Faculty: Nikhil Dhar | Rushika Khanna | Prasanna Mattikop | Priyal Shah

TA: Jillkumar Patel | Yashi Tripathi | Meen Desai

One Forest

The studio began with a fundamental premise of reading and ‘re-presenting’ a landscape. The students learned skills of representing and analysing landscapes. The studio enabled them to define, strategize and imagine a response to the landscape. Forests can be understood as relationships of geography, soil, climate and vegetation, but are more than this. The studio investigates a forest and attempts to look at it from a multidimensional perspective, looking at multiple sites to observe, investigate and develop ways of understanding.

The studio was divided into three parts:

  1. Reading and representing - ways of observing, recording, interpreting the forest through drawings, including material, spatial, and temporal qualities connections to larger networks.

  2. Imagining and constructing - Using the previously produced ‘re- presentation’ as an anchor, the studio explores acknowledging and engaging with the forest.

Intervening - examining speculative and spatial ways of intervening in the forest through contextual ‘design’ explorations.

Studio Unit

Drawing the Landscape_Dry deciduous scrub and thorny forest, wildscape typologies around Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Reading and Recording_Understanding the forest as a system by recording the Tropical dry deciduous forest, Southern extension of Aravallis, Phulwari-ki-Nal Sanctuary

Correlating systems_Understanding the various attributes of the systems through forest sections

Larger vision, one forest_Identifying and developing a lens to decode the forest

Recreate/reimagine_Moulding and processing the lenses on a site which is a threshold to the forest