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An Introduction To Predesign

An Introduction To Predesign

by Naresh Shah with Prasad Anaokar

The practice of predesign is not prevalent in India, but the benefits derived from this method for a better and functionally effective design for students cannot be overstated. The hope is that this book will take them halfway there and possibly ‘demystify‘ the design process. This book is meant for academic purposes, to guide students in preparing for their design & thesis. Naresh Shah, with Prasad Anaokar, has written An Introduction to Pre-design, so you don’t have to fumble around in your searches for solutions. It helps you become a rational, empirical innovator. It makes it clear to you that you are a professional in pursuit of truth, and that truth lies within each project-problem you encounter. From introduction by Christopher Benninger This book shall be of immense use for all the would- be architects and young professionals. I am sure the day is not far when ‘pre-design’ process becomes a part of architectural curriculum of schools across the country. From Preface by Professor Uday Gadkari, President Council of Architecture


I met Ar. Naresh Shah and Ar. Prasad Anaokar an year and a half ago and they had already a lot to talk about predesign. The necessity of ‘Predesign’ to precede the design process was well articulated by them. They have been conducting workshops on this topic for young teacher-architects through NIASA. The response and inquisitiveness has been overwhelming and has encouraged them to come out with an introductory book on PREDESIGN. In most of the schools, while introducing the design problem after a small introductory speech, the design brief is given in printed form and students are asked to carry out case studies. This task usually ends up with irrelevant & non-contextual studies of typologically-similar buildings, to the convenience of all. Choosing of the site is also done in casual manner resulting into a unrealistically flat & rectangular site with road on one or two sides. The site is thus chosen without even bothering to know what exists in and around it. Showing ‘North’ in site plan is made a default requirement, devoid of its implications of in terms of wind flows, sun path, shadow, heat, glare etc. Thus the ‘Design-brief’ is created & distributed as if it is the full and final religious ritual book from which the students need to start designing. Not knowing how to process the given information majority of the students remain clueless about how to begin. Students’ unawareness of programmatic & rational elements of design is apparent in final juries of the architectural design projects. Most juries focus on issues related to locations of individual functions, quality of space for different functions, relationship of the different activities, spaces etc., instead of focusing on design elements like space, proportions, structure, fenestration, etc. The authors have successfully addressed these issues in this book. The predesign process has been articulately illustrated with crisp notes making the book an interesting learning experience. The constituents of architectural predesign viz. the design-program, site-analysis, scheduling and budget are well illustrated and explained in simple language. In fact the whole book is presented as a matter of common sense where the predesign process is demonstrated as a collection and analysis of huge data which goes into rational decision-making. The glossary and bibliography acts as additional research material for furthering the understanding in this field. This book shall be of immense use for all would-be architects and young professionals. I am sure the day is not far when the “predesign process” will become an integral part of curriculum of architectural schools across the country. I congratulate the authors for this splendid endeavour. Naresh Shah has a B.Arch from Mumbai University (1966). In his career spanning 35 years in the U.S.; he was certified by NCARB (U.S.) and was licensed to practice architecture in about 10 states. He was also member of the American Institute of Architects. In India he is life member of the Indian Institute of Architects. Naresh is the founder member of Yojaka-Predesign and Alumni association of Sir. J.J. College of Architecture (AJJA). Prasad Anaokar has a G.D. Arch from Mumbai and M.Arch and M.S.I.S from U.S. He is member of the Council of Architecture. In his career spanning 22 years, he has worked as an architect, urban-designer & planner in several countries all over the world. He is actively involved in teaching design in several colleges in Mumbai, where he is focusing on alternative teaching methods for the lower classes. He also consults with the Industrial Design Center (IDC) at IIT-Bombay on several design & innovation related project. Prasad is the founder partner of twobythree - an innovation focused enterprise. ‘demystify‘ the design   process.

Professor Uday Gadkari


Council of Architecture September 2014


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Product Name In English An Introduction To Predesign
Author Naresh Shah, Prasad Anaokar
प्रकाशक / Publisher Yojaka Predesign
Book Format Adaptive

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