Journaling the second workshop week

OFFLINE WEEK 2 DAY 1: 

PEER REVIEW ON MODEL OF THE INSTITUTION AND SITE MODEL

The second offline week began with the first ever offline peer review conducted. The conversation, questions, and review seemed so much easier and productive than an online one. In the previous reviews we couldn’t give each other much feedback or ideas  on the design because it was difficult to understand the context and logic behind the design over images on miro board and the feedback was rather focused on representation and missing elements. This time we could give proper ideas and recommendations also because of the discussion with the members of our own group as well as the other cluster.

OFFLINE WEEK 2 DAY 2: 

WALL SECTIONS

On the second day we had to bring three wall sections that communicated the building’s structure of the institution we designed. Through the process of making them, analysing it with our peers and discussing it with our tutor, I learnt about the details of structural elements, context of materials and construction, important dimensions and information on different construction processes.

OFFLINE WEEK 2 DAY 3: 

ELEVATIONS AND FENESTRATION

On the third day, we drafted elevations that showed the fenestration details as well as articulation of different spaces. I realised how important fenestration was and it did not only prove to be an aesthetic feature rather they are the soul of the spaces. Looking through the elevations, I also learnt how important it was to maintain the same language in the facades as well as between the four facades.

OFFLINE WEEK 2 DAY 4:

VISIT TO SHREYAS FOUNDATION

On the last day of the offline week, we visited Shreyas Foundation, a unique school that follows the principles of Tagore, Gandhi, and Montessori type of education. We walked around the property and observed different spaces created. We learnt about a building known as Darwin Leggo made of steel that was precast and assembled on site. We met with Abhay Mangaldas who runs this school, he talked about a lot of interesting things that stuck with me. Before meeting him, we also visited his boutique hotel ‘House of MG’. That visit made me assume that he is trying to bring back the traditional culture as well as architecture by restoring and re-adapting spaces but after seeing the Darwin Leggo I realised that he is trying to break convention based on functionality. He also emphasised on ‘cohabitating’ rather than ‘inhabiting’. Through the design of the entire foundation I could also observe how the buildings were cohabiting with nature on the site and how intertwined they were. I learnt how important it was to mitigate violence on nature while building and constructing in spite of the constraints we face. This visit was very beneficial and inspiring because it showed us what architects can do and how and what we design even right now in studios shapes us as what kind of designers we will be. 

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