To locate an appropriate architecture with a relationship to the built environment, the KRVIA has always integrated the “urban” in its inquiry. The architectural inquiries are a preamble to urban imperatives as urban questions are often regional issues. The Institute reinforces such interdependencies and relationships with the “urban” in its formative circumstances (Bachelor’s program and Research & Design Cell). Hence the formulation of its Urban Design and Urban Conservation post graduate programs are an extension of this underlying philosophy. They are designed as an advanced system of the production of Architecture and Urban Knowledge.
The Post-Graduate Program at KRVIA.
The KRVIA masters program is an academic space and a production place of knowledge that attempts to addresses this complexity presented by the dual circumstances of our urban scenario. In an attempt to address or carry out research, the master’s program has enabled processes around three main questions pertaining to the relationship between urban form and social & economic productivity, the relationship between socio, economic productivity and informality everyday urbanism and the relationship between informality and ecology.
These three large questions are investigated and reflected in six large areas of concentration related to housing, environment/ ecology & landscape, planning & policy, history/heritage & sacred, urban experience & phenomena, infrastructure & amenities.
These research areas adopt interdisciplinary approaches and cross disciplinary examinations. Such an approach attempts to dissolve existing boundaries between disciplines and enable productive and meaningful conversations between architecture and allied disciplines like planning, sustainability, sociology, and economics.
It is expected that such pedagogic intentions facilitate the skill sets & knowledge systems, new areas for academic advancements, advanced methodologies and holistic knowledge for urban practice.
The discipline of Urban Design addresses the areas that lie in between the strict disciplinary boundaries of architecture / Urban Planning / Landscape Planning / Infrastructural Planning / Environmental Planning. Each of this discipline derives its own method of operations while KRVIA Master’s in Urban Design endeavors’ collective and multi disciplinary approach for public domain where this strict compartmentalization are erased for integrated and complementary exchanges.
The forces within urban agglomerations put great pressure in existing physical and non-physical resources. These forces influencing the built form & the environment in the way that they rapidly transform the existing systems. The field of Urban Conservation attempts to build a framework through which the existing system is seen as a potential for development rather than a hindrance. Historical areas and their physical/social and environmental systems are seen as an asset that can be integrated in the strategic manner for sensitive development.