KRMLS: MAIN

KRMLS 2021

Towards an Apocalypse Manifesto

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Vikram Pawar

Professor

Vikram Pawar

Professor

Interests

Vikram’s academic interests include- Conservation as a futuristic tool for natural and cultural heritage; sacred landscapes and historic pilgrimage towns; Native historic towns; Urban & Conservation Economics; Behaviour of materials and structure in built heritage; Building Science and Technologies; Urban and Settlement histories; Exploring potential of self build in Housing for All and the role of architectural pedagogy, the profession and the state in facilitating the same; Urban Rivers and water bodies; Processes of Community participation in urban environments; Role of Digital tools (GIS and ARCHICAD) and galvanising and facilitating decision making and urban environment design and management.

Pedagogy

Vikram believes that his teaching and architectural career is demonstrative of life, academics, and practice being parallel, interconnected and interrelated process. Individuals and collectives have partially tapped capabilities to have responsible association with the planet. Pedagogy is about constantly honing these capabilities through awareness, knowledge, conscience and physical growth. Quest for a holistic growth engages one with learning from traditional wisdom of peaceful coexistence of ecological landscapes and community lifestyle, having a scientific temperament about understanding the present and inculcating an ability to envision and strive towards the future. Design thinking is a constant process and touches upon every walk of ones life. In practice, design thinking is invested in every step of conceptualising and manifesting an idea.

Milestones

Authored a chapter in a publication by Routledge; co-authored paper presented at IABSE Conference 2020; Studios, workshops and professional development programs and writing for BReUCom;
Developed & coordinated the 2nd edition of Mumbai University syllabus for M Arch Urban Conservation Program; Core faculty for traditional settlement documentations by 2nd year since 2009 of which four have received INTACH/ CoA DAH award/ citation;
Heritage conservation consultant to MML3 from Cuffe Parade to Worli including design of DN Road station; Retrofits and Renovations of departments at IITB; Experiments in material and eco-sustainability while design Houses & Farms; Treks in the Zanskar, West Sikkim and Himachal;

Mansi Bhatt

Assistant Professor

Mansi Bhatt

Assistant Professor

Interests

Art, Design, experimental theatre

My interest in cross disciplinary ideas and mediums especially in performance art and its life in photography shape my practice; body and its spatial negotiations in public spaces and intimate spaces, dramatized by makeup and prosthetics that intensify our collective social positioning - often through the lens of gender and the ecosystems we inhabit.

Pedagogy

Places and people

The foundation years in design thinking and space making inspire to look into the various processes of art - in form and in philosophy - that encourage one to think with freedom and individuality. Art can add to the approach of making new architecture that possibly liberates the conditions of learning it.

Milestones

Exhibitions at various Biennales including The Kochi Biennale 2016/17 and 9th Shanghai Biennale, prestigious international residencies including The Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art, Pittsburgh in 2007, Byrd Hoffman Watermill Centre, NY in 2005, Khoj International Artists’ Association, ND in 2010.
Nominated for The Skoda prize 2010 in the top twenty Indian contemporary artists, nominated and shortlisted for Performance Art Initiative at The Tetley, UK in 2017, Reso_3 at Fondazine Spainola per l’Arte, Italy in 2013.
The recent solo exhibit with the Goethe Hyderabad in 2019 and the other Solo exhibitions from 2006 to 2019 along with other well curated shows in various parts of the world, public art projects and collaborative art initiatives as independent artist, enable to work with independent curators, museums, galleries and other democratic art spaces.

Nemish Shah

Assistant Professor

Nemish Shah

Assistant Professor

Interests

Architecture, Design, History and Theory.

Pedagogy

Architecture, Design, History and Theory.

Milestones

Nemish has been involved with the KRVIA since 2002 as a faculty, and before that he was associated as a project architect with the first Design Cell Project of the KRIVA, the “Cotton Textile Mill Land Areas of Parel” A Report for the redevelopment of the Mill Land Areas of Bombay, under the Charles Correa Committee. He is also the founder principal, along with his partner, Kumarpal Kothari at KSA Architects and Planners, Mumbai. KSA Architects, established in 2002 is an award winning architecture and design Studio. Nemish, occasionally writes for architecture journals and magazines in India. He has also been invited to lecture and talk about their work in various forums and has also been invited for juries at various colleges in India.
List of Publications: - “State of Architecture” Exhibition, 2016, NGMA, Mumbai. 2 selected Projects by KSA Architects part of the Exhibition and the Book. - Panel Discussion: SOA, Kala Ghoda Festival, 9th February, 2016 - “Drawing to Find out”, https://thinkmatter.in/2015/07/24/ksa-architects- nemish-shah/ - “Doubt”, Invited Lecture, MASA, Bangalore, May 2014 - Practices of Consequence, Indian Architect and Builder, October 2013 - Between The Unbuilt, Indian Architects and Builder, Nov 2013 - Architecture + Design, Special Mention, Residence Design, Nov 2013 - Language Conversations, DOMUS India, March 2013 - Context Embedded Processes, DOMUS India, December 2012 Presence in a Landscape, DOMUS India, November 2012 - What Mumbai Needs, Design Today, January 2010 - The Politics of Architecture; SPADE, Vol I, 2008-09 - PUKAR, Mumbai 3rd April, 2004 - - Redevelopment of Central Jail, Bangalore- 2 perspectives. Architecture Time, Space and People, Mumbai, - The Limits of History, an overview of the Evolution of Modern Architecture in India June / July 2003 - Hospital A Public Institution, Theme Article, Oct 2002. - New York Times, Friday, 2.1. 2002 Amid the Ashes, Creativity World Trade Centre - Invited Proposal, Krueck and Sexton Architects. - Architectural Record 12.2000 Futures To Come Crystal Tower. - Archicree, France, 12.2000, Crystal Tower (Krueck and Sexton Architects) - “Punishment and Morality” a study of the evolution of Punishment. Unpublished Thesis Paper, IIT, Chicago, 1999. - “Myth of the Avant-Garde”, Unpublished Research Paper, IIT Chicago, 1998.

Neeraj Vakharia

Assistant Professor

Neeraj Vakharia

Assistant Professor

Interests

I have completed my B.Arch. from Shivaji University, Kolhapur in 2015. Since then I have been practicing in Mumbai. My work experience includes planning as well as execution and related aspects. This interest led me to join the teaching profession as a part time faculty with KRVIA . I have been involved with technical subjects like Architectural Building Construction and Theory of structures since the past 2 years.

Pedagogy

I have completed my B.Arch. from Shivaji University, Kolhapur in 2015. Since then I have been practicing in Mumbai. My work experience includes planning as well as execution and related aspects. This interest led me to join the teaching profession as a part time faculty with KRVIA . I have been involved with technical subjects like Architectural Building Construction and Theory of structures since the past 2 years.

Milestones

I have completed my B.Arch. from Shivaji University, Kolhapur in 2015. Since then I have been practicing in Mumbai. My work experience includes planning as well as execution and related aspects. This interest led me to join the teaching profession as a part time faculty with KRVIA . I have been involved with technical subjects like Architectural Building Construction and Theory of structures since the past 2 years.

Ankush Chandran

Assistant Professor

Ankush Chandran

Assistant Professor

Interests

He is deeply interested in urban phenomena, digital urbanism and data-informed design. Much of his independent research has been an intersection of phenomenology, open-source mapping and digital profiling.

He has conducted workshops on Digital Mapping in Urban Studies at academic conventions and is actively engaged in Graphic & Publication Design, having designed several books and publications over the past years.

Pedagogy

Ankush believes that design must necessarily be informed by objective research. In his academic courses, he encourages lateral thinking through cross-disciplinary inquiries.

He believes that structure, process and method form the foundation of any successful design endeavour.

Milestones

Coordinated BReUCom-KRVIA Professional Development Programs, 2020

Organised an International Symposium on “Resilience Approach in Urban Paradigms", 2019

Outreach and Publication Design for “An Ecosystems Approach to Mitigating Urban Flooding - Case Study of an Urban Ward in Mumbai", Aga Khan Agency for Habitat India, 2019

Conducted a workshop on Digital Mapping and Representation, NASA India, 2019

DRONAH Research Grant, Digital Mapping of Local Histories, 2019

Chandni Chowk Redevelopment Project, 2016

Multi-modal Integration of Phase III Metro Stations, New Delhi - UTTIPEC, 2014

Critique of Cujira School Complex, Charles Correa Foundation, 2016-17

Heritage Signage for the city of Panaji, Charles Correa Foundation, 2016-17

Rutika Parulkar

Assistant Professor

Rutika Parulkar

Assistant Professor

Interests

Core interest lies in design processes and methodologies understanding socio cultural responses and their manifestations through tracing the histories of built environment. She is also keen about understanding architecture through creative drawings methods and architectural ideas, particularly which are heuristic in nature.

Pedagogy

Art and architecture education is a bold endeavor. One has to be very intuitive in one’s approach so as to develop natural abilities and temperament of the learner. Also firmly believes that learning about architecture and the built environment is a continuous evolving process creating a culture of independent enquiry and arguments.

Milestones

Worked as teaching assistant at CEPT in 2014 and was involved in teaching history courses. Has practiced as an architect in Nagpur with DAC consultants in 2015. She was also working with SMMCA Nagpur as an assistant professor in 2016 and 2017.
She is teaching in KRVIA since 2018. Apart from involvement in teaching history and theory courses she is also coordinator for the KRVIA Electives since then. Also worked as a research associate for KRVIA Design Cell.

Shweta Wagh

Associate Professor

Shweta Wagh

Associate Professor

Interests

Coastal Commons, Indigenous Rights, Artisanal Fishing, Environmental Policy and Discourse, Conservation Philosophy, Urban Sociology, Political Ecology

Pedagogy

"The ultimate, hidden truth of the world is that it is something that we make, and could just as easily make differently." -David Graeber

Milestones

I am an Urban Conservationist and Associate Professor at the KRVIA. In 2016, I co-founded the Collective for Spatial Alternatives- a Planning and Research Collective based in Mumbai and have worked with various communities and collectives in the city on urban policy and planning related issues. Since 2011, I have been engaged in ethnographic research with the fisher community in Mumbai with a focus on impacts of coastal policy on customary rights and their livelihood commons. I am currently pursuing my PhD in sociology at the department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the IITB.

Hussain Indorewala

Assistant Professor

Hussain Indorewala

Assistant Professor

Pedagogy

"Knowledge is the liberator from the empire of natural forces and destructive passions; without knowledge, the world of our hopes cannot be built. A generation educated in fearless freedom will have wider and bolder hopes than are possible to us, who still have to struggle with the superstitious fears that lie in wait for us below the level of consciousness. Not we, but the free men and women whom we shall create, must see the new world, first in their hopes, and then at last in the full splendour of reality." Bertrand Russell.

Milestones

I am active in various social movements in Mumbai for housing rights, labour rights, sustainable mobility, environmental justice and participatory planning. I am a founder member of the Collective for Spatial Alternatives (CSA), an action research collective. I am also the co-convenor of the citizen's group Aamchi Mumbai Aamchi BEST, a citizen's forum for public transport, that has been advocating for reliable and affordable public transport in Mumbai

Aditya Sawant

Assistant Professor

Aditya Sawant

Assistant Professor

Interests

My practice of urban design and planning has been mainly through research of contemporary urban India as well as cities of the broader global south. My primary interests are issues of low-income housing in urban India and also understanding the larger impact of social, political and economic contexts on urban form and planning along with understanding the role and agency of the practice of urban design in shaping the built environment in the current urban landscape.

Pedagogy

The pedagogical practice is an extension of this research where questions evolved in the research practice are further explored and debated through course work. The pedagogy is imagined as a dialogue with students, who coming from different cities across India, also enrich this debate through their own experiences and perspectives.

Milestones

As a researcher I have also worked with Non-governmental organisations like Society for Promotion of Area Resource Center (SPARC) in Mumbai on rehabilitation housing for informal settlements and was the Research Director for the ‘State of Housing India’ exhibition held by the Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI) in Mumbai in 2018.

Programs

The Kamla Raheja Experiment started in 1992 with a goal to arrest the drift in architectural education. In pursuit of an illusive profile for a new syllabus, a positive and inclusive system seemed appropriate. Without negating existing archaic courses required for redundant exam oriented teaching, K.R.V.I.A.  converted them into discourses by deconstructed university prescribed syllabus. Interactive discourses by non-tenured scholars put dynamic charge into these topics to lift them from banality into deep inquiries. These events produced a new and congenial academic environment for learning. – Sen Kapadia, Founder Director