Visualising the Invisible - abstracting my city

Week 1

29th June 2020 - 3rd July 2020

Batch

Third Year B.Arch UA

Guides

Ar. Nachiket Kalle

Ar. Sulakshana Bhanushali

Ar. Harshada Shintre

Ar. Saurabh Mhatre

Ar. Nitesh Avhad

Invisible Cites (1972) by Calvino, imagines a fictional conversation between the venetian explorer Marco Polo, and Kublai Khan, the Mongol Ruler. Each story abstracts a single facet of a wondrous city, under a different name, geographically unspecific yet imbued with glimpses of reality. These are abstractions, but consciously evoke within the readers, observations from their immediate urban reality.

The architecture is envisioned as characters, events, and places which function together as a city in each story. The students assumed the role of a production designer to recognise the site and its immediate surroundings, within the realm of storytelling, that leads to productive encounters within the tangible reality and its abstractions. It explores the ‘abstraction’ of one feature of the complex multi-faceted ‘physical reality’ of cities.

Academy of Architecture

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