Occasional showers of rain, prolonged stretches of scorching sun and a bowl of chaos-delay soup thrown in, Zonasa 2010 was no cake-walk for the organizers .Having come up trumps in the past few editions of this much anticipated annual convention, the Archi folks at IIT Kharagpur were now eager to win over the Zone 4 colleges with their charismatic hospitality and enthusiasm as hosts.
Following ‘Archkriti’, the 2004 chapter of Zonasa (incidentally an acronym for “Zonal NASA” coined by Prof. Jaydip Barman, Department of ARP, IIT KGP), KGP was playing host to this Socio-cultural-Architecture fest after 6 years. With a good amount of learning to do, preparations to put together this show kick-started in the summer itself. From conceptualizing the fest theme to arranging for sponsorship, from event designing to working out the logistics, from designing the arena to choreographing for the cultural night, the entire department toiled together as a team, living up to the well-knit-family tag that it has earned over time.
In keeping with sustainable practices in contemporary architecture, a minimalistic, unorthodox arena using exposed bamboo and jute ropes was erected. All the hoardings and banners printed for the fest will now be used to shelter stalls in the slums adjoining the campus. Contending for the coveted trophy this year, participation comprised a total of 11 architectural colleges from the Eastern Zone. IIT KGP not only piloted a whole new range of events but also played host to the largest number of participants ever with the inclusion of 2 new colleges to the Eastern zone.
While Integral University Lucknow migrated from the northern zone to the eastern zone, it was an entirely new experience for MET Moradabad, represented by a contingent comprising of only first and second year students. In another first, the regional rounds of all India architectural Quiz – “Archumen” and its civil engineering counterpart – “Bending Moment”, organized by Ethos India were conducted in parallel with Zonasa.
The occasion was graced by the presence of eminent KGP alumni who have established themselves in the who’s who directory of the architectural world. 1959 batch graduates – Ar. I M Asthana, credited with the articulate design of the IIT KGP Central Library Building and Ar. Gopal Mitra, Chairman, Builcon Construction Pvt. Lmt presided over the inaugural ceremony.
On his first visit to KGP since graduation in 2003, Ar. Vikas Lachhwani, hit by a bout of overwhelming nostalgia, delivered a seminar on Objective Creativity & Structured Innovation, seeding profound ideas in the minds of young listeners. Conducting a seminar and workshop on photography, Ar. Prof. Maniyarasan R, Faculty Associate, Design and Photography, NID Ahmedabad was a major hit with the students. A panel discussion on Architectural Conservation: ‘Future of Past – Built Heritage of Kolkata’, ‘Does your City make you happy?’ A seminar by Ar. Anuradha Puri Rathore, a seminar on Contemporary architecture in housing in India by Ar. Nithya Srinivasan and another on BIM Software by Autodesk were the other highlights of the event.