EDUCATIONAL TRIP TO PONDICHERRY & AUROVILLE CITY by the STUDENTS OF SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE & PLANNING FROM 20TH TO 24TH FEBRUARY 2019




EDUCATIONAL TRIP TO PONDICHERRY & AUROVILLE CITY by the STUDENTS OF SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE & PLANNING FROM 20TH TO 24TH FEBRUARY 2019

20TH TO 24TH FEBRUARY 2019
PONDICHERRY



EDUCATIONAL TRIP TO PONDICHERRY & AUROVILLE CITY by the STUDENTS OF SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE & PLANNING FROM 20TH TO 24TH FEBRUARY 2019

School of Architecture and Planning, K. R. Mangalam University organized a study tour to Pondicherry & Auroville for 3rd year, VI semester, 2nd year, IV semester & 1st year, II semester students of B. Arch. Program from 20th February to 24th February 2019. The students were accompanied by two faculty members Ar. Akanksha Singh & Ar. Praveen Gupta.

Day 1 – 20th February
The students reached Chennai airport in morning and then further moved to Mahabalipuram. It’s known for its temples and monuments built by the Pallava dynasty in the 7th and 8th centuries. Students visited to the Pancha Pandava Rathas and the famous Shore Temple, where they learned about how the Pallava dynasty had planned the structures as models of chariots in rock based on prototypes of ancient rathas built in wood.

The students were divided into three groups and tasks were assigned to do the measure drawings of the Temple complex with basic conceptual sketches. They studied the architectural details of various buildings along with its different architectural elements.

Day 2 – 21st February Students visited Auroville city & spent the whole day learning about the Architecture of Auroville. It was founded in 1968 by the spiritual leader Mirra Alfassa as a town where people from all over the world could live in harmony. It was designed by late French Architect Roger Anger and it took 37 years to build this beautiful city. Its focal point is the Matri Mandir - a futuristic, spherical temple covered in gold discs. Auroville Botanical Gardens protects the region’s tropical dry evergreen forest. Auroville Beach is a long sandy stretch with gentle surf.

Auroville red soil got its color from iron oxides, which give excellent properties and make remarkable building materials. In Auroville, the earth is stabilized with about 5% by weight of cement.

3rd year students were divided into the groups of 2 & mapped the Architectural plan of Auroville city, whereas 2nd year students did the sketches & photography of buildings such as Matri Mandir, Exhibition Area etc & studied the local material & its Vernacular Architecture aspect.

Day 3 – 22nd February
Students visited & explored Planning & Architecture aspects of three prominent & famous streets of Pondicherry namely French, Tamil & Muslim streets located at the edge of the Bay of Bengal. In French streets students discovered the Govt buildings such as Raj Niwas, French War memorial museum, Residential & Commercial buildings built during 17th & 18th century designed & built by French Architects. The students compared the streets of French, Tamil & Muslim even though drawn the sketches of residential buildings and streets to study the context of urban & Architecture pattern. Students also visited the Aurobindo Ashram, which is quite famous in Pondicherry built during 19th century for peace of mind and with small library. The study involved the in-depth analysis of all buildings.

Day 4 – 24th February
The final day students explored the Cathedral Church built during the 18th century.

Every group analyzed the different aspects of Church such as its point arches and compared with Greek & Roman style of architecture with the help of photography and sketches drawn at site. After completing the church part, they visited the local temple of God Shiva & Vishnu reflecting the Dravidian style of Architecture. Students took various snaps and studied the planning aspects also.