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Kavan Lobo

Kavan Lobo, from Mangaluru, comes from a family of stone-workers, which taught him the importance of attention to detail. Even though he studied architecture at Wadiyar Centre, he prefers drawing to building. As a representative for the Charles Correa Foundation, he explores Goa's history. His thesis on Old Goa has been noticed nationally. Now, he works at Matharoo Associates in Ahmedabad, balancing his job with urbanism competitions.

Rahul Kustagi

Rahul Kustagi is a Bengaluru-based architect graduated from Wadiyar Centre for Architecture in Mysuru. He gained valuable experience at DCOOP Architects, Mumbai. Currently, Rahul leads a collaborative practice called Studio 4/B16 alongside three partners. His design philosophy embraces a unique balance of challenging the status quo (contrarian) while maintaining a deep respect for user needs and context (conformist). This duality fuels Rahul's pursuit of sensitive and sensible design solutions.

Anivratha Baggunji

Anivratha is a Bengaluru-based architect graduating as valedictorian from Wadiyar Centre for Architecture in Mysuru, has been fueled by a passion for building and creating since his youth. His tenure at Matharoo Associates allowed him to work on diverse projects, honing his skills. Anivratha is eager to further explore his creative pursuits, balancing his work in architecture, carpentry, photography, and crafting cement models.


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Kavan Lobo | Rahul Kustagi | Anivratha Baggunji

The project sits at the cusp of farming crisis in the country. The site shall act as a start of a larger plan of FCI (food corporation of India) to build up the food security of country. At the same time this project brings economic stability to the farmers. This is a farmers relief project. The proposal ‘reclaimed’ to cater to the 1000 farming families within the 4.5km radius and 8000 acres of farming lands. The site visit enforced prominence of the farming and a need to cater to the farming community at large. A co-operative is a close to ideal siuation where the farmers share the wins and mitigate the loses. Sabli lacks such co-operatives that help the farmers by educating them and help them earn better.

The proposal is a farmers cooperative project, where the farmers learn, interact and share techniques amidst the forgotten landscapes of Sabli. The site houses programs such as farmers institute for 100 farmers, 56 bed dormitory, cattle sheds and storage structures such as silos and granaries to store farm produces in regulated environments. The masterplan is formed as a linear bridge that acts as a spine with nodes that are stragically placed to act as pause points with a granery below which let the public ‘discover’ the forgotten landscapes. The silos branch out from the spine and contribute to the horizon of the landscape. The spine is terminated by the farmers institute and the dormitory which take cues from the neighbouring historic temples.

Jury Note: This project takes an unusal approach not engaging with the landform and engaging between water and land. The project stands out due to disengagement with the agriculture practices while attempting to create a public typology that in itself becomes the common link between the different historic stuctures at Sabli.

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Keval Kaushik | Shruthi Padmanabhan | George Richardson

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Keval Kaushik

Using the three main pillars of Jainism as our guiding principles, ahimsā (non-violence), anekāntavāda (non-absolutism), and aparigraha (asceticism), Our design proposal aims to create an educational museum to engage the visiting human in a deeper understanding of their world and how they fit in. Communicating deep philosophy through a series of tangible experiences and artistic connection, the design intervention enhances the journey between the Kund and the Temple to transcend the user through nature, activities, memory, space and time. Inspired from the range of structures in Sabli from cells, to tanks, to temple complexes with multiple courtyards repositories of historic typologies of the region, our proposal encapsulates the relationship with nature through eco-sensitively designed spaces which foster the growth of the existing landscape while providing an opportunity for humans to feel welcome into this landscape to admire the archaeological sites, provide researchers a place for debate and discussion and students alike to hold workshops and engage to learn more about the quality of Jain temples.

Jury Note: This Project was found to be interesting from the point of view that it modifies th exisiting landscape, makes it more approachable wile opening up possibilities to add new functions easily. Th idea that the new intervention will eventually be taken over by nature,caught the attention of the jurors as well.


Shruthi Padmanabhan

Keval Kaushik is an Urban Designer whose main focus has been the identification of key social and cultural intersections which inform the design for large-scale master planning and urban design projects.

Shruthi is a Landscape Urbanist working in the Landscape Architecture and Planning industry whose main focus has been towards understanding local-level urban intricacies that correlate and inform landscape and urbanism at the physical level.

George is an ecological Landscape Architect and Designer specialising in living systems, his design philosophy focuses on native plants, natural materials and ecological restoration, driven by a lifelong passion for the impact of plants, ecology and play on human health and wellbeing.


George  Richardson 

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Divya Mishra | Kelly Shah


Sabli Livelihood lies on transition between barren rocky mountain on one side & changing water system due to construction of Guhai Dam on another, that has also submerged existing heritage structures. Currently the notion of heritage, the system of water structure and the nature-human interface are existing in isolation. The idea is to extend the territories of the isolated context to form an interdependent system by leveraging the existing abandoned structural nodes and its ephemerality with changing water level through multi-level insert. These inserts shall act as a catalyst indulging community in association with nature and build form that will redefine the sense of purpose & collective memory of the place. Inserts under 3 main objectives are 1. Extending the Water System: To demonstrate how we can adopt the current change in water level by creating multiple bunds & water retention ponds extending from stepwell. The system of hold & release will sustain its flow through bunds & ditches along with filtering it through phytoremediation plants. 2. Integrating the community: To create a common platform or interpretation space that will be used as skill development center creating alternative livelihoods for locals which will also uplift their socio-economic conditions along with a place that will acknowledge & showcase the history of Sabli. Programs would include floriculture, medicinal & herbal grounds, bee-keeping, orchard, Sacred Grove, wetland farming etc. 3. Celebrating the Space: According to Jainism the philosophy of Nirvana teaches us to free from all sense and attain moksha as peace. The intent is to revive the lost identity of historical heritage site through medium of landscape where one passes through garden of 5 sense and discover the divine structure which act as a space for community gatherings to discover oneself at the end in this ephemeral ground.

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