Summer Workshop for Children with a Focus on Architectural Heritage
Built Environment Education for Children is relatively a new concept gaining attention and acceptance the world over. It is based on the premise that the natural and the built environments are a vast resource as well as a tool for multi - disciplinary learning. The built environment is also directly related to the reality of people's lives and involves all senses in understanding it. Through its study, children can gain knowledge about history, the sense of place, relationship to one's culture and also develop visual acuity to experience life. For many years, the organization has been involved in activities with children based on the premise that all children have a tremendous potential for creativity and possess an element of fantasy as well as the sense for the picturesque. This, along with their sensorial and cognitive perceptions of the surroundings, can be utilized in the built environment education through imaginative methods.
Workshop for Appreciating Architecture and the City of Ahmedabad
Originally known as Ashaval or Ashapalli, Ahmedabad has been a trading town since its early years. Established on the banks of Sabarmati River in 1411 by Ahmed Shah Badshah during the Indo Sultanate period, it has a historic inner city with a vibrant urban core and extensive modern development all around. During the colonial rule, it was famous as the "Manchester" of India. It has maintained its unique identity through different historical periods. Seventh largest city in India today, it has population close to 4 million. The city is growing at a rapid rate. Along with many historic monuments, Ahmedabad is also rich in modern buildings designed by nationally and internationally well-known architects. With four buildings designed by Le Corbusier, one campus by Louis Kahn and several edifices by Indian architects like B V Doshi, Kanvinde, Charles Correa and a host of younger designers, the city is almost a 'Mecca' of modern architecture. This workshop, meant for non-architects, attempts at understanding history, appreciating traditional and modern architecture and learning about the city. The activities include one or two slide shows, discussions with exercises and site visits. It was held at the Kanoria Centre for the Arts in Ahmedabad in 2005.