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school of planning and architecture
hello this is sagar from mumbai.i am in fourth year.i am little confused about my thesis topic. planning to appear in october 2011.
i have thought of school of planning and architecturebut i feel just this wnt be exciting. so i am thinking for school of planning and architecture for BLIND. i wanted to know:
1.how far is this topic feasible?
2.how far will this be accepted?
3.is the casestudy of any such school for blind is available in india?
4.can u suggest some good refrences for the same?
5.what disgning factors shall i consider for such a school?
Basically my interest lies in more of designing and aesthetics.n less in technical topics. so please can u sugets some other topics related to my interest?
Thanks.
Hoping for a favorable response.
Sagar Mistry
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school of planning and architecture
hi sagar

its nice that u r trying for new angles to the typical one. It surely will be exciting. But as far as I think architecture is a lot to do with visual perception along with functional ones. However even functional ones are alot to do with visual analysis.......isn't it.....?
Well u think over it ..... will it be a feasible project....?
Rakesh Kumar
school of planning and architecture
Hi Sagar,

I couldn't understand how merely adding a term "for blind" to a topic makes it exciting? It sounds kind of weird. Before going into your 1-5 issues, I would like to ask you something. Are you looking for challenge? Then there are many out there instead of just adding a "blind" to a regular topic. I got a little personal, am sorry.

If you are keen to work in the area of designing facilities for visually challenged people, then you should first do a survey of what kind of primary, vocational and professional educational facilities are available for them. Unfortunately not all professions suit them, though there are always few exceptional cases where challenged people defy all the rules and achieve success in previously unheard activities.

And more over you say that you are interested in design and aesthetics. visual "aesthetics" for us are very different perception from what the visually challenged perceive.

Regarding 'any other topics', it would be of help if you suggest your interests more specifically. What kind of design are you looking forward to? Practical, abstract, environmental, urban, solution oriented etc.etc., Please discuss your interests with suitable examples.
Sriraj Gokarakonda
school of planning and architecture
@sriraj
no no its fyne..was nothng personal.i completely agree wid u.but blind was just a random thought didnt do proper research on it as of now.critisim is part of architecture.thts fyne.
nyways thanks for ur ideas.
actlly even i wasnt sure abt blind thng whch i mentioned.
i discussed it wid many people,my professors they feel architecture needs vision, imagination. so they told no abt blind archi coll.
even i felt tht wont b posss..
instead ill be doing sum challenging things in ma design for sure.
now my vision abt ma project is getting clear day by day.
ill b focusing on normal user n their needs not of blind. there are many requirements i hv short listed.
i hv to limit a few.

side by side.ill b searching lil on blind institues also. if i get a proper info.ill thnk. abt it.
but as of now.my users are normal crowd(physically fit).

and u asked me abt wht i m interested in.
basically. very good design
green architecture based.(energy efficient probably)
but this designing issues ill b thinking over in detail later after my topic is 100% finalised.till now its 70% finalised according to me.

thanks again for ur suggestions.
if u hv anythng to contribute to this (my topic please let me knw..ill b gr8ful)
Sagar Mistry
school of planning and architecture
so are you doing 'school of planning and architecture' for your thesis?
Sriraj Gokarakonda
school of planning and architecture
@ sagar
hii m 3rd yr student..n always imagn some flowng type of archtr and i support your thought and views but i think it vl be very very much chalngng and if you prove it you r gng to give a new archtr direction...i thnk you shd go with it...
Kirti Pandey
school of planning and architecture
Sagar - as far as the feasibility is concerned - it is a questionable aspect - do a thorough case study to see if there will be any students / takers for the school that you propose to design.
Secondly - you have to find your own justification - you have to stand by your choice for a whole semester - so take something that you can justify from scratch ....
Somi Chatterjee
school of planning and architecture
hi sagar ur idea of topic is intersting and will be accepted surely. but you have to work hard on it. and try to discover new things in it. yeah its realy a acceptable one
Zeeshan Haider
school of planning and architecture
Hi Sagar,

Maybe if you put yourself in someone else's shoes you'll get part of the experince. Being blind differs from person to person, as people who are born blind are said to not notice that they are different from other people till they are about six years old.

And so many people with what are generally called disabilities, don't consider themselves different, it is societies that consider them so, and the built environment exacerbates that.
Your school of architecture could rather champion 'barrier free design', by designing inclusive architecture that allows people of all abilities to use them and further their experience.

The design process would have to involve people of various abilities in order for them to dictate what it is they need. In my mind I have thought many times that if I were blind what that would mean to myself as an architect and if I would have to find a new profession then. My eyesight is average , but I do wear glasses. about 150 years ago I would have been considered 'unfit' for the profession because corrective lenses were still a novelty, and that holds for the millions of people wearing them today.

I don't believe that the visual is the strongest point about architecture, and that's why my belief is that if physical models were used as the primary tool of teaching architecture, blind people would be able to learn about it more and give other people insights on to their own point of view of what architecture is.

Cheers
Yahia Shawkat
school of planning and architecture
hey sagar,
Recently I came to know of Dame Evelyn Elizabeth Ann Glennie. She was/is(?) the first full-time solo percussionist in 20th-century western society......!
to appreciate/perform music, being deaf is no hurdle for her...........
so why wud it be impossible for anyone visually challenged to appreciate/practice architecture?
In my previous I had questioned over the practicality of a school of architecture for blind, ie. ur topic for thesis.... but now I am slowly getting into line ....!
so you carry on with whwt you feel like doing.............
all the best.......
Rakesh Kumar
school of planning and architecture
hey sagar,
Recently I came to know of Dame Evelyn Elizabeth Ann Glennie. She was/is(?) the first full-time solo percussionist in 20th-century western society......!
to appreciate/perform music, being deaf is no hurdle for her...........
so why wud it be impossible for anyone visually challenged to appreciate/practice architecture?
In my previous post I had questioned over the practicality of a school of architecture for blind, ie. ur topic for thesis.... but now I think I am slowly getting into line ....!!!!
so you better carry on with what you feel like doing.............
all the best.......
Rakesh Kumar
school of planning and architecture
thank you guys for ur responses..
but i hv finaly decided that.
my user wuld be physically fit not blind now.
so have to design accordingly. hv started research on it.basically in india there are very few institues hving gr8 archi envirnment in it.
most of the coll lack proper,new and interesting facilities..in them.
thats y... i wanna do..architeccture and design institute..( school of planning and archi) still hv to decide upon the name of ma project but the function remains da same.
meeting pricipal of diff institutes
asking their point of view etc. then ill b interviewing students also.
if any 1 can contribute to ma ideas ill b gr8full.
suggest me wht new ideas can i propose in my institute tht no other coll has or u wished ur coll had.
(user is not blind now...)
hoping for a fav reply.!!!!!!
Sagar Mistry
school of planning and architecture
Hi,

I read of your project idea with interest. I invite you to visit the website www.holcimawards.org. Here you will get several ideas for your project relating to various issues concerning sustainable construction. You can also enter your project in this globally prestigious contest that targets practioners and students of sustainable construction. HOLCIM GLOBAL AWARDS FOR SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION is an international competition that rewards designs and visions of innovative, future-oriented and tangible sustainable construction projects. It has a NEXT GENERATION CATEGORY for student projects created within university programs at final year bachelor level or above (including Masters and PhD). The contest is open till March 23, 2011. It is simple to enter as it requires submissions to be made online, without an entry free or any hard copies.

Nand Kumar
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