Encounters: Screening- 4 Nagari Short Films

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Sanjiv Shah - Charles Correa Foundation

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Encounters, KRVIA presents 4 films from the annual Nagari Film Competition, organised by the Charles Correa Foundation since 2020.

The Nagari Film Competition is an annual competition designed to guide and develop films that focus on urban issues, specific to Indian cities. Nagari intends to be a bioscope for the city, and through this lens we explore diverse conditions and engage with urban issues. Nagari is unique as it has been conceptualised as a guided exercise, with a panel of Mentors on board to help participants on their journey to creating a film.

These films can be made using different mediums, fictional and non-fictional narratives are both encouraged. The film can be live-action, animated, or a combination.

Sanjiv Shah will be curating the screening. He is a film editor, producer, and filmmaker engaged largely with documentaries dealing with social issues, and exploring forms of film. As a part of the exhibition The State of Housing (2018) in Mumbai, he directed a video looking at the housing crisis in India over the last 70 years.

Tribal Design Forum

Tribal Design Forum

Indigenous Design and Planning

THIS FRIDAY: For all those interested in Architecture, Urban/Rural Planning, Sustainability and Indigenous Technology

About the Guest:
Theodore (Ted) Jojola, PhD, is a Distinguished Professor and Regents’ Professor in the Community & Regional Planning Program, School of Architecture + Planning, University of New Mexico (UNM), Santa Fe, USA. Currently, he is the founder and Director of the Indigenous Design + Planning Institute.  iD+Pi works with tribal communities throughout the SW region as well as internationally by facilitating culturally informed approaches to community development.

Registration for zoom link opens on Wednesday 23 Aug at 2pm. Limited seats!

Encounters: R1, R2, final, final_final_for_print

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NIshant Mehta

R1, R2, final, final_final_for_print
For Architecture, the process in a series of repetitions and revisions. This forms the underlying theme to our built explorations in the studio. We are an interdisciplinary design studio that pride ourselves on our commitment to design. We handle a few select projects at a time, with particular attention to detail. Our response to local tectonics remains a key feature of our design process. 

Nishant Mehta 

Nishant Mehta has been known for his creative vision and creation of subliminal aesthetic environments in all his designs for the past eight years. He has a hand in designing homes for individuals as well as institutional buildings including the Sahyog School, Palanpur and the EMS teachers training college Palanpur. His designs are contextual and well researched and seek to explore the inherent potential of the site to create spaces that are aesthetic but also climatically relevant. Through his designs he experiments extensively with local materials and crafts that he then 
incorporates into his buildings.
Nishant obtained his bachelors in Architecture degree from the Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute in Mumbai where he was awarded the BG Bhatt award for excellence in Design. He then began working as a junior architect with Ranjit Sinh Associates where he worked on the Betegaon Reserve Project and the Clubview Serviced Apartments in Lavasa. He then went on to purse a Masters in Architecture and Urban Design at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University where he was awarded an Honors Award for Excellence in Design. He then worked with the United Nations on a low income housing project in Bogota, Columbia. Nishant then moved to Ahmedabad, India where he worked with HCPDPM on several large scale riverfront projects like the Amochu Land Development and Township Project at Phuentsholing, Bhutan and the Sabarmati Riverfront Project in Ahmedabad.
He then setup his independent practice named Studio NM, based out of Mumbai. The studio currently has successfully completed projects such as the Sahyog School for Specially Abled Students
and the EMS teachers training college, both situated in Palanpur. The studio is currently handling a diverse range of projects ranging from single family homes, institutions, industrial infrastructure and
several high end residential and commercial interior projects. The studio also custom makes furniture pieces for clients and has a vertical that deals with graphic design and branding.


1. palakhivesara
2. pranav.vibhute.20
3. aayush_vira
4. _smit_10
5. priyanshibagadia
6. sakshisawant04

Encounters: “And the alley she whitewashed in light blue”

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Nili Portugali

Film Screening followed by Q & A with Nili Portugali

“And the alley she whitewashed in light blue”

This film is opening a public discussion regarding central debates, challenging the general public at the 21st-century, as how to adopt a new worldview-a holistic/phenomenological and cross-cultural one that will transform the worldview underlying current thought and approaches to be an existential threat to the physical and human environment in which we live. That will create a more HUMAN environment in which man will feel at HOME.

What is the secret of all those timeless places (and artifacts) endowed with beauty and soul where one feels »at home«? And what is that one pure art of making« that creates them?
In any place, in any culture, and at any time.

Nili Portugali
Architecture / Film Director at NILI PORTUGALI, Architect A.A Dip (London).

Nili Portugali is a well-known practicing Architect; senior lecturer; Researcher, published author & film director.
Her multidisciplinary work both in practice and theory is closely connected to the holistic-phenomenological school of thought
She is 7th generation descendant of a family living in the holly ‘Kabbala’ city of Tsefat, Israel since the early 19th century
She was a senior lecturer at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem and at the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion, Haifa
She is a Guest lecturer at MIT, Harvard, Carleton University, Oxford University, TU Stuttgart; TU Dresden; TU Delft, Tsinghua China; Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Her first book: The Act of Creation and the Spirit of Place: A Holistic-Phenomenological Approach to Architecture / Edition Axel Menges Stuttgart / London, was listed in the books of the year selected by the Royal Institute of British Architects (R.I.B.A)

Encounters: Slum Redevelopment as Structural Violence

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Amita Bhide

This talk examined the concept of structural violence through the lens of slum redevelopment policies in Mumbai.


Dr. Amita Bhide, currently works as a Professor in the Centre for Urban Policy and Governance, School of Habitat Studies at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She has a master’s degree in Social Work and a Phd in Sociology from Mumbai University. She has been engaged in teaching at the TISS for over twenty-eight years. She has been deeply involved in issues related to urban poor communities, community organization, housing rights movements and advocacy groups and has undertaken research projects linked to these subjects. She is the recipient of the Inaugural fellowship of the India China Institute on New School University, New York from 2006-08. She is currently a member of the High Level Committee on Urban Planning, Capacity Building of the Government of India.
Professor Bhide’s recent work at the School of Habitat Studies has been on urban governance reforms, housing, informality, water- sanitation and land issues. Participatory, engendered local governance is a key area of her interest.

Encounters: Sarika Shetty (SJK Architects)

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Sarika Shetty

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“Crafting Transformative spaces: a collective journey shaped by shared beliefs and evolving trajectories”
is an attempt to portray a few of SJK Architects’ milestone works completed in the last decade, expressed through unique thoughts and philosophies, engaging processes and meaningful collaborations to create crafted built environments that are immersive and transformative.
Memory and emotion drawn from cultural histories, geographical contexts and spatial interpretations play a pivotal role in the making of a collective practice’s shared beliefs to co-create by establishing connections with nature, the builtform & oneself, thus fostering a sense of identity, belonging and well being.
Sarika Shetty is a partner at SJK Architects, along with Shimul Javeri Kadri, Vaishali Mangalvedhekar, and Roshni Kshirsagar.
Founded in 1990, SJK Architects is a Mumbai based collective of 30+ built environment professionals working with clients and collaborato across the country. They design spaces that are meticulously crafted from a study of climate, culture, history, and technology–each unique to the place and its people.
Sarika joined SJK Architects in December 2001 while still completing her B.Arch at KRVIA, and there has been no looking back since then. With 20+ years of rich experience, Sarika’s work cuts across multiple scales, building typologies, diverse sites and clientele. She is passionate about cultural histories and believes in an architectural practice of contempo-rary idioms guided by the past.
Over the years, Sarika has led several award-winning projects at SJK Architects, setting benchmarks in context-driven, sustainable design in the country and across the globe. These include the Dasavatara Hotel (2015) in Tirupati, India, which draws inspiration from the crafts and culture of the holy city; the Boat Club Apartments(2020), which set a new precedent of apartment-living in the residential locality of Chennai; and more recently, a 100 Bed Rural Multispeciality Hospital(2022)in Alibaug, India, designed to create an environment of calm and healing.

Encounters: Guest Lecture

KRVIA Guest Lecture

Prof. Mark Gillot

Prof. Mark Gillott & his team from the University of Nottingham will be presenting, ‘Energising Communities with Active Buildings.’

The talk  focussed on the team’s recent research which could be applied to any context. Professor Gillott is currently working in East Africa with their approach to low energy buildings and community energy. This trending topic is also based on an ongoing live project.