Four-day workshop on Bamboo Design possibilities in Architecture and Design concluded at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra.This workshop was organized by Department of Architecture & Landscape Design, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra in collaboration with National Institute of Design (NID)-Ahmedabad. Prof. Pravinsinh Solanki (Coordinator-centre of Bamboo Initiatives at NID Ahmedabad) was invited as the resource person for the workshop. Through the workshop, Prof. Solanki gave a detailed insight into the use of Bamboo in Design in addition to laying impetus on use of such sustainable materials in present design era.
Workshop was organized through intelligent inputs from Prof. Solanki over the span of 04 days and most of the contents of the workshop were targeted upon 2-way teaching and learning. Prof. Solanki also showcased his students work at NID along with his own works carried out in India and abroad using Bamboo. Day 03 presentation from Prof. Solanki was focused upon the ‘Contemporary Designs Using Bamboo’, and highlighted various interior products like wardrobe hangers using bamboo. The creativity and elegance of bamboo designs of Prof. Solanki were the eye-opener and resulted in unprecedented learnings and huge appreciations from one and all present in the sessions.
The workshop was primarily focused on the training of students of Architecture-SMVDU with the art of using Bamboo. Pertinent to mention that this 4-day workshop was the first module of the 2-module workshop as such various designs were developed by the students under the guidance of Prof. Solanki and Departmental faculty for possible fabrication during the module-2 (hands on training of using Bamboo) of the workshop scheduled in December. The various possibilities and limitations of bamboo understood and attempted during this module shall be developed over next 10weeks by students under constant interaction and guidance of Prof. Solanki before its fabrication in the SMVDU campus during module-2.
In the concluding remarks, Prof. Solanki emphasized the importance of such workshops and collaboration of reputed institutes of learning for wider learning required in today’s competitive world. Owing to his vast International experience of Design, he further suggested various niche areas of collaborative learning at National and International platforms.
Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor of the University and Head of the Department expressed interest for larger collaboration between the two institutes and thanked Prof. Solanki for conducting this innovative workshop. Ar. Anoop Sharma, Ar. Navin Gupta and Ar. Abhimanyu Sharma, other members of the organizing team and about 100 participating students of Architecture department also expressed their sense of gratitude towards Prof. Solanki and assured for more frequent initiatives for such collaborations in coming days.