Spaces for Learning

What is this Typology Special Studio about?

Designing Spaces for Learning is not a straightforward output - the design should nurture creativity, learning, and curiosity. When MO-OF designed the School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada they envisaged the institutional building becoming a platform for debate, exchange and dissemination. The building achieved exactly that and became a deep gateway and an interface to the entire campus. The Institute draws on the austere ideologies of Brutalism as a form of expression, that responds to the extreme climate and positions it contextually in Vijayawada. 

If your college AD studio intends to reimagine Spaces for Learning and wants to explore online it with other colleges and faculty across the country all online, join this studio and hop on to the learning journey planned by Ar. Shantanu Poredi for your college.

The collaborative studio is a unique effort to bring students, faculty and practitioners on one platform. The key features of this studio include the following,

To know more about our past studio click here.

Know your Mentor

Shantanu Poredi

Founding Partner of MO-OF Architects/ Mobile Offices, Mumbai

Architect, urbanist, academician, and the founding partner of MO-OF Architects/ Mobile Offices in Mumbai, Shantanu Poredi, studied at the School of Architecture at CEPT, Ahmedabad. After a brief professional training period with Anant Raje, he worked with Architects Combine, Bombay for four years. He further pursued his Masters in Architecture (Urban Design) on a J.N. Tata Scholarship grant during 1997-1998 at the Architectural Association, London. In 1999-2000 he worked as an assistant architect at Terry Farrell and Partners, London. In 2001, he founded MO-OF along with his partner Manisha Agarwal in Mumbai. He is currently visiting faculty at Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture, Mumbai where he has been teaching since the past 18 years. He has been invited to lecture and also presents the firm's work in Amsterdam, Berlin, Shenzhen along with several other cities and towns in India. He has also been invited to speak at Indo German Urban-mela at Bangalore. His areas of interest and concern are the design of educational institutions, office environments, healthcare institutions, exhibition design, and art collaborations.

Tentative Schedule

This schedule may be customised to the collective schedule of the colleges on board.

13th August 2020 @ 5.00 PM

Week Zero: Discussion with Faculty and Studio Mentor on creating a level playing field and initiation into the plan for the studio. Methodology, learn from everyone, 

Introduce exercise: Upload a building in the dashboard which you appreciate and why? 1 image of the building/from/element/detail: 1 line to explain: 


Week 1:
Session: Discuss the buildings uploaded by students (at least two students per college) on the dashboard.
Discussion on Case Studies: How to choose a case study, How to use cases based on what you want to learn- related to the program, analyse site, tectonics
Introduce the next exercise: Select a case based on your project/typology and submit a case study with a detailed area program of the project. 

Week 2:
Session: Question the program, create scenarios and role play leading to faculty discussion and student interpretation
Introduce the next exercise: 1-page analytical drawing on your sitewhat aspect of your site can influence your design (one opportunity, one constraint one within one outside) 

Week 3:
Session: Discuss one project each college with respect to Access, context, influences, natural features, cultural factors etc.
Introduce the next exercise: Collective answer by every college- make a single word cloud or mind map per college which can give you clues of design

Week 4:
Session: Reflections: What does a campus culture mean to you? Campus communities.
Live 20 min Exercise in breakout rooms:20 min charrette - Conceptual Ideas: The first image that comes to your mind when you think of your design solution. (montage/sketch/parti)
Discussion of first 5 works completed LIVE
 Introduce the next exercise: 
A4 of your first ideas/concepts to develop the design.

Week 5:
Session: Discussion on Student work (1 each college)
Defining form/ space/ interrelationships/ sequencing of space
Discussion: Evolution of YOUR Architectural Identity


Week 6&7:

Reviews and Discussion: ACEDGE will facilitate inter-college jury and review through its breakout rooms. (5 hours with half-hour break) Shantanu Poredi will not be present for inter-college reviews.


Week 8: 

Session: Representation drawings communication of the design and QnA

Discussion with Faculty: On the status and when to host the online final jury


Week x: (x will be determined by the design progress of the colleges)

Final Live Jury: at least 1 project from each college will be discussed LIVE (1 session of 3 hrs or 2 sessions of 1.5 hrs) 


External review:
 If the college requests for all students to be reviewed by external examiners from practice we can arrange for a review as an additional requirement.