Hindustan University Hindustan University


VERTICAL STUDIO | Event Date: Friday, 12th, August 2016

The idea of bringing together students of various batches in order that they may collaborate and work in an environment with no limitations in terms of brief and academics was conceived and brought to life on the 12th of August, 2016.

The whole point was that students may understand the importance of sharing of ideas and working together with people other than the ones they are accustomed to.

This meant that students of multiple batches had to be brought together to make this happen. So we decided to gather the 2nd year and 3rd year students to participate in this.

Around 100 students were present on the day, along with their respective design faculty.

Eminent architects based in Chennai, Ar. Pramod Balakrishnan of Edifice, Adyar; Ar. Sriram Ganapathy of KSM Consultants; and Ar. Mahesh Radhakrishnan of MOAD, were invited to preside and guide us in framing the requirements and themes for the 5-day long workshop, that is set to happen on 29th Aug- 2nd Sep, 2016.

Dr. Aby Sam delivering his welcome address Ar. Vergis Oommen delivering addressing the gathering Ar. Pramod Balakrishnan delivering his address

The gathering commenced with a Welcome address by Dr. Aby Sam, Director of Hindustan Group of Institutions. He spoke about the conception of this idea of Vertical Studio and the importance thereof.

This was followed by an introduction to Vertical Studio by Ar. Vergis Oomen, who elaborated on what we intend to achieve through this program and also introduced the panel of architects present.

Ar. Sriram Ganapathy delivering his address From L-R: Ar. Sriram Ganapathy, Ar. Pramod Balakrishnan, Ar. Mahesh Radhakrishnan

Guests of honour, Ar. Pramod Balajrishnan, Ar. Sriram Ganapthy and Ar. Mahesh Radhakrishnan were introduced and invited to address the gathering.

Ar. Pramod Balakrishnan spoke about the need for students to think outside the box. He stressed on the importance of sharing of knowledge in the vertical realm, where older students are themselves able to guide their juniors. This enhances the drive of information into their system.

Informal discussion with staff post the open interaction with students

This turned out to be informal interactive session where students were welcome to ask questions and Sir was obliging enough to answer them all.Questions such as the stance of Chennai with respect to the current scenario of Globalisation; the importance of Vertical Studio in terms of academics; were some of the questions raised. The three guests took it upon themselves to interact with all the students and provide them with appropriate answers to all their questions.

Post this session, a smaller group, consisting of just the staff and guest architects, had an informal discussion on various ideas for the topic of Vertical Studio. Following are some of the ideas which will have to be further tweaked and elaborated by the Panel.

Students participating in the interactive session with the guest architects
  • Graphic puzzle: A large graphic to be split into 40 pieces and students will be required to develop on the individual pieces and assemble the graphic back in place to result in a more dynamic outcome
  • Word build- Graphic interpretation of given words
  • Abstract Floats based on respective group topics