Society Interiors - - CONTENTS - Text: Swati Balgi Pho­to­graphs: Cour­tesy the In­sti­tute

L.s. Ra­heja school of Ar­chi­tec­ture’s An­nual event Aakar 2019 is a plat­form for stu­dents of ar­chi­tec­ture that helps to in­te­grate the stu­dent com­mu­nity, ar­chi­tects and the in­dus­try.

L.S. Ra­heja School of Ar­chi­tec­ture had re­cently or­gan­ised Aakar 2019, an an­nual cul­tural fes­ti­val and ex­hi­bi­tion of stu­dents’ aca­demic work. the aca­demic year 2018-19 wit­nessed the for­ma­tion of the first stu­dent’s coun­cil for Bach­e­lor of Ar­chi­tec­ture de­gree pro­gram of the school af­fil­i­ated to Uni­ver­sity of Mum­bai (since 2007). the coun­cil com­pris­ing of 23 elected mem­bers from the school along with the teach­ing fac­ulty joined hands to or­gan­ise Aakar 2019. this com­bined ef­fort saw good par­tic­i­pa­tion as com­pared to the pre­vi­ous edi­tions of Aakar.

Aakar, the cul­tural fes­ti­val in­cluded the sports week fol­lowed by sem­i­nar, work­shop and cul­tural pro­grams. the most ex­cit­ing part of the fes­ti­val was well-or­gan­ised Repub­lic Day cel­e­bra­tion and the first work­shop. the work­shops and sem­i­nars spanned over six days were planned keep­ing in mind the in­ter­est of the stu­dents, and what they could from each of the ses­sions. the list of Set De­sign by the Mr. Nimish Kot­wal was or­gan­ised for the sec­ond time in two years be­cause of the over­whelm­ing re­sponse, it re­ceived the last time around.

Our youngest batch in ar­chi­tec­ture was given a com­plete dose of sus­tain­able and eco-friendly de­sign through Brick Arches & Cre­ative Bonds by Ar. Malaks­ingh Gill and other mem­bers. With a large num­ber of stu­dents practising ar­chi­tec­tural jour­nal­ism while still in col­lege, the in­sti­tute felt that a work­shop in Writ­ing Ar­chi­tec­ture by Ar. Meera Kr­ish­na­murthy God­bole would help them fine tune their skills for bet­ter fu­ture prospects. Stress in their aca­demic and so­cial lives are one of the pri­mary rea­sons for ill health in to­day’s youth. Keep­ing this in mind, a work­shop on Men­tal health & Stress Man­age­ment by Ms. Jas­deep Mago of In­vis­i­ble ill­ness was or­gan­ised for the sec­ond time in two years and re­ceived a fan­tas­tic re­sponse.

A Gold Gild­ing work­shop was or­gan­ised in con­junc­tion The Gold Leaf Stu­dio, tar­geted pri­mar­ily for the In­te­rior De­sign de­part­ment. A work­shop in Self De­fence by Mr. Arif Mo­ham­mad Khan of Mark Mar­tial Arts was an­other sec­ond in two years based on the fab­u­lous re­sponse it re­ceived the last fes­ti­val. Our avid food en­thu­si­asts had their way too in the Bak­ing Work­shop hosted by Sheila Ra­heja In­sti­tute of Ho­tel Man­age­ment, part of Ra­heja ed­u­ca­tion Com­plex.

Two Her­itage Walks to the fort precinct and Ban­dra vil­lage by Alisha Sadikot went full in regis­tra­tions.

The sem­i­nars in­cluded De­sign­ing High per­for­mance learn­ing en­vi­ron­ments by perkins east­man-Mum­bai, Busi­ness of Ar­chi­tec­ture by Huzefa Rang­wala of MuseLab and Ar­chi­tec­tural Her­itage Con­ser­va­tion by Ar. vikas Di­lawari. the com­mit­tee also hosted the screen­ing of an ar­chi­tec­tural doc­u­men­tary ‘Read­ing Ar­chi­tec­ture prac­tice, Mum­bai’ made by Ar. Shreyank Khem­la­pure, Ar. Ra­jeev Thakker, Ar. Sa­marth Das, Mr. Su­nil Thakker and Mr. philip Calia- fol­lowed by the panel dis­cus­sion with the film­mak­ers and the full-time fac­ulty of the school. fur­ther as an ex­ten­sion on this de­bate an­other panel dis­cus­sion was or­gan­ised on the sub­ject ‘Ar­chi­tec­tural vi­su­al­i­sa­tion’ be­tween two up­com­ing prac­tices with a di­verse school of thought cor­re­spond­ing to the cur­rent trend of vi­su­al­i­sa­tion in an ar­chi­tec­tural prac­tice. the An­nual ex­hi­bi­tion of Stu­dents Aca­demic and ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar work was in­au­gu­rated by honourable Chief Guest Ar. Kishore prad­han - a no­table name in field of Land­scape Ar­chi­tec­ture with more than 35 years of ex­pe­ri­ence and guest of hon­our, Mr. Shyam Wad­hwani, pres­i­dent ‘Bom­bay Sub­ur­ban Art & Craft ed­u­ca­tion So­ci­ety’ - a con­stant source of en­cour­age­ment for our stu­dents and fac­ulty mem­bers for he has al­ways given his full at­ten­tion to ev­ery stu­dent and work dis­played dur­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion. this in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony was fol­lowed by the guest go­ing through the en­tire ex­hi­bi­tion and giv­ing their valu­able in­puts to the stu­dents and the fac­ulty mem­bers. the an­nual Awards night be­gan with the re­lease of the sec­ond edi­tion of the An­nual Aca­demic Year Book along with the an­nounce­ment of pe­ri­od­i­cal news­let­ter ‘lit­er­ar­chi’ by the es­teemed guests. this was fol­lowed by the fe­lic­i­ta­tion for aca­demic ex­cel­lence of stu­dents of Bach­e­lor of Ar­chi­tec­ture, bach­e­lor’s in vo­ca­tional-In­te­rior De­sign, mas­ter’s in land­scape ar­chi­tec­ture and var­i­ous other cour­ses of In­te­rior De­sign & Dec­o­ra­tion (Di­ploma & School Cer­tifi­cate).

l.S.Ra­heja School of Ar­chi­tec­ture aims to draw from its 65 years of ex­pe­ri­ence and strengthen its roots and yet turn to the fu­ture and im­bibe the new, so the stu­dents are al­ways ready to face any im­pend­ing chal­lenges. With new be­gin­ning in the aca­demic year 2018-19 and a rich past to learn from, the in­sti­tute aims to soar to new heights in the years to come.

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