Dec 27 - Dec 30, 2018 DURATION
NO. OF STUDENTS
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th
INSIDE THE POLS"- HERITAGE CITY OF AHMEDABAD
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Rachana Viswanathan is an architect having her own practice Pan India and had been involved with prestigious projects e.g. Adaptive re-use of House of MG, Indo-French revitalisation project for the walled city of Ahmedabad, Ministry of Culture (Archaeological Survey of India, National Museum, National Council of Science Museums), Ministry of External Affairs, NPP Conservation Project-Western Himalayas, CCMP-World Heritage Site of Red fort & HRMP Bikaner for IHCNF, UNESCO. In 2005 Rachana along-with Anand Viswanathan, had designed first ever graphical signages and visual communication for the world Heritage site of Qutub Minar Complex and in CWG- 2010, graphical signage design and execution for the world heritage site of Red fort including 11 nationally important monuments.
It is so important to know our roots, culture and heritage, even if we are moving ahead fast into the future. The ancient wisdom will surely teach us some great art, architecture and culture, if we try to understand it deeply. In this course we will visit the labyrinth of lanes that connected the pols and conglomeration of houses that were usually inhabited by people and families linked together with caste, culture or profession. These old housing clusters or the ‘Pols’ of Ahmedabad have not only survived the test of time, they are still brimming with the Gujarati culture. With huge courtyards, intricately carved wooden facades, frescoes and colourful exteriors, the pols are not only bright and lively but also strategically built for safety and security during the war. We will try to learn the traditional wisdom of Pol houses, it’s architecture and planning and why they are actually considered as our green buildings/sustainable buildings. The course fees includes material cost for the workshop.