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Educational Program - Research trips

Research trips

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IaaC continues its research agenda and research trips with MAA 2009-10 research trip to India. Visits to New Delhi, the capital city and Chandigarh, the first planned city in Independent India by le Corbusier are part of the itinerary besides Mumbai where the larger part of study and proposals will be made. In order to read a diverse cross section of Indian cities, focus rests on studying in Delhi, historical evolution, role of monuments beyond a background context, the colonial plan and its landmark un-utility vis-a-vis congested city growth post independence, the six decades of an ‘un-Indian’ city Chandigarh in India, criticized by some for its imposition of modern plan in an Indian context and Mumbai, the ‘maximum city’ driven as much by global economics as by indigenous structure of commerce and struggle. 

IaaC will be working in Mumbai exploring current conditions and dynamics of the territory. Changing coastal conditions, learning from slums as the largest housing type, critiquing the unjustified escalation of land value and the various actors that work within this mechanism would be part of the study. Rapid growth in the population of cities and hurried development in second tier and third tier cities of India which ape their metropolitan contemporaries, would also be part of the exploration. In line with the core agenda of eco cities and self sufficient buildings, proposals would be made in relation to key sites current issues. IAAC collaborates with BSSA, Mumbai (http://university.nmims.edu/B.Arch/) as partner for the research trip and possible future common programs.

It will be crucial to understand the idea of self-sufficiency in the context of urban growth with poverty and congestion and rural potential. The trip is considered educational with respect to what can be learnt from the situation in India cities and the process of proposing with these constraints. The application of new technology with indigenous/local techniques and materiality would be an opportunity to invent new planning strategies and programs.

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