through this, the public infrastructure helps the community by rescuing and accommodating for a period of time till the situation becomes normal. For People to continue making a living after a flood with adequate access to food, water and energy – the things that enable communities to think beyond immediate survival. My thesis also explores responding to people’s day-to-day changing activities which varies in different climatic seasons. The module/pods act as markets, eateries, shops etc., On normal days and during a flood, it rescues people. The pods can also be reconfigurable to a living unit during a flood. The land use, ground cover and density keep changing based on the people’s activity at a particular time and the play of pods responds to the duration of activity & people and based on the climatic season.

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Abhudaya Centre “Socio-cultural Hub” in Abhaneri “Heritage Village”

Author: Shivam Singh
Site Location: Dausa, Rajasthan
Institute: Chandigarh College of Architecture
Advisor: Prof. Sujay Sengupta

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A nation’s cultural heritage and natural history are precious and unique. The value of cultural heritage isn’t in cultural manifestation itself. But in the wealth of experience and skills passed down from generation to generation. Abhaneri village near Jaipur has a great diversity of craftsmanship and broad culture which is disappearing as the country is heading towards development. The purpose is to provide a platform for the people to show their skills and spread their knowledge of culture and craftsmanship. A museum that will preserve the remains of Harshad Mata temple which is presently kept inside Chand Baori and other historical elements that represent the people and their culture. Rejuvenation of water level in Abhaneri village by our site.

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The Climate Museum – Experiencing the Emotions of Planet Earth

Author: Pritesh Jain
Site Location: Aurangabad, Maharashtra
Institute: Marathwada Insitute of Technology (MIT)
Advisor: Ar. Pranita Pranjale

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“Architectural Design should permute climate salvation to human solidarity”


Climate disruption is an emergency and collective accountability, that must be responded to accordingly. A solution to climate change requires long-term planning.


Climate Museum is proposed for the relevant, dynamic experience of climate variability and the earth’s emotions. Design mitigates climate change as adaptive and retrofits the existing topography. The inner character of the building; to see, observe and experience the global change is reflected in its outer appearance.


The proposed design is hatched beyond aesthetic elements of sophisticated complexity, design stands out for experiencing spaces and what climate change offers us in an intangible way. Museum is designed in consideration with the climate context of Pune city. Five galleries are tendered to portray major effects of climate change. Nature’s Womb illustrates the importance of trees. Tunnel Of Pollution escapades the industrial revolution and its adverse effects. The Green Water set forth emotions of an unbalanced aqua ecosystem. The Desert delineates desertification and exhibits its sequel, land without soul. Melting Hall exhibits glacier melting due to global warming.


The aim of Museum is to array seriousness of climate change and its effects, from awareness of the present to the future.

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Reviving Fabric of Empowerment – Khadi Weaving Village at Jalgaon

Author: Pradnya Mahajan
Site Location: Pune, Maharashtra
Institute: Singhad College of Architecture
Advisor: Ar. Kavita Patil

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The proposal focuses on resolving  the crisis in Khadi weaving industry by providing empowerment sources to the weavers to generate economical opportunities. Site is located in Jalgaon, comes under one of the extreme hot and dry climatic region of Khandesh in Maharashtra. It will be an Iconic Identity of the city with exploration of various passive strategies to deal with the climatic conditions of the place. It aims to analyze the weavers issues and providing a robust platform to Khadi weavers who weave for their livelihood in rural area. Project is envisioned as  khadi weaving village with extensive facilities for promoting khadi as empowerment source for weavers and adopting these Khadi fabric crafts to preserve Rich Textile Heritage of India. the proposal comes with number of innovative strategies exploring the applications of traditional building practices and climate responsive strategies gives the thought to climate  responsiveness in hot and dry  region. 

Spatial planning thought is given to spaces and clusters that goes and accessed by central axis and spaces that are grouped by proximity  reflecting path space relationship by adding functional  spaces between built forms. Integrating the flexible paths that leads to floating platforms for creating Microclimatic spaces merged with nature surrounded by the spaces based on Village layout concept.

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River Responsive Stories – Communal Engagement

Author: Abhishek Hegde
Site Location: Panvel, Maharashtra
Institute: Pillai College Of Architecture, Navi Mumbai (PiCA)
Advisor: Prof. Swapna Ghatge

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The primary goal of this dissertation is to comprehend river deterioration awareness.

Water is continuously changing states, traversing borders, and feeding (and killing) life. This project also conducts a poll to determine the level of knowledge among those who use rivers and inadvertently degrade them.

By recreating the Babughat, the project aims to establish a link between permanence and ephemerality, re-allocating activities and enhancing the ephemeral nature of space on the ghats of Kolkata. On the other hand, as an extension to this ephemeral nature, creating permanence with enhanced temporality.

In addition to that, the project also focusses on incorporating the element of belief that the people of Kolkata majorly have by attempting to uplift the Kumortuli’s idol making community and develop a very interesting relationship between users and their beliefs. Kolkata being the cultural capital of India, to depict and experience culture, one major principle of landscape urbanism is taken into consideration, where the cultural corridor enables every user to witness the traditionality and get themselves well versed with the vibrancy that every placemaking element has to offer.

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Housing for Urban Poor, Bhalswa – Delhi

Author: Abdullah Zubair
Site Location: Delhi
Institute: Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Design,Integral University Lucknow (AKTU)
Advisor: Dr. Meeta Tandon

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The design aims to create an integrated society with different nature of buildings within self-sustaining society to fuolfill the basic necessities of people of economic weaker section, the design not only focuses on housing but it creates opportunity for the people of society to enhance their living standards by developing their skills and establish a good future for them and their coming generations. The design is made using refurbished shipping containers as building material and is similar to light house project (PMAY) to accept globally as housing choice to overcome poverty and urban challenges while going green and sustainable

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Navodaya School of Tadipatri

Author: Mallangi Sai Kumar Reddy
Site Location: Bangalore
Institute: School of Architecture REVA University
Advisor: Dr Shubhi Sonal

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Learning is the most important thing in school life. Learning depends on teaching and learning style. Every student in grades 6 through 12 is engaged in a passive learning style, which provides education but not knowledge. Different teaching methodologies are referred to as pedagogy.
The main idea of the project is that children have to learn from built space by using a combination of an active learning process guided by basic visual concepts of math and science through built spaces, demonstration spaces, and a (collaborative and liberationism) teaching style. And teaching style changes the design process.


The space changes with time change. As of now, I have created some theory concepts from the built space. In the future, the present student will make expo spaces as a demonstration for upcoming students. This chain keeps on repeating.

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“Un Built Margao” Restorative Urban Landscape in the time of Climate Change

Author: Saurabh S Tubki
Site Location: Margao, Goa
Institute: Goa College of Architecture
Advisor: Ar Milind Ramani

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Integrated natural and mechanical systems give shape to a vision of architecture as a scaffold that regenerates ecosystems and facilitates community empowerment.
In an answer to the age-old question of why our cities stagnate while their population and climate undergo rapid transformation, this project, began by challenging current urban planning models that prioritized the built over the unbuilt.
Our communities are drowning- economically & soon physically too. The project distills principles of environmental, social & economic sustainability for superior quality of life in the city. It envisions environmental sustainability in 2022, social sustainability by 2035, and economic sustainability by 2050.
The project proposes an urban park enveloping a high-rise system. Natural systems are integrated into a tower to create a holistic self-sustainable ecosystem- a tower of flux as a catalyst for change. The urban park offers recreational & learning facilities for the community. Biodiversity & natural water resources are carefully preserved on site, and the land is protected from haphazard horizontal urbanization.
This serves as a resilient model of urban planning, fostering a symbiotic relationship between people and nature, the present and the future.

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Flood Resilient Community – A prototype for Flood Prone Areas

Author: Aashita Thaker
Site Location: Dhubri district, Assam
Institute: SAL School of Architecture , Ahmedabad
Advisor: Ass. Prof Roma Almeida

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Due to climate change, there are large number of disasters taking place in India. It faces recurring atmospheric phenomena like floods, heavy monsoon rains, cyclones, earthquakes, drought etc. These natural disasters take thousands of lives, cost millions of money, and result in loss of large number of lives.
Out of all these natural disasters in India, flood is one of the most affected and dangerous disaster. Assam having the Brahmaputra River with more than 50 numbers of tributaries causes the flood devastation in the monsoon period each year. Out of all the districts in Assam, Dhubri district has river Brahmaputra flowing through the centre of it and faces flood almost every year which adds to the vulnerability of people and building stocks.
The main aim is to create resilient house design by using different flood resilient strategies which can sustain itself in the situation of flood and can save lives of people during these difficult times and can ensure that the impacts of disaster are manageable and short-lived. The built community and houses are a prototype which can be repeated to flood prone areas and can sustain itself.
The built community and houses to become resilient, have to be climate responsive and rebound during the events of floods.

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Community Disaster Resilience and Social Advancement Centre – Majuli Island

Author: Shubham Vinayak Kambli
Site Location: Majuli Island,Assam
Institute: Pillai HOC College of Architecture, Rasayani (PiCA HOC)
Advisor: Prof. Jayant Sahasrabudhe

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The project responds to the current climatic conditions faced by the people of Salmora Gaon, Majuli Island resulting in loss of occupation, there rich culture and shelter. Due to mismanagement many villagers especially the female population faces sanitation problems, many try to temporary shift towards the highland area were they are unable to serve their families. A step towards addressing these problems is providing the right platform and injecting the right program.


Thus a proposed architectural intervention away from the flood zone will act as a social agency not only provides a temporary shelter for the villagers to survive in flood but also a mean for the upliftment of the community by evolving the local construction techniques of Salmora gaon. The program born out of research needs of the community renders the proposal relevant, while acknowledging the need for it to be sustainable in every sense of the word. Meanwhile when there is no flood situation the centre will act as a bridge to connect the local people and the visitors to spread their culture which is slowly decreasing, to spread knowledge about their culture.

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Belaku – The Hampi Interpretation Center

Author: Harshit V Shastry
Site Location: Hampi, Karnataka
Institute: SJB School of Architecture & Planning, Bengaluru
Advisor: Ar. Sachin Shetty

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The Genesis of an idea took place at the UNESCO World Heritage Site at the historic town of Hampi, Karnataka,India. The Ancient Capital of the Vijayanagara Empire that Hampi once was was renowned for its finesse and intricacy in multiple facets of engineering and design, in terms of Town Planning, Architectural Detailing and Sculpting. In recent times, the heritage structures within the historic site have been prone to desecration both by Natural and Manmade means. Thus, the Government of Karnataka and the Archaeological Survey of India under the guidance of UNESCO have come up with a proposal for an Interpretation Centre that can increase awareness and knowledge amongst people and prevent further desecration of heritage property.

From an Architectural point of view, Hampi provides abundant knowledge with respect to Cultural Nodes , Landmarks and the Series of Spatial Transitions between them, the Interplay between light, shadow and structure and how the combination of these features gives rise to a New Typology of Space making and an Ambience that deeply affects the psyche of the Viewer. The proposal for the Interpretation Centre positively opens up multiple possibilities to further explore these features and interpret them in a Modern Architectural Dialect.

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