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Sushant School of Art and Architecture organized an event on 'Unlock with Alumni' on the 23rd November 2021. The school invited Alumni from the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th-year batches. The first and second-year students of the BArch Programme participated in the event. It was a great, opportunity for the students to interact with the Alumni. Each Alumni shared their own experiences in the field of Art and Architecture, how important it is to remain focused to achieve success in life and how the School of Art and Architecture has helped them to grow. They also emphasized how important each day is during the early phases of education and one should have never given up attitude to achieve success in life.

The students enthusiastically participated in the event and tried to clear out the confusion which they had in their minds related to the program.

Alumni invited to the meet were:

1. Mr. Rohit Garg who is from a family of Architects and their company has done the maximum number of housing projects in the country.

2. Mr. Gaurav Dhawan, who has worked with the DLF Retail team, with RSP and KGD in the leadership positions and many more, and is currently VP with a large Architectural practice called VYOM.

3. Mr. Ashish Agarwal is the VP of the SAA Alumni Association and has been working on actively placing graduates in various reputed firms.

4. Ms. Arundhati Singh Khanna is an Architect, registered in New Zealand, Australia, and India. She has worked with CZWG Architects LLP in London, UK, and with Cook Sargission and Pirie Architects LLP in Auckland, New Zealand.

5. Prof Amrita Madan, is an educator and researcher as well as a practicing architect - also an alumna from SSAA (1997), having a Master’s in Landscape Planning (2001) and an M.Phil. (Urban Theories) (2002), from France. She has a keen interest in the pedagogy centered around cross-over between fields of creative thinking in the making of space, experientiality, and narrative-based design methodologies.

The Winogradsky Mud Column Experiment

22 October 2021

Venue – Wind Tunnel, E Block, SAA, SU

Host Institute

Institute: School of Art and Architecture (SAA), Sushant University

Conclave Chair: Prof Dr. Vibhuti Sachdev

Conclave Directors: Prof Amrita Madan | Himanshu Sanghani

Theme Convenors: Srijani Hazra (Origin) | Sobia Ahsan (Transfer) | Aruna Bhardwaj (Motor)

Knowledge Partner

Institute: Hub of Biotechnology in the Built Environment (HBBE), Newcastle University, UK

Team: Prof Ruth Morrow, Dr. Ben Bridgens, Dr. Angela Sherry, and Armand Agraviador (Instructional graphics developed by Armand Agraviador)

Student Initiative Incharge

Angora Khatri

Secretary, Student Council, 2021-2022

Editor-in-Chief of Mud-In (Student Magazine for iPad 2021-2022: Mud Futures)

3rd Year, B.Arch, SAA, SU

anjorakhatri.barch19@sushantuniversity.edu.in | +91 9818135273

Nikita Pandey

Editor-in-Chief of Mud-In (Student Magazine for iPAC 2021-2022: Mud Futures)

4th Year, B.Arch, SAA, SU

nikita.barch18@sushantuniversity.edu.in | +91 7488766121

About the Launch

As part of iPAC 2021-2022, Mud Futures, School of Art and Architecture, Sushant University in collaboration with Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment (HBEE), Newcastle University, successfully launched the global experiment on ‘Winogradsky Mud Column’ on 22nd October 2021.

As an SAA Students’ initiative, participating students and faculty flocked to the wind tunnel. Students and faculty from across the globe, specifically from South Asia participated in the launch and with great enthusiasm associated with mud around them. Our knowledge partners joined us virtually and participated with great enthusiasm.

The experiment aims to take a low-tech approach to biological experimentation, engaging with science from a design, cultural and aesthetic perspective. Over the next few months, the experiment will demonstrate ‘life in the mud’! As much as we describe the Winogradsky Experiment in its physical sense, it is important to understand the intent behind such a venture. The experiment is not just about putting mud into a bottle and observing the changes over time. It is to understand that mud is beyond materials such as concrete - that mud has life! So we start exploring mud as a material and its future in our lives, not just at our architectural level but in other fields and walks of life as well.

Mud was collected from various parts of India. Our very own Sushant mud as well as mud from Chandigarh, Manipal, Kerala, Rishikesh, Gwalior, Assam, to name a few. Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi mud will help provide a better picture of the subcontinent. It is through this exploration that we intend to find a way to leverage ‘mud’ as the alternative to concrete and other energy-consuming materials, taking sustainable and ecological thinking to the next level. We invite all to join in and be a part of the global

On 22nd October, 2021, it was a sunny and eventful day in School of Art and Architecture, Sushant University, Gurgaon, where the Foundation Day was celebrated and the Winogradksy Mud Column experiment was kicked off. Amongst the students and the faculty of the college, came together to celebrate the birthday of the founding Dean of Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Professor M. M. Rana.

The event was kicked off by lighting the lamp along with the Deans and Vice Chancellor of the University followed by a cake cutting session in celebration of the late professor’s birthday. The students together curated an event along with the student led cultural societies in a manner of celebration with performances by the Dance, Drama and Music societies of Sushant. The Photography Society set up a photo booth for all the people who arrived for the event during their breaks. The Publications and Research Society projected their curated collections of the Professor Rana along with a photo montage of his works. The event was brought to a successful end via a student dance programme which was open to all students, where memories were made for all those who attended. On 22nd October 2021, it was a sunny and eventful day in the School of Art and Architecture, Sushant University, Gurgaon, where Foundation Day was celebrated, and the Winogradksy Mud Column experiment was kicked off. Amongst the students and the faculty of the college, came together to celebrate the birthday of the founding Dean of Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Professor M. M. Rana. The event was kicked off by lighting the lamp along with the Deans and Vice-Chancellor of the University followed by a cake cutting session in celebration of the late professor’s birthday. The students together curated an event along with the student-led cultural societies in a manner of celebration with performances by the Dance, Drama, and Music societies of Sushant. The Photography Society set up a photo booth for all the people who arrived for the event during their breaks. The Publications and Research Society projected their curated collections of Professor Rana along with a photo montage of his works. The event was brought to a successful end via a student dance program, which was open to all students, where memories were made for all those who attended. -By Students Council 2021-22

Gurugram, October 8, 2021: The role of smart and sustainable urbanisation in improving people’s quality of life was discussed by Indian and European experts and officials with students of the School of Art and Architecture, Sushant University, Gurugram, as part of an outreach activity, ‘EU Day’, organised by the EU Delegation here on 08 October. The event brought together relevant stakeholders to discuss ‘Sustainable Urbanisation – Resilience and Climate Action in Cities.’

The discussions of the event highlighted the EU-India partnership including policy dialogues, smart and sustainable urbanisation, collaborative initiatives between different stakeholders, and the role of innovation. The EU-India Partnership for Smart and Sustainable Urbanisation promotes investments in sustainable urbanization, climate action and disaster risk reduction. It also deals with very practical challenges such as effective solid waste management, developing effective water supply & sewage system and innovation in housing.

With sustainability as a backdrop, the event also emphasised architecture’s role in making cities resilient. Cities can play a key role in mitigating and adapting to climate change crisis with the urban local bodies leading this action.

The EU Day was organized as part of EU Climate Diplomacy Weeks initiative, which is being held until end of October, with the EU Delegation and embassies of EU Member States hosting events and initiatives to foster dialogue and cooperation on climate change, showcase success stories and inspire further action.

The virtual event included a keynote address by Mr. Seppo Nurmi, Chargé d'Affaires a.i., Delegation of the European Union to India. This was followed by two moderated panel discussions which focused on urban and sustainable cities, climate adaption and blue-green development. The panel included expert practitioners and academics, who shared their research and findings on the changing climate and urban cities.

To achieve the global objectives in fighting climate change and biodiversity loss an active partnership between the EU and India is essential. The EU’s partnership with India on Smart and Sustainable Urbanization is important in this regard. Elaborating on the role that the cities can play in arresting climate crisis, Mr. Nurmi, said, “Cities are responsible for 70 percent of global CO2 emissions with transport, buildings, energy, and waste management accounting for the urban greenhouse gas emissions. Given the existential nature of the climate crisis facing us, it is all the more critical to work together to transition to a sustainable, carbon-neutral, inclusive cities.” “We are working with India towards a climate-resilient cities under the EU funded Project - Global Covenant of Mayors . 22 cities in India are already on board for this project,” he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr D.N.S. Kumar, Vice Chancellor, Sushant University, said, “Educational institutions can make their youth conscious of the challenges and opportunities of the current global issues. This will enhance their role in decision-making towards building a sustainable nation.  Towards this goal, Sushant University is proud to partner with the EU under its EU Public Diplomacy Project to create awareness about global challenges, their education initiatives, and EU India strategic partnership.”

Dr Vibhuti Sachdev, Dean, School of Art and Architecture, Sushant University, said, “In order to address pressing issues of climate change and urbanization, it is time for the youth of the world to join hands and lead the way. The EU and India can play a major role in facilitating this by providing a platform for the meaningful exchange of knowledge and resources.”

Some of the other speakers of the event included, Ms Kamilla Kristensen Rai, Counsellor, EU Delegation to India; Ms Ditte Boel Bunk, Project Manager, Municipality of Aarhus, Denmark; Mr Vishal Shah, Founder Partner, Aangan Architects & Urban Initiatives, Surat, amongst others. The CDA/ Deputy Head of Mission of the European Union to India, EU Commission, subject matter experts at the EU Delegation, also addressed the gathering.

The audience comprised of students, academics, researchers, beneficiaries of EU higher education initiatives, Erasmus+ alumni, amongst others, who were made aware of EU’s structure, and policies affecting global challenges, EU-India’s strategic partnership, their policy dialogues, sectoral cooperation, and EU’s higher education initiatives.

The event concluded with a photo essay competition conducted by School of Art and Architecture of Sushant University. The winners are Tavleen Kaur, Dilmeet Singh, and Ishaan Budhiraja, M Arch students at the School of Art and Architecture. The theme of the photo essay was resilience of urban cityscapes and infrastructure. The competition aims to foster skills of adaptability and resilience seeking inspiration from built forms, environment, and people.

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Announcing Mud Futures 2021-2022

Mud Futures 2021-2022 is a global year-long multi-host multi-location conclave on the futures of mud in architecture conceptualised and conducted by the School of Art and Architecture, Sushant University. The conclave is an opportunity for a global platform for ideas, thoughts, research and architectural projects centred around mud. Here, mud is considered as a material, as an approach, as a vehicle for sustainability, and as the source of an ideological imperative for the future of the built environment. We welcome our global partners, our co-hosts and our brilliant faculty, alumni and students to come together to deliberate once a month for the next 9 months on the futures of our profession through the lens of MUD.

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Mud-SAA

Sushant School of Art & Architecture in association with Trezi – is organising a novel 15-hour digital workshop on Immersive Technology and its application in the design industry for its students and alumni exclusively. It will introduce participants to Trezi, a platform that connects architects, designers, building product manufacturers and brand managers to effectively showcase their products. Trezi facilitates real-time interactions with clients for an impressive product discovery.

To reserve your seats, register on -- https://bit.ly/3jbWxMu

Registration ends on 31st July 2020.

Workshop Dates: 1st, 8th & 15th August 2020

Duration: 15 hours total

Seats: 40

TREZI-X-SSAA.pdf

Proposition is a faculty seminar for ongoing research in Architecture, Design and Planning. It is put forth in a 20 minute presentation by a faculty of Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Sushant School of Design or Sushant School of Planning and Development to faculty and research scholars. The ideas presented are discussed and debated freely by the audience. Proposition is envisioned as a space for free flow of ideas from multiple perspectives.

Title of Proposition: Working with Biases in Research: Perspectives of an Early Research Scholar

Date: 14 July 2020, Tuesday

Time: 9 am

Name of Speaker: Mrunali Balki

Speaker Profile: Mrunali Balki teaches as Assistant Professor at SSAA where she is also enrolled for her PhD on the built environment in India. She holds a bachelor's degree from Nagpur University, a master's in Urban Design from Mumbai University, and has more than eight years of work experience.

Register at:

https://forms.gle/rRD7NmjH4E839S3G6

Join in on:

https://meet.google.com/onz-wymo-hkw

or tune into Youtube Live Streaming: https://youtu.be/xpAlUtHiI-g

For queries and clarifications, please contact team as below:

Radha Dayal: 9811997407 | radhadayal@ansaluniversity.edu.in

Sobia Ahsan: 8743081576 | sobiaahsan@ansaluniversity.edu.in

COLLISION 2020

Sushant School of Art and Architecture and SSAA FacTOR, its unique Faculty Training Orientation and Research Programme announce COLLISION 2020 - a platform for disagreements (on various issues related to the disciplines of Architecture, Planning, and Design) where we exercise our right to express, fight, combat, question, oppose, challenge and resist preset notions, dogmas, and even linear thought processes.

COLLISION 2020 addresses the ever-present academic debate in architecture about our responsibility towards the industry, and whether our graduates are ready to take on positions of responsibility in practices and in projects in the real world. In two online sessions, we question: WHAT IF DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION WERE THE SAME?

Argument #1:

What: Does design serve construction or vice versa?

Who: A face-off between Prof Sanjay Prakash and Dr Hocine Bougdah

When: 11.00am – 1.00pm, 22 June 2020

Where: Google meet link - https://meet.google.com/qpw-aqgg-jqd

Argument #2:

What: Constructing Buildings or Making Architecture: Where is the debate on the production of Architecture?

Who: A face-off between Suhasini Ayer and Amin Nayyar

When: 2.30 – 4.30pm, 22 June 2020

Where: Google meet link - https://meet.google.com/oow-ovnb-pkg

 

Join through Google Meet or tune into Sushant University website for Youtube Live Streaming @

https://sushantuniversity.edu.in//sushant-school-of-art-and-architecture/about-school/ssaafactor

 

COLLISION 2020: Does design serve construction or vice verse? - Link to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJP9cY_L6tc&feature=youtu.be

COLLISION 2020: Constructing Buildings or Making Architecture: Where is the debate in Architecture? - Link to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovYD_K_I2fk&feature=youtu.be

 

 

Sushant School of Art and Architecture, SSAA FacTOR Faculty Training Orientation and Research Programme and Sushant School Alumni Association announce Alumni Practices - a day in which we bring a lot of our globe-trotting alumni back to the drawing board. 

 
Within the ongoing SSAA FacTOR programme: A Home is not a House | To Be is to Build - An online FDP on Building Construction 22-27.06.2020, we ask  - Have we been getting it right? We pick up tracks that our Alumni have taken up in their practices - From material understandings to construction technology to projects in the field (as graduates or as employers of graduates). We also look at how alumni bodies can feed back into the curricula more actively.
The day looks like this: 
 
*SSAA FacTOR - To be is to Build *
25.06.2020 / Day 4: Alumni Practices

Day 4 Line up:
Session 1 (9.30-11.00) 
Know your Material by Purva Chawla, Founder Material Driven, Dallas
Session 2 (11.00-1.00) What is a successful practice looking for? by Prof Charanjit S Shah and Gurpreet S Shah, Creative Group
 
Session 3 (2.30-4.30) -  Experience Vs Essential Knowledge - Moderator Ashish Agarwal | Panelists Gaurav Varmani/ Geetika Sethi/ Arti Mathur/ Jasmine Singh/ Abhishek Bij/ Himanshu Pandita/ Akshay Goyal/ Divyansh Shrivastav/ Manoj Deshpande
Join in through Google Meet or tune into Sushant University website for Youtube Live Streaming @ https://ansaluniversity.edu.in/sushant-school-of-art-and-architecture/about-school/ssaafactor 
 
For any queries: Contact on 9811299738 | arunabhardwaj@ansaluniversity.edu.in or 9810045191 | amritamadan@ansaluniversity.edu.in.

 

Webinar on Decoding the Haveli

SSAA Heritage Watch 2020

Lost Typologies: Havelis and Chaupals

Gurgaon Living Lab

M Arch. BH, Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Sushant University is organising a webinar titled 'Decoding the Haveli' on May 9, 2020, Saturday, 5 pm onwards, as a part of our initiative to focus on lost typologies.

The webinar will focus on different aspects, challenges and questions associated with the traditional introverted courtyard typologies of various regions in India, as discussed by a diverse group of experts as well as faculty and students of M Arch. BH, SSAA.

To register and receive the webinar link, please fill the Google form available on the link below:

https://forms.gle/jtQy7yFQtZxemwuE8

It is a pleasure to announce that Saman Jain (Thesis Students from 2018-19 Batch) has won the 1st Prize in MindRain Thesis Award. An early achievement soon after the end of the semester.

The project was titled ‘Conservation in the Contemporary City: Black Taj’, and questioned the stereotypical ASI norms that govern ‘historic’ sites. The proposal was re-built over the land of Black Taj with the intent to reclaim its land for better use in the 21st century, while appreciating its ‘heritage’.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for academic collaboration was signed between Institute of Indian Interiors Designer (IIID) and SSAA, Sushant University, on 8th February 2019 by Mr Pratap Jadhav (IIID President) and Col. Rajive Chauhan (Registrar, Sushant University) in the presence of Honorable Vice Chancellor Prof. (Dr.) Raj Singh, Prof. Vibhuti Sachdev (Dean SSAA), Prof. Jeyanthi Nadesalingam (Programme Head, M.Arch Interior Architecture), Prof. Amrita Madan, Associate Professor Pooja Lalit Kumar (Faculty,M.Arch SSAA) Radhika Vishwanathan (Chairperson IIID DRC), MB Ravi Kumar, Swanzal Kak Kapoor, Rishu Anand (members of Managing Committee, IIID Delhi Regional Chapter).

As part of the terms of the collaboration IIID DRC will organise programmes inviting Guest speakers from allied subjects of Design for informal interactions about professional practice and their personal growth experiences, workshops, seminars etc. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship.

Sunder Nursery, New Delhi

Student Visit
Aim and Objective – To expose students to planting variety and landscape restoration of a heritage garden/ nursery. The varied scales of the designed spaces and the responsiveness via landscape and planting design were to be understood and imbibed – from Master planning of the historic nursery to the detailed use of plant specimens and materials for the smallest of intimate spaces. Landscape design and planting for a bonsai gardens, eco-trails, lakes, amphitheatres and the Mughal gardens were on display, to learn different design responses to varied functions in the landscape.

AIT Chowk Development

AIT Chowk has been an important junction and is now on the Metro Map since the rapid Metro Line became functional. It is a landmark of the New improved city of Gurugram, and therefore more than ever before, needs to be developed and maintained as a significant node of the city. We have an opportunity to develop it as a visual marker as well as a visual and psychological respite from the busy vehicular spine and intersection.

A few important considerations that are dictating our design intent – low water consuming plus low maintenance planting, that will allow us to make it a responsible and a sustainable solution. We can in addition add a sculptural element to the design either by topiary or an art installation.

The attached samples of work by the SSAA M. Arch (Landscape Architecture) students are showcasing the planting design options. The best proposal will be selected for execution and maintenance.

  • Right of way – 80 m
  • Area of circle – 5026.55 sq m = 1.25 acres
  • In addition, there are islands and medians that will need planting.
  • Approx –
  • 10 Trees
  • 25 % shrubs – 1256.5 sq m
  • 75 % ground cover – 3769.5 sq m
  • that includes with 10% seasonals – 502.65 sq m
  • Students and Faculty
  • M.Arch (LA)
  • SSAA
  • Sushant University, Gurgaon

Launch of 100 Day Challenge to Save the Bawdi

18 January 2018
Day 1 of the 100 day challenge to save the Bawdi was marked by a visit to the Bawdi to get apprised of its condition. The squatter settlement next to the Bawdi had been shifted and loads of earth had been dumped along and into the Bawdi for road construction. The circular well of the Bawdi had been completely filled in and the remaining parts were in process of being filled up. As the SSAA team reached the site, the trucks and diggers left the site. Outreach through social media and reaching out to our networks resulted in putting a stop to the road work and assurance from the HUDA Administrator that no further harm will come to the Bawdi. The next few days were marked by newspaper coverage on the issue in a number of newspapers such as Times of India, Indian Express, Jagran and Dainik Bhaskar. SSAA will celebrate 18 January as its Heritage Watch Day every year!

Vanishing Stepwells of India: Talk by Victoria Lautman

6 February 2018
Victoria Lautman is a Chicago-based broadcast journalist, writer, interviewer and lecturer with over 25 years of experience in on all forms of art and culture, including architecture, design, and literature.

On Day 20 of the ‘100 day Challenge to Save the Bawdi’, we invited by author of the book ‘The Vanishing Step Wells of India’, Ms. Victoria Lautman for an on campus talk. Ms. Lautman gave a presentation on the state of stepwells in India, as revealed during her investigation of stepwells in multiple states of India. She discussed the various types of stepwells that she came across and the relationship that the communities around share with these water structures. Ms. Lautman urged the audience to bring focus on these unique and neglected water structures and value these as a part of our heritage instead of letting them disappear. The last stepwell in her book is the Badshahpur Bawdi, as one of the late examples of the typology. Her talk was followed by a presentation on the challenges faced by the Badshahpur Bawdi. Ms. Lautman pledged her support towards the campaign and encouraged the initiative to save the Bawdi.

Sushant School of Art and Architecture (SSAA), Sushant University collaborated with ICOMOS India North Zone Young Professional Members (YPM) to mark the World heritage day at Badshapur Bawdi, Gurgaon on 18 April 2018.

M Arch Built Heritage students of SSAA introduced the architectural form, significance and issues faced by the Badshahpur Bawdi through a presentation to the audience. This was followed by the launch of ‘tippy tippy tap’ game for the Bawdi, conceptualised and designed by SSAA. The entire team of SSAA, Young Professional Members (YPM) of North Zone ICOMOS India and students from School of Architecture and planning (SPA), New Delhi supported the young participants from local schools in the paper folding exercise led by Dr. Vibhuti Sachdev, Dean SSAA. She took the participants through the various processes of engaging with the Bawdi that were embedded in the design of the tippy tippy tap game, during the paper folding.

YPM of ICOMOS and students of SPA performed a skit on water systems of Ahamadnagar, Maharasthra that was very well received by all. Next came community interactions and a participatory game with the children of the community, aimed at exploring the past and future of the Bawdi. An exhibition was put up at the venue that included projects based on the Bawdi undertaken by two elective modules of final year B Arch at SSAA. Masters elective students too worked on the Bawdi project, proposing solutions through humanistic planning that were exhibited as apart of the exhibition, along with work done on water structures by YPM of North Zone ICOMOS India.

Concluding the event, ICOMOS India feliciated Seth Mohan Lal Mangla Government Girls’ Primary School for providing the venue for the event and SSAA for immense contribution in field of heritage by initiating a ‘100 Day Challenge to Save the Badshahpur Bawdi’ and consistent efforts towards the same.

Dec. 6-7, 2017 Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Sushant University, Gurgaon

Sushant School of Art and Architecture (SSAA), Sushant University hosted and organised a two-day workshop on ’History and Conservation: Voices from Small and Medium Towns of India’ on Dec. 6-7, 2017. The two-day workshop was a part of the collaboration between SSAA, CEPT University, Ahmedabad and NSC for Historic Towns and Villages, ICOMOS India. The workshop served as a platform for sharing insights from various regions in the specific context of small and medium towns of India.

On day one, the faculty and students of SSAA shared their work on Rakhigarhi; Sadar Bazaar, Gurgaon; Baoli at Badshahpur, Gurgaon and built heritage of small and medium towns of the District Gurgaon. This was followed by a site visit to Shiv Kund, Sohna through which the participants were introduced to the layered realities of a religious heritage site maintained and managed by the local community. Aspects of religion, history and politics were realised by the participants through the visit to the sacred hot sulphur spring that has been proven to have medicinal properties.

Dr Jigna Desai and Dr Gauri Bharat from CEPT University presented the outcome of a study of the status of HRIDAY cities and main takeaways from the two day symposium ‘History and Conservation, as if people matter’ held in August at CEPT University, as a part of the collaboration. The idea notes submitted and presented by practitioners and academics on day two represented issues and opportunities with respect to history and conservation in small and medium towns from various geographical regions of the country. The 65 participants included masters students from various architecture schools in the country, academics, conservation architects, historians, planners and developers, creating a valuable discourse on the uniqueness of these towns, the approach of the local community and the challenges that the heritage faces.

The event included an exhibition of the institutional initiatives of the School, faculty projects, faculty research and student work related to history, heritage and conservation.

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