FROM THE HOD’s DESK M.ARCH ENVIRONMENTAL ARCHITECTURE
India is experiencing unprecedented growth in the last few years. Huge Infrastructure development projects are being executed to service the growing economy and population. Architectural practice is no longer limited to building design. Projects like SEZ’s and Townships are demanding Urban Design and Planning Initiatives.
With Globalization and opening up of Foreign Direct Investment Policy, many off shore companies are setting up their offices in India. The building design practice has also metamorphosed to cater to the “Global Image” and “Comfort Needs”.
Young India, has lost the local thought in its aspirations to be a developed nation
At the other end, India is experiencing energy deficit, environmental degradation, natural resource depletion and increase in carbon dioxide emissions.
The speed of development is heartening, but will continue to be a positive phenomenon only if sustainability principles are embedded in our thought. Ensuring least negative impact on environment while achieving comfort conditions and addressing aesthetics and financial feasibility will have to be the path taken.
The Architecture and Planning fraternity will have to address the issues of development, displacement and environment together whereby all the stakeholders benefit from development.
M. Arch-Environmental Architecture was designed to sensitize and enable architects to embed sustainability principles in PLANNING and DESIGN.
The course was structured to encompass
- Environmental Policies, Programs and Laws in Indian Perspective
- Environment Impact and Assessment Methods(EIA)
- Environment Management
- Climate responsive building design for climate zones in India.
- Energy Efficient Rating Systems in India (LEED, Eco housing etc.)
- Ecological Landscaping
- Energy Efficient Building Design
- Simulation Software for Environment Performance
- Green Technologies and Renewable Energy Systems
Prof. Sujata Karve
HOD, Masters in Environmental Architecture