AR. ACHYUT P. CONVINDE Born 1916 Died 28-12-2002 Country of Origin IndiaBorn in the small village of Achara on the Konkan strip south ofBombay .Young Kanvindes first calling was that of a painter which led him toenroll in a small art school in Bombay due to the reason that his fatherwas a portrait and landscape painter.Kanvinde entered the Sir J.J. School of Art in 1935 at that timeClaude Batley, was head of the Department of Architecture.
In 1947, Kanvinde received his Master of Architecture degree atHarvard School of Design, USA, headed by Walter Gropius.After completing his thesis on Research laboratories from USAhe became the chief architect of the Council of Scientific andIndustrial Research (CSIR) in 1948.In 1955, he established his own practice in Delhi along withShaukat Rai, a Civil Engineer and colleague from Harvard, thatresulted in a unique and exemplary partnership Kanvinde and Rai.Morad Chowdhury joined the firm in 1970 with the firm acquiringits present name - Kanvinde Rai and Chowdhury.1974-1975 he was vice-chairman of IIA (Indian institute ofarchitecture) and authored the book “Campus Design in India”.
His inspirations…….Batleys respect for Indias traditional architecture, hisresponsiveness to functional needs, and his sensitive approach todesign had a lasting effect on Kanvindes mind.The most lasting impression on Kanvindes mind was Gropiussinsistence on using space as a tool for expressing human values KANVINDE WITH GROPIUS, HARVARD, 1946
His tHougHts ………..“Our architectural expression is in a most confused state as there is neither clear thinking nor definite ideology. Some of our so- called leading architects are decorating their cement concrete buildings with plaster copies of .stone trimmings of temple andmosque architecture in the name of tradition and nationalism. Onthe other hand, there are also numerous examples where modern buildings of Northern European countries are being blindly copied, which is equally reprehensible.” “The architects who are confronted with problems peculiar to modern functional design have to, at the same time, create anarchitectural expression that would reflect the present-day culture of India.”
His acHievements…..Recipient of Padmashri- National Honour from Govt. of India1975Recipient of Gold Medal of the Indian Institute of Architects 1985National Award of Institution of Engineers for ArchitecturalEngineering 1990Great Master National Award by J.K. IndustriesLtd.1993Outstanding Konkan Award 2003 .
maJor proJects….Ahmadabad Textile Industrys Research Association 1953Darpana Dance Academy, Ahmedabad1963House of Harivallabhdas, Ahmadabad 1964IIT kanpur, 1960-65Residence of AP..Kanvinde 1967Campus Building for National Dairy DevelopmentBoard, Anand, 1970Milk Processing plant for the National DairyBoard, Mehsana, India, 1970-73Mahatma phule Agricultural University, Rahuri, 1978Nehru Science Centre, Mumbai, 1980Sher-a-Kashmir Instt.of Medical Sciences, Srinagar, 1987Legislative Assembly and High Court, Srinagar 1989National Science Centre, New Delhi, 1991Metro Dairy, Kolkata, 1996Temple and Vedic Institute for ISKCON, Delhi, 1998Banas II Dairy, Palanpur, 2000
FunctionTHIS COMPLEX houses; a variety of activities and exhibitsintended by the CSIR (Council of Scientific and IndustrialResearch) to popularize science and technologychiefly, a Childrens Museum with, demonstration hall andfacilities for educationextension activities, a Museum of the history of science, a Hallof Industry, and an outdoor science park . This complex has Discovery of India expositions, ArtGallery, Auditorium and Exhibition Halls.
ConceptNeed artificial lighting for effective presentation of exhibits, the ideaof forced ventilation emerged.At the same time the idea of creating spaces of a certain qualitywhich helps receptivity of mind.Apart from spatial organization, the main design problem was toestablish circulation of movement.The topography of the decisively sloping site.A series of multidirectional units was created with large column forfree spaces.
form and functionIt is in the cylindrical form.The service zone is located at thelowest level, accessible to vehicles.The main entry is 18-20m wide & like a tunnel shaped. somewhere the dome is provided for showing the entry. The sunshade in a n elliptical manner.
Circulation has been defined so that visitors return to the entrylevel and can proceed to the cafeteria and other social facilities atground level.Ventilation to all areas is ensured by a blower system.The structural system is in waffle slaband the structural columns at 12m centershouse the ventilation shafts.
Darpana Academy Of Performing Arts, Indian Dance Academy Darpana Academy of Performing Arts in Gujarat was founded by Mrinalini and Vikram Sarabhai in 1949. Darpana Academy of Performing Arts today is a massive workshop for the arts: where traditional beliefs meet technology to break the boundaries between art and life.function: The Academy`s vision is a contemporary amalgamation of affirming the role of creativity in culture, researching into the basic origins of life and reaching out to the unsaid or unthought-of of themes in a language that is universal. Darpana Academy of Performing Arts today is a promising centre for artists dedicated to excellence, innovation and the excitement of using the variant art styles for a change.
Darpana Academy of Performing Arts is one of the most strongly founded Indian dance academies with more than 25,000 graduates, nearly 11000 performances, audiences in 90 countries and pulsating arts environment. The entire activities of Darpana Academy of Performing Arts are managed by a strong staff group.
Entry:Enter through the north entrance to main lobby. Turn east to north-south corridor to access dance studios and restrooms.Floor plan: Automatic Doors Accessible Entry Accessible Womens Accessible Mens