SPAV students showcase their theses for external evaluation

The subject of architecture is not about just designing buildings and model townships, it is about life and the way that you design and plan your life. This was the expression given out by Anirban Jyoti Baruah, a fifth year student from the School of Planning and Architecture-Vijayawada (SPAV), when he was asked how he felt about the subject.

Anirban wanted to become a civil engineer after clearing his AIEEE but ventured into the realm of architecture and is now in love with the subject, as he believes that the subject is not only ancient but has a direct link to human lifestyle. All the 68 first batch students of the SPAV seem to share a similar view. The young architects, who would be passing out in next few days, showcased their theses at the campus for external evaluation here on Thursday. “It is our final project and the effort of our five-year study of B. Arch,” said Chunnu Kumar. Chunnu has conceptualised and produced a model to display a floating resort on the Arabian Sea. Explaining the project he said, “It is a floating resort which will be anchored in the middle of the sea and is designed to absorb the roll and pitch of the ocean.” Like Chunnu each of the 68 students has come up with their unique ideas. Anirban has modelled a mini Assam which he says can be replicated on a 50-acre site and can act as the cultural hub of the State.

K. Dharanidharan has conceptualised a Transegrity- FIFA football stadium says that his design can be used to make the Salt Lake Stadium at Kolkata more people-friendly. Similarly Manjunath redesigned the old Jayanagar Market of Bangalore to make it more people-centric without losing any of its original character. “This is the first batch of this college and their effort is beyond my expectation. They have set high standards for their successors, who will be left with the daunting task to improve upon,” said Harimohan Pillai, a senior architect and a jury member. The other external jury comprised Balbir Verma, architect and member board of governors- SPAV, Sumit Ghosh, senior architect, and Jeysudhean, former chief architect of CPWD.