Jun 7, 2017
Students' RDS - 2017


“Rural India has always been a sustainable system. It is not just architecture but a series of layer of design systems, culture, community, artifacts, technology which are interwoven to form a complete sustainable system. The RDS focuses on exposing participants to make them sensitive to the fact that Rural India is very rich in design and so is sustainable.




  1. I) To make students aware of the rich layered design system and to decode its relations, so as to make them sensitive towards their environment
  2. ii) To make them perceive rather than see the environment


It is well said that design does not exist in isolation and thus becomes imperative to any designer to identify and understand its relation with its immediate context; be it tangible or intangible environment.

Following are the parameters to be considered for a detail account of the same-


An important part of settlement study is understanding social structures in a rural system. Rural settlements are clan based, with close proximity of blood relations. An interesting aspect to study is how such relations are distributed in the structure of the settlement. When such connections between physical spaces are made, one realizes how tightly knit the spaces are, from the point of view of community. One can also then understand the activities of community on a larger scale.


India has a rich cultural heritage, the rich flavor of which is still so distinctly seen in our rural settlements. Festivals whether cultural or religious become an important form of celebrations in the life of these people. Festivals mostly revolve around their occupations, which give the whole settlement an opportunity to come together, celebrate together with feasting, singing and dancing together.

With festivals are also associated rituals and Gods, each settlement collectively believes in. A tribe identifies itself as the follower of certain rituals, meaning that they follow certain symbols which bring about a sense of familiarity and order in life.

With the celebrations are associated, food culture, dressing styles, dance forms, varied musical instruments and other art forms which can form an interesting pattern of study.


Rural areas organize themselves around the seasons. Even in everyday life, people have chores that are specific to their occupations. Since the chores become a pattern, they constitute a culture, define their lifestyle and shape the spaces and the built around them.

Recreational activities in a village have a very different meaning. Recreation is different for different gender and for different age groups.  Men may be sitting under a tree on a chabutra, discussing politics whereas women may be seen spending time together doing their daily chores of washing clothes near a village well.

Mapping such spaces in a settlement gives one an idea about the social interaction of people, the degree of it, and the character of spaces that encourage such activities. A settlement thus is not only a place where people live, but also a place where people pass their time for refreshment.


Places have expressions in graphical arts that are developed over generations. Even a rangoli drawn at the entrance of a house holds symbolic meaning. The design of tools and instruments used, to the utensils seen in the kitchen of a village, narrates a rich story about the settlement.

The clothes and the jewellery worn by the male and the females of the community, and other such artifacts form an important expression of the society..


As the space of the shelter becomes personal for the inhabitant, he becomes symbolically bound with the built form as his ‘home’.

The process of space- making is governed by the material and construction techniques. Each material combined with a construction technique imparts character to the built environment.

Architecture is hence, understood to be an overlay of –i) method of building a structure ii) method of imparting meanings to the spaces that are built. The resultant architecture becomes an identity of a culture.


Feb 28, 2014
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Students' Magazine 2014 

TESS- The Eclectic Students Section is an annual Magazine by students’ body of IDEAS- Institute of Design Education and Architectural Studies, Nagpur.

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Mar 2, 2013
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Students' Magazine 2013 

T.E.S.S. 01 was the first college magazine published in the year 2013. It covered the academic activities in college, studio works, workshops, documentation projects, and academic tours. It also showed glimpses of college life, like students’ annual fiesta, their artistic skills like photography, sketching, paintings, participatory works in NASA and social activities like blood donation camps. The magazine also featured editorials from faculties.

Feb 15, 2013
Cover page design by the students for NASA magazine

The Students’ Council of IDEAS participated in designing cover page ‘Footprints’, in Indian Arch magazine in 2013. The magazine was a prestigious compilation of works submitted by students’ like articles and interviews of architects and other prominent personalities such as Ar. B.V. Doshi, Ar. Sanjay Puri and Ar. S.A.Deshpande.


Sep 12, 2014
Documentation  of  Goan architecture 

‘Goa’ is an attempt of students of architecture to study the colonial Portugese style and to understand and Anglo- Indian settlement through their way of life. Relationship between natural attributes of a settlement and the socio-cultural fabric was studies in Goa.

Mar 30, 2015
Documentation  of building techniques of bamboo and earth architecture

‘Stuti’ is an outcome of explorations of students at Auroville with ‘earth architecture’ and ‘bamboo construction’. It is a compilation of processes learned by the students through hands-on building activities at Auroville. The book explains the process of linking tradition of raw earth with modern methods of stabilization for construction and the advantages of bamboo as a rightful indigenous material for building technology in Indian context.

Apr 22, 2012
SriLanka Tour  
Documentation of  regional  modern Sri Lankan architecture

This book is a compilation of the experience of modern regional architecture and contemporary vernacular works of Srilanka. It exhibits the exploration of students through architectural drawings, sketches and photographs to document and recreate the architectural experience of Geoffrey Bawa and the works inspired from him.