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IIT-R presents paper presentation competition in Architecture
« on: February 17, 2009, 06:26:30 AM »
Ideaz: a paper presentation competition invites all students of architecture to participate in the paper presentation contest and thus channelize their creativity. Huge prize money to be won.

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Your Green Streetscape

The outdoors play an equally important role in our lives as the indoors, the roads and streets. We traverse through form a vital part of these outdoors. We travel to work, we travel to home, we travel to shop, we travel to vacation, we travel just for the pure joy of travelling, and these streets link us to various important places in our daily life and almost link our life. As a comfortable and pleasing room can influence a person’s frame of mind so can a street.
The design of the street and streetscape decide whether one enjoys or confronts the street he is going to take. The role of the street is social as well as utilitarian.  The street is a place where one should feel at ease in the company of strangers as he does with those familiar.
Friedrich Nietzsche, the German philosopher once said – ‘All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking’. The street a person walks through every day can sub-consciously mould him, a person who tackles uncertain pathways and shady experiences will have a different mindset than a person who takes a nice, delightful stroll every day.
Hence the street, traversing which we spend a significant portion of our lives; the street which shapes our path, sways our moods and through which innumerable vehicles pass, should also be energy sensitive. Streets can be designed to encourage pedestrians and bicyclists over automobiles; they can have significant greenery in the form of streetscapes and trees. Many green aspects like, recycling, efficient water management etc can apply to streets also.
This cell of IDEAZ appreciates paper presentation entries which bring in new innovative ideas on how a street could be in a “green” perspective

Light and Architecture: Transparency and Virtuality

"Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light."
- Le Corbusier
Light and Architecture have influenced and complemented each other to create, orient and define a space or facade. Through the ages, light has been one of the less mentioned basic necessities of man. Windows, light shelves and a variety of other elements in architecture owe their existence partly to the struggle to permit light. Then came the era when mankind discovered ways and means of getting his precious light without being dependant on sun or by caging fire as a lamp. Lights became available in a variety of forms and suited for specific purposes. 
Until a century ago, the architect just picked and chose from a variety of light fittings, now we have gone a step further; lighting is seen as a hi-tech team effort between lighting designers, architects, engineers and even façade specialists.  Artificial light has brought about a revolution in the way a city is experienced; the night has come to life! Light architecture introduced a new trend that signifies "light"- in the sense of illumination, technology and architecture’s often ironic view of itself.
We know have energy efficient lighting fixtures that respond to human presence and even moods.
 This cell of paper presentation aims at bringing in new avenues of ‘light in architecture’ in the future and welcoming innovations in using both natural and artificial sources of light in building a green globe. What is your idea of the path ‘the light’ will take in shaping architecture over the coming years?

Digital architecture: Function OR Fiction

“Form follows Function”      - Louis Sullivan
“Form follows Fiction”      - Bernard Tschumi
Form and space conceived in the mind is conveyed through a medium which in turn passes through many hands and achieves completion as architecture.  This ‘medium’ hence plays an important role in the realization of a design and can dominate enough to constrain or liberate an idea. Two dimensional representations of drawings on paper or similar material performed this elite function since time immemorial. With the advent of technology this field also got revolutionised and thereby allowed architects to design forms that could not have been visualised in the past; irregular, curvilinear, jagged, it all can be done.
Technology has also enabled us to study terrains, earlier considered inaccessible, present them accurately and suggest remedies to make them not only accessible but also habitable. Digital expertise has definitively modified our approach to space and form, allowing us to work with vectored fields and topological geometries, at an extensive pace. 
In the recent projects having fluid forms, quiet a number of them look like they have spaces which are extremely inefficient. The success of such designs sometimes leads to a blind similar pursuit, resulting in the loss of functionality and ambience of intended spaces in the process.
The digital medium has made it possible to experiment and realise almost any complicated form, has technology then completely bridged the gap between concept and built form?  Or has it shortened the much valued thinking process?
A paper presentation identifying the importance and relevance of morphogenetic logic and digital form in architecture is invited in this cell of IDEAZ.

For details contact:

 Aliasgar Kanchwala


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