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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Talks by the invited panellists in an informal setup to know more about their personal experience and journey and the realm of ‘practice’.
Curated display of all the received entries.
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
09:30 Thematic Session 1, ‘Re thinking Type’
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
09:30 Thematic session 3 ‘Responding to the Contextual identity through Design’
13:30 Key note Lectures: Shweta Wagh and Anand Sonecha
14:30 Chair Break and Break Out Session
16:30 Key note Lecture: Mirjana Lozanovska