In the beginning of the Semester 7, where the students design a housing project for their Design Studio, an initial workshop was organized which was conducted by a renowned academician Prof. Yatin Pandya whose work has always inspired students to create contextually relevant contemporary resolutions that have an influence from the rich Indian traditions and yet has the potent for future dreams.
The preliminary lecture focused on the design concerns and endeavors to raise awareness about socio-cultural appropriateness, sustainable built form regarding mass housing.
The aim of the workshop was to understand how the urbanization has started affecting the community living. The student’s role as a designer was to create a living where public interactions are maintained with respect to the standard living. The main challenge was to address the social and economic difference between the three economic classes- low income, medium income and high income group by proposing design solutions which have the ability to cater all the three. The regulations devised by the local statutory authority were also taken into consideration.
The students had to explore the four different building types- low rise, high rise, mixed use and mega structure.Major circulations, accommodation of building services, location of control- access points and provision of amenities, parking etc. became the main design governing factors in the placement of the buildings. Students made models to understand and address the in-between public spaces that connected the built and the un-built form.
Prof. Pandya emphasized on the need of students being more sensitive towards the holistic approach for architecture which is experientially engaging, environmentally sustaining and most importantly contextually appropriate.