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Report On Faculty Development Program At Kssem, Bengaluru


The 5 days Faculty development Program(27th Aug 2018-31st Aug 2018) held at KSSEM, Bengaluru was structured by COA on Design Inclusive for Children (towards a more inclusive built environment) as a journey, from start to end, of the study of child friendly Architecture. All the five days were designed with different themes which ultimately led to enlightenment.
It was attended by two faculty members of SOAP Ar. Shivani Singh & Ar. Akanksha Singh. This workshop explores the design & the layout of the physical environment which includes the room arrangement, interior finishes, outdoor spaces, streets, neighborhoods & urban spaces which can have profound impact on children’s behavior.

The themes of the Workshop are:
• Planning , Urban Design & Policies
• Ergonomics & Anthropometrics
• Psychology of children
• Community & Sociology
• Behavior Application

On day one the session inaugurated with welcoming note by Dr.R. Jagannathan, Principal, K S School of Architecture for all delegates & speakers & lamp lighting by many dignitaries. First session was by Ar. Sudeshna Chatterjee , CEO, ACE on the topic “Deconstructing the child friendly city” in this she explained various case studies of majorly 3 cities Kolkata, Mumbai& Bhopal. Comparative analysis was done on basis of child friendly planning issues in terms of sanitation, water supply, play areas, living habitats, public areas etc. She showed a brief presentation on Khirki extension, New Delhi of not child friendly play areas in New Delhi & ended the session with the best possible proposal scan be done in planning context to child friendly areas. Second Session was by Ar. Geeta Anantharamaiah , Joint Director , Dept of Town Planning , Bangalore on” Planning & Policies for children”. She gave brief outlook on various existing & upcoming policies for children,& also considering child as a stakeholder while planning.

Third Session was delivered by Prof. UtpalSharma, CEPT University on the topic “Child Friendly Planning”. It was an interesting comparative study of play areas & playgrounds based on various housing types (HIG, MIG, LIG , Slum), age groups (3-18 yrs). Second day holds the theme Ergonomics &Anthropometrics, first speaker being Dr. Ashok from St. John’s Hospital on topic “Built environment & Child development”. He discussed about the psychology & behaviors of a normal child & also autistic child, & discussion was led among the delegates on what can be different parameters on which a hospital can be child friendly. Second session was led by Prof. Muralidhar K., Director CRM University on “Learning-Play” Design for children. He explained various approaches in designing for children especially the learning play products for a child to enhance his lateral thinking.

Third Session was by Ms. Aditi Agarwal , Co- founder Gud Gudee, she showed various projects on sensory playgrounds ,types of play equipment’s done by her team at schools , offices, malls etc.
Last session was conducted by renowned architect Sanjay Mohe, Mindscape Architects. He talked about the space needed for children, showing ongoing projects of various primary, secondary &play schools done by his team.
Day 3 –theme was Psychology of Children.

First speaker was a landscape architect SachinUbbaraba , Studio Confluence, on the theme landscape for children ,spoke about his experience of built , social , cultural ,physical & natural environments around us to be explored.
Second session was resumed by Dr. Deepti from St. John’s Hospital, spoke on Hospitals for children & showed a new uniti.e. “Unit of Hope” in her hospital which was outcome of a rigorous thinking process by architects & hospitals together to bring this first child friendly hospital especially for children of all age groups &with various disabilities .
Day 4 –theme was Child Friendly Housing.

First speaker of this was Dr. RamarSubrahmanim, she spokes about how to create an ideal housing environment for families with children and UNICEF: A proactive society in creating child friendly spaces.She also spokes that hoe children learn from socialization and some principle of Children friendly design. Second session was conducted by Shailja Sudhalkar Bharti. She talked about the design spaces for children like open spaces, covered and semi-covered spaces and showed a design presentation based on community and activity zone in which she spokes about different activity areas for children like gathering space, extended dining area and reading corner etc. And last session was conducted by Prof. S. V. Ravindra. He presents his research paper on sociology and its impact on design with reference to children. In this he spokes about sociological factors of children according to their age, built spaces and design guidelines for space design of children.

Day 5 the first speaker was founder of Vidya Niketan School, she talks about how to teach with love and work with joy. In her presentation she spokes about the built spaces of school, infrastructure of school and how to make study area is the most interesting work place for children as well as for teachers also. Second session was conducted by Ar. Umesh Kumar GL. He is a founder director of DQ Labs and celebrating Good He spokes about product designing for children. He talks about how to discover the product, how to define the product then how to develop and the last oneis how to deliver the product to children. Thethird session of the training programme was conducted by Kamala V. Mukund. She spokes about Evolutionary perspective of learning. In this session she spokes about that humans are born to learn weather by observing, testing, hypothesis, language, number and space.

And the last session was conducted by Ar. Priya Kharwarker. She spokes about her PhD dissertation topic Child in the city. In this she talked about children in urban areas and the environment of the city and what is the impact of this environment in the behavior of a child. She talks about the benefits of independent mobility and benefit of play in child’s physiology.
The closing session was followed by group discussion & interaction. The platform helped the faculties to interact with various industry experts, eminent experts from abroad to develop networking, upgrade their skills & knowledge as a part of Faculty development. The program ended well and with suggestions being dropped by the faculty members which helped deciding the benchmark for the next upcoming FDP.


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