The Merit List [TML] is an initiative by Matter supported by Takshila Educational Society to recognise projects of critical relevance in the context of contemporary architecture of India.
The Jury, while debating on the project selections for the 2018-19 Merit List, inferred that although the eleven projects in the final list represent a cross-section of quality contemporary architecture, these ‘Special Mention’ projects exemplify commendable approaches towards resolution of critical concerns that contemporary architecture must address and in their wake, raise critical issues worth discussing in the larger forum. With this intent, The Merit List attempts to articulate the core issues raised by the Special Mention projects and their relevance in the discussion on practice and pedagogy of architecture in India. The clusters chronicled here are an attempt to provoke thought and discussion on the ambition of architecture practice in India.
Eloquent Ways of Dealing with Heritage
Sree Vadakunnathan Temple Conservation, DD Architects
Udajee Early Years, Dhananjay Shinde Design Studio
Imagine Studio At The Trees, Studio Lotus + GPL Design Studio
Hilltop School / Bright Horizon Academy, DesignAware
The Atelier, Biome Environmental Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya, Studio Advaita
THE SHORTLIST | 2018-19
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Projects are products of situations and flourish within their contextual parameters. To keep the evaluation of the project completely independent of typology, TML took a cue from Rem Koolhas and made scale as the only organiser of content for the Jury Process. This way, each piece of work is independently evaluated against the background of its programme.