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: Hinal Patel Site Location: Pondicherry Institute: SAL School of Architecture Advisor: Ar. Parth Lavti
The project intends to design the campus of School of Planning and Architecture, Pondicherry within the Pondicherry University by Re-thinking a campus that provides adequate living and learning environments. The central idea lies in enhancing the learning environments by establishing a strong relation between space and place, energized from the rich cultural / natural heritage and rural landscape of Pondicherry. The spatial organization of campus is into five zones: Academic, Central, residential, sports, and public having distinct identity and creating a sense of continuity and harmony, Incorporating biophilic design, participatory design, and smart systems. The design contemplates diverse nature of spaces such as social and community spaces, flexibility of spaces, and functionality of spaces through network of pathways, courtyards, and green spaces, considering various aspects such as light, temperature, landscape, and sustainability that influence students’ learning. The campus of the S.P.A, Pondicherry is envisaged to integrate form, function, climate, culture, and context. A place where architecture is not only taught but also practiced and celebrated. So, the project envisions a campus that fosters creativity, collaboration, and culture that reflects the values and vision of architectural education and practice in the contemporary context.
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: Suditi Chaudhury Site Location: Mumbai Institute: Lokmanya Tilak Institute of Architecture & Design studies Advisor: Associate Prof. Shilpa Vivekanand
Urban areas in India generate more than 1,00,000 MT of waste per day (CPHEEO, 2000). A large metropolis such as Mumbai generates about 7000 MT of waste per day (MCGM, 2014), Collecting, processing, transporting, and disposing of this municipal solid waste (MSW) is the responsibility of urban local bodies (ULBs) in India. The Project attempts to investigate the issue of waste, which is frequently overlooked in the field of architecture. Waste management infrastructure is typically invisible to the general public, despite being critical to city planning. The hope with this new program is that the activated space would consequently attract the entire community. The site will promote relationships with the city, which will enrich its citizens. Reconnect and communicate to the masses, but also weave new public or institutional programs with by-products and sustainable production. The site will deal with a waste segregation facility where manual and mechanical input together can go hand in hand, Secondly, the waste treatment plant will act as a transitional place between all stakeholders mentioned above. Thirdly, adding a learning and awareness center which will bridge the gap between the knowledge of waste disposal and the public. By keeping this in mind, the four program components become waste, transportation, education, and living.
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: Suraj Satish Wani Site Location: Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh Institute: PDEA COA – Akurdi Advisor: Ar. Nishant Gawande
The Bhopal Gas Tragedy Memorial Complex is a sustainable project that pays tribute to the victims of a devastating industrial disaster while prioritizing environmental, social, and economic sustainability. The complex incorporates sustainable design elements and practices to minimize its environmental impact and ensure long-term viability.
Energy efficiency is prioritized through natural ventilation and lighting in the admin block, reducing energy consumption and enhancing visitor comfort. The use of durable materials like exposed brick and concrete minimizes maintenance needs and resource-intensive renovations.
Water conservation measures, including rainwater harvesting systems, are implemented to reduce reliance on external water sources. Social sustainability is promoted through facilities like knowledge and skill development centres, fostering community empowerment and economic growth.
The project’s economic sustainability is achieved through responsible design and operation, reducing maintenance costs and supporting the local economy through a food court for local vendors.
The complex serves as a solemn memorial while exemplifying sustainable practices, inspiring future developments and responsible resource management. It stands as a testament to the fusion of remembrance and sustainable principles, creating a lasting impact on the affected community and the environment.
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: Darshan Sukhadiya Site Location: Thar, Rajasthan Institute: Institute of Design, Planning & Technology (IDPT)-SCET Advisor: Prof. Saloni Shah
Craft has a profound impact on society by shaping cultural values, stimulating economic growth, fostering creativity, promoting social harmony, and introducing community identity.
As time changes, the appreciation and preservation of traditional crafts hold a special significance. As contemporary society seeks to reconnect with its cultural roots while embracing modernity, redefining the importance of traditional crafts became a captivating endeavour. It involves the delicate balance of honouring timeless techniques, cultural heritage, and artistic expression while infusing these crafts with a fresh and relevant appeal that resonates with the tastes and sensibilities of today.
Traditional crafts are not relics of the past, they are living traditions with rich stories and craftsmanship. Thus, this project reimagines their value for contemporary society. It attempts to bridge the gap between the past and the present, uniting generations and cultures under the banner of creativity and innovation.
The project examines native handicraft groups and the role of craft in their day-to-day life. It critiques the nature of the existing craft networks and their interdependency and attempts to rethink rural infrastructure by looking at planning methods, using conventional beliefs that can provide a socio-ecological manner of creating an environment – Using the local knowledge to make architecture as a catalyst for managing traditional knowledge within the present.
It invites craftsmen to explore the boundless possibilities of blending old and new.
This proposal understands the existing complexities and challenges and works towards an integrated solution. By looking at the craft community as a reflection of a combination of events, activities, and thought objects, this project aims to celebrate the craft by amalgamating innovation with tradition.
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: 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: Shreyas Varun K Site Location: Bengaluru Institute: Nitte School of Architecture and Planning, Bengaluru Advisor: Prof. Ar.Yuvaraj Perumal
As Bangalore is the developing city in India and a metropolitan hub, which intakes thousands of people in search of opportunities every year. Which made me think about the development and connectivity of the spaces through transit. From the statistics of buses fleet into & within the city could cause a major source for traffic. With this the taught process of decentralizing transit hub has arrived. Based on the analysis, one of the best possible way to reduce traffic in the city is by restricting the inter-city & inter-state buses to the city center. And by having proposals of bus terminals in the periphery of the city ORR with collaboration of both public & private agencies. Multimodal Transit Facility gathers many modes of transportation together and is strategically located so that the commuter has different transit alternatives to reach the destination. It describes an approach to planning, building, and operating the transportation system, emphasizes optimal utilization of transportation resources and connections between modes. One of the objectives of an Multimodal transit hub is to minimize the cost and inconvenience of changing transit systems by a commuter. The benefits derived from effective intermodal co-ordination:
Lowering transportation costs by allowing each mode to be used for the portion of the trip for which it is best suited.
Increasing economic productivity and efficiency, thereby enhancing the Nation’s global competitiveness.
Reducing the burden on overstressed infrastructure components by shifting use to infrastructure with excess capacity.
Generating higher returns from public and private infrastructure investments.
Improving mobility for the elderly, disabled, isolated, and economically disadvantaged.
Reducing energy consumption and contributing to improved air quality and environmental conditions.
It introduces Single ticket travel which in turn enables easy movement from one mode to another.
Reducing Land take for road operations and common amenities & maximizing opportunities for shared facilities and synergies.
Minimizing potential phasing impacts by reducing the number of components that need to be accommodated and avoiding duplication of facilities.
Author: Shah Ronak Vipul Amita Site Location: Bandra Kurla Complex, MMRDA Ground, Mumbai. Institute: Aditya College of Architecture Advisor: Ar. Rita Nayak
The thesis project emerges from the need for an urban environment that is oriented on the user, with the need for active and meaningful public places at the heart of this research. The key issues in responsible urban design have evolved as walkability, safety, and sustainability. Given the current rate and size of growth in Indian cities, there is an urgent need to incorporate features that favour the car over the pedestrian, as well as to favour mono-use buildings over eye-catching and dynamic mixed-use structures.
The character of a city’s public areas can be used to measure its success. However, based on observations of the cities we live in today, it can be stated that not all public places are effective – many variables influence how these areas work. Sensitive design is vital, but the ability of a good public space to adapt and profit on its constructed surrounds – its design and functions – is also important. The goal of the thesis is thus to investigate how architecture may contribute to the creation and maintenance of an active public realm supported by the built environment.
Aside from public engagement, the design dissertation promotes interaction inside the built environment. Because of the position in the IT industry, there is a lot of space allocated to offices, therefore it is necessary to analyse these areas plus keeping in mind the impact of multi transit hub at one area. To remain relevant in the wider urban environment, office spaces must react to current demands, which are based on flexibility and adaptability to encourage collaboration and creativity.
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: Shivam Singh Site Location: Dausa, Rajasthan Institute: Chandigarh College of Architecture Advisor: Prof. Sujay Sengupta
A nation’s cultural heritage and natural history are precious and unique. The value of cultural heritage isn’t in cultural manifestation itself. But in the wealth of experience and skills passed down from generation to generation. Abhaneri village near Jaipur has a great diversity of craftsmanship and broad culture which is disappearing as the country is heading towards development. The purpose is to provide a platform for the people to show their skills and spread their knowledge of culture and craftsmanship. A museum that will preserve the remains of Harshad Mata temple which is presently kept inside Chand Baori and other historical elements that represent the people and their culture. Rejuvenation of water level in Abhaneri village by our site.