Faculty: Jayant Gunjaria | Viral Bhavsar

TA: Jay Darji

Micro communities -Culture, dwelling, space and form

This studio intends to examine and learn the following aspects of the relationship between culture, context and built environment.
1. What is it to dwell?
2. How does the collective behaviour translate into the culture of the place?
3. What is the influence of culture-place on the functional arrangement within individual dwellings?
4. What is the relationship between culture and the functional-spatial interrelationship of dwellings collectively?
5. What are the possible formal and experiential outcomes of this interaction between dwelling, culture and shared space?

To enable the learnings mentioned above, the studio process began with a comparative analysis of dwellings and communities through time and place, focusing on functional and spatial arrangements concerning culture, climate and technology. The studio asked students to imagine specific communities formed of people with similar professional, occupational, artistic, environmental or religious interests. Consequently, students extracted functional and spatial interrelationships of individual and collective behaviours within the community. The students planned a dwelling concerning functional relationships, sizes, orientation and access, followed by clusters of dwellings relating to shared spaces, variations, structural continuity, circulation and form. Finally, they assembled both outcomes through iterations to form a coherent community.

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