A Utopian Skyline – Structures that Reach for the Sky
“ Every thing must be new…”Antonio Sant Elia A Futurist Architect
From ancient times mankind looked up to the sky with longing…there in
lies the Fable of the Tower of Babel…
We have all grown up with Jack and the Beanstalk where the Giant has
his Castle in the sky…
But, it is only in the 20th Century that built forms started moving
up…From the Eiffel Tower to the Chrysler Tower or the works of IM Pei,
SOM,  Foster and so many more…But nothing to beat the Skylon Tower so
elegantly poised on cables!!!
With the way our cities are growing it is but inevitable that High
Rise buildings are the main solution…However, we can make these
Visionary Statements if we choose to…
Our workshop will focus on concepts that are structurally delightful.
We will do hands on testing of the models we design…We will also see
them in the same light as the Futurist Antonio Sant Elia or Jacques
Fresco…We will take a gander at the concepts of Tony Garnier,
Corbusier, Wright, Paul Rudolph and so on… We will also look at
inspiration visions from Dan Dare Pilot of the Future, Tarzan and many
other examples  from the Comic Book World where Visionary Mega Cities
take us to lofty thoughts…
Our Workshop will start with a presentation of previous Lightweight
Structures Workshops conducted across the country with enthusiastic
students …
There will be a second presentation in a Cartoon Format which will
highlight the focus of the workshop… After that we roll up our sleeves
and get to work…We sketch, build models, test them , review them and
document our day…

Arun Swaminathan







Kerala is known for its unique architectural vocabulary and its syntax. The language has evolved and established and is undergoing mutation. The primitive models of houses in Kerala were huts made of bamboo and thatched with leaves. They were circular, square or rectangular plain shapes. The rectangular shape with a hipped roof appears to have been finally evolved from functional consideration. The homogeneity and continuity in the traditional architecture of Kerala is unusual within the country and has been nurtured by the regional arts and crafts. The evolution of domestic architecture of Kerala is interesting and holds a distinct position due to the richness and the development of its wooden joinery system and interesting elements like Padippura Poomukham Chuttu verandah, Charupady, Nadumuttom, Kulappura, Kalappura ,Janala/window ,Vathil /Door to name a few. The domestic architecture of Kerala follows the style of detached building and is known for these elements and its elegance. The idea is to look at these elements as a part of this mega event SAYA and to document and discuss some elements in evolution.

Elements of Architecture as in this programme examines two fundamentals of our buildings, used by any architect, anywhere, anytime: The roof and the facade. It brings together ancient, past, current, and future versions of the elements in domestic architecture of Kerala.

The brief is to look at these two elements and document the same with respect to three periods early vernacular, post independence Modern and contemporary. Each team should look at these elements supported with photographs documented drawings and sketches from different locations of your choice with a small report.

Submission requirements: A1 size, 4 sheets | Tracing sheet (Gateway or other) | Monochrome (black and white) print or hand drafted.

The sheets are to be sent on or before 7th January 15. They shall be exhibited subsequently.

Team Size : 6




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