The eleventh of the CAAD lecture series had renowned conservation architect Ms. Kalpana from Chennai, who deliberated her experiences and memories on the topic “Tracing the history of Madras through built heritage”. This lecture materialised in a time when we all Chennaites geared up to celebrate the existence of its city as ‘Madras Week’ celebrations from August 16-23.
The lecture started with a series of visuals highlighting the evolution of dwelling units across the world and the basis of different spaces in response to varied contexts. She shared her research idea on the concept of dwelling that's understood as a part of one’s basic needs and considered private can be inferred as an urban element by intervening it in the context of time, place and user group.
Architect Shri. D. Architect Shri. D. Ramakrishnan embarked on the lecture with a theoretical approach to design highlighting the various Elements of Architecture and with a series of visuals and clarified the principles deployed in the design. He narrated how the buildings were in tune with the philosophies of the Master Architects. embarked on the lecture with a theoretical approach to design highlighting the various Elements of Architecture and with a series of visuals and clarified the principles deployed in the design. He narrated how the buildings were in tune with the philosophies of the Master Architects.
Architect Shri.R. Vijendranath presented slides of stunning buildings featured in the movies in sequences and narrated how the built-form complimented the storyline by highlighting the most obvious features that a human mind captures without much effort. Additionally he elaborated the features of the building giving an technical outlook to the slides under deliberation.
Mr.Selvakumar presented the challenges at site while implementing the large scale projects and explained the design decisions that were adopted to further the project without compromising the design intent. He deliberated on the advanced technologies deployed in the projects and also the huge quantum of services which make these projects functional.
The speaker shared numerous issues pertaining to planning which can be addressed by buildings designed with a sense of responsibility towards the society, and sensitivity to the site. Mr.Doss enlightened the students about the about the various skills they develop in their course of study which enables them to be successful in the field of town planning.
Architect A. S. Aravindh elaborately dealt with the aspects of Traditional values in Indian architecture deployed by Raj Rewal in his works. The speaker further highlighted the architectural vocabulary and the treatment of structure as an aesthetic element seen from Rewal’s architecture.
In this line of events architect Shri. Ravi Shankar (GIS Manager, EBOLA Outbreak and Response, World Health Organisation, HQ Geneva) and Architect. Amudha Ravi Shankar (Architect & Urban Planner) engaged in a dialogue with the students & sought their aspirations post eduction. They extended the discussion elaborating on the various “Niche Markets” where architecture education can a make diffirence.
Yoga expert, Senior resident teacher at the Tiruvannamalai Ashram of the Foundation for Self Knowledge Brahmachari Viswa Chaitanya deliverd the lecture on the topic “Time Management” to the staff and student fraternity at CAAD.The speaker introduced effective tools of time management to the students and staff of CAAD.
He shared his professional experience with the students of CAAD, motivating further inquiry on the topic of architecture education. Prof. Rajagopalan claried the definition of Architecture, the roles and responsibilities of an architect, the scope of the course and commended Chennai Academy for its initiative to provide quality education and excellent facilities for the students.