UNESCO Chair on ESD and Sustainable Human Habitat
The UNESCO Chair completed four years of activities in 2017. Activities during the year included the Summer Winter School: Learning from Pols of Ahmedabad. A winter school programme was conducted in coordination with the Kingston School of Art, London, CEE and Mahila Housing Trust, Ahmedabad, during December 4-9, 2017. A group of 17 students and two faculties from Kingston School of Art, along with CEE and MHT representatives, conducted a local studio in the Dhal ni Pol area of Ahmedabad. The students conducted studies of the house typologies, public spaces and interactions of people that formed the cultural and social core of these living spaces. They further worked on a three-month studio at the Kingston School of Art; subsequently, their work has been compiled as a book which was shared with the community.
Streets for People – an Elective Course at CEPT University
The course developed as a part of the SUMNet initiative and the UNESCO Chair was offered during January 2 – March 27, 2018. Twenty eight students from Architecture, Planning, Urban Design, Technology and Urban Habitat areas of the CEPT University took the course, which involved interactive sessions, expert lectures, and projects situated in the urban fabric of Ahmedabad city. The final presentations of the projects included suggestions for solutions and designs for two mobility corridors – a flyover near Ellis Bridge and the Ellis Bridge itself.
Courses Offered at Development Management Institute, Patna
CEE entered into an MoU with the Development Management Institute, Patna in 2016 to teach two courses of 40 hours each to students of the final year students of the Post Graduate Diploma in Development Management course. During 2017-18, one more course module on Urban Environment was added. The condensed modules conducted over a week included lecture-presentations, field visits, interactive discussions, assignments and projects. The courses were well received by the students and the institute.
CEE designed and conducted the course on ‘Waste Management and Towards Circular Economy’ for the final year students during February 5-9, 2018. The credit course facilitates students in learning about the management aspects of waste in urban centres and introduces them to the concept of circular economy in resource management. The course is a blend of classroom teaching, activities and discussions. It also exposes students to experiential and place based learning through field visits, interactions with practicing NGOs, Municipal Corporation and others.
The course module integrated circular economy concepts and urban and rural resilience for waste management. The course methodology consisted of classroom lectures, case studies, assignments, film and documentary screening, along with field visits to demonstrate the waste collection and management system prevalent in Patna. During the field visits, students interacted with all the stakeholders of the waste management chain which helped them gain useful insights. The student evaluation was carried out based on individual assignments, projects, group work, interaction in the classroom and end-term examination. Reema Banerjee (Waste Management initiatives) and Amar Karan (CEE Urban) conducted the course.
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