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MEASI Academy of Architecture

U.G. Level Architectural Thesis 2016-17

Deepesh Jain
Project Proposal- Topic I


Project: Rajasthan Crafts Museum

The project is hypothetical. The location is Jaipur. I have chosen Jaipur
because Rajasthan being the biggest market for crafts and handloom items
in India , has very few museums dedicated to the rich cultural heritage of
handmade crafts and Jaipur being the capital city of the state with very good
connectivity network is the perfect site choice for tourists and travelling
customers. Around 1.5 lakhs international tourists visit the city annually. The
state is renowned for three types of crafts- Durbar crafts, Temple crafts and
Village Craft which is again subdivided into Handmade Jewellery, Carpets and
Durries , Pottery, Quilts, Mojris/jutis, Paintings, textiles and marble crafts
depending on the user and the place. The project requirements areAdministration unit, Display spaces for above listed activities, Library,
Exhibition space, Amphitheatre, Market place, Workshops for potters, artists,
and craftsmen.
Further requirements shall be added after the case study. After that I will also
identify a suitable site.
These are the books that I plan to read related to my thesis topic:
1.Arts & Crafts Architecture by Peter Davey.

(Anna Centenary Library)

2.Charles Correa by Kenneth Frampton.

(MEASI Library)

(Specific to National Crafts Museum, Delhi)

3.The Museum Establishment & Contemporary Art by Rebecca J. DeRoo
(Anna Library)
And these will be my live case studies:

1. National crafts museum, New DelhiArchitect Charles Correa has designed the National Handicrafts and
Handloom Museum in Pragati Maidan Complex , New Delhi in which he
has emphasized on horizontality and spatial relation and experience
between the built and unbuilt with a careful use of local materials. This
study shall provide an insight on open-closed spaces which can be
emphasized for rich spatial experience.
2. Shilpgram, UdaipurWith an objective of increasing awareness and knowledge about the
rural arts and crafts, the Shilpgram provides opportunity to rural and
urban artists to come together and interact through the process of
camps and workshops. This case study can help me in understanding
the workplace of an artisan.
3. Sowing Seeds, JodhpurSowing Seeds (Beej Bonna) is an interactive artists village residency
where a residency is held every year in the month of December for a
period of approximately 14 days. This interactive residency sowed the
seeds of a highly creative conjunction among the rural and the
contemporary artists.
The above 2 case studies are public buildings and accessible. Sowing seeds
start on third week of December till January first week. I shall try attending
all the above three case studies.
I propose to do a special study on the spatial relation between the built and
the unbuilt, emphasize on the horizontality and use of courtyards and open
spaces. For this I shall be reading:
1. A Place In The Shade - New Landscape & Other essays by Charles
Correa (MEASI Library)
2. Sun,
(Anna Library)
I have also contacted the following people and requested them to guide me
at various stages of my design development:

Ar. Aishani Nath of M/S Cadence Architects

(General Architectural detailing and design process)

(She has

2. Ar. Ashish Chouhan of M/S Ochre Architects

(Ochre has designed an institutional building)
3. Mr. Arun RajElectrical Consultant
4. Mr. S.V Arun
Structural Engineer

(He has

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