Author: Nishanth Krishna Site Location: Law Garden, Ahmedabad Institute: CEPT University, Ahmedabad
When time passes by, there is a need for public interventions in the city to be re-interpreted so that it responds with its present urban conditions in a better way and also it can contribute to the city life around.
Thakor Bhai hall is the most used drama hall in the city which hosts events with a seating capacity of 721. While their typology requires performance spaces to be a closed box, they are also inherently public spaces. The challenge is to be able to house this instrument along with public spaces in this rich context i.e. Law Garden which is absent in the present design.
The design brief is to re-design Thakor Bhai hall considering the present issues faced by the hall and its immediate context. The primary function remains the same i.e. the auditorium.
Author: Ravi Modi Site Location: Vadnagar, Mehsana district, Gujarat Institute: MS University, Baroda
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.
Author: Priyanka Yogesh Vaidya Site Location: Surat, Gujarat Institute: Pillai’s HOC College of Architecture, Rasayani
The aim of the project is to create seamless connectivity in urban areas by enhancing more on the usage of public transport and explore intergrated inter-state bus terminus ground infrastructural developments which will create an identity and will act as an urban node.
Author: Oishik Chakraborty Site Location: New Town, Kolkata Institute: Jadavpur University, Kolkata
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.
Author: Harshit Narnoli Site Location: Central Vista, New Delhi Institute: University School of Arch and Planning, GGSIPU, New Delhi
The thesis questions and tries to establish the sensitivity of the relationship between the state and civilians with architecture as the medium. The project was an attempt to envision a contemporary institution within the rich contextual and cultural heritage of India that focuses on the idea of democracy.
Author: Kevin Shah Site Location: Ice Factory & Fish Market Plot, Pandurang Ramle Marg, Versova Institute: Rachana Sansad Academy of Architecture, Mumbai
The project method aims towards understanding and unraveling the traditional social binding patterns of Versova Koliwada and relating them with the cognitive capabilities. The daily routines of different categories of habitant users groups are elaborated and mapped in the context of the village. Personal discussions with the same group of users are collected and mapped, in response to their cognitive behaviours based upon the variables of WHODAS 2.0 questionnaire. A linear study of the findings from the social and cognitive mappings is compared.
The study finds out that there are overlaps between the places of occurrences of social and cognitive stimulation, and a majority of these activities occur in and around the livelihood common areas which are volatile in condition.
Author: Samwad Shinde Site Location: Surat, Gujarat Institute: School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada
The project looked at designing a built form which would provide spaces that acted as an integration of commercial, cultural and social activities. Surat City Centre reflects the historical significance of Surat along with a commercial hub merged with multiple public spaces.
Author: Madhushree Maji Site Location: Newtown, North 24 Parganas, Greater Kolkata Institute: NIT Rourkela, Odisha
The aim of the project is to create an architectural icon and learning hub that provides better opportunities to a vast multitude of people to excel in the field of dramatics. It also tries to blend the traditional drama forms and modern technologies to inculcate the bonding between society, culture, and dramatics.
Author: Safiya Rehman Site Location: Shahgunj, Aurangabad Institute: School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal
The aim is to understand the tangibles and intangibles that make a community and their well-being, improve their quality of life, create new economic opportunities by enhancing the existing functions and programs on-site in Shahgunj, Aurangabad.
Author: Shubham L. Lad Site Location: Maspero Triangle, Cairo Institute: Acharya NRV College of Architecture, Bangalore
The intent of the design is to create a socially inclusive, vibrant and cohesive environment fused with an existing environment that is becoming highly mono-use and very programmatic in its nature. The project looked at designing a transit-supportive framework with proposed metro station by integrating high density mixed land use and modal interchange within walking/cycling distance of the other environment and metro station. This, in turn, would foster interaction the fabric of the city by eliminating these socially isolated zones. Providing multi-modal transit interchanges would minimize modal transfer and ensure improved connectivity in the area.
Author: Mohammed Sufyan Site Location: Pettamala, Kerala Institute: CAT College of Architecture Trivandrum
The aim of the project was to design a zoological park that gives attention to animal welfare and visitor experience while experimenting on unique structures and concepts which were derived from extensive research. Such a project would also combine architecture with landscaping and research on captive wildlife.
Author: Santrupthy Das Site Location: Zone F of the Delhi Masterplan Institute: School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi
The Dialogical Milieu: In situ Slum Rehabilitation of Mohammadpur Slum in Delhi is a proposal to relook at the social lives of slum dwellers from the lens of openness. When redevelopment projects happen, in the drive to formalize the housing, high-density towers are constructed which heavily take away from the dwellers’ right to their open spaces.
Author: Jaswanth NS Site Location: Palani, Dindigul, Tamil Nadu Institute: CARE School of Architecture, Trichy
Pilgrimage is a part and parcel of the culture of the sub-continent and takes innumerable and sometime specific forms based on the religious centre. Palani is one such unique pilgrim city in India, wherein people from all parts of Tamil Nadu take a padhayatra (walk) to Palani, after the Pongal festival ends, which is called Thaipusam. Dedicated to Lord Muruga, people carry colourful kavadis and walk up the hills of Palani for the darshan of the lord. Lakhs of people conjugate at one place but the infrastructure is minimal. This is a seasonal event and hence permanent structures are mostly underutilized. It is in this premise that the thesis looks at a type of architecture that is temporal and ephemeral.
The thesis attempts to provide temporary pop up structures like a kit of parts which can be assembled and serve as places to sleep, places to refresh, and medical facilities required for the pilgrims who undertake the padayathra during the event. Post the event, the flexibility and temporal nature of these structures can be used to facilitate multi-dimensional and varied requirements.
Author: Shreya Pathrabe Site Location: Sanpada, Navi Mumbai Institute: Rizvi College of Architecture, Mumbai
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.
Author: Anushree Parkhi Site Location: M.P. Nagar, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh Institute: RV College of Architecture, Bangalore
This project aims to understand the typology of a transit hub. The intent of the thesis project is to explore an integrative approach to design, bespoke to the site (Habibganj Railway Station, M.P. Nagar, Bhopal, India) while keeping sustainability and building performance as the key focus.
Author: Prachi Kadam Site Location: Girangaon, Lalbaug, Mumbai Institute: LS Raheja College of Architecture, Mumbai
Cultural trauma occurs when the locals feel their place is threatened by an event that leads to irreversible damage and changes the space that was once theirs in turn redefining its identity. One such event which lead to a cultural wounding in India was the mill owners strike of 1982 which changed the place identity of the mill abode of Girangaon from its rich girni culture to a pure consumer culture.
In order to counteract the trauma of urban violence, a common trend of redevelopment, this project was conceptualized keeping in mind the true impermanent nature of the site. It attempts to heal the cultural trauma by “designing for informality” and by working out simple solutions to the existing adversities on site.
Author: Rohan Milind Jaitpal Site Location: Kharghar, Navi Mumbai Institute: Dr.Baliram Hiray College of Architecture, Mumbai
This project’s aim was to create an environment with a little bit of isolation from the remaining area but an environment which is soothing and beautiful. The courtyards act as light wells bringing in the diffused light throughout. The greenery and the water body surrounding it completely elevate the experience of any user.
Author: Yashovanthi YA Site Location: Molkalmuru, Karnataka Institute: BMS College of Architecture, Bangalore
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.
Author: Arya Gupta Site Location: Western Express Highway Station, Mumbai Institute: Balwant Sheth School of Architecture, Mumbai
This thesis project firstly aims at exploring this emerging Urban Domain. It aims to analyse the roots of, and understand, today’s societal lifestyle and psyche that invariably shapes this urban domain. Architecture is looked at through the ideas of a system, a typology and form, after which then project aimed to investigate how these ideas would be adapted to this emerging urban domain.