Student's Contribution



Innovative ideas of the students need to be rationalized for effective implementation under various contextual circumstances. Hence, each and every design exercise integrates within, an intense and rigorous quantum of research work. Further, these research are documented to be used by other students and faculty.



After initial and fragmented studies of basic principles, they were given an exercise of incremental additions of design elements by making them look at each of the components like walls, floors and roofs individually and then assimilating all to correlate with the understanding of the context or physical setting upon which they are designing.


This studio aimed to understand the complex phenomenon of how designs of transit nodes need to integrate the aspect of changeover from a state of motion to another, which ultimately also leads to the carryover of experiences associated with it. The students were initially made to undergo exercises to analyze changeover nodes of different intensities and scales of operation before dealing with the main design studio

Students’ works showing a part of the detailed study done to understand the spatial behavior around changeover nodes as against the prescribed American Standards that are usually followed elsewhere but become obsolete and uncomfortable for the ‘Indian’ user to facilitate self with the standardized designs



After a long time, a Comprehensive Development Plan has been prepared by IIT-KGP which is popularly known as Vision – 2030. Considering the future growth of population, a Plan has been recommended to meet the sustainability needs of both the cities by the year 2030. Hence, a City Centre is highly desirable. Based on this understanding, the studio was aimed at achieving a balance between the various diverse needs of the city people regarding workspaces, commerce and recreation, bringing them together at a centre.

In this subject we tried to solve the basic issue of barrier free design standards and their inapplicability to adapt under ‘Indian’ situations and how different and intangible parameters force the design outlook to be revaluated nth number of times.







Duration: 8 weeks


Housing requires no introduction as it already acclaimed its reputation as a challenge for the designer. The Exercise aims to deal with two essential elements of high rise housing design which could result into an effective mode of study as well as a sensible design approach.

The Grid

It is usually an incorrect notion that the grid though simplifies the structure of the building, puts limitations in the creative aspect of designing. Hence, we shall find out how much does this statement holds true.

Sense of Neighbourhood

Since the day vertical growth came into favour of countries striving to resolve population v/s habitable Land dispute, the fundamental of living attached to the ground loss its value. And since long time, multistoried structures have found in vain the correctness of neighbourhood as an integrated and well-thought design feature. Thus, the exercise would also focus upon achieving the sense of neighbourhood in tall buildings.

Contrastingly to the above studio, the students were brainstormed with study sessions about the most important area of design – high rise housing, as to what qualities are being lost due to inattentive realization of design decisions and possibilities of reviving the lost virtues of Indian neighbourhoods within vertical growths of housing designs

Essential facts about the context

Climate: Moderate and extreme humid

Population: 150 families

Max. Ground coverage: 55%

F.A.R. = 1.00

Max. allowable height: 60mts.

Site is abutting the 300mtr. CRZ line from the sea and rectangular (120m X 180m) - 21600 mts.

The scope

The students are required to have a variation of a minimum 3 different sizes and types of unit plans to generate a diverse choice for the users.

Factors that should govern the design criteria apart from the foremost concern being functional efficiency:


Sea view and Sea breeze

Structural simplicity as well as structural innovativeness

Spaces for community activities

Neutralizing possibilities of Vertigo

Safety and sense of security

The students are required to incorporate all the necessary amenities like common spaces, community shopping, Parking, Green spaces, Play areas, etc. as integrated components of the housing design.

Stages of design at individual level:

Listing of activities, space requirements, utilities, community facilities, services

  1. Studying the various aspects of neighbourhood and how they could be achieved in a multistoried structure.

  2. Evaluating the scope to justify the design criteria through individual analytical studies

  3. Studying the possibilities of site use and relationship between built and the unbuilt.

  4. Generating different combinations of grid patterns in x, y and also in z axis.

  5. Planning residential unit modules derived from the grid system.

  6. Carving out spaces in all the 3 axes for support amenities and overlaying the modules along with the amenities upon the grid.

  7. Comprehensively administering all the factors of design including site designing, proportions, form and special features




The aim of the studio was to familiarize the students with designs on sloping sites. Here, the site was the governing feature to decide upon the studio exercise. The initial studies comprised of possibilities of designs on varying grades and utilizing the environmentally susceptible setting to its optimum potential.

One of the students’ proposed site plan showing the nature and extent of spread and relationship of the built with the sensitive setting.




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