KRVIA Post-graduate Workshops

KRVIA Post-graduate Workshops

Urban Design - August 17th - 21st


The central idea of this workshop is to expose students to urban design processes in the real world, in actual sites and situations around them. The intent is to create a discourse around the agency of the urban designer as a practitioner, a problem-solver in his/her own locality, neighbourhood, and city. Either through established practices, as part of like-minded collaboratives, or as solo practitioners, urban practitioners around the country are now taking
charge of bettering their surrounding built environment. This idea of the urban designer as a self-initiated practitioner will be realized through discussions and site visits with Sameep Padora, representing The Bandra Collective, a visit to St. Stephen’s steps, designed by Alan Abraham (Bombay Greenway), and urban practitioner Rinka DMonte, and through short exercises aimed at generating ideas and approaches to intervene and improve actual sites around the city. Thus, the workshop will be hands-on, dealing with real sites, their problems, and ideas about possible micro interventions. In terms of focus area, the workshop will be pivoted around open public spaces at the neighbourhood level.
The Bandra Collective – a collaborative of six Bandra-based architects, working pro-bono to imagine and realize public spaces in Bandra, Bombay Greenway – ‘a not-for-profit urban design and research platform’ has worked on re-imagining derelict spaces as multi-use public spaces, and Mumbai-based architect and urban practitioner Rinka DMonte has worked on revamping gardens in Bandra. Through a dialogue with some of these self-initiated urban practitioners, the students will be exposed to their thoughts, processes, and approaches –

How do they imagine public spaces and how do they get them built?
The dialogue will be followed by a series of short exercises in which the students will be assigned different sites across the city, where they will work in groups to think about potential ideas and interventions. The aim is to encourage students to think about ideas, brainstorm, and communicate them without formal presentations or computer-generated, polished renders and simulations. Thus, through short, tightly-timed tasks, the students will be pushed to think and communicate without pressures of formal presentations. The exercises will be underpinned by the idea that open public spaces need to be legible and accessible, to begin with. They need to be publicly visible and inviting enough for anybody to walk in and make use of them. Their inner program and sets of activities come in later. They also need to have a larger impact on the neighbourhood, wherein, an open public space attracts people
from different localities because of the visibility and openness of the place as well as the kind of activities and programs that unfold within it. This way, it becomes a magnet for people from the larger neighbourhood, or even from other neighbourhoods around.

The workshop will thus be a hands-on experience of looking into neighbourhoods around you, and thinking about ideas for open public spaces which can make their urban experience better. It is also an initiation into thinking about the role of the urban designer as an urban practitioner, with an agency to bring about change in his/her own neighbourhood, through self-driven initiatives and interventions

Encounters: Suhasini Ayer

Responding to a World in Crisis

Suhasini Ayer

“Responding to a world in crisis; the role of planning and design”. I want to discuss with this presentation, who are we designing for? what are the concerns of the society that engages an architect vs the concerns of the architects? Do architects have a responsibility beyond fulfilling the brief of the client; socioeconomic or environmental? If yes, do we have the leverage to act on this responsibility?
Suhasini Ayer – Guigan, Architect / Urban Planner; co-founder of the “Auroville Centre for Scientific Research (CSR)” Trust; a collaborative organisation with multiple agents and agencies working in the area of applied research in sustainable settlement planning, solar passive architecture, appropriate building materials and technologies, water and waste management and renewable energy.
She heads the “Auroville Design Consultants”, a planning and architectural design studio, primarily focused on planning, designing and implementing the applied research development projects within Auroville to field test the innovations and research carried by CSR and other organisations within Auroville.

Encounters: Apurva Bahadur

Upper Bhor Ghat

Apurva Bahadur

Upper Bhor Ghat – a railway enthusiast’s perspective.
For the railways, Bhor ghat is the mountain pass that connects the lowlands of Konkan with the formidable heights of Deccan Plateau. Climbing nearly 660 meters in 27 kms, Bhor ghat line was one of the greatest feats of engineering, when constructed in the 1850s. The presentation will cover history, technology, features, quirks and train operations from a railway enthusiast’s point of view. This session display images and maps, supported by the speaker’s commentary, about an overview of the entire Bhor ghat, with specific details of the upper section between Lonavala to Monkey Hill. This is one of the 5 or 6 planned presentations that will describe railway operations through the Bhor ghat.

Apurva Bahadur
Trained as an electronics engineer, Apurva Bahadur currently offers specialized technical documentation services for the engineering domain. A dedicated Indian Railways enthusiast who carries a camera, Apurva has done extensive study of the railways around Pune, including the scenic route to Miraj, the Bhor ghat and the Konkan Railway. Apurva’s railway outings with fellow railway enthusiasts are a combination of travel, treks, hill climbing, photo sessions and documentation. Around 4,000+ of Apurva’s Indian Railway images are displayed on his Facebook pa

BReUCom PDP 5: Heritage Resilience for Future Cities


PDP 5: Heritage Resilience for Future Cities

Future cities ranging from Forest cities, net zero cities to smart hi-tech cities all are geared towards sustainability and seek to address the challenges of climate change. What about the historic cities? How does the discourse on resilience relate to the heritage and historic urban cores? Can heritage resilience contribute in the vision for future cities?
The United Nation sets its 2030 agenda of transforming the world through its 17 Sustainability development Goals (SDG’s). Does heritage feature explicitly or adequately in these goals?

Three engaging online sessions and a panel discussion as mentioned below on each days will respectively cover the theoretical frameworks and tools for Cultural Resilience.

On the third day, the participants will engage in an exercise of drafting a white paper for Cultural resilience of Urban Heritage in India within the SDG framework 2030 agenda.

Successful completion will be eligible for Certification.

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Encounters: Swanzal Kak Kapoor

Architecture as Resonant Value: rewilding,regeneration,healing and belonging.

Swanzal Kak Kapoor

Architecture has always been a practice that has been a search for meaning and a means of value creation.In the current position in history,we see our primary impetus as a search for wholeness and inclusiveness.Ecology,restoration and healing are critical imperatives that guide and shape our work.Our journey in design has been illuminated by reviving a 385 acre forest(as part of a citizens movement),restoring an 80 year old home into a historically charged space and the creation of a recycling station that seeks to transform the ways in which citizens harness waste.A journey that searches for the infinite potential in each architectural act:through mindfulness,collaborative synergies and ever-widening circles of responsibility.


Swanzal is a practising architect, civic activist, songstress and closet philosopher..

She is passionate about design, ecology, music and a humanistic approach to life that serves the collective good. A practising Buddhist, mindfulness,compassion and a deep inner joy guide her way of life.

She is the design principal and co-founder at Saka studio, based in Gurgaon. She has 22 years of experience of working in a diversity of contexts and scales 

At the heart of her design practice(and life)is a deep belief in thoughtfulness, sensitivity, innovation, playfulness and passion: the springboard for great ideas. Her architectural and interior work celebrates  cultural specificity,craft, embodied emotions, ecological consciousness and collaborative synergy.

Her interest in civic action and the environment led to her co-founding iamgurgaon in 2009, a platform to enable change through community participation.She has been an integral member of the team that has revived a forest at the 385 acre Aravali Biodiversity Park in Gurgaon.

She believes that each of us should ‘be the change we wish to see in the world’.