The day two of the NASA 60th annual national convention going on in the DC School of Architecture, located at Pullikanam, Vagamon was marked by talks, workshops and cultural activities.
In the morning at 10 am, Bose Krishnamachari, an internationally acclaimed artist and curator from Kerala, explained the collaborations in between artists and architects by presenting visuals of works created by international and national artists.
Later, in the afternoon, at 3.30 pm, Professor Arunava Dasgupta, the Head of the Department of Urban Design at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi gave a talk about the contemporary urbanisation process in India. He commented that nowadays we plan to make each and every city a “world-class city” and we are following the global architects without considering our limitations. He advised the students of architecture to think independently and make sure what kind of architects they wish to become in future. And also he emphasised teachers should also think about “what kind of architects we are creating”. He said an architect should not go far away from the reality. Students of urban architecture should keep a relationship with cities and make their own designs. They themselves should analyse what kind of associations they have with their cities. The studio-centred study is not enough. Both teachers and students of architecture should be ready to learn together. Then only we can contribute better to the society. Then we can transform the life of many poor children in the cities who live without enough space.
In the evening there was a documentary film show, titled Indian Modernity directed by Manu Rewal about his father, the distinguished internationally acclaimed Indian architect Raj Rewal. The film was based on his journey as an architect. His prestigious works include the Sahu Jain Pavillion and The Hall of Nations at the Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, the new library for the Indian Parliament, the Asian Games Villages at New Delhi, the World Bank Regional Mission, New Delhi, Coal India Ltd in Kolkata, Bioport, Sohna, and the Indian Embassy at Beijing, etc.
The film was followed by Rewal’s brief interactions with the students of architects. He advised them to “Look into past, but don’t copy it and paste.” Many western post-modern architects are doing copy and paste method, but he added, “observe them, sketch them, measure them, and redraw them with your own imagination”. Each building we plan should have a Rasa, a poetic quality, means a human concern. When a student asked him what to do with current market forces such as building lobbies, contractors, etc, who aim only on the profit, Rewal advised them to “fight for good architecture; you should not allow them to demolish old buildings blindly.” When a student asked him about the importance of his sketching before each plan, he replied, by sketching an architect would get a better imagination, better observations. One could deeply think and visualise his plan