Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate the new campus of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar School of Economics (BASE) University at Bengaluru on June 20, 2022. Designed by Education Design International (EDI), BASE is the only school of economics in the world with a dedicated campus of 43 acres.
Bengaluru, June 17, 2022– Bharat Ratna-awardee Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, besides being the principal architect of the Indian Constitution, was also a renowned economist and the first Indian to receive a doctorate from the London School of Economics. To commemorate his one hundred and twenty-fifth birth anniversary, the Govt. of Karnataka had envisioned an eponymous institution named the Dr. B.R. Ambedkar School of Economics (BASE) in 2017. The campus of BASE has taken shape now, and the phase-I of the same shall be inaugurated by Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on June 20, 2022 at Jnanabharathi Campus of Bengaluru University, Bengaluru.
BASE University is envisioned to become the premier institution imparting education in the field of Economics; and the only one in the world that will have a dedicated campus of 43 acres.
Education Design International (EDI), a globally acclaimed architecture & interior design firm that specializes in designing innovative learning environments, has been responsible for spearheading the design of BASE by creating a state-of-the-art campus for research in economics.
The Education Design International (EDI) Bengaluru team brought a lot more than just campus and building design into this project. The program for the institution was evolved after careful study of renowned schools of economics of the likes of London, Harvard, Stockholm, and Singapore. They strengthened the plan for this school by making it truly international, infusing decades of relevant experience into sustainability, visualising the future of learning, and how to “think global yet act local”.
Bipin Bhadran, Managing Director, EDI said “The design of BASE University Bangalore is a step towards creating student centered collaborative learning environments. Unlike hundreds of thousands of campuses focusing solely on lecture & teaching, we hope the true intent brought about in the planning of academic & co-curricular spaces will encourage students to embrace the campus as an anytime-anywhere learning campus.”
The new campus is designed as a perfect example of buildings that blend with nature. The design promotes sustainability by taking advantage of the campus greens & natural contours, resulting in a network of plazas & vistas. The central plaza acts as the heart of the campus for events & social gatherings which fosters living, learning & discovery. Significant efforts have gone into using local materials like terracotta tiles, local granite & natural stone to name a few so that the buildings have low embodied energy and minimal carbon footprint. Right from the orientation of the buildings to the size of windows & type of high performance glazing, the design maximizes cross ventilation & daylight, & minimizes heat gains through the building envelope. The building design meets international standards and responds to the context, climate, and culture today.
Prof. N.R. Bhanumurthy, VC, BASE said “The prestigious Dr. B. R. Ambedkar School of Economics in Bengaluru is set to become ‘India’s Flagship University for Economics’ through its innovative design & research based approach. This campus will set standards for other campuses to follow. The esteemed University has been designed to be at par with reputed international institutions where learning is not limited to the classrooms within its four walls. This student friendly campus inspires me to go back to my student life & will inspire generations to come”
The fully residential campus houses an administrative building; a state-of-the-art 800 seater auditorium; academic buildings for undergrads, postgrads, and research scholars; and a 24/7 learning, media, and student community centre with various facilities such as a library, AV and meeting rooms, and numerous sports facilities.
Another interesting fact is that the design inherits the roots of Indian tradition by creating an atmosphere where education is imparted both within the four walls of a classroom and outside in the lap of nature. With this fusion of tradition, modernity, and a new education philosophy, the Dr. B.R. Ambedkar School of Economics is expected to become one of the world’s most premier institutions, giving a new identity not just to Bangalore — but to India as a whole.
Education Design International (EDI) is an internationally-renowned award-winning architecture and interior design firm specialising in designing innovative learning environments that defy the old paradigm of education.
EDI was founded by Prakash Nair, the president of Education Design International USA, a visionary planner, an award-winning architect, and one of the world’s leading change agents in education design. He is also the recipient of the ‘James D. MacConnell Award’, the highest honour for school design worldwide. EDI’s goal is to spearhead much-needed reform within the education fraternity and, in the process, demonstrate how architecture, design, and spatial planning can create student-centred learning environments. With presence in over 8 global cities, the Bangalore studio headed by Bipin Bhadran, Managing Director happens to be EDI’s largest design studio worldwide.
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