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It is a pleasure to announce that Saman Jain (Thesis Students from 2018-19 Batch) has won the 1st Prize in MindRain Thesis Award. An early achievement soon after the end of the semester.

The project was titled ‘Conservation in the Contemporary City: Black Taj’, and questioned the stereotypical ASI norms that govern ‘historic’ sites. The proposal was re-built over the land of Black Taj with the intent to reclaim its land for better use in the 21st century, while appreciating its ‘heritage’.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for academic collaboration was signed between Institute of Indian Interiors Designer (IIID) and SSAA, Ansal University, on 8th February 2019 by Mr Pratap Jadhav (IIID President) and Col. Rajive Chauhan (Registrar, Ansal University) in the presence of Honorable Vice Chancellor Prof. (Dr.) Raj Singh, Prof. Vibhuti Sachdev (Dean SSAA), Prof. Jeyanthi Nadesalingam (Programme Head, M.Arch Interior Architecture), Prof. Amrita Madan, Associate Professor Pooja Lalit Kumar (Faculty,M.Arch SSAA) Radhika Vishwanathan (Chairperson IIID DRC), MB Ravi Kumar, Swanzal Kak Kapoor, Rishu Anand (members of Managing Committee, IIID Delhi Regional Chapter).

As part of the terms of the collaboration IIID DRC will organise programmes inviting Guest speakers from allied subjects of Design for informal interactions about professional practice and their personal growth experiences, workshops, seminars etc. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship.

Sunder Nursery, New Delhi

Student Visit
Aim and Objective – To expose students to planting variety and landscape restoration of a heritage garden/ nursery. The varied scales of the designed spaces and the responsiveness via landscape and planting design were to be understood and imbibed – from Master planning of the historic nursery to the detailed use of plant specimens and materials for the smallest of intimate spaces. Landscape design and planting for a bonsai gardens, eco-trails, lakes, amphitheatres and the Mughal gardens were on display, to learn different design responses to varied functions in the landscape.

AIT Chowk Development

AIT Chowk has been an important junction and is now on the Metro Map since the rapid Metro Line became functional. It is a landmark of the New improved city of Gurugram, and therefore more than ever before, needs to be developed and maintained as a significant node of the city. We have an opportunity to develop it as a visual marker as well as a visual and psychological respite from the busy vehicular spine and intersection.

A few important considerations that are dictating our design intent – low water consuming plus low maintenance planting, that will allow us to make it a responsible and a sustainable solution. We can in addition add a sculptural element to the design either by topiary or an art installation.

The attached samples of work by the SSAA M. Arch (Landscape Architecture) students are showcasing the planting design options. The best proposal will be selected for execution and maintenance.

  • Right of way – 80 m
  • Area of circle – 5026.55 sq m = 1.25 acres
  • In addition, there are islands and medians that will need planting.
  • Approx –
  • 10 Trees
  • 25 % shrubs – 1256.5 sq m
  • 75 % ground cover – 3769.5 sq m
  • that includes with 10% seasonals – 502.65 sq m
  • Students and Faculty
  • M.Arch (LA)
  • SSAA
  • Ansal University, Gurgaon

Launch of 100 Day Challenge to Save the Bawdi

18 January 2018
Day 1 of the 100 day challenge to save the Bawdi was marked by a visit to the Bawdi to get apprised of its condition. The squatter settlement next to the Bawdi had been shifted and loads of earth had been dumped along and into the Bawdi for road construction. The circular well of the Bawdi had been completely filled in and the remaining parts were in process of being filled up. As the SSAA team reached the site, the trucks and diggers left the site. Outreach through social media and reaching out to our networks resulted in putting a stop to the road work and assurance from the HUDA Administrator that no further harm will come to the Bawdi. The next few days were marked by newspaper coverage on the issue in a number of newspapers such as Times of India, Indian Express, Jagran and Dainik Bhaskar. SSAA will celebrate 18 January as its Heritage Watch Day every year!

Vanishing Stepwells of India: Talk by Victoria Lautman

6 February 2018
Victoria Lautman is a Chicago-based broadcast journalist, writer, interviewer and lecturer with over 25 years of experience in on all forms of art and culture, including architecture, design, and literature.

On Day 20 of the ‘100 day Challenge to Save the Bawdi’, we invited by author of the book ‘The Vanishing Step Wells of India’, Ms. Victoria Lautman for an on campus talk. Ms. Lautman gave a presentation on the state of stepwells in India, as revealed during her investigation of stepwells in multiple states of India. She discussed the various types of stepwells that she came across and the relationship that the communities around share with these water structures. Ms. Lautman urged the audience to bring focus on these unique and neglected water structures and value these as a part of our heritage instead of letting them disappear. The last stepwell in her book is the Badshahpur Bawdi, as one of the late examples of the typology. Her talk was followed by a presentation on the challenges faced by the Badshahpur Bawdi. Ms. Lautman pledged her support towards the campaign and encouraged the initiative to save the Bawdi.

Sushant School of Art and Architecture (SSAA), Ansal University collaborated with ICOMOS India North Zone Young Professional Members (YPM) to mark the World heritage day at Badshapur Bawdi, Gurgaon on 18 April 2018.

M Arch Built Heritage students of SSAA introduced the architectural form, significance and issues faced by the Badshahpur Bawdi through a presentation to the audience. This was followed by the launch of ‘tippy tippy tap’ game for the Bawdi, conceptualised and designed by SSAA. The entire team of SSAA, Young Professional Members (YPM) of North Zone ICOMOS India and students from School of Architecture and planning (SPA), New Delhi supported the young participants from local schools in the paper folding exercise led by Dr. Vibhuti Sachdev, Dean SSAA. She took the participants through the various processes of engaging with the Bawdi that were embedded in the design of the tippy tippy tap game, during the paper folding.

YPM of ICOMOS and students of SPA performed a skit on water systems of Ahamadnagar, Maharasthra that was very well received by all. Next came community interactions and a participatory game with the children of the community, aimed at exploring the past and future of the Bawdi. An exhibition was put up at the venue that included projects based on the Bawdi undertaken by two elective modules of final year B Arch at SSAA. Masters elective students too worked on the Bawdi project, proposing solutions through humanistic planning that were exhibited as apart of the exhibition, along with work done on water structures by YPM of North Zone ICOMOS India.

Concluding the event, ICOMOS India feliciated Seth Mohan Lal Mangla Government Girls’ Primary School for providing the venue for the event and SSAA for immense contribution in field of heritage by initiating a ‘100 Day Challenge to Save the Badshahpur Bawdi’ and consistent efforts towards the same.

Dec. 6-7, 2017 Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Ansal University, Gurgaon

Sushant School of Art and Architecture (SSAA), Ansal University hosted and organised a two-day workshop on ’History and Conservation: Voices from Small and Medium Towns of India’ on Dec. 6-7, 2017. The two-day workshop was a part of the collaboration between SSAA, CEPT University, Ahmedabad and NSC for Historic Towns and Villages, ICOMOS India. The workshop served as a platform for sharing insights from various regions in the specific context of small and medium towns of India.

On day one, the faculty and students of SSAA shared their work on Rakhigarhi; Sadar Bazaar, Gurgaon; Baoli at Badshahpur, Gurgaon and built heritage of small and medium towns of the District Gurgaon. This was followed by a site visit to Shiv Kund, Sohna through which the participants were introduced to the layered realities of a religious heritage site maintained and managed by the local community. Aspects of religion, history and politics were realised by the participants through the visit to the sacred hot sulphur spring that has been proven to have medicinal properties.

Dr Jigna Desai and Dr Gauri Bharat from CEPT University presented the outcome of a study of the status of HRIDAY cities and main takeaways from the two day symposium ‘History and Conservation, as if people matter’ held in August at CEPT University, as a part of the collaboration. The idea notes submitted and presented by practitioners and academics on day two represented issues and opportunities with respect to history and conservation in small and medium towns from various geographical regions of the country. The 65 participants included masters students from various architecture schools in the country, academics, conservation architects, historians, planners and developers, creating a valuable discourse on the uniqueness of these towns, the approach of the local community and the challenges that the heritage faces.

The event included an exhibition of the institutional initiatives of the School, faculty projects, faculty research and student work related to history, heritage and conservation.