Prem, i would combat the inertia etc., if i knew what claim the CoA has on
Architecture. and AICTE only looks after technical education (with emphasis
on design oriented teaching).

another option would be to start a battary of research laboratories, with
senior researchers, research fellows and 'interns', and make a series of
recognition and affiliations arrangements with established institutions. so
one has research programmes instead of syllabus. TIFR and others in india
have taken this route (in the pure sciences). and one synthesizes the design
studio and lecture classes -- this is a long-standing, anachronistic
division, no? other anachronisms have also come into place because of the
present administrative structure; people have long appended
"inter-disciplinary studies", because that was the only obvious way to look
at non-design aspects of architecture. i just saw a couple of theory
courses, and a (proposed) amalgmated Architecture + Product Design school,
so the boundaries between Architecture and Industrial design have also
blurred. i can of course navigate through their blindnesses and inertia, but
the way the administrative structures interfere with architecture teaching
must also be looked at. people think it is important to teach Art
Appriciation (and even Architecture Appriciation) to architecture students,
that is, look at the two from the outside.

so it is at two levels: one, the competence of the people (mainly teachers
and other 'peers') occupying positions in existing academies; and another,
the over-all frameworks by which these academies are brought into existence.

thanks for the manifesto, one question: why integrate the school into an
overall discourse?


----- Original Message -----
From: "Prem Chandavarkar" <[email protected]>
To: "Concerned about habitat and the professions."
<[email protected]>
Sent: Friday, November 28, 2003 12:31 PM
Subject: RE: [in-enaction] website: Council of Architecture

If one wants to start a formal college that awards degrees in

architecture -

then one is forced to engage with COA, AICTE and various other such


One should be prepared to deal with combating the inertia involved.

One alternative would be to start an informal institution that only runs
short workshops.