Colonies of Anthropocene

Author: Devayani M
Site Location: Sundarbans
Institute: R V College of Architecture
Advisor: Anup Naik, Mehul Patel, Nagaraj Vastarey, U Seema Maiya

description

This project investigates the need to design a climate resilient and responsive form for the coastal communities in the Sundarbans with the aim of adapting to the devastating effects of climate change.


The site is located in Gosaba Island in Sundarbans which falls under the moderate to high risk zone. This island is constantly threatened by coastal erosion, environmental degradation and salt water inundation due to flooding thereby causing loss of livelihood.


The master-plan is developed to be implemented in a phased manner over the next 30 years. The
plan envisages responding to the identified natural conditions of the site and developing the design that proposes to selectively allow water flow through the site to create wetlands, and a natural mangrove buffer zone to mitigate the effects of floods and storm surges. The aim of the project is to create a prototype built form that is inspired by the local livelihood practices, skills and local typologies of construction. The design focuses on creating modular flood and storm resilient structures using bamboo as the primary building material. The buildings are raised on stilts and strategically located around the landscape and connected by elevated walkways to protect from the floods and harsh winds. The structure has modular components that can be easily customised to needs of the user.


The project is a response to the impending disaster that the people of Sundarbans have to face. Through symbiotically fusing the built environment within a natural ecology, the architecture is designed to positively sustain the landscape and its people.

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Flood Resilience in Mumbai

Author: Brendon Joseph Dlima
Site Location: Mumbai
Institute: L.S. Raheja School of Architecture
Advisor: Ar. Mridula Pillai

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Mumbai undergoes a crisis from June to September annually. The city’s fast paced development has been at the cost of it’s vital blue-green infrastructure, causing its vast population to suffer a submergence during the monsoon months, due to increased rainfall and a rise in sea level, both attributed to Climate Change. The dissertation investigates whether an architect can make Mumbai resilient to floods and whether Mumbai can become a flood resilient city by learning to use the rainwater it receives.

The Oshiwara River Province was taken as a site to re-design for flood resilience. A masterplan of the Oshiwara River Province was designed to reduce and manage runoff. The most vulnerable building typologies along the river which were informal settlements and cow sheds were re-designed thereby providing more room to the river. The building typologies which were not as vulnerable were retrofitted for resilience.

Mumbai can thus become resilient to floods by learning how to use the rainwater it receives and by giving the blue green infrastructure the importance it deserves. Through this approach we will be able to eventually achieve ‘Flood Resilience in Mumbai’

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Decoding Cultural Trauma: The Case of Girangaon, Mumbai

Author: Prachi Kadam
Site Location: Girangaon, Lalbaug, Mumbai
Institute: LS Raheja College of Architecture, Mumbai
Advisor: Ar. Mridula Pillai Gudekar

description

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.

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Pop-Up Structures For Temporal Scenario

Author: Jaswanth NS
Site Location: Palani, Dindigul, Tamil Nadu
Institute: CARE School of Architecture, Trichy
Advisor: Ar.Balaji Rajasekaran

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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.

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Infrastructure for Artistic Practice

Author: Manish Shravane
Site Location: Thane, Maharashtra
Institute: School of Environment and Architecture, Mumbai
Advisor: Milind Mahale & Sabaa Giradkar

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This project explores potential methodology for urban interventions in an informal settlement in Thane city. It proposes a number of innovative strategies for regenerating the existing socio-cultural practices through a catalogue of urban tools that support artistic practices, solve the lack of cultural infrastructure and preserves the traditional life that creates intensity of living through participatory construction methods.

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Centre for Arts and Sciences Originated in India University

Author: Vivek Eadara
Site Location: Hyderabad
Institute: Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University, Hyderabad
Advisor: M. Vinod Ganesh

description

This project is a pursuit of seeding our arts and sciences into modern Indian societies, as a cultural phenomena.

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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

description

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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Integrated Inter-State Bus Terminus in Surat

Author: Priyanka Yogesh Vaidya
Site Location: Surat, Gujarat
Institute: Pillai’s HOC College of Architecture, Rasayani
Advisor: Ar. Shuchi Joshi, Ar. Aswathy Rajgopal

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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.

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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

description

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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Lokmanch: A Citizen Narrative of Democratic India

Author: Harshit Narnoli
Site Location: Central Vista, New Delhi
Institute: University School of Arch and Planning, GGSIPU, New Delhi
Advisor: Prof. Baljeet Khurana

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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.

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A.C.T.I.V.E. – Altering Cognition Through Interactive & Voluntary Engagement

Author: Kevin Shah
Site Location: Ice Factory & Fish Market Plot, Pandurang Ramle Marg, Versova
Institute: Rachana Sansad Academy of Architecture, Mumbai
Advisor: Ar. Snehal Gaikwad

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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.

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Surat City Centre

Author: Samwad Shinde
Site Location: Surat, Gujarat
Institute: School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada
Advisor: Dr. Lilly Rose A.

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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.

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National School Of Drama

Author: Madhushree Maji
Site Location: Newtown, North 24 Parganas, Greater Kolkata
Institute: NIT Rourkela, Odisha
Advisor: Prof. Dr Soumi Muhuri

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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.

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The Interlace

Author: Nishanth Krishna
Site Location: Law Garden, Ahmedabad
Institute: CEPT University, Ahmedabad
Advisor: Jayant Gunjaria & Viral Bhavsar

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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.

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Lost Spaces of our Cities

Author: Safiya Rehman
Site Location: Shahgunj, Aurangabad
Institute: School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal
Advisor: Mr. Vikram Kohli

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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.

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Transit Integrated Development in Cairo’s Urban Sprawl

Author: Shubham L. Lad
Site Location: Maspero Triangle, Cairo
Institute: Acharya NRV College of Architecture, Bangalore
Advisor: Girija Umashankar

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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.

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Panchal The Zoological Park

Author: Mohammed Sufyan
Site Location: Pettamala, Kerala
Institute: CAT College of Architecture Trivandrum
Advisor: Prof. K P Geetha

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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.

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The Dialogical Milieu: In Situ Slum Rehabilitation Of Mohammadpur Slum

Author: Santrupthy Das
Site Location: Zone F of the Delhi Masterplan
Institute: School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi
Advisor: Mr. Sambudhha Sen, Mr. Sushil Aggarwal

project description

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.

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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.

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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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The Re-Development of Habibganj: Railway Station

Author: Anushree Parkhi
Site Location: M.P. Nagar, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
Institute: RV College of Architecture, Bangalore
Advisor: Ar. Bikramjit Chakraborty

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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.

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