Author: Sahadbin Abdul Latheef Site Location: Kozhikode, Kerala Institute: Avani Institute of Design Advisor: Prof. Sam Charles
This thesis explores the profound influence of architectural design on young minds (3yrs – 10yrs old), concentrating on primary school children within Kattangal’s Spring Valley School. The project envisions an alluring preschool section, seamlessly melding contemporary concepts with the existing structure. The primary objectives encompass the promotion of children’s well-being, the harmonious fusion of old and new divisions, and the establishment of a strong connection between learning spaces and the surrounding natural environment that encourages learning through play. The research methodology involves comprehensive community engagement, site analysis, and scholarly investigations. The core design concept involves the strategic vertical stacking of architectural masses, incorporating discreet service spaces. This approach facilitates unimpeded mobility and ample recreational zones, addressing potential congestion concerns. The material palette, tailored to climatic considerations and ease of construction, adds a distinctive touch to the project’s practicality. Also, the child-centric interior design, evoking a playful realm, conceals technical complexities. Capitalising on the site’s favourable physical attributes and Kattangal, Kerala, India’s culturally diverse and engaged community, the project endeavours to cultivate a dynamic and inviting learning environment. The end result aspires to holistically nurture young minds through inventive spatial configurations, that accommodate climatic variations while embracing the locality’s vibrant social fabric.
Author: Nerella Manoj Vamsi Site Location: Odisha Institute: Dept. of Planning & Architecture NIT – Calicut Advisor: Dr. Chithra K
Envisioned as India’s premier oncology center and Asia’s fifth-largest, this project tackles the mounting challenge of cancer care by seamlessly integrating pioneering treatment, research, and education. With a resolute focus on delivering uncompromising care to patients while fostering multidisciplinary innovation, the center aims to alleviate the burgeoning cancer patient population. To counter environmental concerns, extensive green integration will serve as a natural pollutant filter, promoting clean air and local climate equilibrium.
The design ethos transcends convention by harmonizing indoor and outdoor spaces, offering multi-tiered recreational zones to encourage outdoor engagement and infusing nature as a healing element. Moreover, a commitment to sustainability is reflected through energy-efficient systems and passive design strategies that align with the local climate. By synergizing cutting-edge technologies, patient-centric realms, and sustainable elements, the design aspires to cultivate a therapeutic environment, enhancing patient experiences and catalyzing pioneering strides in cancer research.
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: 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: 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: Pritesh Jain Site Location: Aurangabad, Maharashtra Institute: Marathwada Insitute of Technology (MIT) Advisor: Ar. Pranita Pranjale
“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.
Author: Utkarsh Arun Jagtap Site Location: Satara, Maharashtra Institute: CTES College of Architecture Advisor: Kirti Desai
There are two sections to the project: introspective programs and residential spaces. The section on introspection is designed to help the user connect with their inner self. The property is 32 acres in size. The goal is for users to explore the site as they explore a part of themselves. The light pavilion, reflection cube, introspection cave, bamboo forest, and unbuilt are all part of the Introspection program, and they all incorporate the five elements of nature. Residential units are classified into three types: single occupancy, double occupancy, and dormitories. Site preservation, wind direction, afforestation, retaining/maintaining ground water table, and greenhouse effect reduction have all been effectively addressed.
Author: Somesh Nadkarni Site Location: Mumbai Institute: School of Environment and Architecture (SEA) Advisor: Rupali Gupte & Apirva Talpade
The thesis explored the different spatialities of Social Security that emerge in informal neighbourhoods in Mumbai. It was a comparative analysis that intended to study how security in a neighbourhood changes when the existing spaces get institutionalised. Therefore, I looked at new ways of rethinking this spatiality that promotes the growth of security while also asking what an inhabitation in the forest might be like, instead of insecurities caused by displacement.
The design creates this sense of security through particular spatial configurations where the home is a set of interconnected, porous and dense spaces; where the neighbourhood becomes one home. Through the concept of collective memory, the intervention is created around the Nodes of Social Security by which the inhabitants navigate around the neighbourhood. The design creates opportunities for the forest to merge with the home and sustain itself eventually, thereby also retaining the resident’s agency and practices. I am arguing that instead of such Rehabilitation schemes that displace people, an intervention like this could be a speculative future for the residents by the PIL (Public Interest Litigation Act).