Course Outcomes

  • Site Analysis

    This course allows you to understand the various natural layers impacting site analysis.

  • Systematic Explanations

    When the process of architectural design is done systematically and sensitively it enables one to create an architectural intervention which is unique, sensitive and rooted to its context

  • Site and Design

    In this course you learn the fundamentals of site planning; use and apply it to your design.

Course Brief

Site planning is one of the most underestimated but important steps in the process of architectural design which when done systematically and sensitively enables one to create an architectural intervention which is unique, sensitive and rooted to its context. Of the various layers involved in site planning the study of the natural aspects/layers during site analysis is one of the most important steps towards a more informed process of site planning. Understanding and analysing these natural features to understand the site is imperative requirement for us as architects to mitigate the negative impacts of rapid globalization and urbanization which is leading to large scale disaster. 

The course intends to study in detail the various natural aspects/layers involved in site analysis which  is an integral part of site planning process with the intention of finally aiming to create an architectural design/intervention which is unique, sensitive and rooted to its context.

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Course Objectives

Join this course and accomplish the key objectives

  • Understanding the method of analyzing the various natural layers at both regional or town planning scale as well as for smaller site plans

  • Formulating solutions regarding siting of various functions based on the overlap of the clues from the analysis of the various natural layers

  • Enabling the students to look at the existing architectural interventions by masters in a much more informed fashion

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Course Curriculum

The entire course is divided into 8 modules. Every module is divided into multiple short lectures of 7-15 minutes. Modules consist of assignments, MCQs, additional resources and interactive material that will enrich the student’s learning experience. 

The first  module of the course elaborates on the  broader understanding of various aspects and process of site planning. The subsequent modules comprise of detailed discussion on natural layers/aspects which are an integral part of site analysis and impact site planning. At the end of each module the participants can take back the understanding and apply it to their own site which will enable them to have a much more informed result in terms of the site plan and further the design intervention.

  • Day 1: Site Planning - An Introduction
  • Day 2: Understanding Climate
  • Day 3: Understanding Land
  • Day 4: Understanding Hydrology
  • Day 5: Understanding Vegetation/Flora
  • Day 6: Understanding Fauna
  • Day 7: Understanding Borrowed Views
  • Day 8: Reading Site Analysis - Conclusion

Course Mentor

Ar. Devayani Deshmukh Upasani

Landscape Architect

Devayani Deshmukh Upasani is a landscape architect based in Mumbai. She practices as a consultant landscape architect with Urban Design Cell Mumbai and has been involved in varied scale of projects including small terrace gardens to resorts, public plazas etc.She is a visiting faculty at Sir J J College of Architecture and Rachana Sansad's Academy of Architecture  and also teaches the post graduate course in Landscape Architecture at the LS Raheja School of Architecture.She also conducts Landscape workshops across the various institutes in the  city.She has been an active member of the Indian Society of Landscape Architects and is presently the Hon. Chairperson of ISOLA Mumbai chapter.

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