Avani Institute of Design and Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Unite in Cross-Cultural Collaboration to Transform Communities

Professors Neelkanth Chhaya and Sharon Rotbard engage in an intense discussion with students from both universities.

Kozhikode (Kerala) [India], November 25: In an extraordinary union of creative minds and cultural backgrounds, students from the Avani Institute of Design and the School of Architecture at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, joined forces in a remarkable design and build workshop. This innovative collaboration aimed to address fundamental architectural challenges and provide tangible benefits to the Vishwagram community in Mehsana.

“Architecture has the remarkable power to bridge cultures and inspire collaborative innovation. This workshop between Avani Institute of Design and Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, is a shining example of how design can transcend boundaries, diminish egos, and pave the way for a brighter, more sustainable future.” Said Ar. Tony Joseph, Chairman and Principal, Avani Institute of Design. 

Under the visionary guidance of esteemed academics and architects, Sharon Rotbard and Neelkanth Chhaya, the workshop marked the beginning of a transformative journey that will impact the lives of many. The students, hailing from different corners of the world, converged to design and construct two bamboo pavilions that will offer vital shade to the residents of the Vishwagram community.

The workshop ignited a series of thought-provoking discussions that delved into the core of architectural practice. Questions such as, “Can true collaboration thrive while diminishing personal egos in the realm of architecture?” and “Is it possible to design buildings that do not rely on concrete as the primary construction material?” took center stage. Moreover, the students actively engaged in crafting spaces with their own hands, uncovering how the design process evolves in the process.

This collaboration epitomizes the incredible potential for cross-cultural and cross-institutional cooperation in tackling real-world architectural challenges. It demonstrates the profound impact that design can have on communities in need.

Through this collaborative endeavor, Avani Institute of Design and Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, showcase the power of design to transcend borders and effect meaningful change. The impact of this project reverberates far beyond the workshop itself, serving as a beacon of hope and possibility for future architectural endeavors.

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