Author: Srivibhu Viraj Site Location: Ahmedabad Institute: L. S. Raheja School of Architecture Advisor: Ar. Mandar Parab
Nature as a medium has a lot to offer such as its course and ability to drastically transform. When dealing with the human psyche, the constant variations of behavioral reactions also are essential considerations to be made while designing for and in the Anthropocene. The noticed yet ignored dichotomy of permanence and impermanence in architecture dealing with dynamism in a context, when looked upon, would enable us to form a better notion of space, place, and people and thus, to design for The Impermanence in Architecture. People change, Context changes, Climate changes, then why cant architecture change from time to time to become relevant and sustain the changing times. The architecture of Impermanence is a pursuit to engage the user with something old and something new by employing potential factors of imagination, association, and relation. Thus, Perceiving design as a continual state transition that acts as a possible alternative solution to the change. The Case of Premabhai Hall is considered as a hypothetical understanding for this modular idea to be implemented in a context as dynamic as the old city of Ahmedabad – The Bhadra Plaza. To propose an alternative approach of design where the life of the building is mapped through a series of potential cultural shifts witnessed and interventions planned as responses for the building to stay relevant and for it to sustain the changing times and demands. Buildings as Beings and their response to Change and Changelessness as a phenomenon.
Author: Anu Regi John Site Location: Vagamon, Kerala Institute: DC School of Architecture & Design Advisor: Ar. Gayathri Raj
To design a dance district, a space that is dedicated to the power of movement and healing. To focus on the change the healing power of movement can bring to the lives of those not able and to make it possible for anyone and everyone to teach and learn dance without any barrier, to abolish the discriminations and presumptions relating to dance.
1. To Provide a better life to those suffering from different physical and psychological issues through Dance/movement therapy.
2. To establish a centre for every form of dance whether Indian or International.
3. To provide a space for all dancers irrespective of their age, gender, colour, caste, style, physical conditions etc…
4. To give a new definition to dance as an industry and a career, raising its standard in the society.
1. This project covers the teaching and learning of all known and feasible forms of dances in India, from Indian classical and traditional forms to International dances on a single platform.
2. Dance education for the differently abled.
3. Dance education for all ages.
4. Promote tourism and international growth in the field of dance
1. The project is limited to the teaching, learning and display of dances that are currently in the growth phase within the country such as Hip Hop, Salsa, Contemporary, Ballet, Bachata etc..
Author: Annam Ishrat Site Location: Pampore, Jammu and Kashmir Institute: School of Architecture and Design – LPU Advisor: Prof. Chetan Sachdeva
The Zaffron Park, an ambitious architectural thesis project located in Pampore, Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir, draws its name “Zaffron” from the Urdu term for “Saffron.” It envisions a transformative approach to saffron cultivation using vertical and hydroponic farming techniques, aiming to revitalize the industry. This innovative complex will include a research center, interpretation center, recreational area, and residential facilities, fostering agricultural advancement, sustainable architecture, and tourism. Traditionally, saffron farming in Kashmir has followed conventional methods, but low yields during harvest have prompted interest in newer techniques like vertical farming and hydroponics. The proposed Zaffron Park, spanning 45.7 acres on government crop land, targets increased saffron yield through modern practices. Located in Pampore, renowned for its saffron quality, the site is well-connected by NH1 Highway to Pampore Railway Station (4KM) and Pampore Bus Stand (2.4KM). While the Jammu and Kashmir government is working to enhance saffron production, the innovative approach of vertical and hydroponic farming has yet to be formally considered. The Zaffron Park, with its multifunctional vision, aspires to empower local communities and contribute to the growth of saffron cultivation, making strides towards a more sustainable and productive future.
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: 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: 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: 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.
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: Supreeth L Suresh Site Location: Mysuru, Karnataka Institute: Wadiyar Centre for Architecture Advisor: Shreyas Baindur
The thesis is heavily influenced by movies and books which fantasize about the architecture of the future However, all of this seems hypothetical, when every thesis project, every drawing on a paper is, why can’t we allow ourselves to dwell more on imagination, than the reality of everything.
This project might seem fictional but, just like how we see in comics or fictional movies, these works have a side of reality that brings them into the realm of plausibility.
Going forward, we need to be more considerate towards the future, taking account of how we use resources, which contrary to what we think, is not infinite, just like the way the earth itself is not infinite. We should make spaces suited to accommodate unpredictability. For example ,in a small village,a person who gives more space for thematic spaces instead of static spaces allows for the house to be more than what it is — capable of holding infinite spaces — and the owner can build again and again based on the events. Building this space once, without static rigidity helps it to survive the future. The thesis ends with one of the variations of a building that has evolved overtime, where half the building is occupied by a thematic parasite. The whole point was to decode a built space, keeping unbuilding it as the starting point. The entires hell of the building is kept while the intervention happens later. The temporary becomes the new permanent and architecture is no longer a static object. It is a living organism—ever-changing, ever-adapting, and ever-evolving—regardless of the context and time. Space itself becomes timeless. The architecture of the future should be about creating spaces that are nothing yet everything at the same time.
Author: Vaibhav Dalvi Site Location: Khonoma, Nagaland Institute: V.I.T.’s Padmabhushan Dr. Vasantdada Patil College of Architecture (PVPCOA), Pune, Maharashtra Advisor: Ar. Niranjan Garde
Why weaving the future of Khonoma?
Khonoma is known as Asia’s first green village, situated near the Indo-Myanmar border, in the Indian state of Nagaland. The rich architecture and culture of the place are still seen through the community that is still living there. Throughout the period of my internship, I visited the village and met the people around the place, many times. Generations of youth are leaving villages to earn a living or work, leaving their elders behind.
Each visit to Khonoma brought a new story, and with every story, the concern to conserve the culture, material, and architecture of the space became much stronger.
Bamboo – To conserve and create
Nagaland and especially Khonoma is blessed with a natural assets like Bamboo. It sits comfortable and cozy around the green backdrop of a rich bamboo plantation. While documenting the community, for new structures coming up, bamboo is only used for aesthetic purposes, while concrete and bricks are used for structural purposes. The knowledge of using bamboo in structures is fading away with time. Adapting to new technology, the community is neglecting bamboo’s natural response to its microclimate, while bricks and concrete create damp conditions. Present-day, flat roof constructions are creating leakage problems, which is not an ideal response to the amount of rainfall the area witnesses.
The concerns I had regarding Khonoma’s return to bamboo increased after seeing this scenario, which is the reason I proposed the insert bamboo workshops.
The aim of the insert is to encourage locals to identify the potential of bamboo and practice their weaving skills. It will stand testimony to the traditional building technology and form.
Climate, Analysis, and Implementation.
Form follows function, but here, form follows climate.
The (Morungs) – a place to stay for boy soldiers – and their traditional houses were a great example of how space syntax responded to the planning and construction of the structure. Considering the building material they used to build modular houses with the common measurement that was finalized by anthropometry.
Space was usually divided into the entrance porch that held a weaving area and fireplace, followed by a central living space that culminates into a kitchen and storage. A simple linear flow of spaces was enclosed by timber room and bamboo beams and columns.
Taking cues from their traditional building techniques and planning and designed a module that replaced timber roofing with bamboo.
Khonoma is an earthquake-prone zone, taking this into consideration, I designed the body of the house with wattle and dob construction with bamboo as reinforcement. It ensured the home’s stability and sustainability.
As the village sits on a hilltop, the irony of heavy rainfall and scarcity of water is emphasized. Using a solid stone and waterproofing the footing underneath the structure, will act as a water tank, which could be a wise solution to the problem. The water tanks will hold water throughout the entire seven-month rainy season and be useful to them for the remaining three months.
Standing on the solid stone footing structure goes ground plus one storey high. The vertical division of spaces is such that where the entire ground floor is given to workshops that have natural spillover space from the surrounding plinth. And the upper floor is dedicated to the research and learning areas, with a separate entry and narrow passages which are internally linked. Structures stand-alone since connecting pathways could be detrimental during an earthquake.
Overall planning and Placement of the design –
The village has planned pathways from every house that culminates in the farmland. To follow that rhythm every designed structure also has a staircase that opens up on the ground and leads to the farmlands without disturbing the previous planning of the community. Planning follows the contour line and hence the clusters simply sit together the way the site allows. The left side of the site holds all the living spaces and dormitories while the right side of the site holds all the workshop areas. The centrally placed school acts as a nucleus of the insert, where every child learns about their culture and community just by being present in that structure.
The insert ultimately merges with the surroundings and becomes one entity for the community, in its true sense. It captures the spirit of the place. Materials like stone, bamboo, and mud teach everyone to be humble with the design yet creative with the approach. The building techniques connect one back to the roots, from where they evolved specifically to the space and people.
The insert is something which is of the people, for the people, and by the people!
Author: Shangary S Site Location: Chennai, Tamil Nadu Institute: C.A.R.E School of Architecture (CARE) Advisor: Balaji Rajasekaran
Flooding has become one of the seasons for the last few years. During that period the livelihood, health, wealth, work, and routine of the people get affected completely. It takes time to become physically, financially and mentally normal again., My thesis is an attempt to re-imagine the public infrastructure to be more efficient during normal days and serve better to the local community during a kinetic situation like flooding. Through this, the public infrastructure helps the community by rescuing and accommodating for a period of time till the situation becomes normal. For People to continue making a living after a flood with adequate access to food, water and energy – the things that enable communities to think beyond immediate survival. My thesis also explores responding to people’s day-to-day changing activities which varies in different climatic seasons. The module/pods act as markets, eateries, shops etc., On normal days and during a flood, it rescues people. The pods can also be reconfigurable to a living unit during a flood. The land use, ground cover and density keep changing based on the people’s activity at a particular time and the play of pods responds to the duration of activity & people and based on the climatic season.
Author: Pradnya Mahajan Site Location: Pune, Maharashtra Institute: Singhad College of Architecture Advisor: Ar. Kavita Patil
The proposal focuses on resolving the crisis in Khadi weaving industry by providing empowerment sources to the weavers to generate economical opportunities. Site is located in Jalgaon, comes under one of the extreme hot and dry climatic region of Khandesh in Maharashtra. It will be an Iconic Identity of the city with exploration of various passive strategies to deal with the climatic conditions of the place. It aims to analyze the weavers issues and providing a robust platform to Khadi weavers who weave for their livelihood in rural area. Project is envisioned as khadi weaving village with extensive facilities for promoting khadi as empowerment source for weavers and adopting these Khadi fabric crafts to preserve Rich Textile Heritage of India. the proposal comes with number of innovative strategies exploring the applications of traditional building practices and climate responsive strategies gives the thought to climate responsiveness in hot and dry region.
Spatial planning thought is given to spaces and clusters that goes and accessed by central axis and spaces that are grouped by proximity reflecting path space relationship by adding functional spaces between built forms. Integrating the flexible paths that leads to floating platforms for creating Microclimatic spaces merged with nature surrounded by the spaces based on Village layout concept.
Author: Abhishek Hegde Site Location: Panvel, Maharashtra Institute: Pillai College Of Architecture, Navi Mumbai (PiCA) Advisor: Prof. Swapna Ghatge
The primary goal of this dissertation is to comprehend river deterioration awareness.
Water is continuously changing states, traversing borders, and feeding (and killing) life. This project also conducts a poll to determine the level of knowledge among those who use rivers and inadvertently degrade them.
By recreating the Babughat, the project aims to establish a link between permanence and ephemerality, re-allocating activities and enhancing the ephemeral nature of space on the ghats of Kolkata. On the other hand, as an extension to this ephemeral nature, creating permanence with enhanced temporality.
In addition to that, the project also focusses on incorporating the element of belief that the people of Kolkata majorly have by attempting to uplift the Kumortuli’s idol making community and develop a very interesting relationship between users and their beliefs. Kolkata being the cultural capital of India, to depict and experience culture, one major principle of landscape urbanism is taken into consideration, where the cultural corridor enables every user to witness the traditionality and get themselves well versed with the vibrancy that every placemaking element has to offer.
Author: Abdullah Zubair Site Location: Delhi Institute: Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Design,Integral University Lucknow (AKTU) Advisor: Dr. Meeta Tandon
The design aims to create an integrated society with different nature of buildings within self-sustaining society to fuolfill the basic necessities of people of economic weaker section, the design not only focuses on housing but it creates opportunity for the people of society to enhance their living standards by developing their skills and establish a good future for them and their coming generations. The design is made using refurbished shipping containers as building material and is similar to light house project (PMAY) to accept globally as housing choice to overcome poverty and urban challenges while going green and sustainable
Author: Mallangi Sai Kumar Reddy Site Location: Bangalore Institute: School of Architecture REVA University Advisor: Dr Shubhi Sonal
Learning is the most important thing in school life. Learning depends on teaching and learning style. Every student in grades 6 through 12 is engaged in a passive learning style, which provides education but not knowledge. Different teaching methodologies are referred to as pedagogy. The main idea of the project is that children have to learn from built space by using a combination of an active learning process guided by basic visual concepts of math and science through built spaces, demonstration spaces, and a (collaborative and liberationism) teaching style. And teaching style changes the design process.
The space changes with time change. As of now, I have created some theory concepts from the built space. In the future, the present student will make expo spaces as a demonstration for upcoming students. This chain keeps on repeating.
Author: Saurabh S Tubki Site Location: Margao, Goa Institute: Goa College of Architecture Advisor: Ar Milind Ramani
Integrated natural and mechanical systems give shape to a vision of architecture as a scaffold that regenerates ecosystems and facilitates community empowerment. In an answer to the age-old question of why our cities stagnate while their population and climate undergo rapid transformation, this project, began by challenging current urban planning models that prioritized the built over the unbuilt. Our communities are drowning- economically & soon physically too. The project distills principles of environmental, social & economic sustainability for superior quality of life in the city. It envisions environmental sustainability in 2022, social sustainability by 2035, and economic sustainability by 2050. The project proposes an urban park enveloping a high-rise system. Natural systems are integrated into a tower to create a holistic self-sustainable ecosystem- a tower of flux as a catalyst for change. The urban park offers recreational & learning facilities for the community. Biodiversity & natural water resources are carefully preserved on site, and the land is protected from haphazard horizontal urbanization. This serves as a resilient model of urban planning, fostering a symbiotic relationship between people and nature, the present and the future.