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Pre-Requisite: Architecture 5609-001 Seminar, Spring 2015 (3 Credits) Non-UVa students should review options for preparation with Program Director, Peter Waldman

Tuesday 6-8:30PM, Room TBD

June 21-August 01, 2015: 

Architecture 5011-501 International Summer Studio (6 Credits)

Architecture 5607-501 Summer Design Research Independent Work (3 Credits) 

Pankaj Vir Gupta, In Country Director, Shure Professor 2014-2016

Peter Waldman, India Program Director 2014-2016,William R. Kenan Professor of Architecture


Project Sites: 2014 Haus Khas Village/ 2015 Yamuna River Waterfront/ and 2016 the Delhi Metro System

Eligibility: Third year Undergraduates and Graduate students at any level in the School of Architecture.

Pre-conditions: We will be burnt by the sun and drenched by the rain, stained by dung and turmeric, inhaling incense and cremation ashes, as we will seek to be more often lost rather than found, in suspension some call ether in the moment, and for some infected for a lifetime. India has many thresholds, more than one good window I attest, and the subject of constant renewal. The term re-entrant is spatial and temporal, an architectural term for a corner, and a philosophical term of a state of fluctuating ethers and aura, certainly transcendentalism. India has been since the beginning of civilization the land of the most far-sighted scientists, who we in the west interpret as  the work of magicians.

Structure: Spring Seminar/Summer Studio / Concurrent Independent Design Research with Faculty The curriculum would commence with a Re-Entrant India Seminar this Spring 2014 for 3 credits taught with Pankaj Vir Gupta and faculty from the three other departments, and continue Summer Term 2014 for 4 weeks in India and 2 weeks back in Campbell Hall for an additional 6 credits for studio and 3 credits for independent work to develop materials for exhibitions, symposia and publications.

From Pankaj Vir Gupta:

From the Imperial capital planned by Lutyens and Baker, to the capital of Independent India, and the present circumstance of a "mega-city" encompassing the National Capital Region (Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, Manesar etc.), much of New Delhi's present circumstance is characterized by haphazard planning, unauthorized settlements (hurriedly legalized in time for election cycles), and inadequate infrastructural planning.  There are gross areas of neglect such as the Yamuna waterfront, Delhi's diminishing natural forest preserves, depleting local water bodies etc.

The development and introduction of the Delhi Metro has been a significant infrastructural intervention, facilitating new links and mobilities between disparate sections of the sprawling capital.  Yet, the full urban design potential of this intervention - its great potential to support innovation in planning, landscape, urban and architectural solutions for the city - remains largely unexplored.

Most of the rapid development of this capital city has been "outsourced" to private developers, without fully engaging in a "design audit" of the consequences of this scale and manner of construction.

Large areas of the city are still under government control, yet a comprehensive evaluation of the equitable potential development of this invaluable asset remains unexplored.

I would propose to direct a school wide engagement, aiming for an ambitious and comprehensive three-year enterprise with faculty and students from the Planning, Landscape, History and Architecture departments.

The first priority would be the creation of a Research Document assimilating all available data on land use, zoning, land ownership, transport networks, energy / water / sanitation infrastructure, and identification of cultural, social and commercial patterns evident in the city.  

The second priority would include identification of templates for streamlining zoning, creating a systemic overlay for a renewal vision encompassing population growth, re-zoning, and proposing paradigms for land-use in sync with the Delhi Metro and other infrastructural upgrades

The third priority and most critical perhaps would be the development of a series of 'enabling proposals' - design mandates encompassing new planning frameworks, landscape propositions, and urban / architectural design proposals that would exemplify the possibilities of envisioning FUTURE DELHI –an urban concentration of population, resources and technology organized by intelligent design.

I'd propose establishing a series of local partner affiliations: with CEPT University, with the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, with the Ministry of Urban Development, with the Aga Khan Foundation etc.; in creating this great synergy between the scholarship and resources of the University of Virginia School of Architecture and the metropolis of New Delhi, a significant work of design research and scholarship would be initiated…unprecedented in the terms of scale and scope, but with tremendous potential to launch a fertile and expansive agenda for other Future Cities across the globe.

Length of Program: Summer, 4 weeks in India + 2 weeks in Charlottesville

Eligibility: Undergraduates and Graduate students at any level in the School of Architecture, including non-UVA students. 

Number of Credits: 6 credit Studio, 3 credit Seminar

Internship: Possible post-program internship in Indian firm

To apply to program:

Applications are made through the International Studies Office website; search by program name, city and/or country.

"India is a sensory experience more than anything else, and Architecture is experienced primarily through the senses. Removal from one's comfort zone is the only means to understand this."  Ryan Carbone, Master/ARCH, Dec. '14

"Unlike programs focused within Europe, the India program positions students to confront and work within a place which is constantly in flux, yet rooted in thousands of years of rich cultural and built history.  This allows us to not only learn from an immense history, but to imagine how architecture can truly affect people and place, both today and into the future."  Sarah Karpinski, Master/ARCH, Dec. '14    

Fall 2013: The School of Architecture congratulates Ryan Carbone, winner of the UVA Global Expo and Fete 13 in the Visual category. Derived from his work on the UVA India program with Phoebe Crisman and Peter Waldman, Ryan produced a a video entitled "The India I Have Seen: A multiplicity of spatial conditions."

Ryan's video:

Program Director: Peter Waldman

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