An Endowing Experience: NASA Convention 2017

An Endowing Experience: NASA Convention 2017

National Association of Students of Architecture (NASA, India) is one of the largest organisation for the students pursuing a career in Architecture with membership spanning across more than two hundred institutions in the country. NASA, India provides a platform for architecture students to learn and interact by engaging them directly and indirectly through both online and offline platforms. It conducts events, conventions, seminars, workshops, design competitions and awards trophies at both zonal and national levels. Annual NASA Convention is the largest event in the calendar of NASA India, and is aimed at bringing students from across the country and abroad under one platform.

School of Planning and Architecture, Poornima University, Jaipur organised the 59th Annual NASA Convention from the 16th of January to the 20th of January, 2017. NIT-Rourkela made its presence felt with three students -- Rites Bera (4th year), Unit Secretary – Mithilesh Mandal (3rd year) and Unit Designee – Haritha Bharath (2nd year) from the Department of Planning and Architecture participating in the event.

There were 38 competitions and 45 workshops in the convention, which were divided into categories like computational based, knowledge based, art based, skill based and community-based and were aimed at harnessing new skills and techniques in the participants and to give them a basic understanding of the topics.

Mithilesh Mandal and Haritha Bharath participated in 5-day workshops called ‘Digital Intuition 3.0’ and ‘Leewardists’ respectively. ‘Digital Intuition’ addressed the evolution of computation in the field of architecture and taught Rhino and Grasshopper software while ‘Leewardists’ was on a lighter side, teaching students about comics and minimal representation.

A 5-day workshop on ‘Audio Visual Storytelling’ was conducted by Rites Bera which centred around the overall aspect of film making in general like ideation, story boarding of a possible audio visual narration, editing and adding animation and uploading. The workshop emphasised on architectural media creation, blogging, and event documentation using Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro software.

The convention was an amalgam of Keynote Speeches, Panel Discussions, Workshops, Competitions and Musical events. The event was graced by the golden words of speakers like Ar. Rahul Mehrotra, Founder Principal of RMA Architects and Prof. of Urban Planning and Design at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Ar. Tan Szue Hann, Singapore’s Young Green Architect of the Year, 2015 also participated in the event with his educating and inspiring words.

Major bands and artists such as Sky Knock, Rasika Shekhar, Samrat Sarkar performed at the convention but the icing on the cake was the performance by Parikrama who stole the show with an exhilarating and soulful rendition of modern music.

An important part of the convention was the election of 60th NASA Executive Council. Meetings were held every night to prep for the election of the new office bearers. Finally, on 20th January, a new executive council was elected and thus ended the 59th NASA convention.

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