Author: Devayani M Site Location: Sundarbans Institute: R V College of Architecture Advisor: Anup Naik, Mehul Patel, Nagaraj Vastarey, U Seema Maiya
This project investigates the need to design a climate resilient and responsive form for the coastal communities in the Sundarbans with the aim of adapting to the devastating effects of climate change.
The site is located in Gosaba Island in Sundarbans which falls under the moderate to high risk zone. This island is constantly threatened by coastal erosion, environmental degradation and salt water inundation due to flooding thereby causing loss of livelihood.
The master-plan is developed to be implemented in a phased manner over the next 30 years. The plan envisages responding to the identified natural conditions of the site and developing the design that proposes to selectively allow water flow through the site to create wetlands, and a natural mangrove buffer zone to mitigate the effects of floods and storm surges. The aim of the project is to create a prototype built form that is inspired by the local livelihood practices, skills and local typologies of construction. The design focuses on creating modular flood and storm resilient structures using bamboo as the primary building material. The buildings are raised on stilts and strategically located around the landscape and connected by elevated walkways to protect from the floods and harsh winds. The structure has modular components that can be easily customised to needs of the user.
The project is a response to the impending disaster that the people of Sundarbans have to face. Through symbiotically fusing the built environment within a natural ecology, the architecture is designed to positively sustain the landscape and its people.
Author: Brendon Joseph Dlima Site Location: Mumbai Institute: L.S. Raheja School of Architecture Advisor: Ar. Mridula Pillai
Mumbai undergoes a crisis from June to September annually. The city’s fast paced development has been at the cost of it’s vital blue-green infrastructure, causing its vast population to suffer a submergence during the monsoon months, due to increased rainfall and a rise in sea level, both attributed to Climate Change. The dissertation investigates whether an architect can make Mumbai resilient to floods and whether Mumbai can become a flood resilient city by learning to use the rainwater it receives.
The Oshiwara River Province was taken as a site to re-design for flood resilience. A masterplan of the Oshiwara River Province was designed to reduce and manage runoff. The most vulnerable building typologies along the river which were informal settlements and cow sheds were re-designed thereby providing more room to the river. The building typologies which were not as vulnerable were retrofitted for resilience.
Mumbai can thus become resilient to floods by learning how to use the rainwater it receives and by giving the blue green infrastructure the importance it deserves. Through this approach we will be able to eventually achieve ‘Flood Resilience in Mumbai’
Author: Ansh Shah Site Location: Vadodara Institute: SEDA, Navrachna University Advisor: Shantanu Jana
The chosen site for the proposal is adjacent to the historic D.N.Hall and the modernist KAAF building. We strive to continue the legacy of coming up with periodic design decisions by adding a contemporary touch to the campus. We envisage to create an extension that would teach-
Students: to go through a learning journey that includes everything from collaborating on design decisions to technology selection and system monitoring. Faculty: They can participate in continuous research initiatives that improve their expertise and academic credentials as early adopters of intriguing new technologies. Local Schools: Obtain a greater understanding of what is achievable and motivation for future generations to work toward a more energy-efficient society. The Larger Community: The building embodies sustainable development principles and serves as a model of sustainability for universities and professionals nationwide.
Since the building will be part of an academic curriculum, it will feature experimental aspects that will be evaluated. The proposal will serve as a prototype for monitoring the zero net energy results across time. This information shall also aid in the development of a precise design plan for transforming the M.S.U. campus into a zero net energy campus in future.
The jury for the Charles Correa Gold Medal 2021 was Dennis Pieprz (Jury Chair & Urban Designer, Sasaki), Gurjit Singh Matharoo (Principal Architect, Matharoo Associates), Shimul Javeri Kadri (Principal Architect, SJK Architects), Nadine Gerdts (Senior Critic, Rhode Island School of Design) and Bijoy Ramachandran (Principal Architect, Hundredhands) where they mainly looked for entries that consider the site and context of the proposed project with clarity in formulation and addressal of real-life issues.
GOLD MEDAL 2021 WINNER
The winning project ‘Decoding Cultural Trauma: Case of Girangaon, Mumbai’ uses architecture to address the sensitive issue of cultural and urban trauma, by making it contextual, and working within the existing urban fabric in the Girangaon bazaar in Mumbai. The project attempts to tackle the huge development pressure on the site through a human-centric design intervention. The sections are beautifully drawn, each one describing a different glimpse into the plethora of activities that take place within the built, and unbuilt spaces amidst a varied scheme of programmes, spaces and volumes.
The first honourable mention, ‘Pop Up Structures for Temporal Scenario’ is commendable as it speaks to the smaller towns of India and captures the kinetic city in an innovative way – it blurs the line between product and architecture and addresses a real problem with a unique and novel solution. It looks at a site enroute to the temple at Palani, using it to accommodate pilgrims during the annual Thaipusam festival, and is imagined before and after the festival’s season returning to its agrarian condition. The thesis is sensitive to the mechanics of these kinetic structures and the design of it serves to address three issues: accommodation, healthcare and cultural gathering space, through a common solution to help us in our understanding of the context and functionality.
The second honourable mention, ‘Infrastructure for Artistic Practice’ is exemplary as it looks at urban acupuncture as a potential methodology in an informal and densely packed settlement in Thane city. This thesis takes a participatory approach in the redevelopment of this commune, and each intervention is a strategy to regenerate the existing socio-cultural practices through a catalogue of urban tools and uses local technology and place making as its basis.
Watch the livestream of the Charles Correa Gold Medal 2021 above.
Charles Correa Gold Medal Storehouse
The ‘Storehouse’ is a digital repository of undergraduate architectural thesis projects that were received as a part of the Charles Correa Gold Medal. The storehouse intends to be a compilation of curated academic projects from across India, that gets updated annually after the Gold Medal Awards hosted by the Charles Correa Foundation.
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. 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 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 of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
Architect, Urban Designer, Film-maker
Rohan Shivkumar is an architect, urban designer and filmmaker practising in Mumbai. He is the Dean of the Architecture course at the Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies. His work ranges from architecture, urban research and consultancy projects to works in film and visual art. He is interested in issues concerning housing, public space and in exploring the many ways of reading and representing the city.
Rohan is the co-editor of the publication on an interdisciplinary research and art collaboration – ‘Project Cinema City’. He curates film programmes and writes on cinema, architecture and urban issues. He has also made films on art, architecture and urbanism including ’Nostalgia for the future’, ‘Lovely Villa’, and ‘Squeeze Lime in Your Eye’.
Co-founder, Arya Architects
Dr. Meghal Arya is an educator and practicing architect, teaching design and history at the Faculty of Architecture, CEPT University. She has been guest professor at leading international institutions like ETSAM, Madrid, TU, Vienna, UCT, Johannesburg, POLIMI, Milan, and the Charles Correa Chair at GCA, Goa. Key to her work is seeking knowledge embedded in traditional Indian architecture, unfolding its essentials and translating its value into present context. Her doctoral research ‘Embedded Knowledge in Architecture’ furthered this interest, focusing on the relation between water and human built environment, published as a book titled ‘Spatial Ecology of Water’. She curates faculty development programs for teachers in architecture and has several publications to her credit. Her professional experience includes public projects related to transport infrastructure, educational institutions and special buildings like zoo. Her firm, Arya Architects, is a niche award winning practice with partner Vijay Arya engaged with the design of public spaces in India as inclusive dignified realms.
Co-founder, Auroville CSR Trust
Suhasini Ayer is an Architect ,Urban Planner and co-founder of the Auroville Centre for Scientific Research (CSR) Trust. She heads Auroville Design Consultants – a planning and architectural design studio, primarily focused on planning, designing and implementing the applied research development projects within Auroville to field test the innovations and research carried by CSR and other organisations within Auroville.
The studio is also active in providing planning and design consultancy integrating the experiential learning of the applied research projects into the design vision while responding to the natural and human geography, local climate and culture to evolve minimal and elegant built forms. The underlying theme in all the projects is the creating integrative systems, including water, energy, waste, building materials and technology to create passive sustainable networks between the people to the built and unbuilt spaces, to empower them to take responsibility for their environment.
Mentor + Partner, Studio Praxis
Arthur Duff has over 30 years’ experience in architecture, interior design, and furniture design and manufacturing. After completing his studies at CEPT University, he spent 9 years in India, working with Anant Raje and Kiran Pandya before returning to Ireland and co-founding the Duff-Tisdall Design Studio. He has also worked as a lecturer with a number of Irish Design Institutions. In 2015 he joined the faculty at CEPT University and established the Master Programme in Furniture Design as well as heading Library Services at the Lilavati Library on campus.
Duff joined Maneesh Kumar at Studio Praxis in Ahmedabad as mentor and partner. The firm focuses on using natural and appropriate materials and construction methods, to create climate-responsive designs that are sustainable and comfortable to live in and use. The practice sits at the intersection of architecture, interiors and furniture design.
The Charles Correa Gold Medal is an award initiated in 1998 by Indian architect and urbanist Charles Correa. Through the format of the Gold Medal, the Charles Correa. Foundation intends to not only challenge students and schools of architecture to focus on pressing issues, but also to emphasize the role that architects can play in society as “agents of change”
This year, the Charles Correa Gold Medal focused on thesis projects that addressed climate concerns through architecture design. Charles Correa coined the phrase ‘Form Follows Climate’ and often said “to build in India is to respond to climate”.
The jury for the Charles Correa Gold Medal 2022 is Kapil Gupta (Serie Architects), Rohan Shivkumar (Architect, Urban designer, film-maker), Meghal Arya (Co-founder, Arya Architects), Suhasini Ayer (Co-founder, Auroville CSR Trust) and Arthur Duff (Mentor + Principal Architect, Praxis Architects),where they mainly looked for entries that consider the site and context of the proposed project with clarity in formulation and addressal of real-life issues.
The Charles Correa Gold Medal seeks out compelling visions for the future of the built environment across architecture colleges in India. This year, the Gold Medal addresses the urgency of climate responsive architecture. Correa’s lucid intuition, ‘Form Follows Climate’ is remarkably pertinent today, a moment where the construction industry is a significant contributor to global warming, accounting for almost 25% of global carbon emissions.
The award challenges students and institutions to rewrite the values of the discipline and the profession, to foreground a strong environment-led framework of thinking and making, if we are to confront the challenges of living in the anthropocene.
The 46 entries for the CCGM 2022 reveal an increasing awareness among students of the implicit role that the construction industry plays in global warming. The entries expressed various architectural and planning solutions, from interesting passive design strategies to impressive technical simulations to understand and optimise how buildings consume resources, energy and water, recycle waste and landscape strategies to create food security.
While we will not be awarding the Gold Medal this year, we encourage students to seek out new ideas and methods of thinking and building sustainably within the diverse environmental, cultural and social landscape of the subcontinent.
This insightful proposal for an environmental research centre foregrounds the computational intelligence of building diagnostic software as a tool to enable and evaluate passive design strategies while creating a vibrant urban realm for users and the city.
The project deploys a set of procedural transformations to a generic volumetric grid of programs. The addition and subtraction of grid modules is rationalised by computational optimization for daylight penetration, thermal mass efficiency and cross ventilation, besides the cogent organisation of institutional programs. The typological repetition of elemental public spaces generates a surprisingly porous building, with human-scaled green terraces and open-to-sky voids that facilitate an intimate visual connectivity across the campus.
This provocative project proposed adaptive reuse as a strategy to renew and repurpose the abandoned building in the city, thus ensuring the full use of the embodied energy. In stark opposition to the logic of speculative real-estate where erasure and new new construction is the norm, the project invests in the embodied carbon conservation of the old structure. It also proposes the use of construction waste to further mitigate its carbon footprint.
Adaptive re-use is increasingly adopted globally as a viable use of the carbon already embedded in the building besides helping in urban regeneration. While the proposal requires more rigorous design development, we would like to applaud this entry with a citation, as it forsakes market-led formalism for a thoughtful response to its site and a relevant response to climate change.
Watch the livestream of the Charles Correa Gold Medal 2022 above.
The Charles Correa Gold Medal is an award initiated in 1998 by the Indian architect and urbanist Charles Correa.
At its inception in 1998, the medal was awarded annually to the best thesis project from the Goa College of Architecture, Panaji. A couple of years later the scope was extended to schools of architecture in Mumbai, with administrative assistance from the Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI). Over 17 years, the Charles Correa Gold Medal has selected 16 gold medalists and 23 honourable mentions which were reviewed and selected by a jury which included Charles Correa, Kamu Iyer, and other eminent architects.
From 2021, the Charles Correa Foundation has administered the awarding of the Gold Medal.
Author: Prachi Kadam Site Location: Girangaon, Lalbaug, Mumbai Institute: LS Raheja College of Architecture, Mumbai Advisor: Ar. Mridula Pillai Gudekar
Cultural trauma occurs when the locals feel their place is threatened by an event that leads to irreversible damage and changes the space that was once theirs in turn redefining its identity. One such event which lead to a cultural wounding in India was the mill owners strike of 1982 which changed the place identity of the mill abode of Girangaon from its rich girni culture to a pure consumer culture.
In order to counteract the trauma of urban violence, a common trend of redevelopment, this project was conceptualized keeping in mind the true impermanent nature of the site. It attempts to heal the cultural trauma by “designing for informality” and by working out simple solutions to the existing adversities on site.
Author: Jaswanth NS Site Location: Palani, Dindigul, Tamil Nadu Institute: CARE School of Architecture, Trichy Advisor: Ar.Balaji Rajasekaran
Pilgrimage is a part and parcel of the culture of the sub-continent and takes innumerable and sometime specific forms based on the religious centre. Palani is one such unique pilgrim city in India, wherein people from all parts of Tamil Nadu take a padhayatra (walk) to Palani, after the Pongal festival ends, which is called Thaipusam. Dedicated to Lord Muruga, people carry colourful kavadis and walk up the hills of Palani for the darshan of the lord. Lakhs of people conjugate at one place but the infrastructure is minimal. This is a seasonal event and hence permanent structures are mostly underutilized. It is in this premise that the thesis looks at a type of architecture that is temporal and ephemeral.
The thesis attempts to provide temporary pop up structures like a kit of parts which can be assembled and serve as places to sleep, places to refresh, and medical facilities required for the pilgrims who undertake the padayathra during the event. Post the event, the flexibility and temporal nature of these structures can be used to facilitate multi-dimensional and varied requirements.
Author: Manish Shravane Site Location: Thane, Maharashtra Institute: School of Environment and Architecture, Mumbai Advisor: Milind Mahale & Sabaa Giradkar
This project explores potential methodology for urban interventions in an informal settlement in Thane city. It proposes a number of innovative strategies for regenerating the existing socio-cultural practices through a catalogue of urban tools that support artistic practices, solve the lack of cultural infrastructure and preserves the traditional life that creates intensity of living through participatory construction methods.
Author: Ravi Modi Site Location: Vadnagar, Mehsana district, Gujarat Institute: MS University, Baroda Advisor: Prof. Percy Adil Pithawala, Ar. Ashish Amin, Ar. Niketa Moghe, Ar. Mitesh Panchal
The objective of this thesis is to raise awareness about the rich history of Vadnagar and evoke a sense of pride and belonging amongst the younger generation through cultural heritage. The challenge is to provide a solution for new intervention without disturbing the foundations of the existing and future ruins which remain yet to be excavated.
Hence the project has tried evolving to an appropriate system of construction which provides inherent flexibility for ease of construction and adaptability to emerging conditions at site during assembly and erection.
Author: Priyanka Yogesh Vaidya Site Location: Surat, Gujarat Institute: Pillai’s HOC College of Architecture, Rasayani Advisor: Ar. Shuchi Joshi, Ar. Aswathy Rajgopal
The aim of the project is to create seamless connectivity in urban areas by enhancing more on the usage of public transport and explore intergrated inter-state bus terminus ground infrastructural developments which will create an identity and will act as an urban node.
Author: Parwati Patil Site Location: Lakundi, Gadag district, Karnataka Institute: Goa College of Architecture, Panaji Advisor: Ar. Sidhi Tendulkar
The Interpretation and Research Centre for Western Chalukyan Temples is located in Lakundi, a village in Gadag District of Karnataka. Anantshodha thus, befits a center that aims to build awareness and promote knowledge of the Western Chalukyan temples while also acting as a means to preserve these temples through documentation and research.
Author: Oishik Chakraborty Site Location: New Town, Kolkata Institute: Jadavpur University, Kolkata Advisor: Ms. Sanghamitra Sarkar, Dr. Sanjib Nag
A Center for Cultural Unification Commemorating Bengal Partition essentially talks about two most important things: Oikya or Unity, and Bengal Partition. This Center aims at providing a platform for this Unity through public interaction. This has been achieved through the site designing, and taking the urban context of the site into consideration in the process.
Author: Rishabh Verma Site Location: Mandala Metro Depot, Mumbai Institute: Pillai College of Architecture, Panvel Advisor: Ar. Kavita Sawant.
The proposal explores the current state of construction workers housing/accommodation and how this scenario can be countered by providing a solution based on quick planning and its execution on multiple sites. This is achieved by utilizing principles of Design for Disassembly in combination with a field volume generated aggregation. This has been done while also maintaining the comfort factor by ensuring existing techniques and materials specific to a climatic zone are used.
Author: Harshit Narnoli Site Location: Central Vista, New Delhi Institute: University School of Arch and Planning, GGSIPU, New Delhi Advisor: Prof. Baljeet Khurana
The thesis questions and tries to establish the sensitivity of the relationship between the state and civilians with architecture as the medium. The project was an attempt to envision a contemporary institution within the rich contextual and cultural heritage of India that focuses on the idea of democracy.
Author: Kevin Shah Site Location: Ice Factory & Fish Market Plot, Pandurang Ramle Marg, Versova Institute: Rachana Sansad Academy of Architecture, Mumbai Advisor: Ar. Snehal Gaikwad
The project method aims towards understanding and unraveling the traditional social binding patterns of Versova Koliwada and relating them with the cognitive capabilities. The daily routines of different categories of habitant users groups are elaborated and mapped in the context of the village. Personal discussions with the same group of users are collected and mapped, in response to their cognitive behaviours based upon the variables of WHODAS 2.0 questionnaire. A linear study of the findings from the social and cognitive mappings is compared.
The study finds out that there are overlaps between the places of occurrences of social and cognitive stimulation, and a majority of these activities occur in and around the livelihood common areas which are volatile in condition.
Author: Samwad Shinde Site Location: Surat, Gujarat Institute: School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada Advisor: Dr. Lilly Rose A.
The project looked at designing a built form which would provide spaces that acted as an integration of commercial, cultural and social activities. Surat City Centre reflects the historical significance of Surat along with a commercial hub merged with multiple public spaces.