|Sem1||Environment Architecture Theory (CP2)||Climate & Geography (CP2)||Sustainable building design principles I (CP4)||Sustainable building materials (CP4)||1. Pollution Impact & Remedies OR
2. Waste water Management (CP4)
|Environmental Architectural Design Studio I (CP8)|
|Sem2||Thermal Comfort & Passive Design I (CP2)||Quantitative Research Methods (CP2)||Sustainable building design principles II (CP4)||Sustainable building technology (CP4)||1.Geographic Information System OR
2.Terrain Assessment and Mapping (CP4)
|Environmental Architectural Design Studio II (CP8)|
|Sem3||Thermal Comfort & Passive Design II (CP2)||Legislations for Environmental Control (CP2)||Ecological Planning (CP4)||Environmental Management (CP4)||1.Computer Aided Design & Simulation Techniques OR
2. Intelligent Buildings (CP4)
|Environmental Architectural Design Studio III (CP8)|
|Sem4||M. Arch. Dissertation I (CP 8)||M. Arch. Dissertation Stage II (CP 16)|
The Rachana Sansad’s Postgraduate department celebrated its fourth Annual Festival Athang 2014 from 7 – 8 March 2015. The festival included sports events (indoor and outdoor), cultural programs, academic activities & annual exhibition of all 3 departments – Environmental Architecture, Construction Management and Urban & Regional Planning along-with awards for sports and academics. Best teacher awards were awarded for each semester of each stream.
semester of each stream.Mr. Rishi Aggarwal, social and environmental activist & Research Fellow, ORF was the Chief Guest and Mr. Shankar Rele, Member, Governing Council, Rachana Sansad, was the Guest of Honour at the Annual function on 8th March 2015.
Clockwise from left, Cricket Team of the Environment Department, Mr. Rishi Aggarwal being felicitated by Mr. Shankar Rele, Students and faculty at Athang 2015, RSIEA faculty, Mr. Shankar Rele and Mr. Rishi Aggarwal at the exhibition
To celebrate and mark the World Sparrow Day 2014, Rachana Sansad’s Institute of Environmental Architecture organized a seminar on ‘Ecological Impact of Modern Architecture on Sparrows and Birds’ on 14 March 2014 at the Rachana Auditorium, Prabhadevi, Mumbai.
The event was organized in collaboration with the Maharashtra Nature Park Society, Nature Forever Society and the BrihanMumbai Center of the Indian Institute of Architects. It was attended by architects, students of architecture and environment, nature lovers and people from all walks of society. An exhibition of rare pictures of 26 different Sparrow Species were on display as well.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Avinash Kubal, Dy. Director, Maharashtra Nature Park Society stated: “Small Birds such as sparrows play an important role in controlling insect population as they feed their young ones with them.” Mohammad Dilawar, President, Nature Forever Society stated: “Sparrows like Tigers, are umbrella species; maintaining sizable numbers of their population means a healthy ecosystem.” He pointed out the cause of sparrow deaths through transparent or tinted glass facades which give the birds a wrong impression leading to their death from clashing on to them. The large-scale use of non-native vegetation in urban landscapes, he stated, also creates desert-like situation, on which native birds and insects do not feed.
The seminar emphasized on multi-displinary research amongst architects, engineers and conservationists to find better solutions for an inclusive urban ecosystem which fosters the growth of birds through urban biodiversity.
The Institute of Environmental Architecture following the launch of the student chapter of IGBC (Indian Green Building Council) at Rachana Sansad on 21st September 2012 organized a Student Chapter IGBC Conference at the Rachana Auditorium, on 21st September 2013. The conference was attended by students of the Academy of Architecture.
Mr. V. Suresh, Director HIRCO Project Companies, Mr. Rumi Engineer, Business Head, Green Building Consultancy Services, Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Co Ltd, Mr Gurmit Singh Arora, Vice Chair, IGBC - Mumbai Chapter and Ar. Sandeep Shikre along-with other key committee members of the IGBC Mumbai Chapter, spoke on the occasion. This was followed by a panel discussion.
Cycling through Aarey on World Environment Day 2012
On the occasion of World Environment Day 2012, Rachna Sansad's Institute of Environmental Architecture organized a cycling tour in Aarey.
Aarey colony. The garden has fruit-bearing trees which have resulted in a return of avi-fauna in the area.Aarey is home to over 126 species of butterflies, 46 species of reptiles, 13 species of amphibians, 34 species of wild flowers, 16 species of mammals, 5 species of scorpions and several species of spiders.
Nature Walk at Aarey Colony on World Earth Day 2011
On the occasion of International Earth Day, a Nature Walk was organized by Rachna Sansad's Institute of Environmental Architecture in the lush green environs of Mumbai's Aarey Colony.
The walk, which had over 150 participants, including 35 children, were taken around Aarey Colony by Dr C. S. Lattoo, renowned botanist. The walk covered various species of trees that have existed there for several years, explaining their benefits, bio-diversity, association with animals, insects, birds and their intrinsic role in the web of life.
The walkers were taken on a forest trail by researchers, ZeeshanMirza& Rajesh Sanap, who explained about the colony which is home to no less than 126 species of butterflies, 46 species of reptiles, 13 species of amphibians, 34 species of wild flowers, 16 species of mammals, five species of scorpions and several species of spiders.
The walk which was announced on Facebook page on "Save Aarey Milk Colony" (http://www.causes.com/causes/482355) having a community of more than 8000 members, attracted many professionals, parents and children join the walk. The walk began at 7.30 am on Friday, 22 April 2011 and was held for a duration of 2 hours.
Lecture by Dr. Joshua Apte on ‘Status and Measurement of Air Quality in India’, 12th December 2014
The Rachana Sansad's Institute of Environmental Architecture and the US Consulate General in Mumbai organized a special lecture on ‘Status and Measurement of Air Quality in India’ by Dr. Joshua Apte on 12th December 2014 at the Art Gallery, Rachana Sansad.
Dr. Joshua Apte is an ITRI-Rosenfeld Postdoctoral Fellow in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA, and an Assistant Professor of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas, Austin. Dr. Apte is an expert on the sources and health effects of human exposure to urban air pollution. His research focuses on methods for characterizing human exposure to air pollution; high-impact strategies for reducing the energy, climate and health consequences of urban infrastructure systems; and the environmental sustainability in low-income countries.
He has worked extensively on air quality in India. In 2009-10, Dr. Apte was a Fulbright-Nehru fellow at the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. He holds a PhD in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley, and a ScB from Brown University. The lecture will elaborate on the several field research projects to measure and characterize the sources and nature of human exposure to air pollution in India.
Special Lecture Series on Sustainability –Thinking Green – Way Forward, October 2014
Rachana Sansad's Institute of Environmental Architecture organized a special lecture series on ‘Sustainability – Thinking Green: Way Forward’ on 4th, 11th and 18th October 2014, where experts shared their philosophy and practise.The experts and their topics include:
Building Simulation using IES VE - Training Workshop for Architects & Engineers, 7 - 8 August and 29 – 30 May 2014
Rachana Sansad's Institute of Environmental Architecture in association with Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES) organized a 2-day ‘Building Simulation / Energy Modelling Training Workshop’ for Architects, Engineers and Energy & Environment enthusiasts, at Rachana Sansad on 7th & 8th August and 29th & 30th May 2014.
The training covered 3D Modelling within IES, importing from other BIM tools like Sketchup and Revit, Lighting Analysis (Artificial and Daylight), Thermal and Energy Analysis, Basics of HVAC plant & control networks for a building and Natural Vent Analysis.
Seminar on ‘Thermal Imaging for Building Diagnostics, Mumbai, 22nd February 2014
The Institute of Environmental Architecture organized seminar on ‘Thermal Imaging for Building Diagnostics at Rachana Sansad on 22nd February 2014 in collaboration with FLIR.
Topics included Building Physics, Properties Of Building Materials and Thermal Imaging Applications in Buildings. There were more than 75 registered participants for this workshop.
Two day workshop on ‘Nature and Architecture’ ENVIRO-RYLA 2 - Rotary Youth Leadership Award at Badlapur in collaboration with Rotary Club of Ulhasnagar Sapna Garden, 8 – 9 February 2014
The Institute of Environmental Architecture organizeda two day workshop on ‘Nature and Architecture’ ENVIRO-RYLA 2 Rotary Youth Leadership Award at Badlapur in collaboration with Rotary Club of Ulhasnagar Sapna Garden on 8 – 9 February 2014. Co-Hosts included RC Ulhasnagar Main, RC Vithalwadi, RC Kalyan, RC Ulhasnagar East.
The two-day session included several lectures and outdoor activities. The lectures included Green Management, Insects and Buildings, Geology & Rainwater Harvesting and Communication Tools. Students of Semester II took part in a debate on Sustainable Building Materials. The second day began with Nature Trail with Dr.Lattoo and Dr. Leon Periera followed by Yoga lessons and presentation by various speakers. Certificates were presented to all students who participated.
3-day ‘GRIHA Evaluators and Trainers Programme’ in Mumbai, 29 – 31 October 2013
Association for Development and Research on Sustainable Habitat (ADaRSH) in collaboration with Rachana Sansad's Institute of Environmental Architecture (RSIEA) organized 3-Day Full Time 'GRIHA Evaluators and Trainers Programme' in Mumbai, 29th – 31st October. The training targeted Building Professionals, Architects, Engineers, Developers and Environment Consultants for enhancing knowledge on Green Buildings and Sustainable Habitat. Faculty for the workshop was from TERI, ADaRSH and pool of GRIHA certified Evaluators. At the end of three days, an examination for GRIHA certification for Evaluators and Trainers was conducted.
Seminar on Building Materials and Technologies for Sustainable Development, 24 August 2013
The Rachana Sansad's Institute of Environmental Architecture organized a workshop at Rachana Auditorium with Mr. V. Suresh, Director HIRCO Project Companies on 24th August 2013 on Sustainable Building Materials and Technologies.
Mr. V. Suresh has been the former Chairman & Managing Director, HUDCO as well as Vice Chairman, National Building Code of India 2005.
Workshop on ‘Teaching and Research: Learning,Experimentation, Evaluation and Ethos’, Mumbai,19th April 2013
Rachana Sansad’s Institute of Environmental Architecture organized a one-day workshop on ‘Teaching and Research: Learning, Experimentation, Evaluation and Ethos’ on 19 April 2013. The workshop was conducted by Dr. R.K. Pandit, Professor and Head, MITS, Gwalior.
The workshop meant for the teaching fraternity, received positive response from teachers from a number of educational institutions both in Mumbai and beyond. A total of 32 participants includingvarious faculty of the Academy of Architecture, School of Fashion & Textile Design, Project Management Institute and Institute of Environmental Architecture as well faculty from Pillai’s College of Architecture, Lokmanya Tilak Institute of Architecture & Design, D.Y. Patil College of Architecture, Viva College and Rizvi college of
Architecture, participated in the workshop.Dr. Pandit also conducted a workshop for students of all three PG departments of Rachana Sansad, on ‘Communicative Research’ on 20 April 2013.
Design Studio Session with students and faculty of Building Physics & Services, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands, 19th – 20th May 2012
The Rachana Sansad's Institute of Environmental Architecture organized an interactive studio session with master’s students and faculty of Building Physics & Services, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands from 19th to 20th May 2013.
There were presentations by students and faculty of Eindhoven University as well as presentations of Architectural Design Studio by students of Semester II, which were reviewed and discussed by all.
Faculty and Students of Eindhoven University and Institute of Environmental Architecture
The Rachana Sansad’s Institute of Environmental Architecture conducts its annual study tour for students of Semester I of the M.Arch. Program in Environmental Architecture to Chennai and Auroville during the month of November.
The study tour includes visits to green buildings in Chennai and a 5-day workshop on Sustainable Habitats organized jointly with the Center for Scientific Research, Auroville.
Other visits include Crocodile Park, Dakshin Chitra and Mahabalipuram temples.
Study Tour to Chennai - Auroville for students of Semester I, 3rd – 7th November 2014
Study Tour to Chennai - Auroville for students of Semester I (9th – 13th November 2012)
Student testimonyBrilliant in Baroda by Ar. Sunanda Satwah, Sem II, March 2
Study Tour and workshop on Sustainable Building Technologies at Anangpur and New Delhi for students of Semester II (27th March to 1st April 2013)
The Rachana Sansad Institute of Environmental Architecture conducted a Study Trip to Anangpur and New Delhi from 27th March to 1st April 2013. This included a 3-day workshop in Anangpur, Faridabad from 29th to 31st March 2013, and a trip to three sites on 1st April 2013. The workshop was organized for Masters Students of Environmental Architecture (Semester II) in line with their subject of Sustainable Building Technologies.
Hands-On Workshop on Sustainable Building Technologies at AnangpurBuilding Center (ABC) by Ar. Anil Laul from 29 – 31 March 2013:
Visit to Sites in Gurgaon and New Delhi on 1st April 2013:On 1st April, the Institute organized a visit to Gurgaon and New Delhi to visit the following sites:
Study Tour to Ahmedabad
The Rachana Sansad’s Institute of Environmental Architecture organized a study tour for its Semester III students of Masters program in Environmental Architecture from 26 – 28 October 2012.The study tour included:
Student testimonyAhmedabad Study Tour Recollections by Ar. Meghna Gill, Sem III, December 2012