MARG Institute of Design and Architecture Swarnabhoomi (MIDAS) an educational initiative to address the global need for high quality architects, by MARG, one of the fastest growing infrastructure companies in the country organized a two day architectural & cultural fiesta “TRIKONA 2012” on April 14 & 15, 2012 on the theme “Design from Waste”.
TRIKONA 2012 focused mainly on proper utilization of resources and reuse of waste for sustainable development. The event was a good platform to the students who participated in the panel discussions on sustainable development, by eminent architects like Ar. Benny Kuriakose, Prof. Mr. O. P. Bawane School of Architecture – RV College of Engineering, Bangalore, Ar. Soumitro Gosh – Mathew & Ghosh Pvt. Ltd, Bangalore, Ms. Monalika Anand, Architect – BIOME, Bangalore, Ar. Ranganath, Director – K S Ranganath Architects, Chennai.
Speaking on the occasion, GRK Reddy, Chairman and Managing Director, MARG Group said “I appreciate the efforts that the faculty and students of MIDAS have put in over the last year and a half in seeking architectural excellence. I am sure that they have enjoyed the unique experience of academia in the 22.9 million sq. ft. of ‘Live Lab’ environment of MARG Swarnabhoomi, the smart, inclusive, sustainable, energy efficient and eco-friendly city. Their creativity and innovation represents the soul of MARG Swarnabhoomi- the Land of New Thinking.”
He further added, “The theme for the 1st Annual Cultural Fiesta of MIDAS, TRIKONA’12 – is ‘eco-friendly concepts and reuse of waste’, which is not just a noble idea but a significant step towards an eco-conscious society. This is extremely heartening as MARG Group has been at the forefront of supporting environment friendly measures in a big way.”
The TRIKONA 2012 Fest showcased a plethora of interesting workshops, contest and activities such as:
The Quiz event hosted by renowned quiz master Ar. Gita Balakrishnan from ETHOS had some of the very interesting questions from the field of Architecture.
“Family Cheese” (Winners of the 104.8 Chennai live band hunt and Mind Rocks 2011) from Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music (SAM) and the performance of the popular artist and a playback singer Benny Dayal’s Band ‘Subject to Change’.
Speaking on the occasion, Ganesh Ram, CEO, MARG Swarnabhoomi and Education Services says “It gives us immense pleasure to bring in students from various colleges across South India and share their ideas and designs under one roof. Various programs ranging from academic competitions such as model designing, sketching quiz etc to cultural competitions like music, dance, drama etc have been conducted during the event.”
Over 1000 students from all over South India participated in this cultural fest. The students and participants enjoyed the cool and pristine location of MARG Swarnabhoomi with all facilities including food and accommodation.
Some of the interesting models developed by the students caught the attention of all creative enthusiasts. The ingenuity of the students was well appreciated by the key panelists and popular architects who have attended the event. They were also impressed on the progress made by the emerging architects over the last year and a half.
MIDAS a part of 1000 acre eco-system at MARG Swarnabhoomi has an exclusive built up area of 43,000 sq. ft which houses a well equipped library, a futuristic studio, large spacious classrooms plus audio and video learning support. The campus also has a swimming pool, basket ball courts, multi-purpose sports ground, convenio store, 24 hours clinic and health care gymnasiums.
The curriculum at MIDAS is of International Standards and the Professors are from across the globe. This will enable every student to gain extensive knowledge with regard to international architectural standards and movements, right here in India.
As a leading infrastructure developer, MARG recognizes the demand supply gap which exists between the exponential growth of infrastructure and the lack of good schools of architecture. The program is structured to facilitate students foray into specialized areas such as Retail Design, Lighting Design, Exhibition Design, Event and Set Design and Ergonomics. Designed to bring in the prevailing trends across the world, MIDAS is one of the few Schools in India to offer alternative career options to architecture students through integrated study.
The institute devises well researched exercises of International quality, which provokes the thinking mind towards “thinking architecture” which has logic and reason. MIDAS aims to be a trend setting school, nurturing architects as leaders with a vision to look beyond the “brick and mortar” of architecture.
MARG Institute of Design and Architecture Swarnabhoomi (MIDAS) was launched in August 2011 and is running successfully with its first batch of students. It is an educational initiative by MARG, one of the fastest growing infrastructure companies in the country. As a leading infrastructure developer, MARG recognizes the demand supply gap which exists between the exponential growth of infrastructure and the lack of good schools of architecture.
The philosophical foundation of the school is its commitment to complex symbiotic relationships of education, research, theory, practice and a broad spectrum of creative endeavors relevant to significant architectural development. Vision of MIDAS is to create an environment where freedom and spirit of expression will find a place to flourish not just with the students but the faculty who will have an immense opportunity to educate, research and experiment- thereby making MIDAS an outstanding institution. To know more details about the institution, please visit – www.midas.ac.in
ABOUT MARG SWARNABHOOMI
MARG Swarnabhoomi, the flagship project of MARG is being developed as an inclusive and integrated new paradigm city based on the principles of new urbanism with unique offerings for education, research and innovation. This integrated city will house a R&D hub and an innovation led futuristic Science Park supported by an educational, commercial and residential framework. MARG Swarnabhoomi has been designed to be an aspirational habitat based on the principles of ‘new urbanism’ where Education, Research and Innovation will coexist in a stress free atmosphere.
Christened as the “Land of New Thinking”- the global city of education, research and innovation that brings together educational institutions, manufacturing & research companies, IT services firms, housing and healthcare facilities all under one roof. It has already roped in several companies including the likes of Grundfos India, Polyhose, Van Spall Associates, Virgo, Sumeet Machines and TVS Kwikpatch in the engineering category. Strand Bioprocesses and Micro Therapeutics Research labs have been tied up in the Research & Innovation domain.
MARG Swarnabhoomi has also partnered with Virginia Tech, the U.S. based university to setup a campus. Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music (SAM) and MARG Navajyothi Vidyalaya are already operational. MARG Swarnabhoomi has been shortlisted by IGBC as a pilot project for “Platinum” rated city in India. This is a unique rating system by Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) and MARG Swarnabhoomi is privileged to get be IGBC’s pilot project for the first Platinum rated city in India.
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