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Third Year Architecture Students, Settlement Tour At Bundi, Rajasthan

The quaint town of Bundi is engulfed by hills of Aravalli range on its three sides. Unique to otherwise desert landscape of Rajasthan, the town with its fort are confined by a city wall encircling its periphery. Apart from brilliant response to topography in town planning , numerous stepped wells are dotted all through the town. These efforts are evident of intelligent water management our ancestors adopted in this dry and arid region. In addition to celebrated gateways in outer city wall, a unique feature was several small gateways across small alleyways guarding each neighbourhood within the city itself. Not as hounded as other cities of the state, Bundi offers an unusual local experience. The quiet yet interactive streets and inviting narrow alleyways exhibit to tradition and culture. The entire ensemble still preserves an old world charm that is not contaminated by heavy tourist influx. The site proposed for the inn houses one of such alleyways with a gateway; to be used to its full potential.


Second Year Architecture Students, Settlement Tour At Pushkar, Rajasthan

Pushkar is a town bordering the Thar Desert, in the north-eastern Indian state of Rajasthan. It's set on Pushkar Lake, a sacred Hindu site with 52 ghats (stone staircases) where pilgrims bathe. The town has hundreds of temples, including 14th-century Jagatpita Brahma Mandir, dedicated to the god of creation, which has a distinctive red spire and walls inlaid with pilgrims silver coins.


Study Tour To Historic Locations Of Badami And Hampi
28th November 2015Badami ad Hampi

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.


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