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IDENTITY IN ARCHITECTURE

Buildings are physical manifestations of the political, social, and cultural environments in which they are situated. They tell stories about who we are as people and inform our sense of group or individual identity which has to do with gender, a region, a locality, ethnic group or a nation.

 

The concept of identity is fundamentally linked to how we situate ourselves in society. Moving towards a modern global world view, the sense of identity of a place is increasingly becoming questionable. Quoting Koolhaas from Venice biennale 2014, “In 1914, it made sense, perhaps, to talk about ‘Chinese’ architecture, ‘Swiss’ architecture, ‘Indian’ architecture… One hundred years later, under the influence of wars, revolutions, diverse political regimes, different states of development, architectural movements, and technological progress, architectures that were once specific and local have become seemingly interchangeable and global.”

This raises two important questions: Has identity been sacrificed to modernization? In an era of globalization is the “where” of architecture becoming increasingly irrelevant?

 

If we look at identity in architecture as a process of articulating the attributes that define a ‘self’, persons or buildings which are associated with real or imagined people and communities, then architects play an important role in articulating the identities of the groups concerned with the projects. All our choices of configuration, material, aesthetic, proportion and scale can be viewed as part of the project of identity formation. KVDF 2019 encourages participants to look at how their projects contribute to the idea of identity in architecture.

RE – THINKING TYPE

Each era faces the challenge to adapt to the rapid changes in technology, social needs and cultural ideals. With these changes affecting the way people behave in a space it eventually affects the use of buildings. More specifically, it claims that ‘the reality of what is happening inside buildings nowadays is much more complex, diverse and multi-layered than a single word can describe.’ Although this change is not recent can be traced in some of the most common ‘types’ like shops and homes. The discourse is oriented to discuss the ways to deal with such challenges with reference to the student projects.

RESPONSE TO CONTEXT

This category comprises of projects that are driven by a dominant context and the projects respond to its surrounding. The projects either informed by the historic forms or build in response to a strong historic event.

COMMUNITY BASED PROJECTS

The projects in this category responds to the needs of a particular community or help uplift a group of people to provide them with opportunity.

MEMORIAL LECTURE

A seminal lecture held in the memory of Professor Kurula Varkey focusing on the future of architectural education and profession.

ICE BREAKER SESSION

One on one conversations between the participants and the panellists about the theme in reference to participants’ projects.

DESIGN TALKS

Talks by the invited panellists in an informal setup to know more about their personal experience and journey and the realm of ‘practice’.

FORUM EXHIBITION

Curated display of all the received entries.

CURATED DISCUSSIONS

Critical sessions where the participants begin by presenting their projects and with the help of the moderator, these projects are looked at through the lens of the theme ‘Identity in Architecture’ in order to gain a larger perspective on contemporary architecture.

DAY:1, 16th August 2019

 

17:30-  Introduction to KVDF 2019
18:30   Kurula Varkey memorial lecture by Vandana Sinh

19:00   Ice Breaker Session

20:00   Long Table Dinner

21:00   Jam Session

 

 

 

DAY:2  17th August 2019

 

08:00   Breakfast

09:30   Thematic Session 1, ‘Re thinking Type’

12:00  Lunch

13:30  Key note Lecture: Verendra Wakhloo and Milinda pathiraja

15:00  Chai Break

15:30 Thematic Session 2, ‘Beyond Shelter’

17:30  Break Out Session

 

DAY:3  18th August 2019

 

09:00   Breakfast

09:30   Thematic session 3 ‘Responding to the Contextual identity through Design’

12:00   Lunch

13:30  Key note Lectures: Shweta Wagh and Anand Sonecha

15:00  Lunch

14:30   Chair Break and Break Out Session

16:30   Key note Lecture: Mirjana Lozanovska
Culmination Session

Moderators

Panelists

Memorial

Lecture

Shubhra Raje

In Moderators 2019 / Panelist 2017

Jigna Desai

In Moderators 2019

Sonal Mithal

In Moderators 2018 / Moderators 2019

Anand Sonecha

In Panelists 2019

Vandana Sinh

In memorial lecture 2019 / Panelists 2019

Shweta Wagh

In Panelists 2019

Milinda Pathiraja

In Panelists 2019

Verendra Wakhloo

In Panelists 2019

Mirjana Lozanovska

In Panelists 2019

Vandana Sinh

In memorial lecture 2019 / Panelists 2019

SELECTED ENTRIES

RE-THINKING TYPE

BEYOND SHELTER

RESPONDING TO THE

CONTEXTUAL IDENTITY

THROUGH DESIGN 

Midway Shelter

In Re-thinking type

Expandable space on vertical axis

In Re-thinking type

Everyday X Governance

In Re-thinking type

Architecture and Power

In Re-thinking type

Architecture and Memory

In Re-thinking type

Tarpan

In Beyond Shelter

Object(s) of Reconciliation

In Beyond Shelter

Lost Charms

In Beyond Shelter

Housing Redevelopment

In Beyond Shelter

A Place for Khadi Weavers

In Beyond Shelter

Mending of a broken piece of architecture

In Responding to the contextual identity through design

Krishti

In Responding to the contextual identity through design

Into the Graveyard

In Responding to the contextual identity through design

Conflict-Zones- Perspective & Future

In Responding to the contextual identity through design

Anughotok

In Responding to the contextual identity through design