Author: Kartikye Bordoloi Site Location: Arunachal Pradesh Institute: Faculty of Architecture, Marwadi University Advisor: Prof. Parth Sadariya
Bhagwan Parshuram is believed to have cleansed his sin here of committing matricide by washing his hands in the holy water to rid the axe after creating the passage for the River Brahmaputra through the Himalayas. This mythological significance forms the cultural heritage and attracts a large number of pilgrims (70,000 to 100,000) particularly during Makar Sankranti. There is a steady rise in the number. The present facilities and amenities are inadequate and poor. The Government of India in 2022 under the scheme PRASHAD sanctioned Rs. 37.88 Crores for the basic amenities and facilities and enrichment of the religious tourism experience. The goal is to integrate the kund vicinity in a prioritised, planned and sustainable manner. Arunachal Pradesh is bestowed with a rich biodiversity, flora & fauna, scenic beauty, lifestyle, cultural heritage and a diverse ethnicity, food, dress, arts & crafts, and festivals. It is proposed to showcase and promote these attributes for the benefit, economic development of the local people as an inclusive program.
Author: Anuj Kumbhar Site Location: Varanasi Institute: Vishwaniketan College of Architecture, Arts & Design Advisor: Prof. Viji Nair
Varanasi, often called the spiritual capital of India, is a city known for its ancient rituals and traditions, particularly those associated with death and cremation. The existing facilities for accommodating visitors during these sensitive times are inadequate, leading to overcrowding, environmental concerns, and limited amenities. “The Last Pause” is an innovative solution that aims to transform the perception of Varanasi’s death rituals by providing a well-designed and inclusive space that caters to the diverse needs of its visitors. The primary objective of “The Last Pause” is to create a sustainable and respectful space that honours the traditions and beliefs of the people coming to Varanasi for death rituals. By establishing this intervention, we seek to provide a range of facilities and programs that will enable visitors to grieve, perform rituals, seek solace, and find a sense of community during their stay. Furthermore, by incorporating landscape irrigation and other sustainable features, the project aims to contribute positively to the city’s environment. “The Last Pause” envisions a transformative architectural intervention that redefines Varanasi’s social spaces and rituals surrounding death. By providing a comprehensive and respectful environment, this project aims to create a harmonious experience for visitors while upholding the city’s cultural heritage. Through collaboration between NGOs and the government, this aims to foster a deeper sense of community and understanding in one of India’s most spiritually significant cities.
Author: Divya Gupta Site Location: Alibag, Maharashtra Institute: CTES Advisor: Prof. Anuprita Surve
In the climate change era, a rise in sea level temperature has led to many calamities. It has become important for architects to address these issues at the conceptual stage of design.
Wind induced computational design refers to the process of using computational tools to analyze the aerodynamic performance of a building in response to wind loads. It involves simulating the behavior of wind around the structure, and using the data to adjust the design, in order to minimize the wind induced forces and optimize the performance.This process can be used to connect and optimize other climatic factors like solar, radiation and wind.
The focus of this project is on developing an innovative method of precisely designing the shape of the building and form-finding methods based on weather data. This knowledge can be further utilized to make a cyclone resilient structure that can withstand heavy wind forces. This program consists of a primary school, disaster management office, and gymkhana for sports that can provide shelter during disasters.
Author: Suditi Chaudhury Site Location: Mumbai Institute: Lokmanya Tilak Institute of Architecture & Design studies Advisor: Associate Prof. Shilpa Vivekanand
Urban areas in India generate more than 1,00,000 MT of waste per day (CPHEEO, 2000). A large metropolis such as Mumbai generates about 7000 MT of waste per day (MCGM, 2014), Collecting, processing, transporting, and disposing of this municipal solid waste (MSW) is the responsibility of urban local bodies (ULBs) in India. The Project attempts to investigate the issue of waste, which is frequently overlooked in the field of architecture. Waste management infrastructure is typically invisible to the general public, despite being critical to city planning. The hope with this new program is that the activated space would consequently attract the entire community. The site will promote relationships with the city, which will enrich its citizens. Reconnect and communicate to the masses, but also weave new public or institutional programs with by-products and sustainable production. The site will deal with a waste segregation facility where manual and mechanical input together can go hand in hand, Secondly, the waste treatment plant will act as a transitional place between all stakeholders mentioned above. Thirdly, adding a learning and awareness center which will bridge the gap between the knowledge of waste disposal and the public. By keeping this in mind, the four program components become waste, transportation, education, and living.
Author: Joseph Benny Site Location: Mumbai Institute: Wadiyar centre for Architecture Advisor: Prof. Manoj Ladhad
The thesis explores the architectural significance and socio-cultural impact of an iconic free-flowing tower in Mumbai, India. The tower stands as a testament to the city’s evolving skyline and represents a bold departure from conventional design norms. With its distinctive curvilinear form, the tower captivates attention and raises questions about the relationship between architectural expression, functionality, and urban identity. Through a multidisciplinary approach, this research delves into the design principles, structural innovations, and spatial experiences associated with the free-flowing tower. It investigates the conceptualization and execution of the tower’s organic form, exploring the factors that influenced its creation and the challenges encountered during its realization.
Furthermore, the thesis analyzes the tower’s functional integration and programmatic versatility. It examines how the unconventional form of the tower has facilitated the creation of dynamic spaces that adapt to various uses, such as residential, commercial, and cultural. The study also investigates the tower’s impact on the surrounding urban fabric and its ability to foster social interactions, enhance livability, and contribute to the city’s identity as a global metropolis.
Author: Yukathasri C. Site Location: Bengaluru Institute: CMRU School of Architecture Advisor: Prof. Muralidhar. K
The architectural thesis proposes the design of a community center for designers by repurposing one of the abandoned NGEF factory buildings (Bengaluru). The community center would be a hub that fosters creativity, collaboration and professional development of designers. It is to be a space for designers to connect, share ideas, develop skills and network. The research is based on the understanding that designers need a setting that offers the requirements needed for creative expression, learning and professional development. These requirements are analysed through the assessments of live and literature case studies. The design proposed is a flexible and adaptable space that accommodates a variety of design activities for different design fields. The community center offers coworking spaces with collaborative workspaces, makerspaces outfitted with specialized tools and equipment, a resource library with access to design materials and an exhibition space to showcase the work of the designers. The facility also has areas where the designers can relax, socialise or recharge. ‘Beyond design’ strives to encourage designers by catering to their needs and supporting the community.
Author: Bibhuti Bikash Bora Site Location: Majuli, Assam Institute: Acharya’s NRV School of Architecture Advisor: Ar. Gracy H. David
Dakshinpat Satra, located in the state of Assam in India, is a significant cultural and religious site. It is one of the most visited places in Assam, attracting a large number of tourists every year. However, despite its cultural importance and the increasing number of visitors, the satra lacks proper accommodation for tourists and advanced educational facilities for students of majuli . Moreover, there is a need for exhibition and workshop spaces to showcase the rich art and craft of the region. This thesis aims to propose a design solution for the development of Dakshinpat Satra by adding accommodation for tourists, school facilities, and exhibition and workshop spaces. So the main aims is to enhance the cultural heritage of the region by providing proper accommodation facilities for tourists, school facilities for students, and exhibition and workshop spaces for artists and craftsmen. promoting local craftsmanship and reducing the carbon footprint. Also it will provide a unique experience for tourists, enhance the knowledge of students, and provide a platform for artists and craftsmen to display their work.
Author: Dhruv Sachala Site Location: Mumbai Institute: School of Environment & Architecture Advisor: Ar. Rupali Gupte & Ar. Apurva Talpade
The design thesis looks to intervene in existing processes of architecture practiced in various parts of the country. 95% of architecture evolves incrementally, mobilizing multiple forces. It follows a very nuanced and intermittent way of transforming their built form, shaped by diverse social and economic influences. This organic growth involves continuous, non-linear transformations that respond to inhabitants’ needs. Unlike traditional linear processes, that appear to be the only delivery system, this approach incorporates factors like local networks, small finances, kinship networks, and a sense of repair. The aim is to comprehend and engage with this dynamic, ecologically sensitive design process, to understand the forces that produce inhabitation, and to find ways for architects to insert themselves into this process. The tool kit is a set of specific and surgical architectural interventions / techniques that allow for rethinking of fundamental elements of the building, and funtionality such as walls, fenestrations, foundations, etc, to be much more responsive to the condition of enighbourhood. The toolkit is divided into parts, each part talks about elements of building, it talks about how these elements which are present in the neighbourhood can be repaired or scaled in way to enhance the light and ventilation conditions in the dense area, while also looking at the asthetic details of the space. The catelogue is further used to design few habitations in detail. Also, looking at how to work on the form of such spaces keeping in consideration the density. The catelogue is further used to design some of the habitation in detail.
Author: Vibha G Rao Site Location: Bengaluru Institute: SJB School of Architecture & Planning Advisor: Ar. Shreya Shetty
Memories, emotions, and spaces are all interconnected in our lives. But what about the person whose memory is fading and therefore finds it uncomfortable to live in an environment that is not conducive to them? This is true for people with dementia.
Architecture can play an important role in the lives of people with dementia. The design of buildings and spaces can enable or hinder our ability to navigate, communicate and engage with our environment.
So, there are other ways to create an environment for them and protect their dignity by showing the spectrum of designed spaces beyond the physical realm. Project focused on studying the impact of dementia-friendly architecture to create a supportive and empowering environment for people with dementia so that they can live with dignity and independence for as long as possible.
• Giving people with dementia a sense of community
• Maintaining quality of life in progressive dementia
• Environmental cues that highlight different spaces.
• Flexible design features that facilitate individual lifestyle continuity, facilitate memory, allow for changes in people’s needs and reactions.
• Different settings and features of interest
• Discreet security features that support freedom while reducing risk to a level acceptable to employees and families.
Author: Ichchha Vijayendra Singham Site Location: Himachal Pradesh Institute: Pillai HOC College of Architecture Advisor: Ar. Ashwathy Rajagopal
Himachal Pradesh- a north Indian state with difficult terrain and was often seen as in isolation from the modern and western influences of the world, untouched by the modern and western influences of the world. Over the past few years, Himachal has been frequently affected by ominous flash flooding resulting in landslides due to washing away of soil. The idea of the project is to form a prototype for housing in Himachal with disaster resistant techniques of construction. The design responds to the cold temperate climate of the Himalayan mountains, remoteness of the site as well as aims for resilience to earthquakes and landslides. The building is designed with heavy stone filled gabion retaining walls at the bottom and a light wooden structure on top covered with wattle and daub panels as an infill material. Undressed stone in gabion walls is used because it can be picked up from waste and also it reduces the labour. It is crafted with a balance between local knowledge and modern construction techniques aiming to encourage community participation and ownership. the idea was to not just provide a structure but system from start to end where users take part in it and have better understanding of their impact.
Author: Suraj Satish Wani Site Location: Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh Institute: PDEA COA – Akurdi Advisor: Ar. Nishant Gawande
The Bhopal Gas Tragedy Memorial Complex is a sustainable project that pays tribute to the victims of a devastating industrial disaster while prioritizing environmental, social, and economic sustainability. The complex incorporates sustainable design elements and practices to minimize its environmental impact and ensure long-term viability.
Energy efficiency is prioritized through natural ventilation and lighting in the admin block, reducing energy consumption and enhancing visitor comfort. The use of durable materials like exposed brick and concrete minimizes maintenance needs and resource-intensive renovations.
Water conservation measures, including rainwater harvesting systems, are implemented to reduce reliance on external water sources. Social sustainability is promoted through facilities like knowledge and skill development centres, fostering community empowerment and economic growth.
The project’s economic sustainability is achieved through responsible design and operation, reducing maintenance costs and supporting the local economy through a food court for local vendors.
The complex serves as a solemn memorial while exemplifying sustainable practices, inspiring future developments and responsible resource management. It stands as a testament to the fusion of remembrance and sustainable principles, creating a lasting impact on the affected community and the environment.
Author: Deep S. Nahar Site Location: Versova, Maharashtra Institute: Aditya college of Architecture Advisor: Ar. Rita Nayak.
Taking a look at the proposal for Eco-centric research, awareness center and museum is for 400 people daily visitors. The center focuses not only the treatment of leopards but also on the overall development how human and leopard coexistence can be maximize at and around the periphery of Sanjay Gandhi National Park. The leopard research center is dedicated to wildlife biologist, leopard researchers, veterinarian etc. and awareness center to create awareness to local people how to deal with leopards, precautions to be taken to avoid conflict with leopards.
The spaces are shaped in accordance with the existing trees on the site and reflect the topography’s slope, which does not rest on the ground and allowing the natural life of the soil and the creatures to continue. Bamboo architecture has been employed because the location is in a forest zone and will assist the project become a sustainable and ecofriendly building. The Design’s Form is inspired by a phenomenon in nature known as “The crown shyness,” in which trees avoid touching one another in order to let the other live while maintaining their own lives.
Author: Darshan Sukhadiya Site Location: Thar, Rajasthan Institute: Institute of Design, Planning & Technology (IDPT)-SCET Advisor: Prof. Saloni Shah
Craft has a profound impact on society by shaping cultural values, stimulating economic growth, fostering creativity, promoting social harmony, and introducing community identity.
As time changes, the appreciation and preservation of traditional crafts hold a special significance. As contemporary society seeks to reconnect with its cultural roots while embracing modernity, redefining the importance of traditional crafts became a captivating endeavour. It involves the delicate balance of honouring timeless techniques, cultural heritage, and artistic expression while infusing these crafts with a fresh and relevant appeal that resonates with the tastes and sensibilities of today.
Traditional crafts are not relics of the past, they are living traditions with rich stories and craftsmanship. Thus, this project reimagines their value for contemporary society. It attempts to bridge the gap between the past and the present, uniting generations and cultures under the banner of creativity and innovation.
The project examines native handicraft groups and the role of craft in their day-to-day life. It critiques the nature of the existing craft networks and their interdependency and attempts to rethink rural infrastructure by looking at planning methods, using conventional beliefs that can provide a socio-ecological manner of creating an environment – Using the local knowledge to make architecture as a catalyst for managing traditional knowledge within the present.
It invites craftsmen to explore the boundless possibilities of blending old and new.
This proposal understands the existing complexities and challenges and works towards an integrated solution. By looking at the craft community as a reflection of a combination of events, activities, and thought objects, this project aims to celebrate the craft by amalgamating innovation with tradition.
Author: Komal Prabhakar Pawaskar Site Location: Assam Institute: AIKTC School of Architecture (Anjuman I Islam Kalsekar Technical Campus) Advisor: Prof. Parag Rawool
It is observed that traditional and cultural patterns are slowly disappearing due to emerging and shifting land dynamics. Moreover, there is a critical point at which populations migrate voluntarily and constructively before being forcefully relocated. The community is at the risk of gradually growing hungry as their coping methods become exhausted. The design is created with an integrated approach towards addressing problems along with the socio-cultural practices in the reconstruction of public infrastructure that can withstand uncertainties and can improve capacity building within the communities—creating employment possibilities that meet shifting market demands while empowering communities.
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”.
Looking at the world around us, we believe it is crucial for everyone to understand how to build sustainably and use our resources judiciously. Continuing the theme from the previous 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”.
This year, the Gold Medal will be awarded along with a cash prize of ₹25,000.
The Registration for the Charles Correa Gold Medal 2023 is closed.
The Applicant College of architecture must be located in India and approved by the Council of Architecture (COA).
Each entry must be an architectural design thesis project of a bonafide student of the Applicant College of architecture. The student must be the sole author of the project. Group work is not permitted.
The Applicant College may send only one entry, and the entry must be the thesis project of a student from the graduating class of the academic year 2022-23.
Applicant Colleges must submit their registration form via email by 5.00PM IST, 14 July 2023.
The submission for all the deliverables is 12.00 PM (noon) IST, 14 August 2023.
The format for deliverables will be provided to the Applicant Colleges upon registration.
For a detailed list of Guidelines, click on the image below.
ARCHITECTURE THESIS PROJECT – WHAT CAN THEY SAY, WHAT CAN THEY DO?
As a part of the Charles Correa Gold Medal 2023, the Charles Correa Foundation organized a panel discussion on the present and future of the graduating thesis projects at architecture schools in India titled, Architecture Thesis Project – What can they say, what can they do?
The discussion was led by Dr. Kaiwan Mehta, and the panel consisted of Suhasini Ayer, Tanuja Kanvinde, Biju Kuriakose and Bijoy Ramachandran.
You can watch the entire event in the video below.
Author: Nitya Kapoor Site Location: Hyderabad Institute: School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal (SPA-B) Advisor: Dr Piyush Hajela
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.
Author: Jerin J Panakkel Site Location: Attapadi, Kerala Institute: College of Architecture Trivandrum (CAT) Advisor: Prof. Niby Thomas Varghese
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.
Author: Shreyas Varun K Site Location: Bengaluru Institute: Nitte School of Architecture and Planning, Bengaluru Advisor: Prof. Ar.Yuvaraj Perumal
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.
Author: Shah Ronak Vipul Amita Site Location: Bandra Kurla Complex, MMRDA Ground, Mumbai. Institute: Aditya College of Architecture Advisor: Ar. Rita Nayak
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.
Author: Juzer Ali Johar Ali Site Location: Gandhinagar, Gujarat Institute: Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Architecture, Pune Advisor: Prof. Mukta Latkar Talwalkar
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.