KRMLS 2021

Towards an Apocalypse Manifesto


Jorn Konijn is an architecture & design curator and writer based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He curated several exhibitions, such as Unsolicited Architecture for the International Architecture Biennale of Sao Paulo 2011, the award-winning Housing with a Mission exhibition for the Urbanism & Architecture Bi-City Biennale of Hong Kong and Shenzhen 2011. In 2013 he was curator for the overall Urbanism & Architecture Bi-City Biennale of Hong Kong and Shenzhen 2013. In 2015, he was appointed as curator of the 5th Brazilian Design Biennial. He remained working in Brazil as curator for the official Dutch cultural program during the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016, a month long multi-disciplinary exchange project entitled Hobra. Currently, he is Head of Program of the Dutch Design Week, the largest Design Week of Northern Europe, senior design researcher at ArtEZ – School of the Arts, Arnhem, The Netherlands and PhD Candidate at the Technical University Eindhoven with a dissertation on the exhibitions of architects Aldo and Hannie van Eyck. He also recently completed a feature documentary on architecture professor Max Risselada, entitled: Max Risselada: Life, Works and 12 Buildings.

Urban Dialogue: Vidhya Mohankumar

Urban Dialogue 2022

Vidhya Mohankumar

Vidhya Mohankumar is an architect and urban designer with 17 years of work experience in India, Ireland and the United States. Her work is focused on creating cities that are people-oriented and centred around transit as part of a sustainable development agenda that she is passionate about. Her approach is driven by research that is grounded and intersectional as a way to understand the everyday urbanism of cities.
With clientele ranging from state governments, urban local bodies, county/town councils, private sector entities and NGOs, her urban design projects exhibit a wide variety with master plans for cities, towns, station areas, harbour areas and their environs as well as redevelopment plans for town centres, city public spaces and brownfield sites. Most recently, in 2019, she was appointed as a technical expert on ‘Public Open Spaces’ by the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) to mentor Smart City Projects in Hubli-Dharwad and Agartala under the CITIIS Challenge.

Urban Dialogue: Tapas Mitra

Urban Dialogue 2022

Tapas Mitra

Dr. Tapas Mitra, an architect and urbanist is presently an Associate Professor in Urban Design at the School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal, India, who has held the positions of Head of Architecture and Urban Design at the institute.  His research interest focuses at the intersections of architecture, urban Design and Urban Planning. He has presented his research on the inner core of Indian cities, specifically Kolkata, at prestigious international conferences (CNU, RSA, ISOCARP, to name a few). Dr. Mitra is also an artist and has been featured multiple times on the international site of the Urban Sketchers and other online platforms. He has also been an international faculty at the world symposium of Urban Sketchers in Chicago, 2017. He has written about various aspects of the urban and brings his knowledge of art and urbanism in his talks and writings.

Urban Dialogue: Kiran Kalamdani

Urban Dialogue 2022

Kiran Kalamdani

Kiran Kalamdani was born in Manama Bahrain 1963, brought up in Chinchwad, near Pune, schooled in the convent of St Ursula’s and then the Hindustan Antibiotics School followed by Modern College and later the BKPS College of Architecture where he Graduated from the University of Pune. He studies at the University of York UK with a fellowship from the Charles Wallace India Trust and on returning to Chinchwad, Pune, India started a Practice in Architecture Urban Design Conservation Valuation and Interior Design with his wife Anjali called ‘Kimaya’.
Since 1989 at Kimaya they have completed about 200 projects in the above disciplines, trained more than 300 undergraduates, graduates and post graduates, held several exhibitions, lectured extensively across the country and abroad, written several books, articles and poems, participated in activism and voluntary programmes, made many friends and led a complete life.

Dissertation Colloquium: Veda Kolleri

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Dissertation Colloquium 2022

Veda Thozhur Kolleri

Veda Thozhur Kolleri is a visual artist living between Pattiam, Greater Noida and Vadodara. She works with drawing, video, photography and writing. She is interested in the ecological contexts in which she lives and works, and through her practice, is attentive to processes of sedimentation, decay, accumulation and growth. She has a close relationship with the plants and animals in her environment, which drives her to actively engage with the natural world, and work with it.
Veda was a participant in the 2018 Peers Share Programme at Khoj International Artists’ Association, the 4th Edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018, and a fellow at the Home Workspace Programme 2018-2019 at Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, for which she received a scholarship from the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation. She has a BA in Anthropology and Psychology from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, an Undergraduate Diploma in Art and Design from Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, and an MFA from Shiv Nadar University

Dissertation Colloquium: Biju Kuriakose

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Dissertation Colloquium 2022

Biju Kuriakose

Biju Kuriakose co-founded architectureRED, an architecture and urban design firm based out of Chennai, India. Having studied architecture in Mumbai, Biju received his Master’s Degree in Architecture and Urban design from Pratt Institute, New York.
aRED’s current projects include designing public streets and public spaces for the entire neighborhood of Adyar within the city of Chennai, developing masterplan for a new 150 acre mixed use township in Panvel, Navi Mumbai, master plans for mixed use developments in Tamil Nadu, a mixed use master plan for the city of Salalah in Oman, housing projects of varying scales in Chennai, bangalore and trivandrum as well as multiple institutional buildings within the Crescent and Hindustan Universities, Chennai.
architectureRED has won several national as well as international design awards including the World Architecture News Award for the “Best Urban design project” in 2009 for the masterplan of Nordhavnen in Copenhagen as well as IIA National Award in 2016 for “Airport city” in Oman. In 2015, architectureRED made it to AD50, a selection of the top 50 design firms in the Indian subcontinent
by Architectural Digest magazine.

Dissertation Colloquium: A. Srivatsan

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Dissertation Colloquium 2022

A. Srivatsan

A. Srivathsan is an architect and urban designer and currently heads the Centre for Research on Architecture and Urbanism, CEPT University Ahmedabad. Previously, he was the Academic Director of the University, taught for a decade in Chennai, and worked for about eight years as a senior journalist with The Hindu, the national newspaper. His research and writings include the themes of urban history, planning and policy and contemporary practices. His recent work includes the study on Chennai Housing – Dynamics and Determinants for Tamil Nadu State Planning Commission. Srivathsan’s publications include the co-edited book titled `The Contemporary Hindu Temple- Fragments for a History’ published by Marg publications.