Healthy Rivers Healthy Cities Workshop - A national level workshop with three phases was conceptulized, initialted and conducted under Prof. Poorva Keskar's conductance. National Mentors with 60 students from the state have participated in the workshop.
Induction week for the First Year M./Arch (Env) & (Landsc) students was conducted by Ar. Piyueesh Sekhseria in August 2010.
Green Building Training Workshop was conducted by the faculty of the Environment Department for the professionals in Pune. 30 participants including architects, developers and engineers attended the training workshop.
Planning Studio on "Culture & Lifestyle Analysis For Sustainability in Planning" in associated with Royal University of Fine Arts , Sweden in February 2010.
Ar. Kanchan Joshi stands the Gold Medalist for the M.Arch 2010 batch for Environmental Architecture.
M.Arch 2nd year students win the Emerson Cup 2010, September 2010 .
M.Arch Final Yr student Ar.Rashmi Sonowane wins 2nd prize at paper presentation on 'Decentralized Waste management in Pune city' at an international conference in Singapore, May 2010.
Organisers of Healthy City Conference - BNCA Team Members received various Appreciation Remarks for 'International Conference - ‘Healthy Cities: A Perspective on Asian Concerns' some of them are listed below,
"Dear Anurag , We enjoyed being part of the conference. It was more important for us to be spokespersons for that part of the population whic h is ignored. It would be nice to deliver again the speech. It was the best conferences attended. You have been consistently bringing novelty in the college activities. Keep it up.!- Christopher Benninger and Ram
"Congrats for success in wonderfully organised conference...and for innovative presentation way of students work...Thanks and Congrats to
you all and particularly students body!!" - Nandini Kulkarni, PIADS, Nagpur
"It was so nice meeting you all in Pune. The Hospitality offered was excellent. The volunteers were fantastic. THE CONFERENCE WAS VERY INFORMATIVE AND WORLD CLASS !! Thank you all !!!!" - Jayantha Periera, Sri Lanka, SAARCH
"Congratulations for successful hosting of an International Conference" - Vaishali Latkar , SCOA
M.Arch. - Envronmental Architecture 2nd year students won the Emerson Cup 2010, September 2010
LANDSCAPE AND IDENTITY
Landscape Study of Forts in Maharashtra
Joint Studio- 6th March to 12th March, 2010 at BNCA, Pune
Department of Landscape Architecture ,DR.B. N. COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE,PUNE and Department of Landscape Architecture ,SCHOOL OF PLANNING AND ARCHITECTURE, NEW DELHI
Learn, Interact, Study, Together - 'LIST'
The Joint Studio aimed at giving an opportunity to students to learn, to interact, to study together and to exchange their approaches towards the selected topic of study.
Forts, in history acted as important political centers with their main function as defense. With the passage of time and change in the context, these forts have lost their connection with the past and have become totally redundant.
One of the important manmade components of this evolution which still stands intact is the 'Forts' in Maharashtra which have a long story to tell in terms of their social, cultural, physical, visual and ecological aspects. Many number of 'forts' is a major contributor in defining the identity of landscape of Maharashtra.
The joint studio between students of Landscape Architecture of BNCA and SPA gave an opportunity to students to understand the landscape structure at regional level and its relationship with the component of 'forts' in Maharashtra, as a thoughtful manmade overlay. The exercise introduced to the participants, the values, issues and the contemporary responses by the authorities, experts, local users associated with the 'fort' areas.
The natural landscape of Sahyadri as a whole is a setting for the manmade components sited in a peculiar manner throughout ages, influenced and dominated by politics and culture.
Forts are a pride of Maharashtra. They were governing seats of various dynasties and display unique architecture. Because of their architectural and historical value these forts are also famous destinations for tourists and those seeking adventure. In some places the entire economy sustains on this fact of a fort being there and tourists frequenting it in large numbers. But are these towns and cities well-equipped as good tourist destinations with good infrastructure and real fun for the adventure seekers? Are the developments close to the forts in tune with the environment and the ecology of the place? Or are our forts crumbling apart over a passage of time ?
The concern of the joint studio was to explore a possibility of reestablishing their relevant connection to the present and future context.
A well explored area by the historians, trekkers, tourists still remains unexplored by the landscape architects in its comprehensive understanding.
Understanding these concerns, a week long Joint Studio was conducted from 6th March to 12th March 2010 under which the students of Masters course of Department of Landscape Architecture of Dr B N College of Architecture ,Pune and School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi visited 3 types of forts - Land/Mixed/(Mishra Durga) fort - Daulatabad , Hill fort (Giri Durga)- Raigad and Sea fort (Samudra durga) - Janjira , and carried out the mapping and inventorization of landscape components, to know the landscape status of the forts and its surrounds. The typology of the forts, comprising of 'Sea Fort', 'Hill fort' and 'Land Fort', shows a unique understanding of the landscape setting, exploring the same was the main focus of this joint studio.
The exercise looked into the aspect of Landscape giving identity to the region from past till present, by studying the various typological settings of the selected representative forts in Maharashtra.
Prior to the visit, ground work and initial studies were done by Students of BNCA followed by a two days-lecture series for all the students by renowned Historians Prof Ghanekar and Mr. Mahesh Tendulkar of Bharat Itihas Sanshodhak Mandal (BISM), Archaeologist Mr Sachin Joshi, Ar Chandorkar , Geology expert Dr.Anand Datar, Botanist Dr Mandar
Students worked for 2 days in the studio following which the work was reviewed by Senior Architect and well known academician Narendra Dengle and Landscape Architects Jayant Dharap and Dr Abhijeet Natu. The synergy put together led to a holistic landscape study of the forts and their typological characteristics, with a synthesis identifying the landscape concerns related to the forts and its surrounds with future directions.
The Joint Studio was initiated by Dr Surinder Suneja , Head - Dept of Landscape Architecture of School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and Prof Shubhada Kamalapurkar, Head - Dept of Landscape Architecture of Dr B N College of Architecture ,Pune. The students worked under the guidance of the group of faculty including Ar. Asmita Divekar , Ar. Swati Sahasrabudhe, Conservation Architect Chetan Sahasrabudhe and Conservation Architect and INTACH , Pune,Co-convenor Sharveya Dhongde along with Prof Shubhada Kamalapurkar and Prof Ajit Madkaiker.
The Joint studio was hosted and partially sponsored by Dr. B N College of Architecture, Pune and was a significant event comprising of expert lectures, site visits and interactions.
Please check achivements of M. Arch. - Environmental Architecture here.
Prof.Anand Lele had written a paper on
Use of Artificial Intelligence in Architecture Profession and Education,An Overview
His paper is published in the Journal of The Indian Institute of Architects - november issue
Report on AVD workshop
Building Technology Department of BNCA had organized a 3 day workshop on Arches, Vaults and Domes for FY and SY students. Workshop was conducted on 19th, 20th and 21st of Feb. 2008.
Building Technology Department and Gangotri Architects and Designers Pvt. Ltd. conducted this workshop.
Aim and Objective of Workshop:
Building Technology Department at BNCA is focusing at imparting students practical knowledge through site visits, presentations and demonstrations by various experts, manufacturing companies and through hands on experience. AVD workshop was part of this programme. Creating affinity among the students towards the subject of Building Technology and understanding building construction for application in Architectural Design are the main objectives of these kinds of workshops.
'Arches' is topic from first year syllabus whereas masonry vaults and domes are part of second year syllabus. Since understanding of Vaults and Domes technology is the continuation of understanding of Arches, this workshop was designed for both the years. Establishing vertical and lateral interaction among FY and SY students was another objective of having mixed groups of students.
After initial discussion with Ar. Rahul Rawat, the types of arches, vaults and domes were finalized that could be constructed by students on site. Templates in mild steel were designed and fabricated at Samsthas workshop. Material was purchased according to the work that could be executed by students in 2 1/2 days assuming 20 no. of groups of students containing 10 students in each groups.
On 19th of February lectures were conducted for theoretical study on the topicos such origin, terminology, forces acting in Arches, Vaults and domes etc. followed by some presentations on case studies. After the Lectures students started with hands on experience at Samstha's ground.
About 20 mixed groups of F.Y. B.Arch. and S. Y. B. Arch.were prepared containing about 10 students in each group. At a time 10 groups were working simultaneously and rest of students were observers. After Arches being built by first set of students, formwork was taken out and groups were rotated to have different experience of building other types of arches. For construction of Vaults and domes, construction was continued on 2nd and 3rd day.
Semicircular arch, bucket arch, segmental arch, pointed arch, catenary arch, corbelled arch, dry arch, without mortar, segmental vault, semicircular Vault, nubian vault, conical vault, segmental dome, semicircular dome, square based dome - Suinch type square base dome - corbelling method were constructed by students. Domes with openings, with skylight were also construed.
After the construction activity was over, stability studies were carried out. For arches, first load carrying capacity of arch was tested by supporting haunch with bricks. After that, haunch support was reduced equally from both the sides and crown was loaded with bricks. The load transfer and sequence of failure of an arch was observed by students.
Stability studies for vaults and domes were also taken. Studies with regards to Load transfer, failure, shape of dome at failure were done.
Feedback from students was taken after the workshop was over with regards to:
1. Whether students liked this workshop?
2. What did they like?
3. What did they dislike?
4. What did they have learn through this workshop?
5. Will the understanding of the topic help them in application of building technology in design process?
6. What kind of changes they would like to have in such workshops?
7. Would they like learn subject of building Technology through such kinds of workshop?
8. Which topics students would prefer to learn through hands on experience?
Students enjoy hands on experience.
Students learn to co-ordinate among each other during the preparation and process of workshop.
There is better interaction among students during such workshops.
Understanding of the subject is better achieved though hands on experience than teaching the subject theoretically in classes.
A very successful joint workshop between students of BNCA & students of BAHAUS -University Weimar was conducted on 23 rd & 24 th of February .The theme of workshop was "sunspace- designing a spatial installation for sun energy" .The students of BNCA, majority from 2 nd year had participated in the workshop .The faculty also joined in the presentations and display of installations on 24 th Feb.
The detail schedule as followed was :
23 rd Feb.
11.00 A.M Students arrived in BNCA campus & Visited the campus
2.00 P.M. Workshop started
24 th Feb.
11.00 A.M. Presentation -Students Work Workshop
Workshop in Parking space near Canteen
The theme on which the workshop was designed was:
" SUN SPACE "
The aim of the workshop was:
- Designing a spatial installation for the Sun Energy.
- This volume should build a passage for the Sun and the Human Body.
- To make the power of the sun energy visible without words and signs.
- The sculpture should be attractive and should not cause irritation in the urban environment.
We, at BNCA believe in interactive study, which includes lectures, seminars and interactive sessions by well-known architects and experts of different fields.
This gives our students a chance to explore and provoke their mind and inspires them to achieve great heights.
The guidance and inspiration passed on by these renowned personalities influence their mind to be more sensitive towards their profession and at the same time makes them realize the huge amount of social responsibilities that they need to carry on their shoulders.
We, at BNCA have a “The Students Enlightenment Educational Programme” which organizes such lectures, seminars, and events . We invite allied experts from various fields to interact with our students and faculties and share their work and life experiences.
Few of our “Successfully Conducted Events” have been listed down below.
Action Component of Conference on Healthy Cities, February 2011 As a part of the proposed International Conference on Healthy Cities 2011, a workshop was conducted to initiate discussions and involve students and the academic community in active problem solving for cities. Under the theme of Healthy Cities, we have begun with the premise that the River that flows through the city and which has resulted in the evolution of the city, needs to be studied, understood and planned for, as a first step in moving towards Healthy Cities. Urban Infrastructural systems such as dams and canals have resulted in transforming the traditional functions and flows of urban rivers. As a result the riverine ecosystems have undergone a shift from being a lifeline of any settlement to becoming waste water gutters.
Conventional water systems and treatments to urban rivers that Municipal authorities have attempted have failed. A need was felt to look at planning the urban river system with a different approach. As the international and national movements propel us towards the concerns of Climate Change, the importance of Healthy Rivers is growing every day. Municipal authorities and governments need to integrate the concerns of environment, urban social priorities and infrastructure development pressures to come up with innovative approaches towards making the Rivers Healthy.
The workshop aims to generate a brainstorming platform to evolve innovative approaches towards Healthy Rivers in Indian Cities. These approaches will be evolved for a pilot case of the Mula-Mutha River in Pune.
The Workshop is being conducted in three stages. The First stage was planned on 10th September 2010 where the participants were exposed to the body of work which has already been done for Mula-Mutha River. Vijay Paranjape of Gomukh, Dr.Prakash Gole of Ecological Society of India, Architect Kiran Kalamdani,D.D.Naik of NERIL and Collector Pune, Mr.Chandrakant Dalvie shared their approach with the students.
The second phase was conducted on 6th, 7th and 8th December. The national experts across India actively involved themselves with the student and faculty teams towards river front planning. Welcoming the students and the experts, Dr.Anurag Kashyap Principal BNCA, said that Architects need to look beyond the boundary of their projects and understand the connection between individual projects and the urban fabric. He said that the conference in February would serve as a platform to deliberate, discuss and evolve strategies towards planning and managing “Healthy Cities”. Dr.Prabhakar Bagwat, Head of Landscape Department said that the involvement of academia to solve urban issues should be encouraged. He congratulated the BNCA group coordinators for their effort in this direction. Architect and Regional Landscape Planner from Borada shared his experiences about the river in Baroda. He stressed the importance of the spiritual value of the river and said that the social capital should be an important parameter when planning. Architect planner Pallavi Latkar who has worked towards conservation and restoration of water bodies in Thane and Lonavala as well as river Nag in Nagpur felt that not much could be done for conserving and restoring the watersheds of the rivers in urban settings as the watershed is already densely built on. What remains is to look at opportunities to create nodes of ecological celebrations and people interaction, where the people are sensitized about the river and hence can be the catalyst for change. Dr. Alka Bharat from Bhopal felt that only what we can measure, we can manage and that data on the underground aquifers, contours etc should be the first step towards better understanding and planning the river. Architect Prajakta Baste from Nagpur discussed about the disconnect between the political boundaries and the ecological landscape units. Landscape Architect Swati Sahasrabuddhe shared her study on Pune and rivers Mula and Mutha with the students. Ar.Anshul Gujrathi and Ar.Asmita Diwekar helped the student groups to understand the base data for the river.
50 students from architecture colleges from Nasik, Mumbai, Aurangabad and Pune participated in the workshop. Architect Poorva Keskar and Landscape Architect Jayant Dharap who conceptualized this workshop were intrigued to see the young brigade burn the night lamps and work in close knit groups to identify opportunities for revival of river Mutha. Ms. Kamaljeet from Amanora, who have joined hands for the Healthy Cities Conference, assured that they would try to take the best proposal further towards implementation.
This design and planning exercise will then be shared with International experts during the Third Stage workshop which will be conducted in February 2011, along with the International Conference. The proposals then will be displayed along the river stretches with students interacting with the citizens.