This course intends to introduce students to the concept of architecture and how it integrates itself in various fields ranging from art and culture to science and technology. The aim of the program is to sensitize students to the application of architecture and design in the world around them. They will have a firsthand experience in looking at architecture with respect to nature, basic building elements, human activities, materials, society, climate, customs and rituals, to name a few. This will be implemented through field trips, model making, drawings – 2D & 3D, sketching, understanding of anthropometrics, and much more. This program will cover the basics of both architecture and design in terms of visualizing and thinking from 2D to 3D and observing patterns in everyday objects and activities. A big part of the program will be to expose the students to the concept of how human values can be implemented and imbibed in society through the use of correct architecture and design. This means not just understanding space making as a science but appreciating architecture and design through comparison of existing models of buildings for example, comparative and critical appreciation of a commercial corporate building versus a traditional and conventional pol house. This will also expose students to sustainable architecture and vernacular design.
Apart from space making this course also focuses on objects in spaces, that is to say, how for example furniture and products also become an intrinsic part of architecture and design. So students can be educated through exposure to the journey of a product right from conceptualization and design to manufacture and mass production. This course aims to expose, educate and sensitize students to the concept of both architecture and design in its layered facets. The course will: (1) Broaden their perspective towards human activities and built forms (2) Help them to visualize their world in a varied manner, from analytical thinking to critical appreciation to contextual understanding. (3) Encourage them to develop clarity when opting for future design careers. (4) Enhance and deepen their observation skills. (5) Open new doors in terms of catching details that escape layman eyes. Expenses for students: Material cost: Rs.1500/-.