Faculty: Anjali Jain | Divya Shah

TA: Vivin Shankar | Raakesh Gandhi

Landscape Foundation Studio

The studio began with a fundamental premise of landscape architecture -of reading a landscape, ‘re – presenting’ it and responding to it articulately.

In the first part ‘Reading & Representing’, the studio looked at ways of seeing, recording, and interpreting a place through drawings. It moved on to making a set of constructs that measure and explore the landscape in an interpretative manner. In the second part ‘Imagining & Constructing’ , the students derived a larger idea related to the landscape investigated. Based on their vision, narrative and ‘re- presentation’ of the landscape studied, they attempted to imagine a response to the site.

The forest/ the jungle/ the woods: A place that we sense as archaic, primeval; and a space that is deep and dense. Forests are complex, layered and varied in terms of ecology, chronology and the human narratives that describe them. While they can be understood as rational relationships of geography, soil, climate and vegetation, on the other hand they are more than the sum of these parts and have their place deep in the human imagination. We investigated a forest and attempted to look at it from a multi-dimensional perspective and developed many ways of understanding this complex unit. We then attempted to ‘re -present’ it to form a basis for creating a journey through its many ‘natures’ and engaging with it meaningfully.

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Studio Unit

Studio Note + Recording Landscapes : Looks at ways of seeing and recording landscapes using a primary mode of representation - Sketches

Forest narrative : A journey through the forest that depicts the memory and experience of the spaces within in a sequential manner

Correlating systems : Understanding morphological units and its relationship to vegetation and habitats

Larger vision and journey through the forest : Idea for expanding the forest and its systems, recognising systems within the forest studied

Stop and discover : Imagining a pause along the identified systems to stop and engage with the otherwise unnoticed aspects of the forest