The Nineteenth Annual Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence 2017
Berkeley Prize 2017

Vidhi Wadhawan and Sakshi Khare Bio

I was born in Jodhpur, a desert in western India to a family of military surgeons and have spent most of my childhood living in a place for not more than 3 years.The constant travel to towns big and small gave me exposure to the local architecture and social conditions of people in different states.My nomadic lifestyle as a child embedded in me the fascination with travelling and studying different societies and their lifestyles. Subsequently, communities and the buildings that represent them which was this year's essay question drew me to write about the Gas tragedy victims in Bhopal,where I am currently doing my second year of undergraduate course.Berkeley Essay Prize competition gave me the opportunity of visiting neighbourhoods forced into economic backwardness by the disaster,talk to the affected parties, and understand how each building catered to their constant struggle of moving on with their lives post the leak and the loss of their dear ones.

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