Learning spaces at the IIHS – Bangalore City Campus include classrooms, seminar and studio spaces over three floors of the building. These are complemented by numerous spaces for group-work as well as for teaching and learning. Each of these spaces is equipped with technological aids ranging from Wi-Fi, digital projection and visual displays to advanced video-conferencing capabilities that enable remote audio-visual discussions and sessions.
From a generous semi-covered area on the ground floor to a spill out area on the main teaching floor and the expansive rooftop canteen, there are ample social spaces for Fellows to meet, gather and interact.
The IIHS Library was established in December 2008 and has since been adding books and journals to create a plethora of inter-disciplinary material. Presently housed in the Bangalore City Campus it has about 8000 books, about 70 print journals and magazines, in addition to on and off-campus access to over 4500 e-journals and 19,000 digital publications across disciplines. Additional learning materials include cartographic materials, case studies and films. The Library offers extensive access to the latest academic work through wide ranging and inter-disciplinary journal subscriptions as well as a Data Library that accesses and archives the most current macro data available in India. The Library subscribes to EBSCO’s EconLit with Full Text, Social Sciences Full Text, Art and Architecture Complete and Manupatra databases for Social Science literature and Legal information. It is also a participating institute with JSTOR. Equipped with public computers and teaching aids such as Prezi, EndNote and Turnitin, the library supports Fellows through circulation, reference and information services.
The IIHS Media Lab was set-up to engage with questions around the urban through multiple media practices. The Media Lab is a platform that aides research, teaching and pedagogy inside and outside the classroom; conducts short filmmaking courses that help explore the idea of the city through the digital video and still photography; and holds regular film screenings and conversations with filmmakers whose work has focused around the urban. It is also a repository for audio-visual conversations around the urban by leading academics and practitioners. The IIHS Media Lab is a space where creative expressions on the urban, irrespective of the media form, can be showcased so that multiple ‘ways of seeing’ can lead to a newer and different understanding of the cities that we live in.
The IIHS Geospatial Lab does cutting edge work in understanding spatial patterns and relationships in India’s ongoing urban transformation. The Geospatial Lab supports the Research and Practice programmes at IIHS. It also puts together learning interventions in the short-term and long-term training programmes.