This year the Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies (KRVIA), an initiative of the Kamla Raheja Foundation and the Upanagar Shikshan Mandal is celebrating its 25th anniversary . Since its inception in 1992, through its involvement in research and education, the KRVIA has become an important centre for thinking about architecture and urbanism in this part of the world. The KRVIA conducts a Bachelors of Architecture as well as Masters Courses in urban design and urban conservation. These are shaped through various multi-disciplinary engagements and collaborations with institutions and communities, in order for students to be able to critically engage with the forces that are transforming our built environment today. These experiments have taken place within various studios and courses at the Bachelors and the Masters level, as well as the workshops, study trips, publications, exchange programmes, seminars, research and consultancy projects that the school has undertaken over the 25 years. The 25th anniversary of the KRVIA offers the opportunity to look back at these experiments, as well as look forward to the new directions that the institute hopes to pursue in the coming years.
There are 4 public events that have been planned. Each event looks at a particular interest area of the school and enlarges upon it.
A Seminar on Affordable Housing in collaboration with My Livable City Magazine and an exhibition of student work in December 2016 will start off the series of events. This will be followed by student workshops, and will culminate with the seminar on housing.
The relationship between the growth of the city and its impact on the natural landscape has been an important area of research at the KRVIA. As part of this investigation, the institute announces a competition on ‘The City and the Water’s Edge’ that is open to teams of professionals and/or students The competition will conclude with an award ceremony and a conference in February 2017. Details of the competition will be available on the Institute’s website. The winning team will be awarded a prize of Rs. 1,50,000. The team that comes second will receive 1,00,000 while the three teams that receive honourable mentions will receive Rs. 50,000 each.
The faculty at the institute constitutes of some of the most prominent practitioners and academics within the city, while its alumni have gone on to build innovative practices.The KRVIA community has made many contributions to the cultural landscape of the city. The institute also proposes to organize an exhibition of the work of the faculty and the alumni.
The final event of the 25th year celebrations will coincide with the 4th Platform for Asian Architecture and Urbanism conference that will also see the participation of other architectural colleges from around Asia. The event will include an exhibition and publication of work from the history of the KRVIA along with a seminar that examines approaches towards architectural education in Asia.
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