Introspection Forest

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.


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The Urban Retreat : A Comprehensive Refuge for varied Psycographs

Author: Ruchira Rathod
Site Location: Mumbai
Institute: Rachna Sansad’s Academy of Architecture (AOA)
Advisor: Swati Chokshi


Cities have become our new homes for the majority of us. Previously, due to migrations, there was a concept of ‘hometown.’ This loss of ‘hometown’ has lost fewer of us who live in the city a much-needed respite. A getaway that allows us to unwind and break free from our daily routines.
Nowadays, taking a “break” is associated with using social media rather than participating in group activities. When it comes to defining the term “break,” biases in components like gender, age, and space were seen. Definitions are strongly impacted by the respondent’s age group. The purpose of this study is to determine the definition of a break for various age groups living in the city. And how can a location give a refuge that caters to the concept of a ’retreat’? Finding a place within the city limits where users may recharge themselves.
The chosen site is located in Mumbai, at Mulund Octroi Naka which has a strong contextual demand. The concept was derived from site prompts, with safety being the primary concern that needed to be addressed. Porosity was implemented through a scattering of built masses, greens, hubs, and organic waterbodies. the elements of porosity were introduced as a module of built function.

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Rural X Governance Representation of Indigenous through architecture by decoding the Warli ontology

Author: Jainami Shah
Site Location: Dahanu, Maharashtra
Institute: Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies
Advisor: Jude Dsouza


The thesis intends to understand the distinctive identity formed by Indigenous communities by their
interconnected relationships with land and ecology.

Due to rapid urbanization, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) keeps extending its limits to the rurban peripheries. These forces have led to Industrial towns and supporting infrastructure for the metropolis being located on the outskirts of the cities leading to the depletion of the ecologies affecting the indigenous community. The tribal folklore is mainly oral and thus not valued and expressed in planning processes.

As of now the future identity of a landscape is purely hegemonic (ruling or dominant in a political context) and exploited for its resources. Participatory planning with the indigenous ideology can show a new model for a sustainable way of living – building – conserving. The dissertation attempts to address how to design and implement decision-making processes that enhance Indigenous lifeways (instead of gentrifying) and different aspects that would be instrumental in planning, governing, and developing the area.

It criticizes the nature of current development and tries to reimagine rural infrastructure and thus proposes smaller interventions that solves the lack of infrastructure while still preserving the ecology and the traditional way of life by improving the quality of common social spaces for political resistance. Here the thesis looks at the smallest form of governance the Gram Sabha (Pesa act) and how it can be activated. The site chosen for intervention was such that awareness would be activated within their daily routines.

The interventions spanned a series of scales- XS/S/M/L. From micro programmes such as rice mills, seating spaces and small infrastructures, to communal amenities for various activities and gatherings,
village level administrative programmes and festival spaces. The proposal is structured around the
imagination of Architecture as a catalyst managing Indigenous Knowledge through programmes of
dissemination, and expression, awareness building, vocational training and workshops

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An Archaeological Experiential Museum, Vadnagar

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.

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Oikya-Tirtha: A Center for Cultural Unification Commemorating Bengal Partition, Kolkata

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.

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Gender X Space

Author: Shreya Pathrabe
Site Location: Sanpada, Navi Mumbai
Institute: Rizvi College of Architecture, Mumbai
Advisor: Ar. Fatema Master.


The proposal is a public plaza for people with pods and a module system. It weaves the in between urban fabric making the space more porous. When you look at the plaza and the movement around it, you notice that the paths taken by people were the most important, i.e. entry and exit. As a result, the pods and modules are placed in zones in such a way that people’s movement remains linear and uninterrupted.

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Sutra Suchak: Diversification of Textile Network

Author: Yashovanthi YA
Site Location: Molkalmuru, Karnataka
Institute: BMS College of Architecture, Bangalore
Advisor: Ar. Shradha M. Guggari, Ar. Vinya


Lighting up the thought of “Act locally, Think globally”, the project emphasizes textile network of Mollkalmuru. Conserving and capitalizing textile heritage of Mollkalmuru with technological intervention will create job and self-employment opportunities for the local people including migrants of all age groups and skill levels.

Project connects rural and urban ends of Molkalmuru which provides a platform for training, production, marketing, exhibiting, recycling textile waste and research on solar and biodegradable fabrics.

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Placemaking for Urban Wellbeing

Author: Asmita Patnaik
Site Location: Lower Parel Station, Mumbai
Institute: Kamla Raheja Vidhyanidhi Institute of Architecture, Mumbai
Advisor: Vandana Ranjit Sinh


This thesis, set in Mumbai, is an exploration of experience to a spatial setting, where the urban environment is understood as an experience which has an emotional stimulus to understand what is necessary to facilitate urban happiness and wellbeing within the work-live paradigm in the socially incoherent city life. The analysis led to the relevance of ‘Pause to Interact’ in the daily work-live paradigm that constricts all of us.

The research concludes at the study of developing Lower Parel station precinct as a transit oriented nexus which could improve the eudemonic well-being of the precinct, and trigger a positive balance to the city at large.

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A Metamorphosis

Author: Tharagini V
Site Location: Koundampalayam, Coimbatore
Institute: Karpagaram University, Coimbatore
Advisor: Ar. Ramakrishnamoorthy


This project focuses on developing a pedestrian oriented environment and encourages the formation of informal communities. These will be achieved by following the principles of healthy place making and providing a sense of visual connection.

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