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Educational Design
 
Thesis: Juvenile correction centre
I'm a student of final year architecture at Jadavpur University in Kolkata. I'm working with my current U.G thesis. My topic is Juvenile correction centre.

As a student architect I believe it is my social responsibility to address this issue because I think in spite of various Govt. and N.G.O activities the condition prevailing in the most juvenile homes are sub-human.

My thesis aims on the psychological impact of space in human mind. I want to improve the living conditions of the inmates not only by improving the quality of space; I'm also interested to find out to what extent the quality of space can minimize their criminal instincts and support the rehabilitation programs.

Architecture alone cannot solve a grave social component like this. And spaces are always linked to the activities associated with it. But architecture must have a role to play in this problem if it at all aims at the betterment of the society. Society is not all about building sky scrapers, market complex and Convention centers while our little children are imprisoned like animals. The space planning, orientation , color, texture, room sizes and landscapes go beyond than just being beautiful.

I'm looking forward towards your help in providing valuable suggestions regarding the project, materials for study or links, case studies, photographs, reports or in any other way you can.
Subhrajit Mitra
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Thesis: Juvenile correction centre
Subhrajit, I agree architecture alone cannot solve psychological problems, but it can create and does them.

The problem with street youth is that the urgent need for survival becomes mixed-up with the asocial attitude that they have a right to prey upon others because other people prey upon them.

Primarily, to change someone's psychological outlook, there needs to be a complete change of scenary.

The reason for a change of scenary is to make a clean break from the habits (behavioural patterns) which landed them in a youth detention centre.

Once their former asocial urban habits begin to fade from memory. Then new habits can be learnt and working with their hands is the quickest way to show that they have value because they can see that the work they do has value.

In other words, the first step is to remove the person physically out of the environment which caused the problems. In the case of such urban-based street youth, I would advocate a rural-based farm which could probably produce its own food and act as a training centre for various trades and crafts as well as, if necessary, basic schooling.

What I describe above is not new and depends largely upon having a staff who are genuinely interested in creating valuable human beings. Ultimately, this form of "reformatory" can become self-sustaining in that some of the youth remain to help or perhaps contribute by working with the urban authorities.
Frank John Snelling
Thesis: Juvenile correction centre
I'm a student of final year at Manipal University. I am doing my thesis on juvenile correction centre. I would like to get some inputs from you and also it would be very helpfull you could let me know where I can do my case study in Kolkata or it's nearby places.
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Anikesh Ashwin
Anikesh Ashwin
Thesis: Juvenile correction centre
hi i am shahnawaz jamadar from Pune. 5th yr architecture student, please help me out with ur reference thesis work..
u can mail me on-
arch_shahn@yahoo.com
9975596735
Shahnawaz Jamadar
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