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Study for The Rural Design A.Y. 2016

"True Education is converned not only with practical goals but also with values. Our aims assure of us of our materia life. Our values make possible our spiritual life."

Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe

Our proficient students from the 6th batch of RAC (2015-2020), chose ‘Tharangambadi’ also known as ‘Tranquebar’ a small town at Nagapattinam, as a study for The Rural Design in Semester 04in the academic year 2016. The study was taken up since there was a strong influence of the Dutch at TRANQUEBAR.

The rural study was conducted on site for 10 days where the students explored the town and collected historical data that dated back to early 1300’s when the rule of Chola dynasty was at its peak. They sketched, explored, surveyed and also conversed with the fishermen and the elderly, dwelling in the settlement along the coast.

The fishermen colony and the Dutch colony was separated by a river running through the settlements. The houses were destroyed and vanquished by the disastrous tsunami in 2006.

PWD, later constructed houses for the fishermen. These houses were studied in detail in terms of building materials, advantages and disadvantages in terms of planning. The proposals given by our students in their design was for the betterment of the life style and improvement of settlement dwellers.

Vernacular houses, old churches, temples and mosques were studied and documented manually which exhibited their creativity in documentation and presentation skills.