International Journal of Architectural Research

Towards Total Integration in Design Studio

the right knowledge by the right route at the right time to the right places.” In this context there is need to analyze the various pedagogical shifts associated with the decisive process of transmission and transaction of knowledge in design studio. Critical understanding of the importance of tangential knowledge and its integration within the design studio, leading to a comprehensive whole, is a significant aspect to be properly evolved and nourished in the studio. It can be argued that knowledge is not a substitute for architectural imagination but inadequate knowledge would handicap the general level of design. Being satisfied to manipulate formal configurations does not provide insights into the human experience. If the different types of knowledge that architecture requires are ignored, the profession will lose its credibility in the eyes of society. With the body of knowledge expanding diversely with the escalating wants of the user, and to further sustain the built environment with further progression, it’s quite certain to have an innovative design process that has a feel of antecedents yet is nourished by rationalism. ...Read...

AARCV 2012

International Conference Advances In Architecture And Civil Engineering

Civic Architecture - Social Relevance and Convergence

Architecture mirrors the aspirations and achievements of a society. Every Society is continuously changing. Culture and traditions impart continuity to changing society.In broad framework the civic architectural identity of a locale / part of city could often be referred to as the biography of its people - a collective identity, which has evolved with time through profound behavioral and materialistic convergence. Resulting in identifiable whole depicted through built environment and its occupants. This experiential legibility cycle of reality/perception could be easily deciphered in Thrissur one of the most populous urban agglomerations of Kerala State, India.Architecture provides the spatial envelope for these transitions; it could be rationally correlated to the spatial imprinting of human behavior in a way that persists as a form while allowing for further and more developed interactions. The overall process of built realization could be linked to the sequence of universal correlation. ...Read...


International Conference Reinventing Design Pedagogy And Contextual Aesthetics Thanima

Aesthetical Perception: Conceptual Realisation in Design Studio

Architects tend to generalise the approach towards realisation of built form in architecture as the spatial imprinting of human behaviour in a way that persist as a form while allowing for further and more developed interactions. However it is observed that an ordinary individual tries to associate himself with a piece of architecture by considering the aesthetic values as well as novelty of characteristics in the built environment under review. Aesthetic as a conception is traditionally rich and varied. Various thinkers have continued to interpret the rational meaning of aesthetics and its relevance to human existence. In modern-day context researchers have tried to enquire about the activities involved in having an aesthetic experience. This is often related to the understanding of the cognitive response system. In relation the appraisal of built environment is more intriguing and complex. For a built environment to be identified as being a piece of architecture and aesthetically pleasing there should be some attributes that lead us to this interpretation. Attributes which convey meaningfulness to the structure while appraisal is being done. In order to achieve this objective the architect usually endows his work consciously with such properties that instantaneously aids in establishing a semiotic interact or interpretations: a meaningful imageability. Appreciation of architectural aesthetics is often linked to how the built environment engages in a creative dialogue with the user and the observer alike. It is necessary to explore this realm in design studio pedagogy. Conceptualisation of the performative dimensions of architecture, while taking into account the linkages between theory and practice is quite a complex situation. In this context relevance of aesthetical perception and associated areas of classification in providing value, meaning and language to Architecture is an interesting aspect. ...Read...

ICCC - 2015

International Conference on CHANGING CITIES Challenges to Urban Planning and Design

Habitat Design: New Directives

For a city in transition not only is there a need for planners to provide accountability of development and growth continuum but also ensure a pattern for objective spatial description network. Orientation towards ideal cognition and provision of a framework for accountability is vital. Interpretation of the structure of mould forming the physical environment made up of people and space with time playing an integral contextually relevant catalyst is essential to evolve experiential knowledge about the urban stature. The planned or self evolved urban grammar owing a perceptual sense of order with accountability for continuum could often be treated as the base order with perpetual indicators defining the edges of physical realm associated with a developing conurbation. The study provides insight into new urbanisation trends prevailing in India and approaches propagated by individuals, organisations and statutory bodies for realizing a better built habitat. A theoretical ideation: Critical Proposition Theory, a decisive framework to ensure progress in the right direction has been derived, supported by graphical - visual illustrations with cognitive reasoning. It is apparently evident, how these cities are envisioned with time would determine the practicability of subsistence for future generations. ...Read...

M.Arch Dissertation


Integration of Pedagogy and Andragogy in the Teaching of Design

Architecture as a manifestation of our spatial needs in space emerges through a creative synergy of creative expertise, technical intelligence, scientific knowledge and psychological reflection, guiding the act of designing built environment. The process of design through which architectural forms are produced is primarily driven by values, principles, ethics and objectives directing the creative manipulation of mass, space, volumes, materials, textures, light and pragmatic elements such as cost, construction techniques and technology, in order to achieve an aesthetic, functional and meaningful end.. ...Read...

PhD Dissertation - Minor


Civic Architecture – Social relevance and Convergence

A study about Civic Architecture, relevance of appreciative recognition of the transition of a society and its influence on built habitat. The settlement patterns that communicate the legibility often accommodate the process whereby society communicates meanings, express its identity, define value systems, and express a way of life. Functional and Spatial elements give rise to Civic Architecture. The architecture of an urban environment tells history and frames images. This perceptive generated can be seen as stage set for various episodes and happenings to come about with transition of time. Regions in a town differ according to their evolutionary rationale and functions. It envisage a morphological image of architecture which is relatively permanent, however transition or change is imperative with time. Gradual commoditization of development and changing patterns of social life has brought about a paradigm shift. ...Read...

PhD Dissertation - Major

Conceptual Realisation in Design Studio

Conceptual Realisation in Design Studio

Architects tend to generalise the approach towards realisation of habitable space in architecture as the spatial imprinting of human behaviour in a way that persist as a built form while allowing for further and more developed interactions. This statement to an extend could create a broad view but divergent approaches by various architects have only lead to creating a state of complexity in terms of conveying a general way of approach when it comes to architectural design pedagogy in studios at schools. ...Read...


International Conference Reinventing Design Pedagogy And Contextual Aesthetics Thanima

International Conference Reinventing Design Pedagogy And Contextual Aesthetics Thanima

During studio discourses it is often seen how abstract thoughts evolve into tangible realities, however a sense of inquisitiveness prevails regarding the methodology adopted during the whole activity. This is subjective to the rational interpretation of the design process adopted to achieve the desired result. Being a teacher of design education certain queries have always aroused my curiosity. How to make Architecture? How and why it is made so? and what do we learn through designing?. ...Read...


All India Seminar on Architecture Innovations for Sustainable Growth

All India Seminar on Architecture Innovations for Sustainable Growth

Architecture should invariably mirror the aspirations and achievements of a society; in the due process emphasising the balance of the needs of people and the planet. The relentlessly expanding human needs and urbanisation are definably posing serious concerns to such an extent that the overall balance of the human eco system is degenerating at an unacceptable pace. However we have often tried to overlook the fallouts in the name of growth and development. Critical understanding of habitable space and its impact on environment are central to evolving architecture pedagogy for sustainable affordable housing. These discourses should also give due importance to the people’s quality of life and overall well beings of all sections of the community. ...Read...

UIA 2017

Seoul World Architects Congress

Human Cognition Induced Urban Realm - New Directives

Architecture should invariably mirror the aspirations and achievements of a society without forsaking the contextual identity of a region. Habitat realm should always be appraised contextually with reference to a given time and place; cities evolve as an indicator of advancements in a society. Nevertheless the anchoring notions of contextual regionalism and sense of locale are often lost in the days of contemporary and unsustainable global practices. The imageability of urban habitats all over the world have started to be characterised by a formal homogenous imageability; having concrete links to globalisation and modern construction technology. In this retrospective of changing times we should realise that the basis of meaning formation in cities should not be associated with a universal de-contexualised knowledge base. The real issue is to develop cognitive strategies to help designers establish a link with the cultural rootedness; diversity and aesthetic sense of a locale. ...Read...

ICCC 2018

International Conference on Emerging Trends in Engineering, Science and Technology (ICETEST)

Sustainable Development and Green Building Rating Systems

Sustainability is, and seeks to establish the values and direction needed to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. But a sharp deviation from this vision is being observed in the way built environments all over the world have been propping up for last couple of decades. Several building processes and occupant functions consume massive energy and generate large amounts of waste. Thus, buildings are one of the major pollutants that affect urban environment and the universe in total. The impacts of unsustainable design and building practices have a profound impact and in most cases are irreversible. ...Read...