Thursday, August 23, 2012

Old Houses of our city; schools present great projects!

The annual Multimedia Project on Heritage for Schools is here to stay and we want to keep at it.
Because many students seem to take a deep interest in it.

The past years, we have been focussing on less known landmarks of the city as the contest's theme.
This year we chose to focus on Old Houses.

Though less schools registered, all of them - from St Kevins in Royapuram and St. Columbans in George Towne to PSBB in T Nagar and Bala Vidya Mandir in Adyar had very interesting presentations to make at the Srinivasa Sastri Hall, Luz.

We are pleased that SINA ( S India National Assn.) which manages the hall gives it rent-free to host this event ( Aug.21 this year).

This is a cosy hall that needs some maintenance but it is just the setting for such a contest.
Madhana Ratnavel, urban planner who is also Chair at The Environment Group at CII's Young Indians station was one of the judges.

Having just completed a Green Houses project for schools here, she enjoyed sitting through the Madras Week event and we hope to join hands to take this beyond being just an event.

I particularly loved the effort taken by the Jawahar Vidyalaya team from Ashok Nagar which spent time to locate a simple street, tiled house in Ekkaduthangal and found the simple families here welcoming them.

I think the students had a great experience working on this project and there is more to be done.

The PSBB School at T P Road, T Nagar team of Niveditha Bharathy, Anvita Ramachandran and R Ram Mohan won the rolling trophy for standing first. Their project was a row house on an agraharam street in Chintadripet.

The 2nd place was bagged by Chettinad Vidyashram - S Eshwar, S. Vishwesh and Jayanth Deshmukh - who studied a magnificent house on Coral Merchant Street in George Towne, once the hub of millionaries.

Bala Vidya Mandir - K P Tejaswini, B Kavya and Taruna Sudhakar - won the third prize. They studied a palatial bungalow in T. Nagar.

L & T supported the event and the trophies.

Some pictures are now posted on the Madras Day FaceBook page.

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