Often what you learn in real life is more valuable than what you study within four walls of a school. That’s what a group of final-year students of Da Vinci School of Design and Architecture in Karapakkam on the Old Mahabalipuram Road in Chennai showed recently when they started exploring the city, as part of an urban study project.
The team surveyed and studied the architecture and layouts of various houses in George Town locality of the city. A heritage walk to create awareness about historically-significant buildings in the locality was also a part of the study program.
George Town area has many old buildings like Gokhale Hall (YMIA Building) and Binny Building with rich history. The locality is also known for temples such as Kachaleshwar temple, Mallikeshwarar temple, Krishna temple and Chennakesava temple are around 400 to 700 years old.
The objective of this unique ‘study tour’ was aimed at letting students know that urban planning is not just about sheets and plans, but also about public interaction. Also by conducting such a survey awareness among the people of their surroundings will be created which can lead to better preservation of buildings and heritage spaces. The college plans to have more such events in the future.
Established in 2012, Da Vinci School of Design and Architecture is approved by Council of Architecture, New Delhi. Affiliated to Anna University, Chennai and Government of Tamilnadu, the college presently has Under Graduate Architecture Program with future plans for post Graduate programs and doctoral research programs.