NIT-T architecture students win Le-Corbusier trophy
MEMORABLE: B.Arch students of NIT-Tiruchi.
Overcoming stiff competition at the Convention of SAARC NASA (National Association of students of Architecture) at the Commonwealth Village in Pune, B.Arch students of National Institute of Technology – Tiruchi (NIT-T) clinched the overall winner trophy, better known as the legendary Le-Corbusier trophy in architectural circles.
The NIT-T team competed for five major trophies during the three-day convention held recently and won the Louis-I-Kahn trophy and the New World trophy, besides winning the special mention in the G-Sen trophy. This year, NASA, the 50-year-old student organisation, considered one of the biggest of its kind in the world, invited entries from India and the other SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) nations as well, and attracted more than 6,000 students.
The Louis-I-Kahn trophy was presented for the best documentation and analysis of a settlement; to make out the impact of urbanisation on the settlement and to what extent its old flavour has been retained. The NIT-T team had selected the Fort area at Thiruvananthapuram to document and analyse the settlement as a whole and the Tamil Brahmin houses in the area in particular. The problem sheet put forth by the UNESCO was a highly demanding one. The students produced around 50 handmade sheets and reached a final verdict saying that the place was in dire need of conservation by the architectural community. The jury panel adjudged the work as one of the best.
The New World trophy was for bringing out the reality of local architecture in today’s globalised context.
The works of a firm ‘Inspiration’ at Ernakulam district of Kerala were studied and cited as an interesting perspective of local architecture.
The G-Sen trophy was for documenting, analysing and redesigning an old dilapidated building of significant historic importance. The team chose the ‘Kudira Vandi’ court at Coimbatore for the purpose.
The fort that was once a horse stable of Tipu Sultan was later converted into a district court and subsequently into a district court by the Britishers. The students proposed re-designing of the building into a Haat – a centre for cultural exchange and bringing back the essence of the old culture replete with traditional art, crafts and other products. The students presented their ideas in the form of a movie using high end software.
The HUDCO team came up with new ideas in cost-effective construction technologies to propose a mass housing project for the economically weaker sections of the society in Puducherry.
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