An immensely informative workshop on ‘System Design’ was conducted on 13th September 2014, as part of the Spark 2.0 Workshop Series. Focusing on building services and infrastructural designs, the workshop offered an excellent platform for students to learn about the latest trends in the field. The workshop commenced with a welcome address by Ar. Mohammed Ali Sharieff, Director, SCSA, who pointed out that it was a constant endeavor at SCSA to conduct such workshops and promised students many more such occasions in the future. In his address, Managing Trustee, Mr.Rajdeepan Swaminathan mentioned that how service engineers or the MEP and HVAC technicians are as crucial to architectural projects just as the architects themselves.
The event saw a lineup of distinguished industry professionals sharing their words of wisdom with the students. The Chief Guest during the event was Er.P.P.Subramanian, a well known Electrical Engineer offering consulting services for major projects in and around Coimbatore since 1991. In his interactive session, students got detailed inputs in the importance of building services in architectural projects. Ar.Kadhiravan,personality, as he is a practicing Architect, and a teaching professional, in his spell binding presentation spoke on, “how to relate services to design from an architect’s perspective”.
The event saw enthusiastic participation from colleges in and around Coimbatore. One of the highlights of the event was the visual quiz conducted by Ar.Reshma Philip, who is an accomplished landscape architect and a visiting faculty at SCSA. The quiz tested the knowledge of both the participants, as well as the non-participants, whenever the questions were passed on to the later.
The team from Karpagam University was the winner of the event. The team from host SCSA gave them a tough fight and came a close second.
The lively atmosphere continued in the afternoon session. First there was a session where students had to dismantle and then reassemble air conditioners. The innovative session made students understand the concept of air conditioning from a totally different perspective. This was followed by a session “on the spot contests”. The first of which included a video game involving a concept that would predict water supply or distribution. The second “on the spot contest” on was poster design with respect to building services and techniques, while the final one was “an informal fun game” where contestants were given a metal wire with a metal loop and they had to take it from one end to the other end of the wire. It was fun-filled learning as students learnt how a circuit works and breaks through this unique informal fun game.