1st year Juries
This semester, the first year design studio was based on the theme of a Temple Park in the vicinity of anold urban fabric.NarsinghjiMandir and VitthalMandir were the two temples allotted to the students as the site for the Design Studio program. Both of these sites had different challenges of openness and congestions, the former being an interior venue and the latter being associated to a thoroughfare.The students had to design a Temple Park for these temples.
Prof. Kengo Sato and Assistant Professor Sapan Hirpara emphasized on the research work regarding the context of the Temple and the daily activities in the nearby places.Initially the students studied the nature of the site, human activities of all the aspects around the site at different time intervals achieved some conclusion out of the research done. The record of daily chores activities like group of people reciting prayers, peeling vegetables, washing hands, a postman with cycle, playing children etc. helped in understanding the lifestyle and response of the community to the exiting fabric.
After the research work, students did the measure drawings of the temple and the site in its vicinity. The main concern was to design in harmony with the existing fabric without disturbing it in any aspect.
The students started with the conventional approach of making conceptual bubble diagrams to explore the design possibilities on the site. And then making a small scale mass model to get an idea how would it set into the existing built fabric.The design discussions included severalcriteria to be focused on like exposure of the environment of the temple to the site keeping in mind all the age groups, their interactions, activities and requirements.
The students focused on providing design solutions that helped in maintaining visual connection to the temple and a peaceful environment for the old visitors. They also tried to address the cultural aspects linked to the temple by providing spaces for performing the traditional festivals related to the deity.
More shaded areas and sitting spaces were created and elements of different cultural meanings and beliefs were added by the students. The studio helped the students to develop a sense of concern for the existing surrounding and making design innovations accordingly. They also learned that adding small elements can change the nature of space.
The proposed design was an influential inspiration from the relationship between the humans and the prevailing surrounding. Adding Landscape and other elements to create interactive spaces while also considering the attributes of a religious public space turned out to be a real challenge for the budding students of first year students.
2nd year Juries
In the 4th Semester, the students had to make design interventions in the commercial and residential buildings situated in FakriMohallah, an urban space in the old city area.
The challenge was to study the living pattern offered by the sequential spaces in the condensed fabric and providing solutions in response to the social acceptability and aspirations of the community living in it.
The students took the documentation of old city area from the VDA Archives as the base for their research work. They studied the existing dwellings and identified the issues faced in them by interacting with people residing in. The challenge was to address these issues through appropriate design solutions. Considering the by-laws in terms of F.S.I., open space of about 25% and setbacks furtheradded to the task as the students proceeded in the design phase.
Also, following these by-laws offered scope of interventions in various design elements like placement of internal courts and vertical circulations, providing alternatives to the present conditions for living. The core focus was to create inter-connected streets which contribute in generating more interactive spaces for the community at large. Efficient utilization of the available spaces was suggested, so that even when the number of users decreases, maximum area is in use.
3rd year Juries
Working Design Studio for Semester 6 was conducted by Prof. Kalol Joshi and Associate Prof. Mitesh Panchal. The idea of this studio is to teach students to make workable drawings for any project with all the details required to execute the construction work on-site.
The students were given guidelines for three different programs, one being hostel, a pre-primary school and a library. Same site was allotted for these different programs so as to understand the difference in the constraints and opportunity linked to each one of it. Through the sequential process of studying the site, analyzing the requirements of the program, inserting design innovations and then producing detailed working drawings of the same helped students to understand the
During this process, the students also followed the constraints of the by-laws and learned to accommodate building services into the site. The faculties also encouraged students to explore different materials for construction and experiment construction details regarding the same.
4th year Juries
The Urban Design Studio at VDA is more like a pre- design thesis where the students emphasize more on the research work and produce model to understand the scale of the project at urban level. For this purpose, an urban context in the proximity is taken into consideration and their socio-economic aspects are studied.
With an intension to address the prevailing issues in the locality and the needs of the people residing in it, design interventions are proposed. And looking at the larger perspective, it is an attempt to contribute to the growth of the city as a whole.
This semester, the urban design studio was conducted with an aim to make students understand the urban morphology, its evolution;
The research work involved understanding the city’s work pattern, its development, its peculiarities, the factors affecting the city’s sustainability, inhabitant’s way of living and the mindset of the parish people at city level. To study the above urban parameters, the city of Padra was taken as the urban fabric
The study was conducted in mainly four groups;
- Location, linkages and history;
- Demography and Economics;
- Environmental and Natural Resources and Physical and Social Infrastructure;
- Housing and Slum, and Heritage and Conservation.
The study and research of the urban parameters helped in understanding the strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats of thePadra city. The issues and potentials regarding the same were identified which led to myriad design proposals regarding urban inserts, as per contextual needs.
The making of physical model of Padra city helped to understand city morphology; the relationship between the open and the built spaces, street patterns and hierarchies, distribution of building uses, and topography of the city. As a result of the above detailed study, proposal of projects like Transit oriented node development, Refurbishment of Sardar Market, Revitalization of Choksi Bazaar, Lake-edge development of MotuTalav and TrikamTalav, and Slum Upliftment Centre were made.
5th year Juries
The final year design thesis at VDA has always been a product of research, analysis and creative synthesis. The students research on a subject of relevance to the field and present their wrok of research to communicate and provide insights. On the basis of understandings and conclusions resulted from the study and through a disciplined process of studying the context, identifying patterns and framework, generating ideas and proposing appropriate solutions students represent their design thesis.
In this semester’s final jury conducted by Prof. Mahesh Nagecha, Prof. Nirav Hirpara and other dignified faculties at VDA who emphasized more on the initial reseach work and suggested the students to explore issues and opportunities of work, look for insights and ideas in needs, wants and aspirations of the users. They advised to identify promising subjects and frame each.