The student batch of 2015 visited two villages in Pollachi, Coimbatore during January 2017 as part of their Rural Settlement Study, to study, document and analyse the built environment and settlement patterns.
On 25 Nov 2016, at the ending of the semester, all the faculty members enjoyed a recreational visit to Chokhi Dhani, a themed resort on the outskirts of Chennai. The place showcased the experience of Rajasthan brought down south, with regional food, folk arts and performing arts presented to their visitors.
On the occasion of Teacher’s day, Independence Day and Madras Day, a series of themed events were organized at CAAD. Students took part in elocution and poster-making competition based on the themes and presented their views about teacher-student dynamics in a debate.
As a part of second year 4th Semester curriculum students visited CSIR-Structural Engineering Research Centre (CSIR-SERC), Tharamani, Chennai on 4th March 2016 to gain knowledge about the innovative building materials and construction techniques on different components of buildings developed by the research organizations.
Students got exposure to the methodology of conducting various surveys covering physical, visual characteristics and socio economic aspects. They were able to understand the vernacular and traditional architecture involving local building materials and construction techniques.
As part of Architectural Drawing –II, students did the measured drawing of the Zion church and the New Jerusalem Church. The prior date’s schedule was followed and also they were taken on a walk along the Tharangambadi beach and had a glimpse of the Danish Fort near the beach understanding Danish settlement.
As incessant rains have hit the people of Chennai severely, free bus services were in operation for the flood-hit people from various parts of the Chennai as part of CAAD - Chennai Academy of Architecture and Design Community Outreach Program.
The entire study was divided into 2 sessions. On site, the students studied the building thoroughly by measuring it and preparing various sketches. The second session focused on the importance of documentation where the students translated the sketches done on site in the form of floor plans, elevations, sections, details, etc.,
Renowned pottery craftsman Mr. Palani Swamy from Dakshin Chitra with 19 years of experience conducted the workshop. He demonstrated the traditional method of making clay and various pottery techniques using the potter’s wheel.
This site visit to Pichavaram gave an opportunity for the students to have a better understanding of the various site features like landscape, topography, climatic conditions, etc. that influence the design process. This acquired knowledge will significantly help them in improving their approaches towards their design.