The Annual International Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence 2018
Berkeley Prize 2018

Vaibhav Saxena

2016 Travel Fellowship Winner

Country of Origin: India
Country of Study: India
Current Country: India

Degrees: Bachelor of Architecture (2017)

Statement:

Currently, I am working as an Intern Architect at a studio based in Hyderabad, India. For the past two months, we have been working on an invited competition to design a law university campus for 3500 people in the central part of India where the climate is very harsh. The campus is envisioned as breaking away from the usual typology of a university. The aim was to foster interaction and exploration creating a continuous form.

The sense was to break away from the objectivity of influential western architecture and create open and continuous shaded spaces. Think of it as an oasis in the desert and arrive at a solution where one thinks how can community grow in a desert and how the spaces act as a catalyst to enhance the learning. This campus is all about changing the social nature of learning through spatial interaction.

A month from today (July 2017), I will begin working as a research assistant for FabLab CEPT in Ahmedabad. My research will try to develop a concrete 3D printer as cheap as possible. Many might think of it as drifting away from architecture, but I feel the way we build is very important alongside the way we think about spaces. A cheap and affordable concrete 3d printer could help people to participate in this process rather than remaining alienated to this beautiful technology.


A mosque, community and a learning space flooding with light and ventilation: Bait-ur rauf mosque


Farming Kindergarten : A looped green roof on the roof top to act as a natural space to socialise


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