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EVENTFUL: The team behind the success of ‘Archcult’ held in Tiruchi.
EVENTFUL: The team behind the success of ‘Archcult’ held in Tiruchi.

Staff Reporter

Activities galore at three-day national event in Tiruchi

TIRUCHI: This year’s edition of Archcult, a national symposium organised jointly by the Association of Students of Architecture and the Department of Architecture, National Institute of Technology - Tiruchi, had ‘Manthan’ — rediscovering inner creativity — as the theme.

The three-day event that concluded recently featured guest lectures, seminars and workshops, benefiting participants of architectural colleges of the region. Alumni also participated actively.

The organisers met with success in bringing out the artistic instinct in the participants, prompting them to churn out new ideas buried within and reach out to their visions through events such as ‘Bend it like Beckham’ (hair styling with given set of materials), Fast and Furious (determining speed in performing tasks), Flubber (soap modelling) and Junkwar (making usable products from junk). Innovation was the watchword in other events such as Billa, Happy Feet and Jumanji as well.

Participants enjoyed the session on Origamy, the Japanese art of paper folding, as resource persons Augustine and Victoria shaped amazing forms out of paper. The duo also handled a workshop on creativity testing creativity quotient and inner creativity of future architects.

Architect K. Jaisim, who runs Bangalore-based firm Fountainhead, showcased his works that established that man and nature could coexist in harmony. The students learnt about alternative technologies for conservation of monuments from Durganand Balsavar, a Chennai-based architect and a visiting faculty to top-notch institutions in India and abroad. Students also derived inspiration from the interior designing works of architects Smaran Mallesh and Vikhram, who run a firm, Cadence.

The event was a major success, providing a sense of fulfilment to the association’s office-bearers: Melvin Glenn Veigas (president), R. Prasanna Venkatesan (overall coordinator) and B. Ravichandran (treasurer). They were ably guided by head of the department Joseph Fernando and staff co-ordinator Prem Kumar.

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