Encounters: Climate Change as a Risk Driver for World Heritage Sites..

KRVIA Encounters

Sneha Kishnadwala

A research project was conducted as a part of a scholarship program by Indian National Trust of Arts and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) Heritage Academy in 2020 – 2021 to prepare a Climate Risk Assessment for World Heritage Site, Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai. An evaluation of climate change risks of this site was done for three different time slices, i.e. 2030, 2050 and 2070. It has assessed values of economic, social, and cultural (ESC) dependency for this WHS of Mumbai.
With this background research, adaptation and mitigation strategies which need to be planned. Few of these strategies include ‘building with nature’ instead of combating climate change and its impacts. Also, the WHS also being a part of the commercial capital of the country it has become more to safeguard the values of economic importance too along with the possible vulnerability to the Outstanding Universal Values of the ensembles of Mumbai.
This presentation will explore the possible adaptation methods for climate change as risk drivers for the World Heritage Site: Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai.

Sneha holds a B. Arch from University of Mumbai and M.Sc. in Architectural Design for Conservation of Built Heritage from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK. Currently, she is working with INTACH Heritage Academy in New Delhi and coordinating the PG Diploma in Heritage studies since 2018.Along with this she is also a visiting faculty at KRVIA at their Masters in Urban Conservation programme in Mumbai, India, since 2017.

She has worked on Izzat Khan’s mosque at her native town, Bharuch. She received the INTACH Research Scholarship (2020 – 21) to conduct a research on Climate Risk Assessment for the WHS: Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai. She is also the winner of the Young Professionals Forum 2021 for her work on Making Future for the Past: Conversation of History of Conservation, an Indian
Perspective.

Encounters: Proseterity: Prose for Posterity

KRVIA Encounters

Aastha D.

Proseterity: Prose for Posterity

A literary magazine was born in the turmoils of a global pandemic to publish prose with a purpose—hope. Hope that is anchored in radical empathy, critical thought, and intersectionality. Hope that fuels tomorrow. Proseterity thrives on challenging the status quo, one (problematic) norm at a time, and speaks of alternative imagined futures. We look for voices of dissent; stories that use the personal “I” to speak to the collective “we”, provoke discussions, transgress normative boundaries, experiment with form and format.

Proseterity has a Manifesto and an Editorial Board (spread across the world geographically and socio-racially), that serve as an ethical and visionary compass. We encourage pieces that are unafraid to pose new ‘what if…?’s, speak uncomfortable truths, subvert different forms of power, extend words of solace and solidarity, and prompt new definitions of our social ecosystem. We believe in the power of the written word in shaping futures, minds and lives. Proseterity is a space for one who writes with fire, urgency, truth and passion.
Aastha D. (she/they) is an independent scholar, curator, designer and educator. She has a background in architecture, with a masters from Columbia University, New York. Aastha works at the intersections of design, culture, and feminist theory. Currently, she works between institutes in New York and Mumbai; contributes to publications of design and culture; teaches critical thinking and creative writing; conducts research; and curates events and publications; and is the Founding Editor at Proseterity, a quarterly literary magazine.

Encounters: Maharashtra Step-wells Campaign

KRVIA Encounters

Rohan Kale

Rohan Kale, Pioneer of the Maharashtra Stepwells Campaign, presented his talk,
“Maharashtra Stepwells Campaign”
(Preservation, Conservation and Revival of Stepwells through People’s Participation).
*Mapping & Documenting thousands of Stepwells including Architectural Documentation & Drone Shots.
*Reviving Stepwells for Water Conservation.
*Identifying Unique Stepwells as Tourist Attractions.
*Stepwells Deepotsav / Mahotsav (Cultural Programs at Stepwells).
*Study of Ancient/Medieval Period Trade Routes as Stepwells were built along the trade routes.

Encounters: Building worlds: Encounters of Praxis & Obsolescence

KRVIA Encounters

Sarosh Anklesaria

Building worlds: Encounters of Praxis & Obsolescence
The talk will use recent work to consider questions of obsolescence for buildings and cities. It will investigate the entanglements between modernist architecture, collective memory, and meaning in the built environment, to offer reflections on an antimodernist ethos of care, repair and participatory praxis.
Sarosh Anklesaria is the T. David Fitz-Gibbon Professor of Architecture and Track Chair of the M.Arch program at Carnegie Mellon University. Anklesaria’s work considers architecture’s entanglements with questions of ecological justice, obsolescence and care. His design research has been supported by the Richard Rogers Fellowship from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Taliesin Fellowship and the Art Omi Residency. Anklesaria’s writing, design, research, and advocacy work has been published in The New York Times, The Architectural Review, Domus, Architect’s Newspaper, Design Today and recently in Expansions: Responses to How Will We Live Together for the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale. He has worked as an architect for Diller Scofidio and Renfro, Herzog & de Meuron and B.V. Doshi. Anklesaria holds a diploma in architecture from CEPT University, Ahmedabad and a post-professional Master of Architecture from Cornell University.