The annual design settlement tours are planned for making students understand documentation and measurements of towns and villages. Generally places of historic importance or crafts tradition are chosen. The local buildings at such places exhibit vernacular architectural styles that teach students traditional wisdom of our ancestors. The towns are intentionally selected in varying climatic zones that equip students for designing in different conditions after practically experiencing the climatic differences and local architecture.
This year, the second year architecture settlement study tour was taken to historic town of Badami. With strong historic base dating back to third century, Badami boasts of being the capital of 5th century chalukyan dynasty. The first Hindu cave temples make the town one of important sites for studying of rock cut architecture.
The students documented the historic settlement of old Badami, understanding the local construction techniques and materials. The architectural planning evolved from culture and responding to climatic conditions was crucial to understand. The concluding design project in the current semester incorporates designing a civic centre for up gradation of the town. The project falls in line with central government's HRIDAY initiative for heritage cities. This gave them a live project experience.
Apart from on site documentation, a history tour for understand temple architecture of south India was also planned. On site history sessions gave the students a better perceptive of temple terminologies than classroom lectures. Students enthusiastically worked on history assignments due to the hands on experience to feel, sketch and photograph historic places. On site history classes were conducted at places like aihole, pattadakal, Lakkundi and hampi to understand temple architecture through different dynasties.
A visit to Bijapur took care of the indo-Islamic architecture in deccan plateau – a major portion the history of architecture syllabus in second year was covered on these on site classes. All the study of history is documented in report format with scaled drawings of visited temples and mosques as well as photographs and sketches of all places.