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In India, in the last 50 years, there have been institutional campuses designed and built by architects from within the country and abroad. In addition to being places of learning for the student communities that they were planned for, a few of these have been learning grounds for the architectural community as well. In particular, the campuses of the IIM at Ahmedabad and Bangalore have been experiments that have continued to teach us, with lessons in both architecture and urban design. These are protected, controlled environments that have being shaped over the years by different administrative heads, faculty and students. The built and unbuilt spaces have often transformed themselves to the changing needs of the user groups. The objective of this course is to look at one of these campuses – the IIM at Bangalore and to understand how its unbuilt spaces work. Some of the questions we will ask are: What makes some spaces more amenable for interaction than others? Can the less interactive areas be strengthened through designing alternative routes for users to generate a crossing of paths? What are the physical or spatial elements that catalyze social interaction? The course will introduce participants to techniques of observing, recording and representing social interaction through sketches & maps. The key learning outcomes will be one, to understand how buildings learn and how campuses grow; two, to see how buildings and landscape co-operate to define and shape the space of the public realm and three, to understand how Olmsted’s concept of ‘desire lines’ might work within an Indian campus. The final output will be an urban design solution that rethinks & re plans the open spaces on campus. Expenses for students: Food and stay:Rs.7500, local travel: Rs.1000/-. (NON-GPA).