Workshop : Portuguese Colonial Urbanism


The workshop is an intense five days of field work and hands on conceptualization that will be conducted in Goa. The French, Dutch, Portuguese and British established colonial cities in Indian subcontinent. This period lasted for hundreds of years and was marked by specific ideas of urban development that reflected different colonial intents.

In this workshop participants will try and understand how the settlements of Goa were shaped during the period of Portuguese rule and how it reflected the particular ideological position and intentions of the colonizer.

Using urban morphology and civic architecture as the vehicles of analysis, the participants will learn to establish the correlation between larger colonial ideologies and urban spatial structures.

Venue : The venue for the workshop will be Panaji, Goa.

Tentative Schedule :

Day #1 : Introduction, Orientation and Field Study
Day #2 : Expert Input Lecture and Field Study
Day #3 : Field Study and Workshop at Studio (Presenting the Narratives)
Day #4 : Expert Input Lecture, Colation and Presenting Key Arguments.
Day #5 : Final Juries with Experts.


There are a limited number of seats for Architecture students from 2nd year onward and young graduates. Participation fee is INR 7000/- (This does not include food and accommodation)


To register for the workshop, click here.
You can also check the outcomes of previous workshop to get an idea of the activities we do in our workshop programs.

Workshop : Public Open Spaces in Kathmandu Valley
Kathmandu Workshop Diary
Kathmandu Workshop Outcome

Workshop : Writing Urban Histories
Urban History Workshop Diary
Urban History Workshop Outcome


Workshop will be conducted from 14th to 18th December, 2019 in Goa.

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The workshop will be lead 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. He has recently built his own studio in Baroda. You can see his work at

Architect and Urban Designer, Ruturaj Parikh will be the special expert of our workshop. He has worked on and led architectural projects, urban design schemes, social & public projects and content initiatives with the Charles Correa Foundation [Director], IA&B Magazine [Asst. Editor], I.N.T.A.C.H [Consultant], DUSTUDIO in Auroville, Rathin Ghoghari Architects. He is presently the editor of Matter. He is passionate about the process of building construction and believes in the power of creative temperament in shaping the work of the studio.

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