June2021  

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4th Friday 

Covid Glossary Symposium
5th Saturday

Covid Glossary Symposium
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Reading Session 

Excerpts  from One Hundred Years/ One Hundred Voices- The Millworkers of Girangao: An Oral History
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24th Saturday 

Covid Glossary at Pampa
Literature Festival  

25th June

Friday


Light Infrastructures is an initiative by Chaal Chaal Agency, to experiment with infrastructural conditions in the Indian subcontinent - while foreseeing its applicability in other contexts of the global south - through a design-research agenda aimed at the support of community leadership.
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By Semester VII on Emerging  Urbanisation in the time of a virus
29th Thursday

By Semester VII on Emerging  Urbanisation in the time of a virus
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July2021

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9th July    

Friday


In 2014, Matter was established as a juxtaposition of the two passions shared between Ruturaj Parikh and Maanasi Hattangadi - architecture and books. This lecture outlines some core principles / values with loose threads to work - a reflective, introspective discussion on the ideas and efforts that shape our practice today.
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23rd July   

Friday


The talk will cover the interdisciplinary practice at Social Design Collaborative which engages with under-represented communities typically left out of urban planning processes and the purview of architectural services. Presenting the team's work with farmers, street vendors, home based workers, waste pickers and construction workers, the discussion aims to reinterpret and expand the role of the architect through three subversions - the architect as an activist, the architect as an archivist and the architect as a facilitator.
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Launch of Centre for Spatial Studies and the book ‘Multiplicities by Neera Adarkar    
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Allied Design Common Presentation  
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Elective Week
31st, Tuesday 

Elective Week 

Reading Session: Trickster City

Movie: Masaan and Sisak  

Aug2021

1st, Wednesday
 
Elective Week  

Reading Session:
Vyakti ani Valli - PL Deshpande
Poisoned Bread- Translations from modern dalit literature
2nd Thursday 

Elective Week  
Reading Session:
Works of Urdu poets like Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Asadullah Khan Galib and Allama Iqbal
3rd Friday 





Elective Week  
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6th Aug 

Friday


What is the purpose of building on the margins? What should it do for the people who occupy those margins? Should it merely concern itself with the tangible or is it capable of doing something more - like challenging spatial or social hegemony? The talk questions the act of building through stories of three communities who have been  marginalized socially, politically, ecologically and spatially.
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Movie: Kalira Atita  


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13th, Friday 

Reading Session
Excerpts  from One Hundred Years/ One Hundred Voices- The Millworkers of Girangao: An Oral History
14th, Saturday


Reading Session:
Poisoned Bread- Translations from modern dalit literature      
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20th Aug 

Friday


Dinghaiqiao Mutual Aid Society was initiated by Chen Yun in 2014 in a historical working-class neighborhood in Northeast Shanghai, consisting of older generations of workers in the surrounding Cotton Textile Industry and new immigrant workers and small business dealers from surrounding provinces since the 1990s. The talks now look at examples of spatio-social engagements beyond our native context.
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25th, Sunday
Movie: Uski Roti  
 
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Sept2021

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Movie: Ashaad ka ek din  


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Dayanita Singh discusses her book ‘Portrait of a House’
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24th Sept 

Friday


Coopia is a cooperative practice that works through pedagogical and spatial processes for the transformation of territory at various scales. It self-manages, articulates and develops projects that recognize the agency of spatial practices. Its ethos is composed of four principles: cooperate, repeat, (re)distribute and refuse. Coopia was founded in 2019 and currently comprises 18 associates from distinct fields of work and experience. They are located between Bogotá, México and Lima.
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Oct2021 



1st Oct 

Friday


Fields are the drawing boards of life, making practices generational rather than disciplinary. Medical studies and design thinking turns into desperate attempts of human beings to attempt for durability and comfort. When ephemerality occupies the central force in making process and toil, then it leads to reducing the hierarchy of materials. Ephemerality alters the notion of comfort and desire in relation with space and materials. Ephemerality at the threshing floor will trace the observations, stories, situations and insertions in the fields forming the corpus of this talk. 

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15th Oct 

Friday


This talk investigates the agency of architecture using Design for Transitions as a broad developmental framework that allows for new processes and modes of Worldmaking. It foregrounds Arturo Escobar's notion of the Pluriverse, a theoretical construct for a world where many worlds fit, as a design prompt for architecture and the built environment. This entails the deconstruction of the global developmentalist model of late capitalism in favor of hyperlocal, autonomous, and inclusive models of Worldmaking that also promote planetary solidarity across cultures. Upon constructing this theoretical ground, the talk focuses on two recent projects that locate agency across distinct geographies and temporalities.
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  Reading Session  
Excerpts  from One Hundred Years/ One Hundred Voices- The Millworkers of Girangao: An Oral History
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Building Agency


On 16th March 2020, the Supreme Court of India made an interpretation of the Architects Act of 1972 that shook the legislative identity of architects in the country. The Act had prohibited anyone who is not registered by the Council of Architecture (and not qualified as an architect) to use the title of the ‘architect’. For years, this prohibition was interpreted as a prohibition on participating in the building making industry as a designer, supervisor, etc. The Supreme Court’s interpretation severed the two aspects - while it recognised that use of the title of an ‘architect’ is connected to qualification, registration, etc; it ruled that the Act does not provide any prohibition on anyone for participating in the building making activity in any capacity. Even though architects contribute to a miniscule proportion of the built environment, the architectural community felt threatened for its identity and agency.

In response to the fresh economic flows of post liberalization, architecture in India almost willingly took a service-oriented tone, moulding private capital into bold, unapologetic delivery of absolutely new building types. The architectural portfolios in the last three decades have been largely about second homes, private townships, corporate complexes or commercial enclaves. To a large extent, these must also be read as the exigent and inevitable responses to the restructuring of the national economy itself.




This has been a clear departure from architects who grew up in the socialist state in providing solutions for large scale affordable housing, city expansions or public institutions. The new millennium has only brought to fore the difficult realities of the built environment we come to inhabit today – those that have created social and spatial polarizations that are sharper and evident than ever before. This is particularly evident in the increasing number of protests across the world that are deeply related to access to resources

‘Building Agency’ aims to address the question of how architecture becomes relevant for / in society today. There are two main dimensions to this question - how does spatial design shape societal relationships; and how could a spatial practitioner contribute responsibly and potently to the emerging complexities of spatial operation today? The series invites spatial practitioners who have been formulating visions, trajectories, questions, methods and processes through which the environmental apparatus may be configured afresh. These discussions, we expect, will offer useful directions for contemporary spatial pedagogy and practice.







Public Lectures


SEA Conversations is a fortnightly lecture series set up to establish a dialogue on contemporary issues and practices around the built and cultural environment. SEA invites imminent practitioners from various disciplines to engage with the students and the community at large. A single 4-month semester session is planned for 8 lectures, thus, an annual cycle may have 16 SEA City Conversations. These sessions may be curated around focused thematics in order to explore a subject through the lecture series. Alternatively, the conversations may be strung along the research verticals of the school. Typically, conversations are structured as hour-long presentations by invited speakers followed by moderated discussions and audience questions and answers. However, SEA Conversations are open to explore formats such as performance-discussions, panel discussions, book openings, debates, and so on.

 

2021

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Second Cities         
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Monsoon


Building Agency  
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2020

Winter


Many Languages
Many Architectures

2020

Monsoon


South Asian
Landscapes

2019

Winter


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Monsoon


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Winter


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Monsoon


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Winter


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2016

Winter


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Monsoon


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Winter


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Monsoon



2014

Winter


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GO BACK




Many Languages Many Architectures


The overwhelming philosophical ubiquity of the Cartesian substructure in our everyday built environment seems to frame the horizon of architectural practice. Invented merely over the last two centuries, orthography has come to shape the dominant mode in which buildings are taught, administered and produced across the globe. As a by-product of the European Enlightenment, asserting its scientific stronghold, orthography tends to foreclose interpretations (and thereby alternative translations) of ideas into experiential forms that humankind eventually inhabits. Such a visual language for pedagogy and practice should necessarily be linked to other forms of communication within a culture. Clearly then, the mode of spatial imagination is informed by the ways in which it is spoken, read, thought, written, drawn or even sculpted.







Even if recent ambitions of architecture attempt to neutralize space into a homogenized entity, one can safely assume the geographical and cultural diversity across the globe. Could these diversities allow us to philosophically interrogate and expand upon the methods in which the design of spatial relationships can take place? This season of conversations at SEA aims to dwell upon the spatial syntax beyond the existing predominant visual and narrative forms that architecture seems to be suspended in. We aim to suggest and celebrate: many languages, many architectures. Over the sessions, the series shall invite spatial practitioners who have been experimenting with forms of imagining and dialoguing with architecture. We intend to join their thoughts with the hope of expanding the limits of spatial imagination. How does the question of language - in its expanded understanding - shape architecture? Such beginnings may allow us to generate a discussion around the politics of representation in architecture, and the avenues it opens/forecloses for spatial thinking.





 

Dec2021  

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11th Dec

Friday


Barrister Nath Pai’s contribution has been seminal to articulation of socialism in India. Representing the people of Konkan and his party the Praja Socialist Party, he has been the staunch interrogator of Nehruvian socialism during the 1950s and 60s. In his biography, Aditi Pai ties together stories of her grand uncle bringing to the reader vivid images of his personal life and his intellectual journeys, which have been key in shaping his ideologies, his practice and his politics.
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21st Dec

Dissertation Thesis Symposium

22nd Dec

Dissertation
Thesis
Symposium

23rd Dec

Dissertation
Thesis
Symposium

24th Dec

Dissertation
Thesis
Symposium

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Jan2021

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Feb2021

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05th Feb

Thresholds: A Symposium for Architecture Graduates

06th Feb

Post
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26th Feb

Friday


The lecture will cultivate the understanding of the ‘many’ by advocating a position in architecture that emphasizes a radical differentiation across the full spectrum of architectural production, of which the only result cannot be but the dissolving of the notion of the ‘architectural project’.
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Mar2022

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Friday


The presentation The Lightness of Mass brings together drawing, printmaking and sculpture to share the artist's long-term interests in materiality and how it provokes different interpretations of architectural space. The relationships between abstraction and spatial representation are presented through graphite and ink drawings, etching and woodcut prints, photography and cast-iron sculpture developed at foundries on the outskirts of New Delhi.
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Belgian-Swiss, Barcelona based architect Edouard Cabay brings his investigations into different materialities related to drawing, painting and spatial interventions that he calls micro-geographies opens up the discourse of what determines a creative process.
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19th Mar

Friday


In this talk, artist Gagan Singh reflects upon how his practice has shaped up through drawing. He will look closely upon his works that explore the nature of sketchbooks, the nature of site and Writing on his drawing practice.
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Conferences


The Annual Conference at SEA anchors the Graduation event and recurs once every year. It is generally planned along with the Graduation ceremony. The conference brings together 4-8 international experts in conversation with the faculty at the school, to further the inquiries at the school and position them (internationally) within the academic sphere. The Conference curatorially attempts to catalyze contemporary underpinnings of spatial practice within one’s context. It brings together students, practitioners, academics and the public from different parts of the city and country. The annual conference must allow the academic and strategic networks of the school while inviting fresh perspectives within one’s own thinking ecology. The conference shall be planned as a city-wide event to accommodate larger publics while being open to everyone across the world via virtual interfaces.


Symposiums are discussions that take place over two to four days at the school, around designed session topics. Symposia at SEA offers an opportunity for a broader student engagement with the invited speakers, and often, events where students are in direct conversation with the speakers. The symposia at the school may be open to the public. All student and postgraduate research at the school may be discussed through the format of symposium. Over the year, four such events shall be planned regularly:
  1. Dissertation Project Symposium - April 2022 - 3-4 days // To discuss the final year research works of the students enrolled for the five year B Arch programme
  2. Thesis Symposiums - December 2021 - 3-4 days // To discuss the final year thesis design propositions of the students enrolled for the five year B Arch programme
  3. Research Projects Symposiums - July 2022 - 1-2 days //  To bring the research associates and research heads involved with the research verticals at the school in discussion with invited external experts.
  4. Graduation Symposium - February 2022 - 1 day // Fully student driven discussions engaging the graduating student body from across the country bringing them in conversation with those at the school.

Architects’ Roundtable


The Architects’ Panel aims to make a focused discussion involving architectural offices and or pedagogues around relevant contemporary themes. The event is conceived as a panel discussion with a possibility of exploratory format where practitioners share notes, ideas, questions and deepen the role of practice. The event brings together 4-6 practices of architecture from across the country. The moderation of the discussion shall be facilitated by the school. Bringing the built environment under academic scrutiny. What kind of critical positions can the academia take vis-a-vis the building making practice? How do we evaluate practice from the position of academia?


Exhibitions



A Special Exhibition is held annually bringing to fore works exploring architectural ideas, innovations, inquiries, incidents, inceptions. These may include practices (or group of practices), archival research within architecture, emerging practices or curated architectural material within the public domain. Architectural exhibitions offer a platform for institutional validation of practice, allow the public to engage with questions of space and place, create grounds for new questions and build cross-disciplinary discourses. As a way of building an archive, knowledge repository. Think of it as a citywide event, upping the scale.



Pavilions