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basic design and architecture

In Basic Design (BD. henceforth) subject, there has been lot of talk about BD principles (like, balance, alignment, repetetion, symmetry etc.) and BD elements (like lines, points, shapes etc.). Subject has been compartmentalised and not much efforts were taken to relate it to other subjects in Architecture. Yes, recently the change in curriculum and teaching methodology at CANS, saw some positive changes in BD teaching.

I personally always felt that, BD is the first encounter of students with design. Students came from the usual RUT system and different backgrounds, for years together they only saw 2+2=4. So major role of BD teachers was to “open up students’ mind” for new ideas and introduce them to something called “subjectivity”.

BD, essentially comprised of “sketching, visualising, representing and composition skills”. Lot of time was devoted in just designing the exercise (say usually a team of 5/6 members would sit for six hours, discusing what exercise shall be done, how it shall proceed and what shall be the format of submission and assessment? Our efforts saw lot of failures, some exercises didnt work, but we continued with them to atleast understand the “process”.

“i was anyway, not much interested in final output”.

BD, as a subject can be directly related to architecture, its not difficult at all. But, do we really need to relate it to architecture at foundation years? i think, no. we dont need to start talking about architecture and basic of design right from first day.

Students, once they have understood the existence of “subjectivity”, its importance in design and analysing the design, they can be exposed to architectyral design.


About Rajesh Advani

I am an architect and founder of ArchitectureLive! - www.architecturelive.in, the architecture and design portal from India. I craft websites and do graphic design for living. In addition addicted to photography, traveling and networking with people. Currently I am doing a research on Walkability in Kalkaji, a neighbourhood in New Delhi, India.


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