Encounters: Bijoy Ramchandran

The Afterlife

Bijoy Ramchandran

The Afterlife

It is compelling to consider the inherent promise of the unbuilt project, especially competition proposals. These projects, usually symbolized by a provocative first sketch, are often upheld as the purest expression of architectural ambition. They are seen as ‘unadulterated’ visions of what could be and holding more value than the proposals which have had to engage with the clients, the site, and other contingencies over time. They promise newness – unencumbered by these shackles, free to imagine provocative new ways of inhabitation.
 
It is my contention though, that it is the shared and negotiated vision, coming as the result of finding consensus, managing budgets, and spending an adequate amount of time in conversation and contemplation, that is of greater value than the pristine, unmediated projections of so many competition schemes and hypothetical propositions. Like David Chipperfield says, one is hoping to engage in this ‘conspiracy of circumstance and participants’. 
 
We must move away from the seductive notion of the creation of architecture as a form of immaculate conception and celebrate it as the result of negotiation and ‘reflection in action’. A form of shared authorship and the outcome of a ‘scenius’. 
The provocation is the start of this conversation and not, in my mind, an end in itself. I am a lot more interested in its afterlife. 
 
 
Bijoy Ramachandran is a partner at Hundredhands Design, a Bangalore based architectural practice.
He currently serves as the Design Chair at BMS College of Architecture, Bangalore.
 
Bijoy has an undergraduate degree from Bangalore University and a masters degree (in Architecture & Urbanism) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. 
He has also attended the Glenn Murcutt Masterclass.
 
Apart from architecture he has also produced two films on the celebrated Indian architect Sri B.V. Doshi. 
Both films have been nationally and internationally screened at colleges and film festivals.

 

Urban Dialogue 2021/ Convocation Programs

Urban Dialogue 2021 and Convocation Programs

The KRVIA announces the Urban Dialogue 2021 and the Graduation Convocation Programs. The urban dialogue will present the book launch for “Master Planning for Change “(Sergio Porta and co-authors’), conduct conversations around the Post Graduate Program theses from various institutes and present the accompanying exhibition. This will be followed by the Convocation program for the graduate and post graduate students and the award ceremony.

 

Urban Dialogue 2021 details:

Attending an Ode to the Oceans – The brilliant works of Ranjit Hoskote

Attending an Ode to the Oceans – The brilliant works of Ranjit Hoskote

Shravan Iengar says...

Ranjit Hoskote is a leading Indian poet, who has authored over 30 books, and is a seminal contributor to Indian art criticism and curatorial practice. In his encounter ‘What The Sea Tells Us’ he discussed the aspect of research in poetry, usually not a field one associates the art with, and his book, Jonahwale, which brings out the connections between the sea and colonial practices, its role in colonial-era literature, the character perspectives who break away from a Eurocentric worldview of the past.
The talk starts with his own experiences with his own perspective on his cultural identity, and the cultural interactions that India has inherited across 5,000 years which has a global inflow of ideas, religions, thoughts, language, conflict and dialogue, nourished by this kind of interaction and hybridities of many cultures.
His experience as a translator brought to the conversation the idea that languages themselves aren’t as monolithic as we assume them to be they seem, and especially English, with words borrowed from South Asia, and in its archaic state, roots from Norse and Anglo-Saxon, it shows these stories of movement, travel and cultural interaction.
The first poem read out in the encounter, ‘Ocean’, touches on the story on Jonah. The spread of cultures and the translations of works offered several exchanges of cultures, with Eastern knowledge feeding the Renaissance, showing how stories and knowledge aren’t rooted to one culture. As we look at non-western sources of information, with the tale of Jonah being told as that of Yunus in Islam, and the imagining of the giant sea monster as a vast fish. ‘Ocean’ has someone like Jonah as an inspiring figure in the background, who is an unlikely prophet, in that he does the opposite of what God told him to, always questioning God and forming his own epiphanies.
‘Ahab’ brings out a side of the captain in ‘Moby Dick’ as capitalism gone mad, and his destruction of nature of profit jumps to the modern era, as a monster of today’s time as well. He dies in his mad desire to defeat nature and enslave his crew, as Melville points out the Sultanism in his behaviour.
‘Lascar’ is a poem that brought up the perspective of a much ignored group of sailors in colonial times, the Lascars or Lashkars, who were significant in their positions and a lot of sailing terminology comes from their own language being fitted with Latin spellings and English phonetics and syllables.
‘Cargo and Ballast’ is an elegy and a lament for the lives affected by the Atlantic slave trade, and the abhorrent conditions that the slaves faced on the ships, and he elaborates on how this isn’t as far away and long ago as we imagine, with Bombay formerly being a slave depot for this trade, and India’s own issues with caste and colourism against African immigrants.
Overall, the talk was full of maritime history, cultural links across the world, and beautiful poetry which made it an absolutely brilliant experience to watch.

 
 

Soumitro Ghosh

Academic Council Member

Soumitro Ghosh

Academic Council Member

Profile

Soumitro joined as partner ‘Mathew and Ghosh Architects’, a partnership founded by Nisha Mathew Ghosh in 1995. The work is varied across the spectrum and ranges from projects / ideas to do with the urban, research, space, architecture, interiors, product design and so on. Educated at the School of Architecture CEPT Ahmedabad (graduated 16.08.1994) Soumitro Ghosh has earlier on worked with Pritzker Laureate B.V. Doshi, R.J. Vasavada, Neelkanth Chhaya, K B Jain, Jaswant Singh and others before beginning this collaborative multidirectional practice. Having taught in different schools of architecture and at the Bengal Institute, Dhaka and been the Charles Correa Design Chair, juror, panelist etc. at numerous occasions and forums. He was lucky to begin his journey of teaching with Kumar Vyas, founding member of NID. He has had interest in teaching since graduation especially architectural design and has personal interest in politics, philosophy, culture and history to understand the world we live in and work within

Dr. Anuradha Chaterjee

Academic Council Member

Dr. Anuradha Chatterjee

Academic Council Member

Profile

Dr. Anuradha Chatterjee is an Indian-born Australian feminist academic practitioner in architecture and design based in Australia and India. She has Dip. Arch from TVB School of Habitat Studies (1998), Master of Architecture (History and Theory of Architecture, 2000), and PhD in Built Environment (2008) from the University of New South Wales. Dr Chatterjee is Professor and Dean at Faculty of Design, Manipal University in Jaipur, and erstwhile Dean Academics at Avani Institute of Design.
Dr Chatterjee is the author of three books Surface and Deep Histories: Critiques, and Practices in Art, Architecture, and Design (Cambridge Scholars Publishing); Built, Unbuilt, and Imagined Sydney (Copal Publishing); John Ruskin and the Fabric of Architecture (Routledge); and is the Area Editor (Asia) for fourth publication. The Bloomsbury Global Encyclopedia of Women in Architecture 1960-2015 edited by Karen Burns and Lori Brown (forthcoming).
Dr Chatterjee is Regional Editor (Asia Pacific), Textile: Cloth and Culture; Companion to The Guild of St George; Member of Editorial Board for Architecture, Cambridge Scholars Publishing; Senior Research Fellow (Honorary), Centre for Architecture Theory Criticism History at the University of Queensland; and Member of Board of Review for CEPT University’s M Arch / MA in Architectural History and Theory Programme since 2019. She has taught at top institutions in Australia (University of New South Wales, University of Sydney, University of Technology Sydney, University of South Australia, and University of Tasmania), China (Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University), and India (Avani Institute of Design, Srishti Manipal Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Pearl Academy, and Sushant School of Art and Architecture).
Dr Chatterjee’s research interests are in architectural theories in history; feminist discourses, textile tectonic theories of architecture; potentialities of theories; generative processes in design; gender and academic leadership; and student learning cultures and critical studio pedagogies. She is a registered architect with the Council of Architecture, India; International Associate Member, American Institute of Architects; Affiliate Level 1 Member, Australian Institute of Architects; and Affiliate Member, Royal Institute of British Architects. For more information, see: https://anuradhachatterjee.wixsite.com/architecture

Encounters: Biju Kuriakose

Dualities of an Urban Practice

Dualities of an Urban Practice

Biju Kuriakose co-founded architectureRED along with Kishore Panikkar, 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.

How does a practice respond to an increasingly polarizing urban environment – especially when it chooses to place itself within that context – to explore what negotiations are possible (or direly needed) keeping in mind the complexities of the city’s actors – politics, place, people and profit? In a milieu where less and less is in the hands of the public and more is in the control of the private – whether a corporation or an individual – what place does ‘social equity’ and ‘civitas’ have?
In a world of cash-flows, urban inequality and failed governance, and urban incongruences where wealth dictates access, how does an urban-focused architectural practice situate itself to affect its desired role as a practitioner rooted firmly within the sphere of ‘the public’?

Announcement of dates for First & Second Tests of NATA 2021

Examination Notice: NATA 2021

The Council of Architecture is pleased to announce that the First Test and Second Test of National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) 2021 examination, shall be held on April 10, 2021 and June 12, 2021 , respectively. The NATA 2021 Brochure with important dates for both the tests shall be uploaded shortly on the websites http://www.nata.in and http://www.coa.gov.in.

The NATA portal shall also be operational in due course to facilitate students to apply for registration of First & Second Tests.

The candidates desirous to appear for NATA2021 are advised to refer to the said websites for latest updates.

BReUCom PDP -4: ECO-logs 2.0

BReUCom

PDP 4: ECO-logs 2.0

The Professional Development Program titled ‘ECO-logs 2.0- Digital Interpretations of Ecological Vulnerabilities through Open Source Geo-Spatial Technologies’ is a two day hands-on-workshop series on visualizing, analyzing and interpreting environmental data using the open source Q-GIS Platform.
 
Registrations close on 18th March 2021 at 13.00 IST
Successful participants will be awarded a joint KRVIA-BReUCom certificate.