The ISOLA Thesis Open Day, in collaboration with the INDIA INSTITUTE OF HUMAN SETTLEMENTS (IIHS), was held in Bangalore on the 20th of August 2016. It was the second such event hosted by the ISOLA Bangalore Chapter, following its lasts year’s event, to nurture and discuss on the ideas of the landscape profession through academic cases. This year the notion of the event was conceptually expanded, allowing students from both undergraduate and post graduate courses to submit their thesis cases that intersected with the landscape profession at large. A two-stage selection process witnessed a fairly inter disciplinary collaboration of projects being submitted for the event, from which a total of 14 (Fourteen) cases were selected for the event.
What precipitated was an intense discussion on contexts from varied bio-climatic regions – ranging from Gujarat to Karnataka, from Mumbai to Jharkhand – each poignantly positioning their thesis to respond and reciprocate the landscapes of their selected region. Such an eclectic mix of projects also broadly aligned themselves to certain landscape associations – NATURAL, CULTURAL and the URBAN. A similar categorization was then established to consolidate the projects into sessions – with the primary focus on creating an effective and critical dialogue on the profession and less on the individual works of participating students.
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