Time to have an “AWARD RACK” for MIDAS

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The 2013 has been Award Winning year for MIDAS. The students have participated in various forums and have been winning overall Championships. At ITYUTA Architecture Festival, they won the overall Championship for various competitions held on spot. At 56th NASA Panel meet, the students won the First Overall Award among nearly 70 colleges participating. At ZONASA they won an overall performance Award and an special award for Product design.

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MARG Institute of Design & Architecture Swarnabhoomi (MIDAS) breaks into TN’s Top 10 architecture colleges

MIDAS – a niche institution for architecture education is addressing global need for high quality architects. As per the recent rankings, MIDAS ranks amongst the Top 10 Architecture Institutes in Tamil Nadu. In a short span of time, this is an achievement for MIDAS and stands testimony to the quality of architecture education being imparted at MIDAS with a concerted industry focus


MARG Institute of Design & Architecture Swarnabhoomi (MIDAS) – a niche institution for architecture education is addressing global need for high quality architects. MIDAS is affiliated to Anna University of Technology, Chennai and approved by the Council of Architecture, New Delhi. As per the recent rankings, MIDAS ranks amongst the Top 10 Architecture Institutes in Tamil Nadu. In a short span of time, this is an achievement for MIDAS and stands testimony to the quality of architecture education being imparted at MIDAS with a concerted industry focus. Regular workshops, seminars and guest lectures by industry experts play a major role in keeping the students abreast with industry norms and developments. Curriculum at MIDAS is designed to factor the prevailing trends across the world.

A big plus for MIDAS is that it is strategically situated in the 22.8 million sq. ft. live lab eco-system of MARG Swarnabhoomi – the first of its kind SMART integrated industrial and Services Township with a fast emerging 200 acre education cluster, the EduCity. The best of the multi-domain stude
nts, faculty and infrastructure are rubbing shoulders at EduCity to provide a unique learning experience & facilitating a seamless integration of multi-disciplinary research, education and critical thinking in an enabling smart, sustainable environment.

Launched in 2011, MIDAS has successfully completed its second year of operation with 135 students. In 2012 MIDAS admitted 80 students (100%) and was also the top choice in single window counseling. Recently, MIDAS has recently received a Letter of Intent (LoI) from Council of Architecture, New Delhi, for adding another 40 seats to the B. Arch program, from the academic year 2013-14. The annual intake of B. Arch program post the increase will become 120.

GRK Reddy, Chairman & Managing Director, MARG Group who envisioned this world class architecture institute says, “To deliver true potential of real estate space and planned infrastructure, India needs 396,000 architects and 119,000 planners over the next decade. MIDAS as part of the first such future built environment, MARG Swarnabhoomi, is playing a pivotal role in developing best in class Architects and Interior Designers in the country. The philosophical foundation of MIDAS is its commitment to complex symbiotic relationships of education, research, theory, practice and a broad spectrum of creative endeavours relevant to significant architectural development.”

The research eco-system of MARG Swarnabhoomi, which is being developed to provide cutting edge technology to the sustainable environment, is a strong catalyst towards honing the talent pool at MIDAS and this is supplemented by a host of amenities that MIDAS students’ enjoy viz. a well-equipped library, a futuristic studio, large spacious classrooms, audio & video learning support, a Wi-Fi enabled campus, residential accommodation with centralized kitchen, swimming pool and play ground.Spread on land area of 2.5 acres, MIDAS also a Telugu Minority Institute, is one of the few schools in India to offer alternative career options to architecture students through an integrated curriculum and teaching methodology marked by international standards of delivery and assimilation.

Conceptualized with a vision to create milestone in field of Architecture studies in India, MIDAS is headed by Mr. Jaffer AA Khan, RIBA RAIA, and FRSA, an architect and academician of international repute, since last 25 years. A team of national and international faculty supports him to provide best education in field of architecture. MIDAS Pedagogy includes extensive projects and expert lectures from eminent Architects from India and abroad for real time industry exposure.

Speaking on the strong brand equity that MIDAS has been able to create in a short period, Prof. Jaffer Khan, Director, MIDAS said, “MIDAS in a short time has emerged as one of the key players in architectural education in South India. The efforts by the faculty and students have enabled us to critically think, reflect & research on contemporary issues in a built environment. Our unique design projects have made the institute a trendsetter in architecture education. MIDAS has endeavored to bring experts and the extraordinary performers in the field of architecture so that the emerging minds get a deeper understanding of architecture in creative, artistic and social contexts.”

MIDAS has truly emerged as the nurturing ground for architecture based thought leadership. It is today synonymous with practical, industry-focused education and is attracting students from across the country. MIDAS has gained acclaim for extensive industry led academia. A series of academic excursion to architectural landmarks, participation in various architectural events & competition give ample opportunity for experiential learning at MIDAS.

Admission for B. Arch is now open at MIDAS (counseling code 1130) and interested students can call 044 24541115 and 08754412325 or write at midasadmissions@marggroup.com.To know more visit http://www.midas.ac.in/

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About MARG Swarnabhoomi

Located on the scenic growth corridor of East Coast Road (ECR), mid-way between Chennai and Puducherry and promoted by the infrastructure major MARG Group, MARG Swarnabhoomi is the first of its kind 1000 acre integrated industrial and services township, unique in its co-existence of education, research, innovation, industry and fine living. Designed by world’s leading architects, HOK (USA), MARG Swarnabhoomi is Indian Green Building Council’s (IGBC) pilot project for “Platinum Rated City”.MARG Swarnabhoomi has 612 acres for multi-services & engineering sectors and will have 30 million+ sq. ft. of built up space in near future with more than 50,000 population in the form of working professionals, domestic & international students and senior citizens. The township uniquely combines the co-existence of economic and social pillars of life i.e. education, research, innovation, industry & fine living. Proximity to the auto & electronic industrial belts at Oragadam and Sriperumbudur along with the IT and knowledge hub of Chennai & connectivity with road, rail & air are critical parameters in strengthening the socio-economic fabric of MARG Swarnabhoomi and its emergence as a education & research cluster for a new economy.


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MIDAS at URBAN MELA by MOD Institute Berlin in Chennai

MOD Institute, an international collective of architects, designers researchers, curators and practitioners with engaged interests in urbanisation process in india had organised discussion sessions on critical urban challenges on the topics ‘Our Water’, ‘Our Waste’ and ‘Our City’ as a part of the ‘Chennai Urban Campus’ during the Indo-German Urban Mela at the YMCA grounds Nandhanam.  Mr.Tile Von Damn, political scientist at the MOD Institute invited Professor.Jaffer A A Khan, Director-MIDAS to moderate the session on  ‘Our Waste’ on the 30th August 2012.
Prof.Jaffer A A Khan established the context of the discussion highlighting the concerns of waste generated in the city and the onus on the citizens towards reducing the same and invited the speakers to present their views.
Ms.Karin Sandeck, Bayerische Oberste, Baubehorde, Munich presented her experience and the practices of Urban Waste Management System of Germany. The presentation deliberated on the successful reduction in waste generation by imposing payment systems to the citizens for disposing the waste generated by them.  Ms Kristin Stegar from the Indo German Centre for Sustainability, IIT Madras, Chennai presented on the Waste management system developed and successfully implemented within the Indian Institute of Technology Campus in Chennai. Prof.Jaffer concluded the session highlighting the Indian traditional values and the culture which has always embodied sustainable in the lifestyle of the people.
The presentations were followed by an enriching discussion session with active participation from faculty and students of MIDAS. Architect Balaji, Assistant Professor – MIDAS, shared his experiences on working with the rural communities and the need to create awareness at the community level in enforcing their rights through the local bodies. Ms.Shwetha, II year student of MIDAS elaborated the initiatives of the ‘ECO CLUB’ at the college campus at Swarnabhoomi on waste reduction, reuse of waste material and the ‘Square Foot Gardening’ ventures.
Apposite to the topic of discussion, the Director, Faculty and the Students of MIDAS presented a 4’x4’ mural out of waste material to Mr.Karl  Pechatscheck– Director, Gothe Institute. Mr.Karl and Ms.Senya Muller, Gothe Institute also appreciated the student volunteers of MIDAS for their week long involvement in the workshops titled ‘Dream Ciry in the Clouds’ during the Chennai Urban Mela.

Architect Chitra Vishwanath visit to MIDAS

Ar.Chitra Vishwanath, Principal Architect & Managing Director of Architecture Biome, lectured at MIDAS addressing the budding architects on the need to evolve ecologically responsive architecture. Her practice is widely known for its eco-sensitive building design specialization in Earth Architecture and transforming the traditional building techniques relevant to urban settings.

Architecture Biome is also involved in giving strategic consultancy towards issues of water, sanitation, alternative energy and consulting for other architects in making their projects ecological. Biome also conducts workshops for school children, college students and does training in rainwater harvesting and building techniques.

Ar.Chitra spoke about the global scenario of Carbon footprint and the increasing CO2 emissions. The role of the construction industry in contributing to the solid waste and hence the onus on the architects to produce responsible building designs. The lecture covered the use of waste products in building construction and need for the necessary expertise to implement the good ideas.

The veteran architect reviewed the III Semester student works on their Primary School Design and encouraged the students to evolve as sensitive leaders in the profession