Category Archives: Architectural Education

Cities: Between Metaphor & Reality

How the empirical and the scientific can sustain together. – By Narendra Dengle.

Narendra Dengle talks about the inherent contradictions in the much discussed ‘Smart-City’ idea that has captured political imagination by inclining the argument in favour of a city which has a place for all and not just the economy which builds it.

Once a client of mine discussed at length the requirements of an institutional project and stressed the importance of being rational, functional, economic, and energy conscious in approach. We agreed. The next day he called up to say, “Please make it Eco-friendly.” We said, ‘Oh yes’. Then he dropped by to insist that the Continue reading Cities: Between Metaphor & Reality

In Conversation – Charles Correa, Raj Rewal and Mahendra Raj.

From The Z-Axis Climactic Session – Moderated by Riyaz Tayyibji. 

The complete edited video from Charles Correa Foundation with a landmark conversation between Charles Correa, Mahendra Raj and Raj Rewal. Continue reading In Conversation – Charles Correa, Raj Rewal and Mahendra Raj.

ARCHITECTURAL EDUCATION IN INDIA: WOMEN STUDENTS, CULTURE AND PEDAGOGY

By Madhavi Desai

Education is the cornerstone of any discipline, including architecture, where it primarily combines intellectual rigour and practical skills. It is also a place where the students learn to think deeply about the interconnectedness of the culture, the built environment, technology and the world of ideas. The most significant and unique aspect of architectural education is that it is potentially infinite in its scope and subject matter. The discipline of architecture is deeply embedded in the cultural world and the culture of an institute is closely connected to its teaching ideology and pedagogy. “Architectural education, although obviously intended as vocational training, is also intended as a form of socialisation aimed at producing a very specific type of person. All forms of education transmit knowledge and skills. All forms of education also socialise students into some sort of ethos or culture. These two functions are inseparable.”[ii] Institutional practices such as organisation of curriculum, the relationship between theory and practice and administrative set-up enable or constrain particular forms of knowledge. Continue reading ARCHITECTURAL EDUCATION IN INDIA: WOMEN STUDENTS, CULTURE AND PEDAGOGY

Senior Fellowships at the Charles Correa Foundation

Charles Correa Foundation invites applications for Narotam Sekhsaria Senior Fellowship at the Foundation Studio in Goa.

The Senior Fellowship program is for one year and it is designed for young graduates (Architects and Urban Practitioners) with a minimum of 2 years of experience after graduation (bachelors degree).
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Is Design Media Gender Neutral?

There is a clear disparity in the number of men against women when it comes to practising designers – especially architects. While in schools of architecture, there is a pattern of more women studying architecture and interior design, there are more men who register and practice.

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In Gratitude

Retirement Address by Prof. Neelkanth Chhaya

After more than 25 years of service to the school of architecture at C.E.P.T, Prof. Neelkanth Chhaya formally retired in 2013. This address was presented by him on November 19, 2013 at Piraji Sagara Basement at C.E.P.T.

Maker Fest 2015: Inviting Makers

What: Following in the footsteps of Maker Faires across America, Europe, and Japan, among others, MakerFest is an all-ages showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness. It is a celebration of everyone who makes things, and a place where people can meet likeminded A-Class innovators. MakerFest is a non-commercial event, and free for the public to attend. Continue reading Maker Fest 2015: Inviting Makers

Dwell ’14: Design for Density

What: The Charles Correa Foundation is curating a National Architecture Workshop for young architects and students of architecture & design with the intent to explore and ideate on the issue of housing in urban densities. DWELL 2014 will explore the many dimensions of designing a dwelling – a most basic unit – in an urban context. 6 teams will ideate on designing a unit in 6 urban centres of varying scales, capacities, character and climate. Continue reading Dwell ’14: Design for Density

Online Tools: CARBSE

Supported by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Govt. of India and Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, New Delhi, Centre for Advanced Research in Building Science and Energy (CARBSE) at CEPT University has developed some online tools to generate thermal comfort and outdoor weather analysis for Indian cities. ‘Comfort and Weather Analysis Tool’ analyses single city while ‘Multi-city Comfort and Weather Comparison Tool’ allows comparison various parameters of two cities simultaneously. The tools use weather data files for selected cities and generates comfort charts showing the temperature of the city for the whole year on the ASHRAE 55 thermal comfort bands. The user can determine the percentage of operating hours that would fall within the comfort zone for a particular month for a 24 hours as well as daytime operational building. This tool also provides the weather chart showing temperature and humidity distribution on 24 hour and daytime basis for the selected city. The tool also provides estimated percentage of operating modes for building such as heating, natural ventilation, cooling and dehumidification on annual and monthly basis. The tool is extremely useful in pre-design stages of buildings.

The tool can be accessed at http://www.carbse.org/resource/tools/