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The need to collaborate – Archit Thapar, Anant Fellow

(Saturday March 24, 2018)

When a woman and man collaborate, they create new life. However, this spirit of collaboration hasn’t really become a core value for organisations and government alike. During my undergraduate experience, competition was rewarded whereas collaboration was considered as ‘cheating’. But after having spent just a few months in the Anant Fellowship, I realised how this …

Analysis of The Unreserved – Film Club @ AnantU

(Wednesday March 21, 2018)

On 13th March, 2018, the Film Club @ AnantU, in collaboration with the Nomad Cafe, Ahmedabad, had organised a community screening of the Indian documentary, the Unreserved (2017). Based on the screening and the discussions that followed, Dr. Sonam Mansukhani, faculty at AnantU, curated unerring analyses and appreciation pointers on the documentary. Synopsis The Unreserved …

Urban planning crisis in India

(Wednesday February 14, 2018)

Recent years have seen a spate of urban disasters in India – cyclones, heavy rains and unseasonal floods wreaking large scale damage to cities, hazardous pollution levels choking them up, and potholed roads resulting in accidents and death of citizens.   These urban disasters did not take shape overnight, and are the culmination of years …

The Relevance of Master’s in Integrated Product Design

(Monday January 15, 2018)

Universities across the world offer Master’s in Product Design, Product Design Engineering, Industrial Design and Strategic Product Design among others. The curriculum mostly in all areas focuses on technical details dealing with different steps, processes and activities involved in creating new products, for example, conceptual skills, manufacturing, prototyping and even marketing. In other words it …

Manjha Madness

(Monday January 15, 2018)

The scooters on the streets of Gujarat have been well prepared for the kite festival. Along with the colourful kites come the equally colourful, but somewhat deadly, manjha- essentially the thread to which the kite is attached. This manjha is coated with glass particles, to allow people to bring other kites to the ground by …

B.V Doshi – The pioneer of Indian Architecture

(Wednesday January 3, 2018)

Architect Dr. Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi is known as the pioneer of contemporary Indian Architecture. Doshi, 90, is the first Indian to win this year’s prestigious Pritzker Prize for his immaculate contributions towards current design projects that fuse local Indian understanding with international modernist principles. His most noteworthy outlines incorporate the Indian Institute of Management, Bengaluru, Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) University, …

Built Environment: A Liberal Perspective- Dr. Sonam Mansukhani

(Sunday December 24, 2017)

The man-made built environment comprising infrastructure, construction and real estate is imperative to human existence just as much as the natural ecosystem. This also assumes significance more specifically in the context of the urban areas. Various issues confronting the latter have come to the forefront in recent times, for example, the smog in Delhi and …

Feedback- Archit Thapar

(Monday November 6, 2017)

It was during a session being conducted by Mr. Prashant Dhawan on Biomimicry, one of our courses in the Fellowship in the first term, when this word ‘feedback’ stuck a cord with me and I understood its relevance. I could suddenly relate everything around me with this term and also realized how constantly I was …