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CSPA Newsletter

Volume‐1 | Number‐1
JANUARY 2017 Monthly Newsletter of Chitkara School of Planning and Architecture, Chitkara University, Punjab

LECTURE introduced the characteristics

and present-day relevance of
Experiences: The Talk as an Alumni of CSPA
the vernacular architecture of
11 January 2017 at Pulitzer Hall (Chitkara University)
Kerala, inspiring the budding
It i s a l w ay s wonder f u l a nd architects to experiment with
nosta lg ic to welcome back and integrate the time-tested
our Alumni in Campus. traditions in their contemporary
Ja iveer Bawa , a n A lu m n i of work as well. He also showcased
Chit ka ra School of Pla nning several important projects by
and Architecture (Batch 2009) Laurie Baker, an acknowledged Ar. S K Midha (on the right) felicitating
Dr. Manoj K Kini (on the left)
v i site d h i s A l m a M ater w it h master architect of the 20th
utmost pride and passion. He century. His work in low-cost and climate responsiveness in a large
made a presentation and had an Ar. Jaiveer Bawa delivering a special lecture
variety of buildings is an inspiration for today’s generation. Dr. Kini
inspiring interactivesession with also discussed the concepts of his own work, largely an experiment
the students of present Sixth towards attaining low-cost and climate-friendly characteristics which
Semester. was very inspiring and had many lessons to be learnt and followed
A f ter complet i ng h is by the students.
Bachelor’s in Architecture from
CSPA, Jaiveer did his Masters in WORKSHOP
‘Green Architecture’ and, then
also in ‘Project Management’
Urban Observatory- A Govt. of India Initiative
Faculty members and Students
from Algonquin College,
17-18 January 2017 at Hotel Mountview, Chandigarh
Ottawa, Canada. In his Chit ka ra Universit y Punjab a nd its School of Pla nning a nd
presentat ion, Ja iveer sha red Architecture figured as an important contributor to the Government
experiences of his days in CSPA of India initiative of setting up of an “Urban Observatory”.
and his graduate studies. He The aim of the proposed Urban Observatory is to facilitate
a l s o d i splaye d m a ny of t he monitoring of urban dynamics in the Chandigarh-Tricity Region
works executed by him during through a network of stakeholders who would be responsible for
his Master’s Programme as well producing, analysing and disseminating data needed to support
as Professional Internship in Students interacting during the lecture decision-making and formulation of evidence-based policies for
Canada. He stressed upon the over a l l u rba n development .
importance of hard work at the Bachelor’s level and motivated them The setting up of the “Urban
by discussing the opportunities possible after their undergraduate Obser vator y” is an essent ia l
studies. par t of Indian Government’s
“Smart City Mission”.
The PAN-India initiative
was launched in Chandigarh by
Possibilities of Alternative Buildings in Kerala the National Institute of Urban
Panel session

12 January 2017 at Pulitzer Hall (Chitkara University) Affairs (NIUA) and, the UK-India
Chitkara School of Planning and Joint Network on Sustainable
Architecture recently organised Cities, at a Workshop held at
a n aud iov isua l present at ion the Hotel Mountview on 17-18
by a n em i nent ac adem ic ia n January 2017. Two of the major
Dr Manoj K Kini, Faculty and players in this Network are the
Program Incharge of the M. Arch University of Nottingham and
Programme in UrbanDesign at the University of Nottingham- Conference at Hotel Mountview, Chandigarh
the Department of Architecture, Dr. Manoj K Kini delivering a special lecture Trent, both of which already
CET, Trivandrum. The talk titled are partnering with Chitkara
“Pos sibi l it ie s of A lter nat ive University on other areas.
Buildings - An Exploration in The Workshop included
the context of Kerala” especially a Keynote address by Dr. Madhu
targeted the students of VIII Chitkara, Vice Chancellor.
Semester, who are shortly to She spoke on “The Vision
go out for their 8-month long for Chandigarh Observatory as a
Professional Internship. Dr. Kini Audience, faculties and Students Centre for Academic Excellence”, Keynote address by Dr. Madhu Chitkara
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and emphasised the need for COMPETITION
Universities to establish more
mea ningful links w it h t he
Poster Making for National Girl Child Day
24 January 2017 at CSPA
industry and set up Incubation
Centres to support and facilitate National girl child day is
st a r t-up s by t he you ng , celebrated on 24th January
innovative minds. every year as a development
In the presentation mission by the Government
titled “The Growing City and its Meeting with Professor Kiran Joshi of India. We as an academic
Urban Heritage – the Case of institution are pursuing our
Chandigarh”, Professor Kiran Joshi, Dean, Chitkara School of Planning responsibility to contribute to Student explaining her ideas

and Architecture, highlighted the peculiar case of Chandigarh’s this noble cause by involvement
historic zones and ways in which these could be integrated in the of faculty and students alike.
city’s future development plans. The NSS team of Chitkara School
Five more faculty members from Chitkara School of Planning of Planning & Architecture
and Architecture – namely Professor Antony Boity, Associate organized a poster making
Professor Preeti Pahwa and Assistant Professors Deepmala competition to raise awareness
Singh, Dilip Kushwaha and Damanpreet Chugh organised and led and instil a sense of compassion
Teachers discusing the student's work
round-tables on issues of “Water Management in Smart City among the students for valuing
Chandigarh” and “Energy Management of the Built Environment in the ‘GIRL CHILD’. Under the
Chandigarh”. guidance of Ms. Swati Sharma
(Asstt. Prof. CSPA), 25 students
from the second semester took
part in this event. Ms. Neelam,
Punjab Energy Conservation Building Codes NSS Programme Coordinator and
23 January 2017 at IKG- PTU Campus, Mohali Ms. Swati Sharma judged the Group Photograph with Students
Prof. Niyat i Jig ya su, Prof. I JS Ba k sh i,
Eight faculty members from Chitkara School of Planning and entries and awarded prizes to Ms. Neelam, Ms. Swati Sharma and
Architecture participated in one-day Capacity Building Workshop on the deserving students. Ar. Gurpreet Singh (Last row, left to right)

Punjab Energy Conservation Building Codes (PECBC) organized by

IIA Chd-Pb Chapter and NITTTR in support of PEDA, BEE and UNDP. LECTURE
PECBC became mandatory since June 2016 as notified by CSPA Samvaad : Intra Faculty Lecture Series
the Government of Punjab in the official Gazette under clause (a) of 25 January 2017 at CSPA
Section 15 of the Energy Conservation Act 2001 (52 of 2001). They
The colloquium organized by Chitkara School of Planning and
pertain to all buildings/ building complexes that are not primarily for
Architecture is a biweekly session held for the faculty by the faculty. The
industrial i.e. manufacturing use.
speaker of this month was Assistant Professor Ravnish Kaur. The title of
Punjab Government is planning to empanel 120 architects as
this session was “Ecological Landscape Planning of Siwalik Hill Region;
PECBC experts in the next year, and hence the training workshop
Through a Case Study of Morni Hill Tract, District Panchkula, Haryana”.
targets faculty from Schools of Architecture in Punjab and some
The Siwalik Hills is one of the most fragile and vulnerable
Practicing architects. The students of architecture must learn about
ecosystems in the Himalayas where soil erosion and land degradation
energy efficient buildings and their legal compliance at school level to
issues are fundamental. Morni hills in the Siwalik range are composed
develop a full understanding of the Energy Efficiency Codes.
of a fragile mix of clay, rocks and boulders and experience heavy erosion
The master Trainer for the workshop, Ar. Abdullah Nissar
during the monsoons. Landslides are common, especially where the
Siddiqui, is Project manager at United Nations Development
natural stability of hill slopes has been disturbed by cutting roads and
Programme (UNDP) and Faculty of Architecture and Ekistics at Jamia
paths into the hill, rendering the structure unstable. Therefore, the
Millia Islamia Central University.
protection and conservation of
The workshop was
this landscape is justified.
attended by Associate Professor
Ecolog ica l la ndscape
P reet i Pa hwa a nd A s si st a nt
planning aims at optimizing the
Professors Tanya Chawla, Tarun
use of land, water, vegetation,
Gupta, Aarti Khokhar, Shruti
man, animal and environment
Behera, Surbhi Modi, Bikramjit
C.S.P.A. faculty at IKG-PTU campus to prevent soil erosion, moderate
Mridha and Mandeep Kaur.
floods, improve water availability,
increase food, fuel, fodder, fiber Ravnish Kaur at the center, discussing her
project with faculties.
a nd t i mber product ion on a
sustained basis.

Editorial Team:
Harveen Bhandari, Professor
Takashi Ono, Professor
Workshop Session Presentation on ECBC Surbhi Modi, Asstt. Professor

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