Priyom Banerjee and Prayas Biswas student of B. Arch. III Year, School of Architecture and Planning were awarded the Special Mention prize (Certificate of Achievement) in National Design Competition on the theme –“COVID Responsive Architecture” was organized by the Faculty of Architecture and Planning, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University, Lucknowfrom April 15 - 30, 2020.
Entries were received from SPA New Delhi, SPA Bhopal, AMU, Jamia Millia Islamia, Dr. DY Patil College, Amity University, IIT Roorkee, KR Mangalam University and many other prominent colleges/ universities.
The students of III Year, B. Arch had integrated the learnings of COVID 19 project into their Architectural Design studio work and made conceptual design on Post COVID Architecture in their Housing project. The following aspects were addressed by the students:
- The importance of home as our permanent habitat during the lock down period
- The role of architects in recalibrating spaces within and outside the apartment.
- The need for plenty of sunlight, ventilation and connection with outdoor spaces and nature.
- The need to prepare flexible designs and spaces that can adapt during pandemic and function as spaces for quarantine and isolation.
- The human need to stay socially connected even when strict physical distancing is mandatory for all to stay safe.
- Conservation of energy and using sustainable ways of conserving and producing energy. This is particularly significant since during lockdown the home is serving as work space, recreation space and plenty of gadgets and AC’s are being used continuously.
- The significance of home as work space, classroom, studio, gym or any other function that needs to be carried out during lockdown period.
The students responded to each of these issues with very creative and functional solutions. One of the students also designed low cost, economic structure in Dharavi, Mumbai from shipping containers and provided isolation spaces for densely populated areas.