Workshop : Public open spaces in Kathmandu Valley

About

The workshop will be conducted at Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur; the three medieval era cities in Nepal in Kathmandu valley with the objective of analysing the nature of Public open spaces in these urban centres.

The open spaces in cities in Kathmandu valley are unique expressions of urbanity from the point of view of their public-ness and from the perspective of legible designs. Starting from the small courtyards in the compact housing (such as Bubahal in Patan) to the larger ones with Buddhist stupas and ending in the city level public open space such as the Durbar Square; these cities have developed a unique expression around the idea of open spaces.

The outcome of the workshop will be in form of student portfolio of drawings and writeup.


Who Can Participate

There are a limited number of seats for students Architecture from 2nd year onwards and graduates. Participation fee is INR 6500/- (This does not include food and accommodation)

Registration for the workshop is closed now!


When

Workshop will be conducted from 4th to 8th June 2019 at Kathmandu, Nepal

Download poster (PDF format)


Who will Conduct

The workshop will be led by Prof. Pratyush Shankar, who is an Academic and a practicing Architect. He is an Adjunct Professor at CEPT University, Ahmedabad and Visiting Professor at TU, Darmstadt, Germany. He was the Acting Dean of Architecture and Head of the Undergraduate Office at CEPT University. He authored the book “Himalayan Cities” and recently finished a forthcoming book titled “History of Urban Form of India” for Oxford University Press. He was awarded the 22nd JK Cement Architect of the Year Award in the Residential Design Category and Humboldt Fellowship in Germany.
You can see his work at https://pratyushshankar.com

Dr Rohit Ranjitkar will be the special expert for the Workshop. Dr Rohit is the Nepal Director of KVPT (Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust). He is amongst the leading conservation architect in Nepal and has passionately pursued the conservation of variety of historic structures in Kathmandu valley. He has been leading the efforts at KVPT, with his immense experience, keen onsite knowledge and profound connection with the local community.


Tentative Schedule

DAY 1 : 4th JUNE – TUESDAY

  • 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Registration and Introduction
  • 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Orientation to the workshop
  • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Input lecture: ‘Urbanization in Himalayas’ by Prof. Pratyush Shankar
  • 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Fieldwork in Patan
  • 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Lunch break
  • 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Fieldwork in Patan
  • 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Review of day’s work
  • 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Planning and work distribution for the Day 2

DAY 2 : 5th JUNE – WEDNESDAY

  • 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Visit to UNESCO World Heritage site Patan with Dr Rohit Ranjitkar
  • 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Fieldwork in Patan
  • 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Lunch break
  • 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Fieldwork in Patan
  • 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Review of day’s work
  • 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Planning and work distribution for the Day 3

DAY 3 : 6th JUNE – THURSDAY

  • 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Introduction to Kathmandu world heritage site
  • 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Fieldwork in Kathmandu & Kirtipur
  • 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Lunch break
  • 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Fieldwork in Kathmandu & Kirtipur
  • 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Review of day’s work
  • 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Planning and work distribution for the Day 4

DAY 4 : 7th JUNE – FRIDAY

  • 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: PRE-FINAL Idea level jury
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Fieldwork at Kathmandu and Kirtipur
  • 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Lunch break
  • 1:30 PM – 6:00 PM: Field work in Kathmandu & Kirtipur
  • 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Review of day’s work

DAY 5 : 8th JUNE – SATURDAY

  • 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Input lecture: ‘Representing cities’ by Prof. Pratyush Shankar
  • 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Additional Field work
  • 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Lunch break
  • 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM:  Collating information
  • 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Final Jury with Prof. Pratyush Shankar and Dr Rohit Ranjitkar
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