Systems Details and Drawings: Textile Museum at (Paithan)

Course Mentors: Dipti Bhaindarkar, Ravindra Punde, Abhijit Ekbote, Dnyanesh Madgavkar, Gauri Joshi, Samidha Kowli

The focus of this course is three fold - first to develop in students an ability in systems-thinking (for example: building as a system of grid, etc..); second to develop an ability in them for detailing (detailing here is the act of putting together different materials and their assemblies in a manner that is conceptually coherent with the overall idea of the building); and third, to develop a deep understanding of construction documentation (viz. an ability to make working drawings) that could be used for the construction of buildings.  The course will train students in design thinking where the logics of spatiality are based on systems and details along with orienting them in issues around construction documentation and management. Successful completion of this course shall ensure that the student is ready to participate in a building making project as an architect.

This journey of fabrication of built form is explored through three processes, first; detail of design which outlines the mechanics of space through experience intent of the space, inter-relationships between programmed and interstitial volumetric spaces, range of light, shadow, sound, smell, feel, emotions weaving with flows - water, wind, energy, the language of systems - geometrical and structural propositions of form. second; design of detail crafts the built form in conversation with the intent of detail of design. Details are articulated through articulation of surface and junctions of materiality to acquire the desired essence of space and experience. Details firmly display immediate expressions of the structure, language, system and function of the built form. Each detail thus narrates the story of its making, placing, proportioning and positioning at various stages. Third; communication for actualization,all the stages are thought through the act of drawing. Drawing is revealing the desired imagination of space, it is the act of understanding and knowing how all the forces at play in space get assembled. These sets of drawings will open up the dialogue towards methods of sequencing, structuring, representing and communicating the spatial intent capturing the sense of time, sequencing, processes and assemblies.

Site & Project

Museum’s Association defines museums as “Museums enable people to explore collections for inspiration, learning and enjoyment. They are institutions that collect, safeguard and make accessible artefacts and specimens, which they hold in trust for society. ”

Museums are more than just buildings, they are institutions which help hold various artefacts, and objects, safeguard them, and make them accessible to people. Museums thus require a curated relationship between the visitors and the objects on display along with a carefully worked out plan for safeguarding the artefacts and administering the entire institution. Museums, thus hold together spaces with public circulation to allow people to engage with the objects on display along with private back end circulation for storage, processing, assembly and administration. Each of these spaces have specific requirements for scale, visual connectivity, proximity to neighbouring functions, movement patterns, experience of inhabiting these spaces. This year, you will design a Textile Museum at Paithan. Closely deriving the form of the built form by analysing overlapping forces such as context, nature of people and their engagement and relationship with programme, material and hence the emerging form which is contextual, conceptually placed and deriving itself from the material properties.