Designing a place for performance locates us at the intersection of all that the pandemic has had a severely adverse impact on. The necessity for integrating theater & performance spaces with communities is amalgamated in this studio with the present day need for an inherently eclectic & sustainable adaptive reuse design approach.
Through the interface of the built environment, against the backdrop of the pandemic, the studio unit negotiates the individual and the community’s aspirations for congregation and narratives.
The studio processes will seek to address the following three questions: • How has the pandemic impacted us? • What now are the connotations of individual & solitude, community & congregation and embodiment & narratives? • How can spatial design – ranging from furniture, to spaces, to the built environment – mediate and mitigate the impact of pandemics?
This studio unit will focus on the adaptive reuse of a hypothetical site for theater, performance & performing arts to inquire into the prospects and restrictions brought about by the pandemic on the individual & community and theater & spatial design.
METHOD & MEDIUMS
In response to their unique abstract sites, students will choose their own project type from the three categories of the street, the pavilion, the courtyard, and a mobile unit, or a combination of these, to develop the program and spatial design for a place for performance.
Students will learn to develop a program in consultation with performing artists/ entrepreneurs, translate it into a spatial organization and integrate spatial design with its natural & built environments.
To explore and affect processual diversity, collage, writing, conversations, visual concept maps, reflective blogs and theater will be widely used in the design method, in addition to visual & spatial representation.
The studio unit is comprised of the three modules, each dedicated o the understanding and development of Context, Program & Design sequentially.
MODULE-1; 4 WEEKS:CONTEXT Understanding Context Introduction to the larger cultural and historical context through Dr. Rustom Bharucha’s 9 episode speech act Delineating and Studying the Site Identifying the interstices for intervention between an indifferent domino and ornate historical edifices
MODULE-2; 4 WEEKS: PROGRAM Case Study Analyses Historical & Contemporary and Global & Local examples of Places of Performance Program Development Consultations with practicing performing artists and entrepreneurs
MODULE-3; 8 WEEKS: DESIGN Beginning Conceptual Schematic & Volumetric Explorations Identity Primary Theme & Elements Articulation Design Development & Detailing
Supplemented by inputs from guest tutors, external resources and/ or workshops, the modules are comprised of briefs which set out tasks with clear instructions, parameters, schedule, deliverables and assessment criteria. There will be a peer review and a unit (tutor) review every alternate week, and each will be as important as the other.
Theatrical workshops will explore embodied narratives and relationship to spaces. The Studio ends in the 16th week with presentations & reflective conversations with guest reviewers.