Jury Note:

by Nitin Raje, Vishwanath Kashikar, Smit Vyas

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:

The Architectural (non) Object

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.

Sites of Architecture

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.

The Architectural Project

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.

Panelists

Eko Prawoto

In Panelists 2015 / Previous Panelists

Harsh Patel

In Panelists 2015

Mansi Shah

In Panelists 2015

Melissa Smith

In Panelists 2015

Miki Desai

In Panelists 2015

Mona-Doctor Pingel

In Panelists 2011 / Panelists 2015

Neelkanth Chhaya

In Panelists 2015 / Previous Speakers

Rahul Srivastava and Matias Echanove

In Panelists 2015

Revathi Kamath

In Panelists 2015

Sameep Padora

In Panelists 2015 / Previous Panelists

Surya Kakani

In Panelists 2015

Shortlisted Entries

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21st Century ‘Cyrus Cylinder’, A platform for human rights
In Entries 2015 / The Architectural [non] object
Absurdism in Architecture: Translating a theory into an experience
In Entries 2015 / The Architectural [non] object
Adaptive Use of Quarry Site in Urban Context
In Entries 2015 / Sites of Architecture
Architecture for Humanity
In Entries 2015 / The architectural project
Art, Design and Architecture School Project
In Entries 2015 / The architectural project
Banaras, Body, Ritual, Map
In Entries 2015 / The Architectural [non] object
Bipolar Architecture
In Entries 2015 / The Architectural [non] object
Centre for Wetlands Ecological Research and Environmental Education in East Kolkata Wetlands
In Entries 2015 / Sites of Architecture
Cultural Centre at Purbachal
In Entries 2015 / The Architectural [non] object
Extension Design of 500 bedded Super Speciality Metro Heart Hospital, Faridabad
In Entries 2015 / The Architectural [non] object
Housing for All, Bangalore
In Entries 2015 / The architectural project
Kinship Systems and Social Order
In Entries 2015 / The architectural project
Place of Culture
In Entries 2015 / Sites of Architecture
Regeneration of desolated Animations, Bhada, Latur
In Entries 2015 / Sites of Architecture
Rehabilitation Centre for Women Offenders
In Entries 2015 / The Architectural [non] object
Resurrection of a Goaf
In Entries 2015 / The Architectural [non] object
Rethinking the Idea of Civic Institutions as an Object of Influence, Identity and Public Interface
In Entries 2015 / The architectural project
Revitalization of Le Corbusier’s Legacy, Sanskar Kendra Complex, Ahmedabad
In Entries 2015 / Sites of Architecture
The Rail-Mall
In Entries 2015 / The architectural project
Time and Tide: The Memorial
In Entries 2015 / The architectural project
Wild Life Conservation Centre
In Entries 2015 / Sites of Architecture