Final year students display their works categorised into various subjects

Parul University has organised an Architecture, Design and Fine Arts Expo on May 3, 2019. The Expo will put to display the Projects / Art Work / Designs of final year students of Architecture, Fine Arts and Design. The Expo is to be inaugurated by Ar. Vijay Garg, President, Council of Architecture, New Delhi.

Providing the design solution of Gujarat government proposed Panchamrut Bhavan project at Gandhinagar without chopping a single tree, creating a habitat for the Tibetan migrants in a settlement at Dharmashala, prison to rehabilitate the inmates, Maritime institute of Gandhinagar exploring the architectural potential of shipping containers in design, socio economic upliftment centre for widows of Vrindavan, Rurban centre Empowerment of tribal, Proposed AIIMS hospital at Rajkot and many other national and international projects in form of designs are on display by the students.

The students design and displays their work on different topics using their perspective towards designing a project. “It’s a very good initiative as students use different subjects to design their work which includes urban designing, AIIMS hospital, tourist centres and many other development projects as per their perspective. The most important thing is using and experimenting with different technologies in most innovative way keeping in mind the environment concerns and other things,” said Vijay Garg President Council of Architecture.

The event aimed at reminiscing memories of past and working for future possibilities. The graduating students showcased their respective thesis projects to professionals and parents explaining the process followed by them throughout their journey in architecture.

The students well grasped their responsibilities as Future Architects and the graduating students shared their immediate plans of serving the profession and the expert professionals guided them with their inputs. The professionals applauded the wide range of sensitive projects that the students undertook considering the social and political needs of the society.

The thesis projects included topics and projects within various research areas spreading their roots in social, political, environmental, economic and cultural issues, and challenges of the society. They tried providing them with sensitive and reasonable solutions to the issues with their productive designs. The students had attempted to investigate various tangible and intangible aspects of architecture to provide sustainable solutions for each project.

The projects were categorised into various Social, Environmental, Cultural, Psychological and innovative project category based on their scope and intervention. The projects taken up by students under Social category were Autism Centre (project challenging architecture for/of the autistic people), Alzheimer Village, Residential treatment centre for Depression Patient, Transit Shelter for Battered women (architecture for the socially deprived women and providing them new Opportunities through architectural interventions), Empowerment centre for the Transgender (making socially unacceptable transgender acceptable through architecture and pronouncing their presence in the society in optimistic approach),Architecture for Educational spaces ( Indian Institute of Management , Bodhgaya enquired the transitional journey between spirituality of Lord Buddha and finest education system of a premiere institute like IIM, Safeguarding the vernacular dance form of the Nomadic Kalbelia community (Identifying the intangible cultural value of Kalbelia community in Rajasthan and promoting architecture for their upliftment), Revamping correction home (enquiring on how built environment could heal a juvenile at the same time punish them for it) and Creating Habitat for the Tibetan Migrants in Dharamshala.

Projects under environment sensitive issues included National Marine Interpretation Centre at Poshitra, Dwarka (understanding the endangered ecosystem and providing with a sensitive solution to the need of the place), Encouraging tourism by proposing a Floating habitat at the eco-sensitive site of Loktak Lake, at Manipur (providing an ecosensitive solution for the emerging issue of space crunch and coming up with an alternative living habitat for future), High density urban living ( solving spatial requirements of housing because of population explosion with Optimum utilisation of natural resources). Various students also tried their hands on innovative skill based topics like Biomimetic Architecture (taking reference from nature and applying its diversity in architecture with its form derived from the same), Heritage Sensitive project (preserving past and re-utilising the resources for the reconstruction of the same as exhibition of the civilization in the form of archaeological exhibition).

The panel present there appreciated the sensitivity with which the students dealt with the project and applauded the effort of parents and teachers for guiding them in the process. The panel comprised of various eminent architects and academic coordinators of other premier institutes.The combination of people from profession, practice and academics helped students to avail unbiased reviews and get inspired from them.

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