Origami, the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, which started off th in the 17 century has come a long way now. If you thought that Origami is all about making paper cranes, then think again. Today it has evolved into a modern art form. First year students of SCSA attended an Origami Workshop, “ACCANNA”, organized by the Cheran School of Architecture, Karur on September, 13th, 14th and 15th. They were accompanied by Dean, Mr.Ramesh Pallikara.

As part of the workshop students researched possibilities of borrowing techniques from Origami to create scaled architectural forms. The workshop was conducted by renowned architect, Ankon Mitra, a Landscape Director at Hexagramm Design Private Limited, New Delhi. Students were able to get an insight into the various irregular, dynamic and emergent complexities of architectural forms, by observing the master architect at close quarters.

The focus during the workshop on three Origami techniques – tessellation, corrugation and repetition. Using these three techniques, students came out without standing design solutions, which was a result of trying out various permutations and combinations. The end result were some amazing complex architectural geometries.

The workshop triggered the inquisitive curiosity of the young lot. Another highlight of the workshop was the lively interaction that the students had with Ankon Mitra. Students got to learn about how to use abstract thinking in order to come out with designs that are not run of the mill.