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Krvia Masters Jury: Sem I

KRVIA Masters: SEM I. STUDIO JURY
The idea of mapping & reading is synonym to sensing or comprehending the events but in cartographic manner. The reading of city through the cartographer lens is always a challenge. The Baroda studio exercise through its layered history brought out the complex dynamics of legal system, institutional system and retail system & strange domesticity that merges with the rest of the city. The stretch of over two kilometer had all the complexity that is a pre condition to the introduction of studio assignments. The shifts from architectural thinking to urban thinking take its own time in reaction and delineation. The studio task was appeared to have received with excitements and energy. The body of documentation and representation has attained some level of competence. The composition of jury made the session even more complex as each of them had his/her area of emphasize. The issues emphasized were ranging from understanding of pattern vs.  Resources …

SOME WHAT WE KNOW- (URBAN DESIGN JURY AT NAVI MUMBAI)

Although various institutes are assembling their master's program (Urban Design) in the same city but situational conditions are determining the nature of approach. The sudden rise of awareness in Urban Design is noteworthy & experiments are mending the tedious path of establishing distinct institution's approach towards the same. The distinct approaches can clearly be rationalized with respective geographical situation within the same city and perhaps it makes more sense to articulate the issues with expanding contextual references vs surgical urban intervention. The nature of administrative structure vs various boundary condition evolved over a period of time can bring about the diverse issues. 
The project of study and intervention near newly built flyover at New Panvel was one of the example that urban issues need to be localized rather than struggling for imaginative congruent urban form. The stretch of over 1.5 km had historical lakes (Lakes built during Peshwas &…

ADVOCACY URBANISM

Due to urban crisis by virtue of industrialization and migration, major cities have transformed into quintessential reality of what is urban. The seemingly disorder are result of political, social and economic shifts. The cities are uniformly destined towards capitalistic goals. There is definitely a wider gap that exists in apprehension of such phenomena & strategy to deal with them. The progressive Urbanist finds their theoretical foundation into the realm of science within the academic domain. The progressive ideals are never managed to mend the way towards PROFESSINALISM & ADVOCACY in dealing with the situation.
Today urbanism is tending towards the “rational comprehensive model”, which objectively defined goal is fixing the coordinate of “laissez faire” nature of collective ideals. The methodology is seems progressive under the pretext of “Objective Consciousness” but embedded with odour of elitism, centralization and self fulfilling prophecy. The dichotomy that exist are…

KRVIA-SPA: MASTER'S EXCHANGE

After sketchy initiation KRVIA (Mumbai)-SPA (Delhi) began to shape up this year & incidentally for both the years. The exposure to domestic exchange program has distinct advantage even though it has comparable/similar cultural envelop. It is because of different geographical situation & perhaps different metaphors that city exercise on us. The approaches of both the institution are solely based on the situation that it exist. SPA emphasize on wholesome development vs. KRVIA Surgical Urban-ism is noteworthy. The SPA relocation policy is about making exclusive urban experiences while KRVIA inclusive rehabilitation strategy embedded into the strengthening economic pattern that city dwells on. Not surprisingly the stake holders at SPA are always on top of the pyramid while KRVIA is locating its stake holders at Bottom. So the argument is that similar cultural envelop but different geographical location shapes the way urbanity exerts pressure on us. The political capital vs economi…

RED TRANSFORMATION

Alley no.1.. near Bachu Seth Ki Wadi of Kamathipura witnessing the systematic attack of real estate transformation. The entire district en-mas to about 40 acre & has history dated back to Britisher time when they developed port trust.  The red district may soon become the blue collar district. The transformation of precious precinct is inevitable due to its proximity to city center. 

The organized acquisition of important building and trading them at higher value for cluster development is a known event in inner city. The relocation policy after promises and acquisition is haphazard as much as illogical. They are relocated in distant district of Vikhroli; Mankhurd & Nalasopara. Its needless to say the nature of economic activity that may occur in due course.
Pila House/ Foras Road/ Eight cinemas were ready to entertain the certain segment or class of people. The book written by lady photographer "MARY ALLEN MARK" on Folkland Road is a historical testimony of the night …

BALLARD ESTATE

Fine urban design excersize carried out in 1914-18, housing port offices. The photographs are taken from top floor of our interior site.