[Re]-Thinking the Cultural Integrities of a Historic Urban Center



 A Case of Kolhapur 

Gaurish Deshpande | Urban Conservation | KRVIA 2022.

[Re]-Thinking the Cultural Integrities of a Historic Urban Center


Keywords: Urbanization, Historic Urban Landscape, Cultural sustainability, Cultural integrities, community resilience and ecological restoration

The historic urban areas of Indian cities are experiencing higher gentrification and urbanization pressures causing rapid urban transformations. The vulnerable natural resources and livelihood patterns of these historic areas are compromised in the planning process.  The increasing insensitive urban redevelopment is hampering the built character resulting in the cultural disintegration.

There is an utmost need to integrate the cultural dimension in the sustainable development process of such historic areas by utilizing the social, economic and environmental identities of the city.

This thesis intends to examine the workability of dynamic concept of cultural integrities which can precisely cover the larger context of the cultural dimension in sustainable development of a city. This study elaborates on the UNESCO’s recommendation on Historic Urban Landscape framework (2011) applicable for historic cities. 

It highlights the idea of extensive sustainable conservation of the transforming significant cultural heritage of Kolhapur city by evaluating, valuing and structuring the tangible and intangible cultural resources.  It is based on their interlinked social and functional dependencies in order to effectively improvise and strengthen their socio economic values in modern and contemporary living patterns

The significant historic core of Kolhapur city is chosen for this study which comprises of fortified town in the Karveer region and Shri Mahalakshmi temple as a significant pilgrimage center. It briefly explains the conservation of cultural heritage through community participation in order to establish a balanced vision for sensitive urban development around the natural and cultural resources, which play an important role in representing the unique identities of the historic city.

Crime and Urban Infrastructure



Sidhartha Mohanty | Urban Design | KRVIA 2022.

Crime and Urban Infrastructure


Keywords: Migration, Gender, Inequality, Segregation, Exclusion

With majority of the world’s population now living in cities and rising rate of urbanization, the numerous factors that contribute to its rise such as migration, opportunities, natural calamities and more, the advantage has reduced significantly. As a result, several problems have emerged, including socioeconomic inequality, marginalization, and segregation. The high rate of urbanization has coincided with an unwelcome increase in criminal activity in urban areas.

While cities are expanding, with developments in industry, technology, and the economy, urban planning and design have been challenged by inequalities and exclusions. Women and young girls have a distinct experience in urban areas that differs from that of other men, and this has an impact on how they use public places. Due to a lack of gender sensitive urban design, women have limited access to public places and movement within them. Such public places not only include many challenges to women’s participation, but they also contribute to increased violence against them over time. “Criminal activity is influenced by several factors. One of the important factors is Urban Environment.

The influence of urban environment on Criminal activity has been detailed upon in several studies. “Urban planning and designing processes act as a catalyst in shaping our environment” (Shuchi Joshi, Assistant Professor, KRVIA). So, this research intends to investigate and discuss the relation between crime and urban infrastructure. It will focus on how the design and usage of disconnected infrastructures marginalize women’s positions in public areas, and will aim to close the gender gap in built environment using gender sensitive techniques.

Ephemerality versus Monumentality of the World Expo Architecture


Ephemerality versus Monumentality of the World Expo Architecture

Drashti Shroff | B.Arch | KRVIA 2022

The thesis is based on the research titled Ephemerality versus Monumentality of the World Expo Architecture, and the legacy it creates. An intensive study was done to understand the history of world expositions, architectural evolution as witnessed in these events, and the institutions involved with it. As initially thought of as wasteful events owing to the large-scale dismantling and deconstruction of the architecture on site, the design idea to create something sustainable was reasoned.

The Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) is an inter-governmental organization that overlooks the functioning of expositions. As observed, this institution is not represented on the expo sites. This led to the proposal of a BIE Pavilion on the Dubai Expo 2020 site.

The main architectural concept was to demonstrate sustainable approaches by allowing the pavilion to architecturally transform the internal spaces to suit another program after the six months run of the expo is over. The proposal of this pavilion was backed by the possibility of this becoming a prototype pavilion by the BIE. 

KRVIA@30: Visual Diary 2022-2021

Visual Diary – 2020

2020, the year of the pandemic brought in challenges to the teaching fraternity. We take you through KRVIA’s succesful online learning initiatives. 

KRVIA Post-graduate Program

KRVIA postgraduate department presented a series of webinars as part of the online learning initiative taken during the pandemic for uninterrupted education.

The department also conducted a knowledge building program with regards to research for Thesis that was conducted by Manoj Parmar, the then Dean M.Arch Program

KRVIA Exhibition 

KRVIA Presented it’s work on the city at the Jehangir Art Gallery.

The Kamla Raheja Memorial Lecture Series this year called for a new manifesto – The Apocalypse Manifesto

The KRMLS, Urban Dialogue and Convocation were conducted virtually. 

We invited critical practitioners of the built environment to think once again about the human condition and the hope of a radical architecture of thought and action – an architecture realistic enough to demand the impossible. 

A series of Events around the theme had been planned throughout the year beginning from March 2021 until December 2021. The first event opened out with a series of Electives followed by a Public Lecture and ended with the Dissertation Colloquium. The Electives, Keynote Lecture and the Dissertation Colloquium folded into each other through three different forms of engagement exploring the idea and structure of the Manifesto.


The First Event of the building of “The Apocalypse Manifesto” was a talk by Architecture Theorist & Curator, Ole Bouman on ‘Finding Measure by Architecture. Bangalore based architect and academic Prem Chandavarkar was respondent to his lecture and helped direct the next set of lectures and events for the year.