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Study Tour Report – Sem 7 (June 2022)
Tour DestinationBangalore - Srirangapatna - Melukote - Mysore
Tour Dates30th May - 7th June, 2022
Faculty TeamProf. Rupali Vaidya, Prof. Ajita Deodhar, Prof. Tushara Kaliyath, Prof. Avinash Sabhagani

A study tour was arranged for the fourth year in the month of June, on request of the students as they could not go for any study tours in the last two years due to the Pandemic. The tour was co-ordinated by Pintail Tours and Travels and we started our tour journey on the 30th of May. We reached our first halt at Bangalore on the evening of 1st June. The iternary for the next 3 days was planned such that the students to could study the diverse Architecture styles in Bangalore city and at the same time have leisure visits around the city. The students were divided into 8 groups and were allotted a building each to be studied, over the entire tour. This study was conducted through parameters like History of the building, the Architecture style, planning, Facades, etc. to be compiled as a presentation on Tracing papers. The presentation session for the same would take place subsequently after dinner at the hotel.

On the 2nd of June we visited the Bangalore International Center. The structure is a public building with many events taking place most of which are walk ins. The building is an example of contemporary brutalism Architecture. The students were taken on a guided tour around the building by a personnel of the center. The students indulged in activities like sketching, photography, interacting with the locals and importantly experiencing the interesting spaces created in the premises.

Bangalore International Center

On the way back from the Bangalore International Center, we visited the Bangalore science museum. This was kind of a leisure activity and we all thoroughly enjoyed the science exhibits from varied fields of science. In the evening we visited the historic Lal baug garden which gave us an opportunity to study the landscape patterns along with having a leisure walk around.

Lal Baug Botanical Garden

The evening in the hotel was a sumptuous dinner spread followed with work presentations by the students. After discussions we all enjoyed a game of housie. This was generally the routine we followed at the end of days throughout the study tour.

The next day was a visit to Vidhan Sauda (Parliament house) of Bangalore. This momentous structure stands in the center of the city And thanks to the police Marshal officer we got a guided tour around the structure including the Lower house. The next important building we visited was the IIM Bangalore. It was indeed an inspiring example of Brutalism, the campus designed by B.V. Doshi, The students spent quite some time studying the massive campus. We were fortunate to have a lecture on housing arranged at the office of CnT Archietcts while we were in the town. The lecture served as a window towards the start of the Architectural Design studio on Housing to be held in the upcoming semester.

Lecture on Housing
Vidhan Soudha (Parliament)

We then left for Mysuru and visited temples in Srirangapatna, where students had the opportunity of studying the temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. In Mysuru we paid a visit to the Wadiyaar College of architecture. In addition to appreciating the Architetcure and the wonderful campus of the college, there was a healthy interaction between the students of PiCA and WCFA. It was interesting to have an exchange of ideas and understand the work culture of the students in the college.

Temple at Shirangapattan
Wadiyaar College of Architecture

Amba Vilas Palace

We next visited the Mysuru Palace (Amba Vilas Palace) and the students studied the same as an example of the Indo Saracenic style of Architecture. This was also a shopping halt at the Palace souvenir shop. As we were deprived of shopping in Bangalore due to evening rains, students were given ample time in Mysuru to do the same. On the way back to Bangalore to board the retun train to Mumbai, we visited temples in Melukote and had the luxury of the ‘Paddu’ lunch, before heading to the Bangalore Railway station on the 7th of June.

I yr Ajanta Tour Documentation Exhibition
SubjectCollege project
Year1st yr B.Arch.
FacultySubject coordinator: Prof. Mahesh Naik
Faculty Team: Prof. Mahesh Naik, Prof. Sasmit Acharekar, Prof. Danish Khatri,
Prof. Madhurima Das, Prof. Reshma Sathe

Based on the on-site documentation work in the tour to Ajanta in the month of December 2019, the I yr students prepared the drawings. It was a group work where Punyashlok Ahilyadevi Holkar Talab (stepwell) was documented by students.

The exhibition of the whole documentation work drawings was inaugurated at the hands of Prin. Dr. Sudnya Mahimkar on 18th February, 2020 which was open to all for viewing till 20th February, 2020.

Study Tour to Ajanta Caves, Aurangabad
SubjectStudy Tour
Visit to AurangabadCommemorating the lost treasure: Ajanta Caves
Date18th to 24th December, 2019
SemesterSem 1
FacultySubject Coordinator: Associate Professor Sasmit Acharekar
Faculty Team: Accompanying in Study Tour
Mahesh Naik, Danish Kharti, Madhurima Das, Reshma Sathe, Sasmit Acharekar

Objectives of the Visit: Commemorating the lost treasure: Ajanta Caves

The first Buddhist cave monuments at Ajanta date from the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C. During the Gupta period (5th and 6th centuries A.D.), many more richly decorated caves were added to the original group. The paintings and sculptures of Ajanta considered masterpieces of Buddhist religious art, have had a considerable artistic influence.

The Ajanta Caves were a sanctuary for Buddhist monks that was forgotten, along with its stunning riches, for nearly 1,500 years. Until in the year 1819, John Smith, a young British cavalry officer, who was on a tiger hunt, accidentally spotted the mouth of one of the caves, believing that it could only have been man-made.

To celebrate 200 years of Ajanta caves re-discovery marks the year 2019-20 extremely important in the history of art and conservation. Unknown for more than 1,000 years except to wild animals, insects, flood waters, prodigious foliage and perhaps the local Bhil people, this magnificent work of art, architecture and contemplation was abandoned by those who created it as long ago as AD 500.

To remember an enduring saga of cave paintings and sculptures, we decided to conduct academic study tour from 18th to 24th December, 2019 to Aurangabad and its historic precincts for the 1st year students of 2019-20 batch and pay tribute to this legacy.

The places which were covered under the 5-day visit were, Aurangabad caves (ASI site), UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Ajanta Caves and Ellora Caves, Punyashlok Ahilyadevi Holkar Talab (stepwell) and Daulatabad fort.

Tour Intentions: The Study Works

The Intentions of the study tour were to study, document and sketch the architectural elements which went into building the ancient caves, forts, temples and paintings.

The students were introduced to Buddhist-Jain-Hindu style temple architecture, which covered different elements like Shikharas, Mandapas, Garbha Griha, Sabha Mandapa and Pradakshina.

Students were sensitized towards the construction techniques which went into building the Rock-cut caves; usually carved out of a single piece of rock. Also, the caves merging smoothly into the unbuilt environment making it a beautiful amalgamation was observed.

Various paintings and sculptures were studied to understand colour combination, symmetry, scale and proportion. Lastly, the takeaway for the students was getting to know the rich history which went behind building one of the largest and unconquerable forts of that time.

One of the important agenda of the visit was to learn documentation, how to do measure drawings on site and lastly, to understand different methods of surveying and tools involved.

Documentation, team building and coordination was the outcome which was achieved.

The Design Studio: Architectural Design Sem-2

Further to remember an enduring saga of cave paintings and sculptures at Ajanta caves, the student studies the entire setting and context of the cave’s location. This was followed by selection of the site for architectural design studio – Semester – 2 at Ajanta itself. The famous point (Site) which is possibly the location from where John Smith, a young British cavalry officer first spotted the hidden arena of Ajanta caves, was chosen as site of the design Studio. The site located right at the topmost viewpoint facing the Ajanta caves, overlooking the Waghora (tiger) river.

The design studio at Sem-2, inquire in to the personality and personal life of an renowned Artist, of student’s choice. Understand the personal habits, hobbies, nature and daily activities of the Artist and future design a retreat for the artist at the above selected site.

Study Tour to Tattakodi Village, Karnataka
SubjectCollege Project - Village Documentation
Date1st to 9th November, 2019
FacultySubject Coordinator: Tejashree Lakras
Faculty Team: Moushumi, Rashmil, Neha, Lakshmi
LocationTattakodi Village, Karnataka

Objectives of the Visit:

  1. To study and document the socio cultural life of villagers.
  2. To give students exposure of rural settings with respect to natural and artificial features
  3. To understand and analyse the landuse, circulation and social/ physical infrastructure of the village.
  4. To document and map the spatial arrangement of the village and understand the relationship between buoilt and unbuilt spaces.
  5. To document and analyse in detail the street architecture of vernacular heritage
  6. To document and analyse in detail the typology architecture with respect to construction techniques and materials.
  7. To identify the issues at tourism and rural people level
  8. To identify and propose the architectural solutions solving the socio cultural issues.

Summary of the Work:
The Rural documentation studio November 2019 aimed at inculcating research skills in semester 4 students by documenting and analysing the social and cultural aspects and vernacular architecture of village of Tattakodi from Badami region, Karnataka.

The village being located in the midst of Badami North and South hills faces the Badami caves and temples and the natural water body named as Agastya lake in its frontyard. The late 20th century, mixed community village have adopted Pure white lime washed mud houses style of architecture as part of their climate responsive strategy and socio cultural practice.

The village was documented with respect to several study parameters like natural landscape, landuse, circulation, social and physical infrastructure, socio cultural aspect, physical morphology, vernacular street and individual typology documentation.

The in depth study revealed lot of social and infrastructural issues faced by villagers like woman empowerment, lack of higher secondary schools and hospitals, lack of enough infrastructure for organic farming etc. The collective conclusions were drawn to understand and propose possible architectural solutions on identified project site for addressing social issues as part of Architectural design studio project.

Study Tour to Auroville, Pondicherry and Chennai

Mahabali Puram

Visitor Centre

Matri Mandir

Shore Temple

Third year study tour is organised with the intension of study and document institutional buildings and their role in the shaping of society. This year the students visited Auroville, Pondicherry and Chennai. In Auroville they visited many buildings like Matri Mandir, Visitors Center, Savitri Bhavan which are all examples of institutional buildings. In addition they documented two institutional buildings – SAWCHU and Unity Pavilion in Auroville. The drawings of these were made as part of the college project upon returning back to the college. In Pondicherry they visited the French town. A walk around this area was organised and guided by a member of INTACH organisation. They also visited many building typical of the architecture of French town. Additionally they also visited some buildings of Architecural importance around Chennai like Mahabalipuram temple (Panch Rahta and Shore Temple), Dakshin Chitra, Aurobindo Hand Made Paper Factory.

Sequence of Events:

Day 1 (1st November, 2019) & Day 2 (2nd November, 2019) – Train Journey to Pondicherry
Our journey to southern region of India started from Chhtrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus.

Day 3 (3rd November, 2019)
On this day they reached Chennai railway station at early morning 4 a.m. From there they moved towards Pondicherry by bus. During this journey they took a break at Mahabali Puram and visit the beach. In Chennai – Pondicherry journey they visited the Aurobindo shanti place and museum. They reached at hotel Bon Sejour around 12.30 p.m. After lunch they visited the Auroville international zone, Visitor Center and pavilions in International zone.

Day 4 (4th November, 2019)
On this day the documentation of the SAWCHU Pavilion and Unity Pavilion. A brief discussion was organised with Ar. Sonali Phadnis who was the Architect who had designed the SAWCHU Pavilion. She gave a lecture on the idea behind the formation of Auroville and SAWCHU Pavilion.

Day 5 (5th November, 2019)
The documentation process continued till the afternoon. After lunch they visited the Matri Mandir which is main structure of auroville.

Day 6 (6th November, 2019)
After spending the entire two days for documentation the students visited different important buildings in pondicherry. They started their day with a heritage walk in French town in Pondicherry which was guided by Ar. Ashok from INTACH. He informed them about the planning of city, its history and architecture.
After lunch they visited the Shree Aurobindo paper making factory and learnt about the paper making process.

Day 7 (7th November, 2019)
On the way back from Pondicherry to Chennai, the students visited Mahabali Puram Temple, Pancha Ratha Temple and Dakshin chitra.

Day 8 (8th November, 2019)
On this day a guided walk was organised to visit many important colonial buildings in Chennai. After visiting this places the students began their return journey from the Chennai railway station.