A group of thirteen University of Adelaide students are currently on the trip of a lifetime as they negotiate the cultural sights of India as part of an elective off-shore design studio. The masters level students from the School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Design are being led by Dr. Amit Srivastava to work on a redevelopment project for an important brownfield site within the intensely populated context of Old Delhi. Working alongside students from India’s Sushant School of Art and Architecture, they will help develop a collaborative project which offers a good mix of local contextual understanding as well as a broader international vision for the issues of urbanisation in India. The month long intensive studio is an invaluable opportunity where the students will get to closely observe and understand the context of architectural practice within one of the most densely populated and rapidly urbanising major economies of the world.
The offshore studio, which is funded by a grant from the Australian Government’s Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR), is not limited to this collaborative design exercise but also allows the students to travel around the country and appreciate the wonderful cultural heritage of India. The students will get a chance to see World Heritage monuments like the Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb as well as other important historical sites around the city of Delhi, which is currently being considered for a UNESCO World Heritage City award. They will then travel to Chandigarh to observe a masterpiece of visionary city planning by the great 20th century architect Le Corbusier, before proceeding to Ahmedabad which is a treasure trove of architectural works by both local and international architects of repute. They will also get a chance to interact with various architectural professionals and artists in all these cities to gain a unique perspective of the cultural wonder that is India.
We asked the students what they hope to gain from the trip:
"An insight into how design works in another country, and exposure to a new and wonderful country that many of us would otherwise not have the opportunity to visit". We will "step outside of our comfort zones and immerse ourselves in another culture, make friends for life, and hopefully gain a mind full of information and inspirations, and a suitcase full of tea!"
Those going on the trip each have different career aspirations varying from international exposure and work, to changing the landscape of Adelaide’s design. But the one thing they all have in common is the desire to see their designs in the community, and to make a positive impact on the community – both locally and abroad.
The off-shore studio elective is available for both undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolled at the School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design. Students travel to overseas location along with an instructor to gain valuable insight into the context, allowing them to respond to issues specific to the area visited including cultural heritage, globalisation and environmental sustainability.
Students outside the World Heritage monument of Red Fort in Shahjahanabad, Delhi
(L-R)- Jesse Zilm, Lana Greer, Daniel Turner, Georgina Penhall, Lewis Glastonbury, Matilda Asser, Matthew McCallum, Jade Riddle, Marguerite Bartolo, Nigel Reichenbach, Leo Cooper, Tin Do
Students grace the red carpet at the Sushant School of Art and Architecture
(L-R)- Leo Cooper, Nigel Reichenbach, Jesse Zilm, Matthew McCallum, Jade Riddle, Matilda Asser, Lana Greer, Georgina Penhall, Marguerite Bartolo, Lewis Glastonbury, Isabella James, Daniel Turner and Amit Srivastava (Lecturer)
Field Trip to Jantar Mantar in New Delhi