KRVIA: Semester Electives coming soon

KRVIA Electives is a space where the students and faculty explore questions on architecture, urbanism, spatial practice and cultural criticism. The intent of the electives is to let the students explore a wide range of domains of enquiry within the built environment. The courses offered cover a variety of subjects that range from the act of making and representation to history and humanities to design and construction creating an interdisciplinary environment of learning.

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Encounters: Fragments

Fragments

Shreya Pate

Fragments
The talk will present Shreya’s work through her experiences and journey towards understanding
how various fragments in life come together to form an art that is architecture.
Shreya Pate is an Architect by training. She holds a Master of Art in Architecture from Royal College of Art, London (2019) and a Bachelor in Architecture from Bharati Vidyapeeth College Of
Architecture, Navi Mumbai (2014). She is a recipient of the Critical and Historical Studies Award granted for her dissertation at the Royal College of Art (2018).
Her work was exhibited recently at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai (2021). She has previously worked as an architect at design studios in Mumbai including Studio Mumbai Architects and NU.DE Studio. She has worked in London as an art director and scenographer on short films and magazine features including Marie Claire, Italy and Welcome Trust, London. She continues to practice and work in Mumbai.

PHOTO ESSAY

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MUBARAK MANDI
A RUIN IN THE MAKING

We are living in a period in which conservation has acquired great importance. Sadly, a large number of monuments, ecosystems go ignored in this process due to various types of interference from the government, local people or big corporations.
Having been born and brought up in Jammu and traveling around as a kid, I always wondered about a particular derelict structure which sits on the hill just at the edge of the city. It is easily accessible and sits right at the centre of the old city but most people I know have never been here and as a matter of fact some have not even heard about it.
I am here talking about the Mubarak Mandi Palace, which was the royal residence of the Maharaja’s of Jammu and Kashmir from the Dogra dynasty. It was their main seat till 1925 before they moved to another palace.
In 1710, Raja Dhruv Dev laid its foundation. He moved his official residence from Purani Mandi to DarbarGad, a Rajput locality. The eastern edge of the Tawi river with its high plateau made for an ideal site for its construction.
Many architectural styles dominate the entire complex. Dogra-Pahari, Rajasthani, English Baroque, Gothic, Colonial and Mughal, to name a few. They built these Palaces as courtyard buildings. Open spaces (Ahata) are in the centre, while residential and official buildings surround them. The original plan saw four such spaces built, named after Dhruv Dev’s four sons.
For the construction of various buildings of this complex , a mixture of Surkhi powder, lime , husk and Mahaash Dal was used as cementing material.
After the palace was built, Muslim Artisans were brought and settled in Mohallas like ustaad Mohalla, Pakki Dakki, Mastgarh ,Dalpatian, Talab Khati ka, and other localities.They were mostly Blacksmiths, Weavers , Leather workers, Metal workers and Masons.

The complex could be entered through three main gates known as Deodi ;one at Chowk Chabutra ,second at Panjtirthi and the third from Pakki dakki side.Residential settlements were initially confined around these three Deodi. It was at the Deodi of this complex , that in August ,1813 AD , Mian Mota ,the then prime Minister of Jammu was murdered.

Apparently the palace has been under a conservation drive since the past two decades but the conservation work isn’t visible at all apart from a few signboards that have been put up.

Everyone, be it the media, people, the late state government, talk about Kashmir and address its issues with utmost importance. Jammu has been the neglected child in this case always being thrown back and not being cared for. I have observed that anything that happens in Jammu city or province gets labeled as Kashmir countless times from people outside the state, the media and the government. This neglect has escalated and is the sole reason why a late 17th century palace is in a state of ruin

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The palace can now only be entered with a few permissions from the apparent conservation authority. Recently, the government has made a proposal to convert the palace into a heritage hotel or resort. At the current pace of work, I hope my grandkids would at least be able to enjoy a good dinner at the heritage resort sometime.

There are countless such monuments with an amalgam of a rich history and associated stories which lie in a state of ruin due to constant neglect. These monuments need to be preserved for future generations to experience or otherwise they will just remain as haunted places or a shooting sites for movies in the making.

Anav Sharma 

5th Year 

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KRVIA BRIDGE STUDIO: 2021

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KRVIA Bridge Studio: 2021

Micro Housing.

Cities in India are faced with the challenges of unprecedented migration of labor and workers in search for better livelihoods. Housing for such migrants along with the existing living densities in the slums requires the reassurance for the need of housing types that are based on households and existing livelihoods. The methodology for the studio was based on the understanding of these households and economic activities of the inhabitants. The other part of the studio was hinged on two types of case studies, one that looked at finding a relation between the household and the size of the house and the second one that examined the various sites and houses types. The latter part of the studio engaged with developing architectural typologies in a given site condition with optimum infrastructure.

The objective of the studio was to expose and explore academics related with emerging housing typologies that are necessary with changing times and as newer paradigms unfold in living and working relationships with the city. The idea of the house and housing is usually seen through typologies of sizes with respect to the family unit. However, in a city like Mumbai, such imaginations are far from reality where one has to negotiate constantly between minimum housing and optimum housing. The studio attempts to explore micro-housing based on households (situational), where the relationship between the house and the self is negotiated as a subsistence mode of living in the city.

The first phase of the studio was to locate the definitional understanding of the woThe first phase of the studio was to locate the definitional understanding of the word “Mirco Housing” and contextualize the term with a specific situation. The studio was divided into four main sub-themes based on the initial studio of housing issues and trends in the context of Mumbai, Co-Living + Co- Working | Social Sustainability in Housing | Migrant Housing | Housing Affordability. The second phase of the studio was to develop the appropriate brief that negotiated the boundaries between architectural functions and urban questions. The third phase was dedicated to addressing the urban question by locating urban issues and the quality of life that could be associated with micro housing. The last phase was to develop an individual architectural intervention based on collective decisions on the master plan with respect to density, ground cover, streets and buildings sections and lastly the FAR. 


Manoj Parmar 

Director 

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Encounters: Contextually Crafted

Contextually Crafted

Shreyas Patil Architects

Shreyas Patil Architects has completed over three years of architectural practice. Their design philosophy has grown to strike a balance between contemporary design forms and climate responsive strategies. Respecting the site context, staying true to materials, creating comfortable yet dramatic spatial qualities is what they desire to deliver. The practice is headed by Ar. Shreyas Patil since it’s inception in 2018. Ar. Shreya has previously interned at NIVASA and GNA, Bangalore, 2014. He has also trained as an architect at Thirdspace Architecture Studio, Belgaum from 2015-2018 and has attended the DLab Summer school at the Architectural Association (AA), London in 2018. He has also served as a visiting design faculty at his Alma Mater, Department of Architecture, KLS, GIT, Belgaum since 2015.

Encounters: Drawing Water and Other Attempts

KRVIA Encounters

Veda Thozhur Kolleri

The talk will highlight the processes involved in putting together a body of work and how the practice is not a means to an end, but an on-going, self-sustained desire to remain attuned to one’s surrounding ecologies while attempting to outline larger concerns. It will focus on how drawing one’s curiosities and working with material objects and textures from one’s surroundings are some ways to develop an intimate understanding of where one lives and works, however unfamiliar the landscape. It will tie these methods to the anxieties that drive an engagement that is centered on mortality and the constant sense of loss that is inherent to having an intimate relationship with one’s environment and the forms of life that animate it.
Veda Thozhur Kolleri is a visual artist living between Pattiam, Greater Noida and Vadodara. She works with drawing, video, photography and writing. She is interested in the ecological contexts in which she lives and works, and through her practice, is attentive to processes of sedimentation, decay, accumulation and growth. She has a close relationship with the plants and animals in her environment, which drives her to actively engage with the natural world, and work with it.
Veda was a participant in the 4th Edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018, and a fellow at the Home Workspace Programme 2018-2019 at Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, for which she received a scholarship from the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation. She has a BA in Anthropology and Psychology from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, an Undergraduate Diploma in Art and Design from Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bengaluru, and an MFA from Shiv Nadar University, Dadri.

Encounters: Paradigms of Liveability: Of Architectural History and Pedagogy, Submissions and Cylinder

KRVIA Encounters

Gauri Bharat

Paradigms of Liveability: Of Architectural History and Pedagogy, Submissions and Cylinders
Gauri Bharat trained as an architect and specialises in interdisciplinary approaches to architectural history. She is currently working on two major areas of research. The first focuses on histories of everyday life where she explores how built environments were shaped by and in turn shaped the individual and collective lives of people. The second area is construction history where she investigates architectural production as material, aesthetic, and cultural practice. Her recent publications include ‘In Forest, Field, and Factory: Adivasi Habitations Through Twentieth Century India’ (SAGE – Yoda Press 2019). Gauri developed and leads the Postgraduate Program in Architectural History and Research at CEPT University, Ahmedabad