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August 2016

2nd August 2016 – Public Lecture by Prof James Wescoat, MIT, USA


Water is a prime necessity and sine qua non for every civilization.

Recently, Many cities in Maharashtra have face droughts and water issues .

Whilst there is a traditional wisdom existing in our backyard we seldom have a look at it or try to understand it in detail. While several unique water conservation practices have been around in India for centuries, they are fast making a comeback given the country’s growing population, urban density, erratic monsoons and prevalent deforestation practices. Rainwater harvesting, Johad, drip irrigation, and repairing leaky faucets, have proven to be simple yet effective practices to preserve this precious resource.

This lecture is an opportunity to understand traditional practices and water conserving designs in Indian context and USA.

About the speaker –

Prof James Wescoat, Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Co-director, AD/Urbanism Group and Acting Director, Aga Khan Program

His research has concentrated on water systems in South Asia and the US from the site to river basin scales. For the greater part of his career, Professor Wescoat has focused on small-scale historical waterworks of Mughal gardens and cities in India and Pakistan.

he taught courses on “Landscape Experience, Inquiry and Design,” the “Theory and Practice of Landscape Architecture,” and design studios on urban ecological design in Chicago. Together with colleagues and students at the University of Illinois he contributed to a cultural landscape heritage conservation project at the Champaner-Pavagadh World Heritage Site in Gujarat, India, for the Baroda Heritage Trust.

At the larger scale, Professor Wescoat has conducted water policy research in the Colorado, Indus, Ganges, and Great Lakes basins, including the history of multilateral water agreements. He led a USEPA-funded study of potential climate impacts in the Indus River Basin in Pakistan with the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA). More recently, he led an NSF-funded project on “Water and Poverty in Colorado.” He is currently conducting comparative research on international water problems.

In 2003, he published Water for Life: Water Management and Environmental Policy with geographer Gilbert F. White (Cambridge University Press); and in 2007 he co-editedPolitical Economies of Landscape Change: Places of Integrative Power (Springer Publishing) for LAF Landscape Futures Initiative.

Venue – 2nd AUgust ,2016   Time : 5 – 7.00 pm

MES Balshikshan Auditorium

Karve road



August 2016

1st August 2016 Shridhar Athavale Memorial Lecture Series 2016 – Dr.Anupa Manewa

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Department of Building Technology,BNCA has initiated an annual lecture series. It is a tribute to the great visionary,Ar. Shridhar Athavale, to recognize his contribution in Architectural Education in Pune since he is the pioneer of Architecture Education in Pune.

 It is gives us an immense pleasure to announce the third lecture of  “Shridhar Athavale Memorial Lecture Series”at BNCA.

 You are cordially invited to attend this lecture cum presentation on “Adaptable buildings for sustainable built environment will be given as a part of the  lecture series titled as Shridhar Athavale memorial lecture series by Dr.Anupa Manewa, whois a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Built Environment at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. She is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor of the Institute of Quantity Surveyors Sri Lanka and Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors. Anupa obtained her bachelor’s degree in Quantity Surveying and an MPhil in Construction Management from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka and a PhD from Loughborough University, UK. She has published over 40 research papers in the areas of adaptable buildings, lifecycle costing, building information modelling and sustainable construction. Currently supervises PhDs in Building Information Modelling in facilities management. She teaches in Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes. She is a fellow member of Higher Education Academy, UK and a reviewer for many international refereed journals and scientific committees. She follows Cricket closely and also supports Liverpool Football club.

It will be a great honor for us if you grace the occasion with your presence. 

Date: 01/08/2016

Time :  5pm to 7 pm.

 Venue: IMCC Auditorium,Mayur colony ,Kothrud.

Kindly grace the occasion by your presence. Thank you.

July 2016

22-31st July 2016 Architectural Association, London – AA Visiting School – BioMorph 2016, Pune – Workshop and Public Lecture 



The focus of the 10 day workshop is to teach world class techniques and methods in developing a material system inspired by precedents found in nature. The basis of this is to develop a broader local knowledge base on materials using biology as the inspiration. This year AAVS Biomorph will focus on bamboo as a lightweight structural component. Bamboo is well known and widely used material in Indian context and us well known for being strong, lightweight and incredibly affordable. The precedents from nature will guide the new building techniques as well as inspire geometrical solutions. The students will be taught new digital tools while working on the art of assembling and shaping materials


In addition to all this, a Public Lecture and Master Class by Dr. Branko Kolarevic, University of Calgary, are also scheduled in the current edition of AA BioMorph Visiting School Pune in collaboration with Dr. B. N. College of Architecture Pune.
The topic of his Public Lecture is :
By Branko Kolarevic, University of Calgary
This lecture surveys essential concepts and significant past and current projects that deal with interactive, responsive environments, i.e. buildings that can change their configuration, appearance, and environmental conditions in response to patterns of occupation and context (and in return can shape those too). The principal argument is that change in architecture is far from being adequately addressed or explored theoretically, experimentally, or phenomenologically.


AAVS BioMorph Workshop 2016 is conducted by our directors: Nicolas Cabargas Mori, Marco Corazza and Tejas Sidal who graduated from Emergent Technologies and Design (EmTech) at the Architectural Association (AA) and in collaboration with Swapnil Sanjay Gawande, Deva Prasad and Dhanashree Sardeshpande architects and faculty members for the M. Arch (Digital Architecture) course at Dr. B. N College of Architecture, Savitribai Phule University of Pune, India.

AAVS BioMorph 2016 would be conducted in collaboration with Architectural Association (AA), School of Architecture, London and Dr. B. N. College of Architecture (BNCA) in city of Pune, India.



July 2016

A.P. Kanvinde Lecture Series 2016 – Dr Johannes Widodo 

The ‘Kanvinde Memorial lecture series’ is a platform to create Design awareness and Excellence and is an attempt to pay humble respect to the legend whose excellence in design has set newer milestones in Indian architecture .The platform’s objective being to create awareness about contemporary design practices by hosting prominent designers from across the country to lecture at the BNCA Pune.

This event every year is organised by Dr. Bhanuben Nanavati College of Architecture for Women in Pune.
The target audience are members of academic fraternity – students from all colleges in Pune as well as faculty and professionals . The Lecture Series schedule stretches for an hour and a half wherein faculties speaking about their design philosophy and works.

The series started in 2010 with the inaugural lecture by B.V Doshi and release of the book on A.P.Kanvinde’s works.

This year i.e. in 11th July 2016 we have invited Dr. Johannes Widodo to conduct a workshop and as a speaker for A.P. Kanvinde :ecture series at BNCA

Venue: M.E.S Auditorium, Balshikshan School, Kothrud, Pune

Time: 5:00 pm (to be seated by 4:45 pm)

For donation passes (Rs. 100/- each)

Contact Prof. Mahesh Bangad 9975709665

“Healing the City: Towards a Liveable and Emphatic City”

Dr Johannes Widodo is an Associate Professor, the Director of the Tun Tan Cheng Lock Centre for Asian Architectural and Urban Heritage in Melaka (Malaysia), and Executive Editor of JSEAA (Journal of Southeast Asian Architecture) of the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore. His research areas include Architecture History, Typology & Morphology, and Heritage Management.

He is the founder of mAAN (modern Asian Architecture Network) and iNTA (International Network of Tropical Architecture). He has been serving as a jury member for UNESCO Asia Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation, member of ICOMOS International Scientific Committee and Shared Heritage Committee, founding member and director of ICOMOS National Committee of Singapore, and associate member of the Asian Academy for Heritage Management. He is also a founding member and director of DoCoMoMo Macau. He serves as advisory board member of the Preservation of Sites and Monuments, National Heritage Board of Singapore.

He received his first professional degree in Architecture from Parahyangan Catholic University (Bandung, Indonesia, 1984), Master of Architectural Engineering degree from KatholiekeUniversiteit Leuven (Belgium, 1988), and PhD in Architecture from the University of Tokyo (Japan, 1996).




June 2016

Architect Laura P. Spinadel International Workshop.

MKSSS’s Dr.B. N. College of Architecture for Women, Pune under its United Nations Academic Impact Initiative is hosting an International workshop, a public lecture and an exhibition with celebrated Masterplanner Laura P. Spinadel from BUSarchitektur,Vienna.
• This five days intensive workshop titled ‘HOLISTIC VILLAGES’ is planned from 14 June to 18 June 2016 at BNCA campus.The workshop will be guided by Laura P. Spinadel and her team of 3 professional associates from Vienna along with a specialized team of BNCA professors. This unique opportunity will help the students to gain a different perspective towards shaping and planning holistic societies.This international collaboration will encourage the young minds to achieve change of paradigms which require holistic education.The students will be working on live site enabled by Nyati Group to develop a master-plan for the same with the concept of holistic villages.
• A public lecture by Dr. Laura Spinade titled ‘PLAYING FROM INSIDE’ is scheduled on the 20th June from 5PM till 7.30PM at the Chandrashekhar Auditorium IUCAA, SPPU Campus, Pune.
• The last leg of the event will be marked by the Public Exhibition of Laura P. Spinadel’s work at India House Art Gallery, Sopan Baug, Balewadi.The work produced in the workshop will also be exhibited along with Laura’s work from 20th to 30th June from 10AM till 8.00PM on each day.

The program is supported by Austrian Cultural forum,New Delhi, Weinerberger India, Bangalore and Nyati Group, Pune.

Program organisers

Prof Asmita Joshi
Program Director, UNAI.

Dr Anurag Kashyap
Principal, BNCA.

For more information, registrations and queries:
Contact : Prof. Mahesh Bangad – 09975709665

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