Faculty: Shubhra Raje | Kevin Low

TA: Dhruv Pandya

Towards a Critical Project and a Project of Critique

The prevalent discourse on architecture positions the architectural project as a singular act made separate from the continuity and collective condition of the environment which we are (still) in obligation to share.  The studio challenges this distancing through iconisation within our disciplinary discourse by reclaiming a critical intimacy with the iconic and recasts architectural critique as a practice of relevance.

Through the discovery of relevant questions beyond the familiarity of established narratives of success, the students will critically investigate the iconic CEPT Campus. Problems inherent in its existing design by way of vital relationships left unconsidered will be identified and resolved by subtle yet profound interventions. Shifting emphasis from design solutions derived primarily from the expression of form to that of solving problems of relevance, we will rekindle the continuity of the built environment, and engender an understanding of what constitutes critical architecture in service of responsibility over mere reputation.

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Studio Unit

CEPT Masterplan - a study of the relational circumstances in architecture

a shift in emphasis - wall sections & elevations as studies in enclosures making outdoor rooms, engendering an inside out understanding of the built environment

contextual relevance across scales of engagement - shown here, as an example, the development of the design studio, from the curriculum to the architectural detail