My City/My Art

Accommodating the melange

A city is no more than its people. Pune Biennale 2017 offers an open platform for people to speak their mind publicly in an articulate yet artistic mode/form. It is only through such free rendering that our city can benefit from the public and participatory artistic expressions.

“Accommodating The Mélange II; re-imagining streets as public space”

Last date for registration: 25th November 2016
Last date for submission: 15stDecember 2016 by midnight
Declaration of results/ announcements: 30th December 2016
Dates for 3rd Pune Biennale: 5th- 29th January 2017

Student category

1st prize- Siddharth Waze, Saqib Mulla
2nd prize- Shikha Shah, Rashi Lalaji
3rd prize- S. Shree Darshini, Nabeel Nusrat

Graduate category

Commendation prize- Krishan Ramani R.

National Level Competition
For Students of Architecture and Young Architects


We have all grown up with fond memories of streets that we called ours and that inhabited our world. We often talk nostalgically about the beauty of such streets. Those days seem to be gone and why not; we now want fancy cars parked outside our houses. Nothing wrong with it- at least we think so. But when everybody does that the street vanishes.

We can't reverse the time cycle but what should we do to our streets? Do we need streets in the first place? What should be the nature of streets of our time? We believe fresh perspectives to comprehend these and many more questions related to our streets and public spaces that are undergoing transformation. It is within this context that we invite you for a national level competition of ideation that focuses on understanding and responding to such questions about streets as public spaces.


Streets are an extension of one’s cultural identity. The intimacy of street with self is a highlight of our lives where it is also a setting of interesting stories (remember the “nukkad” of the 1990s and the innumerable songs and scenes from cinema).  But, the continuity of attachment embedded in memory is threatened by transformation of places.

The space that is nearest due to the daily interactions that occur in it, gives a sense of security. The relationship to familiarity results in a greater solicitude towards the place. One experiences a heightened sense of safety with the place of attachment.

“Co-habit the street” brings you the opportunity to reimagine streets that are at the heart of our existence. This competition aims to provoke some ideas about how streets can contribute to a better sense of place for us as people.


Pune Biennale is a confluence and mosaic of multiple disciplines like architecture, urban design, urban planning, and visual arts and crafts and so on. As the name suggests, the event happens every two years. Pune Biennale 2017 draws attention to the ideas related to “self and identity” and “habit co-habit”. The main venue for the biennale is the famous J.M. Road where a wide range of activities like, installations, street art, competitions, documentations, demonstrations, talk shows, etc. will be hosted over a period of three weeks (5-29 January). One of these is a competition for students and young professionals. The winners of the competition will have the opportunity to exhibit their designs at the biennale. For further information log on to website and details provided at the end.


This is a design ideation project!

The objective is “to design interventions in streets that bring about acquaintanceship” between the populous and the space. There is a constant struggle between the nostalgia of the past and the present scenario. We are a part of a concoction, an overlaid mosaic. Yet, there seems an enormous possibility of making sense of a street.

As a participant you will identify a street in a city of your choice with which you share a sense of belonging. You will be required to explain the significance of that street, the issues and concerns that have emerged around that street, and then articulate your response on how to reclaim that street as something that enhances the sense of place. The intention is to create a myriad of spaces along the street that encourage social interaction and public aesthetics.

The scale of the selected street may vary but participants are encouraged to examine a stretch that is manageable in terms of length and is good enough for demonstration of ideas that are specific for that street. An ideal length of street shall be around 300-400 m. 

Since this is only an ideation project, the participants need not to indulge in construction details. At the same time, the project is to be a feasible and practical idea and not a utopian situation.


The competition is open to all students of architecture and young architects from India (those who have graduated in the last 3 years). The team size would be a maximum of 2 members. The team could be a combination of students and architects too. One of the team members can also be an artist or an engineer (student/ one who has graduated in last three years).


The submission can take any form ranging from digital presentation to virtual models at an appropriate scale. The best entries will be invited to exhibit scaled models at the architecture pavilion in the biennale.

A maximum of 4 A3 (or 2 A2) sheets including the cover page shall be sent only as soft copy to

The soft copies should be sent as PDF presentation or Power point presentation compatible with Microsoft 2007.

Please add a description about the ways in which your proposal broadly contributes to: a) surrounding built environment, b) sustainable development, c) social equity, d) ease of access to the physically challenged; and/or any other significant manner.


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The three best entries will receive prize worth Rs 25,000 each

The ten best entries will be invited to exhibit their designs at a pavilion in the Biennale. The winners will receive a travelling grant covering their travel and 2 days accommodation in Pune to participate in the biennale in January 2017.

Pune Biennale will be happy to provide exhibition space for those participants who would like to come and display their entries in Pune during the Biennale. However, all costs associated with their participation will have to be borne by them.


Narendra Dengle
P. K. Das
PVK Rameshwar
Vidhya Mohankumar
Christopher Benninger
K T Ravindran

Participate      Sponsors



Srishti Sharma

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Design of Public Spaces: Exhibition, in collaboration with IIID Pune Regional Chapter.

Pune Biennale Foundation and IIID Pune Chapter join hands as part of Pune Biennale 2017, to give you a glimpse into an exhibition showcasing good public designs. The exhibits will be based on exceptional public design examples from all over the country and will open on 31st December 2016 running up till 29th January 2017. What location could be more apt than the Pune Arts Plaza on Bund Garden Bridge for this display of public design!

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Studio Visits

An exclusive opportunity to visit personal studios of artists and engage with them in their workspace, witness firsthand their art-making process. Several artists including Ruby Jhunjhunwala, Bharati Kharatmal and Ramchnadra Kharatmal will open their doors to interact with citizens and welcome you to their creative space.



Akshaya Borkar

Kaleidoscope: Identity and Self

A collaboration between Pune Biennale Foundation and PVP College of Architecture, Pune, ‘Living on the Edge’ is an exploration to unpack the identities of communities living on the riverside. As being attached to the main geographical impulse of the city – the river – how do these communities relate to the river and to other parts of the city? What is our relationship to these citizens who inhabit the riverbanks? Students from architecture and other colleges in the city will interview members of riverside communities to shed light on such questions.


A multidisciplinary project by P.V.P.
College of Architecture in collaboration with
Pune Biennale 2017
Event –My City-My Art, Pune Biennale 2017
Central Theme – Identity and Self

Participants and Credits

Introduction: Our understanding of the ‘identity’ often stems out of our understanding of the ‘self’ and the ‘perception of reality’ around us. This triad of ‘Self-Perception of Reality-Identity’ further defines our associations with the components of natural and built environment through the assignment of meaning/s shaping their physicality. Often the stakeholders associated for various reasons with the space as well as the participants of a space are the ones who assign the meaning/s to these components and hence to the space as whole through their interaction with these components or space as whole. These meanings are the mirrors to their perception of reality and can be referred to as perspective to look at these components. Also these perspectives are not fixed but are dynamic and changes from time to time, further changing the meaning/s and hence the physicality of built environment. For example in case of Pune, the physicality of river Mutha is shaped and will get shaped even in future by its stakeholders as well as participants of its space like the people who directly uses it for various reasons, people who stay on its banks, people who operate their small or big businesses along its banks, people who take decisions about its planning, people who simply visit it for its open spaces, people who have concern for it or those critique it, people who abuse it and those who simply ignore it. The physicality of the river Mutha near Deccan area (especially between Lakadi Bridge and Balgandharva Bridge) shows us the reflection of such phenomenon that has been happening over the period of time. Reading of this place shows how this ecological riverine ecosystem has become support system for the small settlement to the place for temples, last rituals & samadhis, to the place for everyday chores, to the place of recreation, to the place of parking, to the place for junk, to the shelter for homeless people, to the place for alternative paths of commute, to the place to dispose off debris as well as waste water & many more that remained in the imagination, like the space where metro could move, etc.

Amidst these stakeholders and participants the students who are trying to study their association with the space of the river and work with it themselves become the stakeholders and participants. And then they bring out their readings of these associations observed on the field through various art forms forming in total eight sub-sets of this project. ‘Riparian Stories’ is one such subset that put together the stories of five users of this place in the form of a story book. Another subset ‘Antarnad’ documents the moods of the river through its soundscapes. Subset ‘Through the Eyes of the Wild’ brings out the association between flora and fauna of the river and implications of pollution on them through the idea of a flipbook. Subset ‘Janeev’ raises the question of meaning of the space of the river to us by highlighting the waste items simply dumped into this space and lying there with neglect. Subset ‘Drishtikon’ put up the state of art and craft as exist today in the space of the river. Another subset ‘Once upon a River’ documents invisible users of the place in the form of short film those otherwise exist in this space but are left unobserved. Subset ‘Through the Eyes of the Fish’ brings out the experience of the water at the riverbed of Mutha due the deposited garbage at its bottom in the form of installation.

Participants: 80 Students of Architecture from P.V.P. College of Architecture headed by Ar. Prof. Prasanna Desai and 24 students from disciplines of Commerce, Management, Medicine, Engineering, Audiology, Exhibition Design, Mass Communication, Multimedia Animation, Law, etc.

Faculty Team - Vijaya Srinivasan (Co-Curator), Minal Sagare (Co-Curator), Shekhar Garud, Hrishikesh Ashtekar, Niranjan Garde, Garima Buragohain, Aarthi Chandrashekhar, Devendra Deshpande
Advisor – Ar. Narendra Dengle

External Experts – Mr. Ramchandra Gohad, Mr. Rajendrakumar Saraf, Mr. Shrikant Gabale, Ar. Alok Kothari


Minal Sagare

Ar. Vijaya Srinivasan


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Collaborations with British Council

  • 14th Jan, "Kriya": Painting workshop with artist Manohar Chiluveru at British Council Library, Fergusson College road, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • 14th 15th Jan - "Moving Pictures": Artists' Films from the Film London Jarman Awards, at Nehru Cultural Centre, Ghole Road. 5.00 to 7.00 p.m.
  • 22nd Jan - "Dance your way through Images": Haiku and Abhinaya at the British Council Library, Fergusson College road. 5 p.,m.
  • 24th Jan, "Mix the Play" (Participation of schools by invitation only) at British Council Library, Fergusson College road, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Odyssey by Manohar Chiluveru

A project in collaboration with Pune Division of Central Railway artist Manohar Chiluveru from Hyderabad paints a huge 30 x 12 feet canvas live on platform No.1, commencing 'Odyssey' a traveling project by the artist to 24 cities around the world. For the whole week he occupied one of the busiest spots in Pune, involving people around for his massive painting to come alive under Pune Biennale 2017.

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Talk by Janek Simon/Max Cegielski
on "Indian school of polish capitalism - an artistic expression"

venue: Nehru Cultural Centre, Ghole Road
21st January 2017

This research shows that Poles were learning capitalist economy in India and Asia long before it became a part of the official state policies. Their “school of life” was the black market, which flourished in India. Money generated in this illegal exchange was big enough to become important investment capital after the Polish borders opened. Many businessmen who were crucial shareholders of the market started their careers in India or other Asian countries. Before fall of communism terms “legality” and “illegality” were very volatile, while official government contacts in fact facilitated unofficial trade carried by the citizens. The starting point for mass smuggling was the international cooperation on the governmental level.

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Minal Sagare is an architect and urban designer based in Pune. She has graduated from B.K.P.S. College of Architecture in 2002 and has done her masters in Urban Design from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi in 2006.

She explores architecture in its holistic spirit that includes understanding of its philosophical undercurrents, core design issues and their application in practice.

She is currently an Associate Professor at PVP College of Architecture where she primarily is conducting design and history courses.

Architect Vijaya Srinivasan graduated from Kalabhavan Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara. She has around 22 years of experience in executing projects in Interior Design with penchant for spaces associated with children. She is currently an Associate Professor at PVP College of Architecture, Pune and has been academically associated with colleges in Pune and Mumbai.

Srishti Sharma is the coordinator of the architectural competition 'Accommodating the Mélange - II' under My City/ My Art for Pune Biennale 2017.

Srishti is a final year under-graduate architecture student from Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University College of Architecture, Pune. She has recently completed her internship at Greyscale Design Studio LLP, Bangalore. She has been an active participant of various architectural competitions and a proud supporter of Pune Biennale from its inception in the year 2013. She can be contacted on

Akshaya Borkar, ex-corporate person and self taught artist, now turned in to an artist supporter and promoter through her unconventional online The Art and Craft Gallery. The social enterpirse aims at making creative industry a mainstream profession by not only providing technology support, online selling platform but also educating all creative people about growing their venture professionally.

There are many initiatives run by her like, "Creative Conference": business conference for creative people; "art without borders" where artist can put their shows overseas without heavy investments upfront; "Art Sunday" where art lovers are shown various art studios across Pune and "Lifetime Membership", where 200 creative people worldwide showcase their creations online and sell their work for lifetime without any selling commissions and one time registration.

Akshaya Borkar, has won 5 business awards in Australia and USA in 2015 for her unique social cause that is positively disrupting the Art world globally.