The book FIELD TRIP 2015/2015. INDIA about the field trip of students and tutors of BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design programme to India saw the light. The book is a trilogy consisting of photos and travel notes made by the participants.
The students accompanied by programme leaders Joseph Van der Steen and James O’Brien visited large Indian cities of Mumbai, Ahmadabad and Delhi. India is a vast country that presents itself to an observer (in this case, designers and architects) in all the plethora of its landscapes, climates and architectural forms that ultimately invoke various responses among the viewers.
The students visited a great number of places, from the sprawling odorous streets of Mumbai to the Arid landscapes and bustling bazaars of Ahmadabad and finally the cooler reaches of Delhi with its planned colonial past. The vibrant impressions were carefully preserved by the participants of the field trip in their photos, sketches, notes, videos and recordings.
The collected materials were systematized and made the basis of the book published shortly after the trip. Each part of the trilogy is dedicated to one of the cities and captures this indigenous atmosphere that surrounded the travelers throughout their journey.
Mumbai in its insomnia provided the students with a glimpse of a city with various cultures, a poly-centric, hot, sticky conurbation. By contrast Ahmadabad appeared as an arid, dry, and largely vegetarian state with rich history reflected in its crafts and built heritage. The Old Delhi provided much of the same richness and chaos of Mumbai, while the New Delhi, planned and built by Edwin Lutyens in the early 20th century welcomed students as a stark contrast with its grand boulevards and diplomatic enclaves.
You can read about the adventures of the participants of the India field trip by downloading all three parts of the book (click the links below).