Natural Factors

Analysing Natural factors/layers as prerequisite to ecologically sensitive Site Planning

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 is an attempt to analyse and understand  these natural layers to give clues to unique and sensitive site planning.

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  • Self-Paced

    This course allows you to access the lectures and learn it at your pace and time to suit your progress in studio and practice.

  • 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 specific

    In this course you learn the fundamentals; use and apply this knowledge on YOUR design.

Know your Mentor

  • Devayani Deshmukh Upasani

    Devayani Deshmukh Upasani

    Senior Instructor

    Devayani Deshmukh Upasani is a landscape architect based in Mumbai. She practices as a consultant landscape architect with Urban Design Cell Mumbai and is also a visiting faculty at a few premier Graduated and Post Graduate Architecture courses in the city. She also conducts Landscape workshops across the city and has been actively involved with various public programs, events, seminars intending to spread awareness regarding the profession to the larger public .

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and accomplish the key objectives

  • Understanding of the multiple layers/aspects and broader process of site planning

  • Understanding the various natural layers impacting site analysis

  • 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

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Instructions for this course
    • Before we begin...
    • Introduction to ACEDGE interface
  • 2
    Site Planning: An introduction
    • Details
  • 3
    Understanding Climate
    • Details
  • 4
    Understanding Land
    • Details
  • 5
    Understanding Hydrology
    • Details
  • 6
    Understanding Vegetation/flora
    • Details
  • 7
    Understanding Fauna
    • Details
  • 8
    Understanding Borrowed Views
    • Details
  • 9
    Next Steps...
    • Quick Survey

Approach and Outcome

Aims and Objectives for the course

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 intervention which is unique, sensitive and rooted to its context.

Framework of the course

The course is a part of the larger course of site planning.

The larger topic of Site planning is further divided into the following subtopics/aspects

Site analysis

Understanding the user 

Understanding the design brief.

The topic of site analysis is further divided into understanding of natural and manmade factors which impact site planning.

The present course is a detailed discussion regarding the impact of natural factors/layers which impact site planning


Methodology followed 

We begin with an elaboration to the  broader understanding of various aspects and process site planning; followed by detailed discussion on natural features /layers/aspects which are an integral part of site analysis and impact site planning.

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