Heritage Center History, Culture and Architecture

  • Student Barot Priva M
  • Code UI2715
  • Faculty Design
  • Tutor/s Errol Reubens,Ratna Shah


Cities change constantly in the open ended spectacle of daily life, with the construction of new buildings and repair or demolition of old and redundant structures. However, within this urban flux, some elements endure. Firstly, there are the major urban spaces, the exemplary works of architecture, and memorials to significant historic events. Over centuries, these urban artifacts become symbols of civic identity, embedded in the memory of citizens. Secondly, there are those structures that endure through adaptation, embracing change by appropriate new uses to old spaces. This studio explores the “creative” potential of building adaptation. Students will discover the potential of interior design to transform entire buildings, and consequently the city in which they exist. The studio will focus on suitable retired buildings in a city, blurring the conventional boundaries between urban-ism, architecture and interiors. We will research every aspect of the existing architectural space and fabric, including its history and setting, the essence of its emotional power, and its place in the collective urban memory. We will then design inspiring interior architectural transformations that will generate new spatial purposes, experiences, expressions, meaning, emotions and memories.