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This course investigates the role of the ‘water interface’ as a defining thread in urbanism today; it involves travel to Shanghai China and Kolkata India while exploring the simultaneous design trends that define urban growth along the principal rivers in the two megacities. The Huang Po River offers a range of waterfront schemes including nascent eco-sensitive projects and mature urban design schemes and the travel and engagement with on-site resources will expose students to international practices and collaborative design environments. Through multiple means – graphic documentation, ideograms they would understand design application across varying scales. In the context of Kolkata and the Hoogly river master plan (prepared by RITES & SPA Delhi), we discuss connections with the water edge and city patterns around it today. The students will work in groups and study relationships across river interfaces like the black town, industrial belts, commercial centers, and white town. Thus with the waterfront as a common factor, this bi-city study presents an opportunity to simultaneously understand context, culture and place identities. Through representational techniques, students will learn preliminary site appreciation, communicate sketch designs and draw up urban narratives. The course outcomes include visual representations capturing the essence of waterfront developments and nuances of water-themed cultural identities. It includes active sessions with sector experts aimed at generating dialogue on natural asset-based urbanism. Participants should hold interests in drawing, photography and enjoy cross-cultural design studios.
Expenses for Students :- Food & Stay - Rs. 25000/-, Local Travel - Rs. 15000/-