Several innovative and unique ideas that emerged from the thesis of final year bachelor of architecture students were put on display at Rangayan Gallery, Chitnavis Centre, on Friday and Saturday. Organised by the Nagpur centre of Indian Institute of Architects (IIA), the exhibition showcased about 20 projects selected by the jury from the architecture colleges affiliated to Nagpur University, along with autonomous Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT).
“The expo helps those who do not know much about architecture or are on the cusp of deciding their stream. It also motivates architecture students,” said Paramjit Ahuja, IIA , Nagpur chairman .
Amandeep Gupta from Radhikatai Pandav College of Architecture (RPI) had designed a rehabilitation centre for addicts. “I’ve have earlier visited rehabs and found that there was much scope for improvement. The aim of my rehab is to realise human values, engender love and security, promote cleanliness, and offer space for creative activities,” he said.
On the other hand, Apurv Majrikar’s building design focused on Goan architecture where he attempted to fuse traditional and contemporary styles for high-class Catholics in Goa’s Panjim area. “Goa’s indigenous architecture is characterised by elements such as a courtyard at the centre and a porch. My design allows for a courtyard in every house in order to keep them connected to their tradition,” said the student of RPI, adding that he wanted to break the concept of buildings where one floor is stacked over the other in a linear form.Anjali Mallick, a student of Priyadarshini Institute of Architecture and Design Studies, based her concept of a multi-fictional complex by being inspired by Malaysian architect and ecologist Ken Yeang’s works. The most important part of her project was her use of bioclimatic principle and eco-architecture methods. A part of the front wall was covered by solar panels and had rainwater harvesting facility.
When Arjun Kamdi, a student of Institute of Design Education and Architecture Studies (IDEAS) was researching on start-up incubators, he came across an article citing the need for a building in IIT, Powai, which could house 60 start-ups at present, and about 200 in future. He took up the challenge and developed a unique design.
Exploring creativity in academic set-up, Abhishek Gangrade, a student of IDEAS, designed his model to establish a relation between pedagogy and design space for children by having a single integrated system for learning. He explored several domains and intelligence theories in order to have a school with movable walls and furniture.