Building Blocks | Best Architecture Colleges in India

first_imgWhile most other architecture colleges focus on training students to become professional architects, at the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, we offer a diverse and research-oriented learning experience,” says P.S. Chani, who took over as the head of the department of architecture and planning at the IIT in 2017. Located,While most other architecture colleges focus on training students to become professional architects, at the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, we offer a diverse and research-oriented learning experience,” says P.S. Chani, who took over as the head of the department of architecture and planning at the IIT in 2017. Located in Uttarakhand’s Roorkee city, the department is part of a sprawling 365-acre campus that was established in 1847 as the Thomason College of Civil Engineering. The institution went on to become the seventh IIT in 2001. Befitting its stature as a premier architecture institution, the department’s building stands out due to its well-appointed interiors. It offers a conventional undergraduate programme in architecture and two programmes in architecture and urban and rural planning at the postgraduation level. Research is the core strength of the department. According to Chani, eight new state-of-the-art labs-on NET-ZED (net zero energy dwelling), inclusive design, virtual reality, regional planning, urban design and system dynamics-have been set up in the past two years. The faculty is in the process of developing a ‘low carbon construction protocol’ for the NBCC (National Buildings Construction Corporation) and are awaiting a copyright on the recently completed ready reckoner for calculating embodied energy rates for buildings.13 is the average years of teaching experience of the 18 permanent faculty members Apart from its many inhouse facilities, the department benefits from being part of an institution spanning multiple aspects of engineering and technology. The students have an open access to IIT-Roorkee’s common tinkering lab to test ideas as well as an incubation centre to nurture start-ups. “More and more students are nowadays keen to become entrepreneurs,” says Chani. The faculty members encourage the participation of students and research scholars in their ongoing projects. Prof. Avlokita Agarwal of the department is, for instance, setting up a virtual reality darkroom that will enable virtual access to iconic buildings all over the world, and she has involved her students in the project. Gaurav Raheja, a faculty member, specialises in inclusive design and is working on the ministry of defence projects. Another faculty member, Uttam Roy, is leading a Rs 2.4 crore project for the development of Patna. Ram Satish, an urban design specialist at the institution, is working with the Andhra Pradesh government on the new state capital, Amaravati, and Prof. Raj Shekhar has a Rs. 12 crore collaborative project to develop protocols for energy-efficient housing in Uttarakhand.advertisement Creating Illusions: German artist 1010 doing a 3D wall painting at the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), New Delhi. (Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Getty Images)299,878 books available in the libraryThe department’s students have been expanding their sphere of knowledge and information beyond the scope of their designated curriculum with Curious Columns, a society comprising some 40 members. The group regularly organises lectures and workshops by inhouse and guest faculty. Further, the department actively takes part in Thomso, the annual cultural festival, and Cognizance, the annual tech fest. Architecture students also participate in the annual NASA (National Association of Students of Architecture) convention. The department organises two events: Cognizance, the annual tech fest, and Thomso, the annual cultural festivalIn addition to a well-stocked library and the central Mahatma Gandhi Library, which houses the largest collection of print and digital documents in any engineering institution, students have access to the multi-activity centre, students’ activity centre and the ‘hangar’, a large convocation hall that was once used to park aircraft. The IIT-Roorkee has 20 hostels for students and research scholars, including accommodation for married research scholars. Each of these units has high-speed wi-fi access. Work is also under way to provide free high speed wi-fi access to all academic departments and common areas. Guruspeak: Prof. P.S. Chani Head of Department, Architecture & Planning, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee.What is unique about your department?A strong focus on research and an academic environment that prepares students to aspire for a lot more than merely becoming professional architects.What are the initiatives taken in the past three years?Eight new labs for NET-ZED, inclusive design, virtual reality, system dynamics, regional planning, urban design and the creative aspects of architecture; also, projects to develop low carbon construction protocols for the NBCC; design aspects of Amaravati, the capital of Andhra Pradesh; development of Patna city, energy-efficient housing for cold climates and the use of vernacular material in construction.What next?A review of the current course curriculum so that it is in sync with the digital age and upgraded workshops with state-of-the-art laser cutters and 3D printers. My experience at IIT -Roorkee: Pranjal Agrawal, 1st year, BArchWhat is unique about your department?It’s an IIT, it has the best infrastructure in terms of academics, cultural activity and sports.advertisementOne change I want…The first-year curriculum should have more practical tutorials and field study.The best facility…Unrestricted access to high-speed internet via LAN in all hostel rooms of the institute.last_img read more

Zendaya And Shay Mitchell Honored By Children Mending Hearts

first_imgChildren Mending Hearts, which provides educational and creative opportunities to disadvantaged youth in the U.S. and around the world, staged its 7th annual fundraiser, “Empathy Rocks: A Day of Fun In the Sun and Giving Back” on Sunday, June 14th at a private estate in Malibu.Zendaya and Shay Mitchell attend Children Mending Hearts 7th Annual Fundraiser Presented By Material Girl And Michael StarsCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesThe highlight of the celebration was the tributes made to several individuals who exemplify the organization’s goals and values. Ambassador Nicole Avant received the Ambassador of Peace Award, actress Shay Mitchell was honored with the Global Citizen Award, the cast of MTV’s Teen Wolf received the Cast of Heroes Award, and recording artist Zendaya received the Empathy Rockstar Award.Founded in 2008 by Lysa Heslov, Children Mending Hearts empowers children worldwide to find and use their voices through creative expression through a variety of educational initiatives. The organization is focused on developing and funding educational and arts programs, giving children and teens the opportunity to develop empathy and global citizenry and directly engage them in global children’s causes. Through this, they ultimately realize their potential to affect change both in their own community and for children around the world.“Giving kids a global education and encouraging them to find their voices through creativity are essential tools for children to grow up with a sense of compassion and empathy for others,” said Heslov, on the organization’s continued efforts and the selection of its honorees. “It is today’s children who will be tomorrow’s leaders — and honoring individuals who further our initiatives are vital in helping us achieve our mission.”The honorees at this year’s fundraiser were recognized for their deep commitment and passion for social change, philanthropic contributions, and improving lives in our community and around the world. Steven Weber emceed the event with performances by children’s rock group, The Negotiators, and Ava Cardoso Smith, daughter of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith. The event also featured a live painting exhibition by renowned artist and Tokidoki co-founder, Simone Legno.Proceeds from the event will go towards providing educational programs teaching the importance of empathy and global citizenry to at-risk kids. The benefit is generously sponsored by Michael Stars, Material Girl, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sabra, Participant Media, The Saban Charitable Support Fund, Creative Artists Agency, Tasty Brand, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.To learn more about CMH and how to get involved, please click here.last_img read more

Fire at Bahamas Rand Memorial Hospital

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Bahama, Bahamas July 21, 2017 — Patients and staff have been evacuated from the Rand Memorial Hospital in Freeport, Grand Bahama after a fire that appears to have started in the hospital’s kitchen around 3pm today.The fire is said to have been contained and caused no serious damage. Some patients have been transfered to Sunrise Medical Centre while others have been temporarily relocated to the Christ the King Church.#MagneticMediaNews#RandMemorialHospitalFirelast_img read more

Quique Setien This is an important victory for us

first_imgReal Betis Coach Quique Setien is proud of his team’s performance after a 2-1 Europa League victory at the San Siro.Setien relished the “prestige of beating Milan on their own turf” and even suggested the lead would have been wider after dominating the game.“This is an important victory for us, not just for the three points that put us top of the group, but also for the prestige of beating Milan on their own turf,” said Setien in his Press conference via Football Italia.“The truth is that we put in a great performance, especially in the first half, although Milan had some chances in the second. If you got the sensation we were time-wasting in the final 15 minutes, then I’ll have a talk with my players, because I do not like that approach. I apologise if we gave off that idea.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Milan were perhaps a little surprised by our style of football, as we forced them to play long balls. We depend on possession in all our games and this time we were also able to score two goals.“Milan are a great team, though, and we saw that in the final stages. It was a memorable game for us and our fans, so we are happy to dedicate it to them. This is my first experience in Europe, but the team showed great character and confidence.“Winning or losing doesn’t change my perception of a performance, because it can depend on many factors beyond our control. The important thing is to play well, because that gives you a better chance of winning. Today reinforced that concept.”last_img read more