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URBAN DESIGN : Field Studio with M. Arch and B. Arch students

Utpal Sharma, Janaka Wijesundara, Jagath Munasinghe, Jaydeep Bhagat, Tanushri Mokde Kamble, Chethika Abenayake, Chaminda Saman Kumara – A very engaging and collaborative Urban Design Field Studio was conducted at Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka which included students, from both PG and UG programs, under the guidance of Director, Prof. Utpal Sharma, and faculty members Prof. Jaydeep Bhagat, Prof. Deval Gandhi and Dr. Tanushri Mokde.The intent of the field studio was to make the students aware of the sensitive Urban Design issues related to the hill towns. It focused on the importance of ecology and natural features, along with building a synergy with the character of the town developed during the colonial era. The objective, therefore, was to understand the existing scenario in the town and prepare a suitable vision map for future development with respect to the carrying capacity, projected population, and envisaged character of the town.

We express our deep gratitude to the University of Moratuwa – Department of Architecture of Moratuwa (UoM) for their guidance and help, without which Nuwara Eliya Studio was not possible. We would like to express our deep gratitude to Dr. Janaka Wijesundara, Prof. Jagat Munasighe, Dr. Chethika Abenayake, and Dr. Amila Jayasinghe for their guidance in knowing Nuwara Eliya. In addition, we are also thankful to the Urban Development Authority (UDA), especially the Deputy Director, Mr. Chaminda, and his team, including Ms. Pavitra, for their encouraging guidance and helping us with data and resources. We also acknowledge and express our thanks to the UoM students who presented their study and analysis for shaping our views about town in such a short span of time.

#Urban Design
#University of Moratuwa
#Utpal Sharma