28th International Seminar of Urban Form (ISUF2021) conference, Glasgow, UK

28th International Seminar of Urban Form (ISUF2021) conference, Glasgow, UK

Dr. Binti Singh

Dr Binti Singh, Urban Sociologist and Associate Professor at KRVIA, Mumbai, India, has been invited by the Urban Design Studies Unit at the Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde to chair multiple sessions at the 28th International Seminar of Urban Form (ISUF2021) conference in Glasgow, UK between 28 June 2021 to 03 July 2021. The conference aims to address the unique role that urban morphology has and could develop in the future in understanding, conceptualizing, delivering and managing sustainable  cities, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and in particular SDG 11 “Sustainable Cities and Communities”.

Link to conference : http://isuf2021.com/conference/

Priti Nirbhavane

Librarian

Priti Nirbhavane

Librarian

Interests

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Pedagogy

Urban transformations leading to social inequalities, exclusions and creating unequal access to governmental schemes and services in urban areas has largely governed Sarah's area of research and perusal. Her academic interests are therefore concerned with:

Milestones

The Right to Information Act was introduced in 2005 to empower the citizens of India by ensuring Governmental transparency and accountability. It was also supposed to be used as an effective instrument to curtail corruption.

Gajanan Chopde

Finance

Gajanan Chopde

Finance

Profile

He is responsible for maintaining Accounts and Finance for the Institute, the KRVIA Design Cell Department, taking care of Project funds, Expenses, Budget Forecast and proper utilization of funds for the project.

Priya Waradkar Assistant Registrar

Priya Waradkar

Assistant Registrar

Profile

Priya has a , Post Graduation Diploma in Finance as well as a Post Graduation Diploma in Human Resources.
She has been Associated with KRVIA for the last 6 years. Involved in various administrative duties likewise Affiliation Process, COA approval Process, University staff selection, Examination, AISHE, Admission process.

Neha Shah Assistant Professor

Neha Shah

Assistant Professor

Interests

Neha is a Landscape Architect interested in ecological design and sustainable management of natural resources. She explores native planting techniques and nature-based solutions through work. She is presently keen on learning further about digital mapping for landscape architecture and the Evolution of Indian Landscapes.

Pedagogy

Milestones

She was engaged as core faculty for the Three - year part-time program in landscape Architecture at L. S. Raheja School of Architecture (2019 - 2022). She was engaged in theory subjects - History of Landscape Architecture, Landscape Engineering, Landscape Conservation - Regional Landscape planning and electives. And landscape studios – Cultural landscapes, Landscape typologies, and regional landscape Planning. Also was involved as a project coordinator for research projects by the Design cell for dept.

Krupa Shah Assistant Professor

Krupa Shah

Assistant Professor

Interests

Krupa has particular interests in storytelling, visual arts and narratives, illustrations, graphic design, literature, and feminist narratives. She is also passionate about understanding the different realms of urbanization in the Global South.

Pedagogy

Krupa is an architect and publishing professional with strong critical and analytical design and writing skills, who is passionate about various learning modalities and is interested to engage in a critical discourse alongside students to explore the possibilities in the realm of architecture, urban design, art and literature.

Milestones

First Prize Winner, Water: Precious in Design, October 2015 Landscape Foundation India;
Students Design Competition 2015 Commendation Award Central zone,
2015 INTACH Heritage Awards for excellence in documentation, Students Competition

Anubhav Borgohain

Assistant Professor

Anubhav Borgohain

Assistant Professor

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Interests

An architect/urban designer working in the field of urban research, specializing in resilience urbanism. His interests are aligned to imagining a climate resilient future, with diverse projects focusing on the water resilient communties, to the emergence of new housing typologies due to climate change and socio- economical advancements, to the role of digital in religious heritage management, and lastly to interactive game developement around awareness about flood resilience for young children of Mumbai and Netherlands.

Pedagogy

He has a strong belief in the spirit of processes and advocates the immediacy of historic and cultural contexts in architectural and urban discourse, which influence design and architecture of ideas. Along with informed methodology, he believes there has to be an intimate subject to ‘self’ into any work done which makes us Human in the age of Knowledge and Intelligence.

Milestones

1) Worked on the ‘Rising water, Safer Shores, the BReUCom project with the Faculty of Geo- Information Science and Earth Observation- ITC University of Twente, on a project called ‘Children and Disaster Risk Science’, focusing on dissemination of urban flooding preparedness through game development.
2) Dissertation research paper “SACRED SPACES: ELECTRONIC PLACES: A hybrid methodology to read and design for historic urban religious precincts” has recently been presented for the round table presentation at the International Conference on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies (conducted by I.C.O.M.O.S., Austria, Nov. 2021), and secured second position in the Best Student Paper Award.
3) Presented recently in the 1st international conference on Pandemics and Urban Form hosted by Ozygein Istanbul University, 2022.
4) Coordinated project under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (Govt. of India), named ‘Mission Amrit Sarovar- Jal Dharohar Sanrakshan’ (2022), focused on conserving and reimagining the historic water systems (lakes-ponds) of Guwahati city situated in the North- Eastern state of Assam, which secured 19th position among top technical institutes all over India.

Saurabh Barde Assistant Professor

Saurabh Barde

Assistant Professor

Interests

Saurabh is a practicing Architect and has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Design form University of Nottingham (UK). He has keen interest in Passive low energy architecture, environmental planning and ecology conservation initiatives. These aspects have been an important feature of his architecture and research assignments. His work focus has been concentrating around the ideas of ecological urbanism as a remedial plan for organizing principle for new neighbourhood in the peri-urban context of Mumbai.

Pedagogy

Saurabh intends to convey a knowledge base which is primarily strong on concepts both in technology and design. He has been working with the students of architecture for past 9 years and has been involved in undertaking hands on workshops and research initiatives. His intend has been to initiate process of learnings to enable an inference not only through application of strong methodology but also by accommodating the domain of critical questioning.

Milestones

• Coordinator and Executive-Editor for a Research initiative for Aga Khan Trust, for Culture, Geneva in Indore Madhya Pradesh India on housing conditions in Formal and Informal Housing sectors. A Book ‘Indore-dialogues in existence’ and Film‐Documentary was published in January 2019.
• Published paper on topic ‘Poetics of civic light in Le Corbusier Assembly building in Chandigarh’ at the Passive Low Energy and Architecture (PLEA) conference held in, Louvain‐la‐Neuve, Belgium (July 2011). The paper was selected for poster presentation at the conference.
• Paper under topic “Sustainable Communities” selected for oral presentation published in Passive Low Energy and Architecture (PLEA) 2012 conference. The conference was held in Lima, Peru in November 2012. The Paper was shortlisted in the Best Paper in “Community and Sustenance” Category.
• An article on Chawls of Mumbai published in Rachana Sansad’s quarterly magazine in January 2012.
• Paper under topic “Buildings without electricity in early development of Mumbai City- A case study on Asiatic library building the town hall of Mumbai” is published in Passive Low Energy and Architecture (PLEA) 2014 conference. The conference was held in Ahemdabad, India in December 2014. The Paper was selected for Best Paper “Oral Presentation” Category
• Awarded the Developing Solutions Scholarship at University of Nottingham (UK) for the Masters in Environmental Design 2008-2009.