Mobilizing new fundraising ideas – Tahir Noronha, Charles Correa Foundation

Goa based Architect Tahir Noronha, the current convenor at Charles Correa Fondation (CCF), shares his experience as the studio lead in facing the challenges of fundrasing during the pandemic. A virtual Z-Axis conference, a newsletter, a design competition and new fundraising initiatives are some highlights of CCF's efforts during the pandemic. Efforts to sustain the fundraising lockdowns helped Tahir and his team of CCF fellows to keep up the urban engagement with the city of Panjim in Goa. Tahir also speaks of how he faced a new tray of responsibilites apart from the original mandate as the pnademic tranformed everyone's work routines.

Share Post:

Share on facebook
Share on linkedin
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on email

Highlights from the discussion

 

“When (Architect Charles) Correa set up the Foundation, he envisioned it as this cell that helps the city technically, and also helps the citizens get their ideas implemented. So, I feel that having our Fellows on the ground in Panjim spurs the city to do a lot more.”

 


“Hosting the Z-Axis conference in Kala Academy has its strength in the fact that many people want to sign up so they can interact with several like-minded professionals. This interaction would not be the same otherwise. We hence decided that if nothing else works, we will put up a platform online to share people’s work through a competition, which would be a continuation of the conference. And we got a very good response to it.”

 

“Most of our partnerships are at an advisory level. For example, we are knowledge partners to the city and a few state departments. So, we did not face many challenges there. But, as knowledge partners, we are also often the instigators of urban projects and dialogue with the city. That function died out during the pandemic and we’re in the process of reviving it.”

“Our Board of Trustees too contributed to the running of the Foundation. The Board comprises architects, urban enthusiasts from different parts of the country and a few Goan Industrialists. They have been supportive in arranging funds for the Foundation through their own businesses as well as other avenues.”

 

“The most important learning is that, even though our projects can be incredibly site-specific, if we have a really good idea, people are there to support it. This was seen during the lockdowns.”

“We started a new crowdfunding initiative with the name “Friends of CCF” where we are ready to accept even smaller donations from individuals. There is a donation page on our website where those interested can contribute a token amount of Rs. 10,000 a year to keep the foundation running.”

 

“I think that our community can get over pandemics and recessions like this. I think we are responsible for our environment and its immediate context, and making our spaces better. A public health emergency is at the end of the day a design emergency too. Our cities are really bad and nobody has tried to sit down to reorganize and improve them. And, I would like to initiate a discussion and hope to see more architects get involved in improving our built spaces, even if they are small proposals.”

-Tahir Noronha

Share your comments

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

You May Also Like

Earth House, at Kanakapura, Bangalore, India, by Svamitva Architecture Studio

Earth House, at Kanakapura, Bangalore, India, by Svamitva Architecture Studio

Situated in a 28 acre site, the Terravana also called the Earth house is a design intervention that travels along the lines of earth and sustainability. In a plot size of 34.4×60 ft the unit focuses on a minimum footprint integrated with greenery. The interior setting transcends with the Pairing of age old technique of lime plastering with mid-century themed furniture. With delicately chosen décor that complements the theme of wellness and the colour palette of natural tones exhibits strength, sound and health. – Svamitva Architecture Studio

Read More »
Studio Emerald

Happy Head, at Hyderabad, by Studio Emerald

Tucked into the affluent neighborhood of Film Nagar – Hyderabad, Happy Head is a wellness destination that prides itself on being the primary and sole branch of its kind in the Indian context. The country’s first I.V. Clinic, this venue is a collaborative alliance amidst its founder who has a celebrated presence in the hospitality genre and the team at Studio Emerald. 

Read More »
LOUVERED HOUSE, at Bangalore, by White Shadows Design Studio

LOUVERED HOUSE, at Bangalore, by White Shadows Design Studio

The house was designed for a textile businessman from Rajasthan whose family spans three generations. The design brief consisted of three luxurious bedrooms, ample living spaces, entertainment and service areas.

The 30’X40’ site located in a growing residential area and flanked by dense multi dwellings on three sides, has a road to the West thus creating a design challenge.- White Shadows Design Studio

Read More »
Cinema Multiplex | 6 Screens, at Pacific D21 Mall | Dwarka | New Delhi, by ivpartners

Cinema Multiplex | 6 Screens, at Pacific D21 Mall | Dwarka | New Delhi, by ivpartners

The capital’s new sub-city of Dwarka is coming as the next international diplomatic hub. Brimming with new developments and destination retail experiences it is being developed under the Smart City project. Located on the Metro interchange station this mall is home to a six-screen mega multiplex. Circumscribing a large atrium, the cinema is fronted by retail & flanked by a generous food court. Here, the design narrative needed an elegant new approach speaking a vibrant modernist language in luxury entertainment. – ivpartners

Read More »

Subscribe to Architecture and Design Updates