Center of Excellence for Sustainable Development

Author: Mansi Dharmendra Kabrawala
Site Location: Surat
Institute: Sarvajanik College of Engineering & Technology (SCET)
Advisor: Ar. Snehal Shah


India is a major emitter of greenhouse gases and one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change. The country is experiencing significant climate changes and a variety of impacts such as water scarcity, heat waves, drought, etc. Countries across the world have realised the urgency of sustainable urban practice. Accordingly, we need a new approach to architectural design – the one simultaneously addressing the complex environmental issues and other that meet the needs of contemporary societies and economies. Therefore, the question here arises, how to see this challenging moment as an opportunity to look at innovations that is relevant to a society?

Since cities strive for economic development, environmental development is always overlooked by all the sectors of the industry. Time and again, Designers are one of the responsible creators where each design action can affect lives of the users. With an

increased awareness that comes with these emerging issues, today’s globalized society needs to find an effective design solution that would bring out innovative ways to merge the present with future, that creates a better world for all!

The thesis addresses to the major challenges of our time and in the future through Climate Responsive Design Approach.

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Design of a mixed-use sustainable tower in Mumbai

Author: Kurada Sharmila Dharani
Site Location: Mumbai
Institute: Department of Planning and Architecture NIT Rourkela
Advisor: Dr. Basudatta Sarkar


The most concerning problem in the fastest growing cities around the world is the increase in population with no adequate infrastructure. All the fastest-growing cities are the synonyms of pollution, exploitation of natural resources, etc these days. So, the challenge here is to fit the urban population within the limits of the cities and to develop their neighbourhood as a whole to give them a sustainable life where there is no exploitation of natural resources and pollution, rise in temperature, climatic change, but paves their and the world’s way ahead in terms of green practices. The design – Mixed-Use Sustainable Tower at Mumbai, achieved LEED Platinum rating following the sustainable credits as required under the diverse categories. The project also provides free energy for the resident’s lifetime through the usage of renewable energy techniques and systems. The project sets an example of sustainability and its ability to transform the neighbourhood and the environment as a whole.

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A Net Zero Design Intervention for Sustainability Research Institute at M.S.University of Baroda

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.

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