Design and Culture
Design and Culture
Canadian Centre for Mindful Habitats and Bachelor of Interior Design Program, Algonquin College, Ottawa present a cross-cultural series of 8 webinars, 2021 titled
Curator and Moderator: Pallavi Swaranjali
Student Organizers: Bachelor of Interior Design Program, Algonquin College, Ottawa
Techno-Narratives: The Real and the Virtual
This session focusing on cultural heritage documentation where Katie Graham and Joy Sen discuss digital-cultural storytelling. Katie Graham presents examples of the projects she has worked on in Canada including the Canadian Parliamentary Precincts Project while Joy Sen discusses his work in Kolkata and the sacred ancient city of Varanasi in India. What constitutes and characterizes the translation from the real to the virtual in a cultural context? What is the nature and role of cultural memory and imagination in the real and the virtual? Does technology aid, alter, reinforce, morph, or recalibrate the understanding, dissemination, and preservation of culture?
Navigating the Conundrums of Digital Knowledge Creation
Rethinking Building Craft as an Urban Catalyst
“New Continuities” brings in the uniqueness and wisdom of regional, vernacular, and traditional spatial practices which emphasize cultural sensibilities, sense of place, and context-specific meaning and measures of age-old spatial-cultural wisdom. Riyaz Tayyibji uncovers the regional wisdom of Gujarat and coastal areas of India while contemplating on if/how these can be imported into contemporary design practice. Shawn Bailey reflects on the joys and challenges of percolating his design teaching with a sensibility of Indigenious Knowledge systems.
This Thing called Cultural Space
Ronn Daniel, Ankur Choksi, and Sidhartha Talwar bring in theoretical, historical, and practice-derived insights to the question : What is a Cultural Space? They debate on if/why some spaces are more cultural than others ? If/how/when does a designed space and the culture it responds to intersect/collide? In such a scenario how is the brief developed, what is the project methodology of design and construction, and the nature of the project narrative. If architects pursue the making of a cultural space, how are those stories of making heard after the building is built and is in use?
Emergence and Improvisation
Ambrish Arora and William Willoughby discuss the qualities of Emergence and Improvisation as necessary and beneficial attributes of the design process. Does a process like that warrant the translation of socio-cultural aspects through design in the built work? Do the prioritization of socio-cultural aspects and design ever compete with each other? Looking at emergence through a historical, theoretical and professional lens, this session questions our present understanding of design in academia and practice.
The Continual Creation of Culture: Memory, Diaspora, and Material Culture
Celebrating Disruption brings forth the architectures of celebration and the celebration of architecture, playfully accentuating the qualities of predictability and disruption as complementaries. Vibhuti Sachdev shares insights on the material culture of festivals of courtly Jaipur, identifying festivals as times of what she calls “amplified living.” She discusses the predictability of the festivals while highlighting the adaptations of rituals and traditions over time. Roger Connah shares how a studio for the National Institute of Design in India both celebrates and disrupts the norms of design thinking. Here the Nexus studio(1986) utilized, disrupted, and celebrated objects, events, and actors on the Paldi traffic roundabout. Through these discussions, the speakers deliberate on culture, architecture and design as both celebration and reference for rethinking modes and channels of rich and amplified living