Updated: June 4, 2015 1:36:51 am
CEPT University will flag off the country’s first ever archives dedicated to preserving India’s history of architecture, planning and design by showcasing the documentation tradition being followed at CEPT for more than five decades. The ‘CEPT Archives for built environment, design and culture in India’ located at Ahmedabad Education Society (AES) in the city will be formally launched through an exhibition titled ‘Documentation Tradition at CEPT’ between from August 1 and August 16, 2015.
While the event will be launched by luminaries like Padma Bhushan architectural historian and author-Madhusudan Amilal Dhaky along with Pradeep Mehendiratta and Vandana Sinha from American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS), New Delhi, it will also witness the digital portal of the Archives being flagged off. The exhibition will feature around 80 curated panels that will showcase the gist from a total of 149 projects and 5,214 drawings from the Faculty of Architecture and Design at CEPT.
“To give a panoramic overview of the studies conducted across India, the exhibition is conceptualised by understanding various regions, typologies, scale and various other aspects of making a built form, which affect our everyday lives. The topics, regions and typologies are being selected, outlined and conducted by the (CEPT) faculty members; these studies until recently were (earlier) known as the Related Study Program or RSP and now are part of the summer/winter school,” said Ishita U Shah, Architectural & Design historian at CEPT Archives.
Documented studies at CEPT have been generated as a part of an annual collaborative coursework between students of the same and mixed batches. Along with reproductions and digital data, selected original archives in the form of drawings, models and reports will also be on display. The formation of archives was part of CEPT’s 50-year celebrations in 2012 and was then put into place by December 2013.
Envisaged as a place to connect for studies and research under the domain of architecture, planning and design, it currently has about 6,000 drawings, 1,700 photographic material, 280 art works, 330 reports, 1,476 film slides, 750 exhibition panels, 25 models, 10 oral histories and 2 terabytes of material in its repository.
“We are in conversation with various independent architects and architectural practices across India as well as local government organisations to archive their significant collections. Some of the envisaged exhibitions at the Archives will be built on the collections acquired over the next couple of months. Archives’ digital portal will also be launched on this event and we will simultaneously continue to record more oral histories of various other eminent professionals, as we keep building our different collections,” he added.
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