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Heritage Houses Mapping Ahmedabad

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Our Study tour for Mapping Ahmedabad Heritage Building for UNECSO project was undertaken by our college and by Class. It was interesting to see and observe construction material, method of construction in Ahmedabad Old City Area. 

As we observe lintel construction, Jalli System in windows, Method of Application of Wooden Frames , Wooden Column with broaden based carved at bottom and steps directly leading to the entrance door while people displaying rich color and wall graffiti with religious values on the left side of the entrance door. 

Documentation of Vernacular Houses - Bir, Himachal Pradesh

Location: Bir, Himachal Pradesh

Skill: Measure Drawing

Duration: 7 days

 

As a part of my Summer School, I participated in documenting the Vernacular houses of Bir, Himachal Pradesh. Bir is a village located in the west Joginder Nagar Valley, in Northern India. It is known as the "Paragliding Capital of India".

Vernacular architecture’ is defined as any regional system of domestic building design and construction that is passed on through generations as local tradition and (historically) is learned through practice rather than through formal academic study.

The houses in this region exists from about 60 to 70 years. The village is mainly divided into two regions - The lower region known as "Dhanadi" and the upper region - "Badi". There is also an earthern eco institute which is located about 5 kms from the main village called 'Dharmalaya'.

The main construction materials used in the village are Stone for walls, Timber for roofing, Slate tiles used on the roofing. The walls were furthered layered with mud, and plaster on the stone for insulation of the houses.

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Aloha Gam - Site Survey - Studio Exercise

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As a part of our studio exercise, we were taken to a nearby village called Aloha Village, which is 50 kms from Gandhinagar. We were all given different tasks. As per the exercise we were divided into three groups, where all the three study different areas. I studied the "Hill Section" of the area, and as to my observations, the topmost area of the hill was about 11 m from the ground level. It was a dry area. Different levels of contour were also present. 

The main idea of this acitivity is to create a housing space on the hilly area for two people, who like to study geology.. amidst the contours by scooping the land and creating plinths. 

 

Jamalpur Flower Market - Ahmedabad

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Recently, I went to the Jamalpur Flower Market, which is located in Ahmedabad City. I went there in the early morning hours, to live sketch. In my mind I thought it would be a small space with flower sellers,but when I actually reached there, there was so much more to it. The flower market is like a little town itself. Vast and huge, and there are wide ranges of flowers.

Thr trip ended well with a hot cup of chai, by the roadside chai wala! (Did it the desi way.)

I also picked up some beautiful peach roses and lotuses.

During my search I also came across good Jamalpur Photography project by

Padmini Hegde and Sonali Dalal Photoshots.

 

 

Essence of Navratri.

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Navratri, the most beautiful and exciting festival celebrated in Gujarat. These nine nights bring joy to all Gujarati's. Goddess Durga is worshipped all the nine nights. Nava, that also means 'new', denotes 'nine' the number to which sages attach special significance. 

This festival has it's own beauty. The excitement of dressing up in beautiful chaniya choli's (the traditional wear for navratri) and kurtas. Doing garba all together with friends and family. It brings the whole society together. Maybe this is one way we celebrate being Gujarati's. Enjoying food, music, dance and togetherness. 

All together all the nine nights are beautiful.

This picture is from my University Campus. Celebrating the last day of Navratri. 

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