We’ve been caught up in a whirlwind with the pandemic spreading quick and our routines have not been the same ever since. With the adoption of Integrated Course Delivery at AOA, the academic year 2020-21 was to be a milestone in our journey, even though the nation remains in a state of lockdown. But, it takes a lot more than a lockdown to dampen our verve and keep ‘Academite Dynamite’ alive! With the core curriculum being planned for online teaching modules, we initiated the year with the concept of ‘Plus Weeks’ to gear us into the digital platforms. It was simply structured to go on for 3 weeks, where 3 faculty teams have assisted 3 different batches each, and it usually involved the study of a text and its translation into a design exercise. Students have conversed with the works of Buckminster Fuller, Bernard Tschumi and Rem Koolhaas, and also Rabindranath Tagore, Satyajit Ray, Pink Floyd, and Eisenstein, from lateral mediums of creativity. We designed contraptions, devise teaching models of structural principles, envisaged invisible cities, frame video clips and came up with fascinating graphics.
This could be termed as the first ever online exhibition curated by the students of AOA, reflecting upon the notions of ‘Thinking, Creating and Communicating’. The students have done a splendid job with the assistance of teachers, and its time dive deep into their works!