Encounters: Carol Tonetti/ Maira Rios

Escola Da Cidade: A Collective Construction

Carol Tonetti/ Maira Rios

 

The lecture presented Escola da Cidade, a bold and independent experience of university-level for the education of architecture in São Paulo, Brazil, focusing on its history and pedagogical structure developed by a multidisciplinary group of teachers, as a collaborative activity, oriented to social development. Escola da Cidade represents the materialization of the dream of a group of architects together with other professionals in order to train creative architects and urban planners, critics and citizens, with the ability to know their surrounding reality and contribute through the exercise of their profession by transforming the living condition of the cities. Its pedagogical project gains body in an articulated and consistent set of contents, actions and disciplines that create interdisciplinary learning experiences that are permeable to the outside world, and both practical and reflective in equal parts.

Carol Tonetti is an architect investigating intersections between artistic practice, architecture and the city, with repercussions in research and teaching. She has a PhD in Design, Space and Culture by the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of São Paulo (2020) and is an associate professor at Escola da Cidade, since 2004, where she coordinates the Post-Graduation course “Architecture, Education and Society”. Since 2014 she has been part of “O grupo inteiro” a group that gathers different practices and repertoires in the fields of art, design, learning, architecture and technology. <caroltonetti.net><ogrupointeiro.net>

Maira Rios is the Collaborative Dean at Escola da Cidade since 2019, Maira Rios holds a Bachelor degree in Architecture and Urbanism (2001) and a Master degree in Architecture Design (2013), both from the University of São Paulo. Since 2014, coordinates the Post-Graduation course “Architecture, education and society” at Escola da Cidade

Encounters: Ranjit Hoskote

What the Sea Tells us

Ranjit Hoskote

Ranjit Hoskote has been acclaimed as a seminal contributor to Indian art criticism and curatorial practice, and is also a leading Indian poet. He is the author of more than 30 books, including Vanishing Acts: New &amp; Selected Poems 1985-2005 (Penguin 2006), Central Time (Penguin/ Viking 2014), Jonahwhale (Penguin/ Hamish Hamilton 2018), and The Atlas of Lost Beliefs (Arc 2020). His translation of a 14 th -century Kashmiri woman mystic’s poetry has appeared as I, Lalla: The Poems of Lal Ded (Penguin Classics 2011). Hoskote was the curator of India’s first-ever national pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2011). He co-curated the 7th Gwangju Biennale with Okwui Enwezor and Hyunjin Kim (2008). With Rahul Mehrotra and Kaiwan Mehta, Hoskote co-curated the exhibition-conference platform The State of Architecture: Practices and Processes in India (National Gallery of Modern Art, Bombay 2016).

Hoskote is an alumnus of the International Writing Program, University of Iowa (1995) and has been writer-in-residence at Villa Waldberta, Munich (2003) and the Polish Institute, Berlin (2010). India’s National Academy of Letters has honoured him with the Sahitya Akademi Golden Jubilee Award and the Sahitya Akademi Translation Award. His poems have been translated into German, Hindi, Bangla, Marathi, Irish Gaelic, Swedish, Spanish, and Arabic.

Encounters: Vineet Gupta

Go Boston 2031

Vineet Gupta

Vineet Gupta, Boston’s transportation planning director, will be presenting on how the City is implementing its ambitious plan, Go Boston 2030. He will explain strategies on inclusive community engagement, the use of temporary interventions to foster change. and the installation of bus and bike lanes, mobility hubs, and tactical plazas on city streets. 

Encounters: Sanyog Rathod

Solutions for a Regenerative Urban Core

Sanyog Rathod

How can existing urban core be upgraded to contribute toward a regenerative, resilient built environment? Drawing on decades of experience working at the intersection of historic preservation and sustainability, we will show how historic buildings and infill projects, including office and mixed-use developments, can generate clean energy, use water responsibly, and minimize carbon impacts. The presentation will discuss approaches and principles that can be applied to projects of any scale.

Sanyog Rathod Encounters

Sonal Sundararajan

Associate Professor

Sonal Sunderarajan

Associate Professor

Interests

Sonal is an architect and urban designer who has been teaching at the KRVIA since 2007 .At the KRVIA she is interested in exploring the possibilities for the sources of architectural thinking within theory, art and experience in order to explore architecture and urbanism as an expanded discipline and practice. She teaches the first year design theory and drawing courses, the fourth year urban design studio as well as the final year design dissertation studios. She is also the Alumni Coordinator at the school. Through her engagement with the trajectories of individual students, is extremely interested in the building up of an idea of architectural practice that is diverse, critically formed and framed through the encounters between the self and the world.

Pedagogy

She is a founding partner at aDRG, a practice based in Mumbai that engages in work of diverse scales and temporalities.She has been involved in architectural practice, pedagogy, research and writing on the city, art and architecture through the years. Her interests range from poetry, writing feminist theory, and drawing.

Milestones

She has been Project Co-ordinator for the Preparation of an Environment Management Plan for the proposed RTDZ, in the urban peripheries, a project that framed the issues of environment through questions of livelihood and local practices, through the Research and Design Cell of the Institute in a study for the MMR-EIS.
She was also the KRVIA co-ordinator for the UrbanLab+ an International network of urban laboratories addressing critical questions facing built environment education.
As a project architect at CRIT, she was involved in a study on redevelopment options for slums in Mumbai, through the case of Korba Mithagar as part of a series of pilot studies for The All India Institute for Local Self government.
She organised the exhibition Explorations in Representation at KRVIA, that was an extension of the work exhibited at the Turning Tables exhibit as part of the Urban Lab+ Collective at the Palazzzo Mora, Venice Biennale in 2012 .
Sonal writes on art and architecture and her writings have appeared in SPADE, Domus, The Mumbai Reader, The Urban Pamphleteer and several other publications

Swati Seshadri

Assistant Professor

Swati Seshadri

Assistant Professor

Interests

A believer in the process of learning-by-doing, Swati Seshadri is a practicing architect based in Mumbai. She received her B. Arch degree from NMIMS's Balwant Sheth School of Architecture. Her design dissertation titled, 'The City and the Explorer', focused on developing urban narratives and adding a layer of imagination in the lives of people travelling in a city. Using fiction as a tool to imagine/re-imagine architecture or a built environment, this dissertation was explored as a wearable device and a short film - that demonstrated the "new eyes" an individual was given through the intervention.

Pedagogy

Post her graduation from the institute, she has worked with various practices across India, with a short experience in Spain. She has worked at the intersection of art, architecture and planning, including detailed design of products and interior spaces, conservation architecture, schools to promote education in rural India, public projects and landscape design.

Milestones

As part of her recent work experience, she has worked with Flying Elephant Studio in Bangalore, where she was involved with large scale institutional and public projects - Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Science City Museum, Patna, Schools for Azim Premji Foundation, to name a few.
Through her work experience across various scales and disciplines, she hopes to contribute to the existing landscape with sensitive interventions and a contextual approach.

Shantanu Khandkar

Assistant Professor

Shantanu Khandkar

Assistant Professor

Interests

Since graduating with a masters degree in Urban Design, I have tried to expand my knowledge to incorporate learnings from other allied disciplines such as urban conservation, planning, and also transportation planning and economics. I have also been involved in independent research on urban issues and their underlying causes.

Pedagogy

In the field of academics, I have taught students from first to final year, in various subjects from basic design to final year thesis. In my opinion, my role as a teacher is not to impose my views onto the student but to teach the student how to internalize the vast amount of information that they may be exposed to, separate the chaff and use it to shape their own views.

Milestones

As a researcher, my paper entitled "Beyond Shelter: The Urban House as an Entrepreneurial Resource" won the best paper award at the 10 IFoU Conference. The paper also won the Reed and Mallik Medal at the ICE Publications Awards held in October 2020 in London.

Minal Yerramshetty

Assistant Professor

Minal Yerramshetty

Assistant Professor

Interests

With architecture and planning background my academic interest varies from sustainable building infrastructure to city infrastructural planning, economics and land policies. I am also keenly interested in working towards waste management

Pedagogy

I have been practicing for 15 years and teaching for past 12 years. My teaching attempts to bring the crucial aspects of sustainable building and waste management in the field of architecture. It explores the role of the architects in building resilience.

Milestones

I have worked with architects, planners, academician and there is learning at each such interaction. I have been practicing for 15 years and each projects has taught me several things whether it is about team work, project management, or plain budgeting. Each project has added an arc in my learning growth.

Kimaya Keluskar

Assistant Professor

Kimaya Keluskar

Assistant Professor

Interests

Specialisation: Sustainability and Energy Analyst Interests: Climate Change, Energy Efficient Building Systems, Water Ecologies and Environment, Occupant Health and Well-being

Pedagogy

Kimaya Keluskar holds a B-arch degree in Architecture from KRVIA, Mumbai, 2006. Her MSc thesis has been published in Consultation on School Carbon Management plan, UCL Evidence prepared for CIBSE, 2009. She has been teaching in KRVIA since 2010. She has jointly coordinated projects for KRVIA Design Cell in collaboration with BMW Guggenheim LAB, Lafarge Holcim Foundation, and World Resource Institute. Her recent work on ‘Mapping livability within lower income housing typologies in the city of Mumbai’ is part of an ERAMUS funded project called BINUCOM. She is a founding member of “Water Environs, a social purpose professional services enterprise for rivers and water environment conservation. She is also practice at EdEn (Educated Environment) working on Holistic Sustainability Initiative projects, building community awareness programs along with landscape and ecology design.

Milestones

1. Idyllworld Sustainable Farm at Pirangut, Botarwadi
2. Sustainable Eco-tourism Master plan for Garhmukteshwar & Brijghat and 08 eco sensitive sites in Tamilnadu, Karnataka.
3. Expert Visit: Exchange on Social City-making in Asia and Germany
4. ERASAMUS fund +: BINUCOM (Building Inclusive Urban Communities). Association with KREMS University, Austria. Research topic: Mapping Livability for lower income housing typologies in the city of Mumbai
5. Neighbourhood Mobility Improvement study in Mumbai – Funded by World Resource Institute (WRI), A Design Cell project
6. ‘Riverse’ nurturing water ecologies and urban rivers restoration and rejuvenation project
7. Habitat management and rural development programs at Shillong in collaboration with NESFAS
8. Energy Efficiency within Historic Buildings: A Mumbai Based Study of Occupant Comfort and Energy Mapping, ICOMOS India publication Awarded with top 5 honors at ICOMOS scientific symposium 2020. Co-authored Kimaya Keluskar and Sanaeya Vandrewala

George J. Jacob

Assistant Professor

George J. Jacob

Assistant Professor

Interests

I specialize in Urban Design, Architecture. I am interested in the study of indigenous communities, migration patterns, everyday urbanism and public life. I explore associational networks between region, people and objects and their constant shifts influencing built-forms.

Pedagogy

I work with communities and believe that it takes collective action to build and create architecture and urban scenarios that is meaningful and conducive for living. This method is explored through my courses Building Technology, Allied Design, Architecture Design and Urban Design Studios, where the various stages and sessions are designed to create the space of incubation. The academic space learns from the lived and built realities to help further the research sphere.

Milestones

1. UNESCO-Sahapedia 2018 Fellow
2. As part of KRVIA I was part of Rural Studio (Tongji University) 2017, Housing systems (TU Delft) 2017, KRVIA -University of British Columbia Exchange workshop 2017, Venice Biennale, Turning Tables 2016
3. As part of Design Cell at KRVIA I was part of Dharavi Redevelopment 2010, Cinemacity 2011, Mapping Privacy in Public Space: In association with BMW-Guggenheim Lab 2012
4. Papers presented at at the 10th Conference of the International Forum on Urbanism 2017, The Entrepreneurial City, Erasmus Mundus, Cluster workshop at KRVIA 2014, at the National Conference: Geography of Change – Contemporary issues in Development and City 2012
5. Executed institutional, industrial and residential projects across the country as Consultant Architect and as Founder and Partner at ADRG