There were a total of 69 entries received for Kurula Varkey Design Forum 2015 from Institutions all over the subcontinent, notably, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Goa, Bangalore, Chennai and Mumbai among many more. The selection panel was pleased to see the quantum of entries for the Kurula Varkey Design Forum. Entries were chosen on the basis of their ability to generate a discussion on Architecture rather than the quality of the project. During the process of selection, a few recurring themes were identified by the panel and formed a further basis of selection of projects.
In this context, the panel felt it important to observe that it would ideally like to call all participants and engage in a critical discussion on the state of architecture in the sub-continent as viewed by students in their final year of studies. However, the format of the forum requires a selection process to keep the discussion focused.
Based on their concerns and responses, the selected projects are classified in three broad themes with their array of questions:
What is a building and how does one see it in its surroundings? This question is implicit in the manner in which projects in this panel choose design processes to either see it as a complete object or as a suggestive process.
There is probably no place on earth that buildings can’t be built and this ability is rapidly turning into reality. The question then is, how does one intervene in a sensitive context. Projects in this panel have taken differing stands on this issue.
Architecture, traditionally, was predominantly concerned with buildings as a means to address societal needs. Entries in this theme raise a question regarding the extent of an architectural project in the contemporary context through their varied explorations of approaches to Architecture.