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SEA CONVERSATIONS
monsoon 2022


DRAWING OUT NATURES  


The shared ecologies that human and more-than-human life inhabit in the face of today’s pervasive fossil fuel extraction, menacing deglaciation, rising oceanic acidification, spreading wildfires, intensifying suspended particulates, seeping toxins and amplified sound waves are cast as worlds in environmental ‘crises’ or climate ‘emergencies.’ We witness two widespread responses to the turbulences and uncertainties that threaten to transpose the shared ecologies of our worlds to a putative tipping point of ecological crises and climate emergencies. First, from their Enlightenment roots, the ‘nature-culture’ and ‘ecology-economics’ dualism has translated, over the course of the last three centuries, into the bureaucratic simplifications of complex knowledge systems into regulatory approaches to abate, regulate, protect, conserve and sustain our habitats. Such simplifications now find articulation visions based in large, centralized, quantitative data based, cartographic information systems to manage and re-engineer territories, resources and populations. Large data based information systems have found their zenith, so to speak, in calculations of carbon emissions whose monetary abstractions can now be traded for credit. Concurrently, there has been a proliferation of diverse activist engagements across the world whose protagonists aim to undo the injustices that, according to them, lie at the heart of the visions to regulate, manage and re-engineer territories. Advancing rights-based approaches to the environment, such activist engagements have been working towards strengthening or pushing back the forms of regulation, management and re-engineering embedded in the bureaucratic simplification of complex knowledge systems. As such, both tendencies expand or erode sociospatial claims on shared ecologies of the worlds that human and more-than-human life inhabit. This SEA Conversations lecture series is situated in a context shaped by the need to interrogate the expansion and erosion of sociospatial claims in the shared ecologies of the worlds that human and more-than-human life inhabit. 



speakers

17.06.22    
Fotini Takirdiki
01.07.22    
Lindsay Bremner
15.07.22    
K. Sakthivel & Vibhavari Sarangan
29.07.22    
Hemang Mistry
12.08.22     Biju Bhaskar  <<

26.08.22    
Rohan Kale
09.09.22  
  Ignacio Farias
23.09.22    
Maksud Ali Mondal



Session #5
Reclaiming our Lost Natural Building Practices

by Biju Bhaskar



on Fri., 12 August 2022 @ 5:30 PM IST



This lecture offers an insight into various native natural building techniques that frame the orientation of Thannal - a natural building awareness group. It discusses ways in which these techniques can be integrated within the present-day construction practice including wall systems, roofing, surface finishes and allied aspects.


ABOUT

Born in Kerala, India, to a farmer’s family, Biju Bhaskar stopped his studies at a conventional architecture college and travelled extensively in different parts of Indian villages. For one and a half years he worked under a tribal master making driftwood sculptures in Khajuraho. He founded Thannal Natural Homes in 2011, a natural building awareness group and is still continuing his inner journey in the self-study and earthen shelter movement in India. In the last decade, he has spent his time in research & documentation of indigenous shelters, spreading awareness through taking classes, workshops and publishing articles, books and videos on natural buildings.



This is an online series. It has been co-curated and supported by the Shared Ecologies program of the Shyama Foundation along with the ongoing support of Urban Centre Mumbai.
The events are free and open to everyone across the world.
 

Session #3
Afforesting Urban Landscape: Miyawaki Forest
by K Sakthivel and Vibhavari Sarangan


on Fri., 15 July 2022 @ 5:30 PM IST



This presentation discusses a collaborative experiment between architects, researchers and cultivators that aims at infusing the urban fabric with indigenous and fast growing forests. These environmental nodes or zones, we hope, shall act as resilient corridors towards alleviating the effects of climate change.
 

ABOUT  

Sakthivel is a Madurai based environmentalist. He founded and manages RainMan Enviro Solutions, Madurai. He is renowned for creating Madurai's first Miywaki forest and has gone on to cultivate and care for many such large scale Miyawaki forests in Tamil Nadu.

Vibhavari is an architect from School of Environment & Architecture, Mumbai (2020). She has studied cultivation practices in dense urban areas and curated a greening project that aims to create environmentally-active social nodes in Padma Nagar and other such vulnerable settlements that dot the edges of the Deonar dumpyard.



This is an online series. It has been co-curated and supported by the Shared Ecologies program of the Shyama Foundation along with the ongoing support of Urban Centre Mumbai.
The events are free and open to everyone across the world.
 


Session #3
Afforesting Urban Landscape: Miyawaki Forest
by K Sakthivel and Vibhavari Sarangan


on Fri., 15 July 2022 @ 5:30 PM IST



This presentation discusses a collaborative experiment between architects, researchers and cultivators that aims at infusing the urban fabric with indigenous and fast growing forests. These environmental nodes or zones, we hope, shall act as resilient corridors towards alleviating the effects of climate change.
 

ABOUT  

Sakthivel is a Madurai based environmentalist. He founded and manages RainMan Enviro Solutions, Madurai. He is renowned for creating Madurai's first Miywaki forest and has gone on to cultivate and care for many such large scale Miyawaki forests in Tamil Nadu.

Vibhavari is an architect from School of Environment & Architecture, Mumbai (2020). She has studied cultivation practices in dense urban areas and curated a greening project that aims to create environmentally-active social nodes in Padma Nagar and other such vulnerable settlements that dot the edges of the Deonar dumpyard.



This is an online series. It has been co-curated and supported by the Shared Ecologies program of the Shyama Foundation along with the ongoing support of Urban Centre Mumbai.
The events are free and open to everyone across the world.