Recent Opportunities


Documenting & Mapping of Old City through Comics

  • Dates: 12 – 18 Feb, 2018
  • Location: Nashik, India
  • Address: Old Nashik and Panchavati
  • Contact: Amol Deshmukh
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  • Phone: +91-9662839288, +91-9021948848

1.1 Statement of Purpose

Le Corbusier said, ‘History is the greatest teacher.”, and believing in the same we realized our own historic cities, no matter how small or big they are, has a wonderful treasure within them. We believe the young generation has a lot more to learn from the old cities of India, from architecture, space utilization, material, climate, nature, topography, urban design to the sensitivity of human behavior and activity mapping. In design and architecture schools, the students measure draw the streets and old structures as a part of curriculum, but in the process they are missing out the life happening in and around the spaces and most importantly the context of the places. They fall short to read the buildings and activity mapping because of lack of time and completion of technical drawings.

 Architecture has gradually become a very sought after profession in India today. But the situation brings in equally difficult perils to the profession. Lack of interest towards narratives, drawings and poor presentation / communication is a few of them. For more than two years now, Leewardists has been brooding over these concerns and have been searching for a methodology to counter these perils.

Leewardists have unraveled the strength of comics as a communication tool, which would enable students to present their ideas in a more structured and organized manner, not that the workshop would be focusing on making comics. But in a way the process of making Comics help us to understand the importance of "Storyboards", thus making our presentations concise yet stronger. Leewardists and Kalaa Srishti collaboratively has found a way of “Documenting & Mapping of Old City through Comics” to imbibe the learning of the vernacular and historic architecture in the young generation. This methodology is helping students to be aware of our own heritage, culture with respect to architecture and learning the great essence of Indian spaces in a fun but very informative and creative way.

This Workshop is one of its kind where design ideas as well as historic refernces are explained, explored and represented through the art of narratives, storytelling and storyboarding.

To know Leewardists approach towards architecture and comics please look into the following comic links –

Frustrations of an Architect

What everyone says about an Architect

Types of Architecture students

Planned cities after Independence

Importance of Hall of Nations Pragati Maidan

Women safety in India comic

Types of Architects

Architect visits Taj Mahal


1.2 Main Intent of this workshop

1. Creating awareness about vernacular architecture by understanding the stories and lives in the old city.

2. Understanding and learning the methodology of observation and analysis and learning “How to read a building?”

3. Creating awareness about Visual Storytelling and how we can tell stories through our graphics and illustrations.

4. Explaining the Methods of Architectural presentations / narratives through the power of Comics and Storyboarding

5. Emphasizing on various aspects of architecture – space utilization, material use, construction technology, climate, nature, topography, urban design and the sensitivity towards human behavior and activity mapping.

6. Focusing on three modes of representation – Big screen presentations, Sheet presentations and Portfolio/ Report Presentations.

 7. To help them understand visual narratives so as to tell properly about their learning, designs and process.

8. Introducing the Art of Storyboarding which is being used by Movie Directors, Animators.etc.

With these major thoughts in mind, the workshop would try to be interactive, innovative and inquisitive, in order to explore the art of storyboarding towards a well-crafted direction in Architecture.

1.3 Benefit to Architecture Students

There would be manifold impacts on the student development front. Quite a few of them are intangible and will bear fruits in the longer run.

Some of the intangible benefits are:

  1. This workshop will sow a seed of interest about history and architecture in student’s mind.
  2. Understanding of relation between space and activities becomes clear.
  3. Learning How to read a building helps them to analyze every other thing in details.
  4. Respect and love towards our own heritage, culture and lifestyle helps them to be a better human being in values and ethics.

Some of the measurable benefits are:

  1. Attention to drawings and visual media for intermediate and end term submissions.
  2. Potentials of narratives and how the narratives can be improvised by changing vantage points.
  3. Importance to story boards and how it improves your sheet presentation skills.
  4. Understanding the formula of presentation for three formats and using less time for the execution of the presentation.



Previous outputs of such workshops-


1. Mapping and Documentation of Old Nashik through Comics 

2. Visual Storytelling Workshop - Gwalior ZONASA

3. Visual Storytelling Wokrshop - BARODA, StudioSpace01

4. Visual Storytelling Workshop - Anant National University, Ahmedabad

5. Visual Storytelling Workshop - Architails, Mumbai

SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation for its operating support.
Society of Architectural Historians
1365 N. Astor Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610
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