Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

2009-2010 Tall & Green: The Remaking of Mumbai – Final Review and Exhibition

Friday April 30th, 2010, marked the completion of an intense semester of work for the students and tutors involved in the CTBUH-IIT ‘Tall & Green: The Remaking of Mumbai’ advanced architectural studio, through the final reviews held in Crown Hall, at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

Several members of the international tall building community came from as far as New York and Mumbai to critique the designs and celebrate the student’s achievements, including Mahender Vasandani (M Square Urban), Antony Wood (CTBUH / IIT Chicago), Sagree Sharma (Arup New York), Matthew Herman (Buro Happold), Rebecca Ulaszek (SOM), Chris Rockey (IIT / Rockey Structures), Alphonso Peluso (IIT / Vertex Architecture) and Jan Klerks (CTBUH Chicago). Throughout the day, the students presented their final schemes to two groups of reviewers, who offered their feedback on many aspects of their final designs, including planning, structure, materiality, systems integration, sustainability, technical details, and overall presentation skills.

The students' hard work was evident in their presentations, many of which showed a depth of information and understanding of their project and its impact on the site, the city, and the residents of Mumbai.  The reviewers were greatly impressed by the individual projects and the difficult issues they attempt to solve.

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After the individual presentations were finished, the reviewers discussed their overall impressions of the studio and what the students had accomplished.  They offered their congratulations to the students on a semester well spent, and their advice on how to improve future design projects.  A majority of reviewers agreed that their favorite project was the Narashray Tower, which address homelessness in Mumbai through cottage industry and agriculture.  The projects were exhibited a week later at the annual IIT College of Architecture Open House, a showcase of the year's best student work.