Author Archives: Siddharth Menon Architect

PUBLIC: SPACES WITH “NATURAL” HABITAT

The following interview was published in Sawdust on the occasion of World Environment Day where I speak about the need to deconstruct our understandings of “nature” and “sustainability” to include social relations, people, and labor. To read the complete interview please visit https://sawdust.online/interviews/sustainable-architecture/ Spaces with Natural Habitat “We need to deconstruct our notion of “sustainable architecture” […]

AWARDS: IJURR FOUNDATION STUDENTSHIP

I’m happy to announce that I am one of the recipients of the 2020 IJURR Foundation Studentship for my proposed doctoral dissertation research, titled “(De)Constructing Concrete: Capital, Nature, and Infrastructure in Urbanizing India.” More details can be found at https://www.ijurr.org/ijurr-foundation/studentships/awarded/

PUBLIC: Episode 3: Architect + Geographer Siddharth Menon

The following podcast interview was conducted by Lauren Gifford for Carbon Social Club where we spoke about concrete, architecture, and rapidly transforming urban environments in the Global South. To listen to the whole interview, please visit https://www.carbonsocialclub.com/episodes/episode-3-architect-geographer-siddharth-menon

Public: The Social Life of Concrete

The following interview was conducted by GBSNP Varma and published in Fountain Ink Magazine in their February 2020 issue. To read the whole interview, please visit https://fountainink.in/qna/the-social-life-of-concrete- Things around us shape us, influence us, and create an experience. They shape our environments, our economies and our life in perhaps not so obvious a manner. Things […]

PUBLIC: Infrastructure’s Inequalities: A Conversation with Nikhil Anand and Nausheen Anwar

The following podcast was published by Edge Effects Magazine on December 3, 2019. To read/listen to the whole podcast please visit edgeeffects.net/anand-anwar-infrastructures/ After World War II, large infrastructural projects in the Global South like dams, canals, roads, electric power stations, and water pipes were associated with ideas of development, progress, and modernity. These projects promised […]

Talk: Holtz Center for STS Brown Bag, UW-Madison

As a recipient of 2018-2020 Holtz Center Top-Up Fellowship, I will be presenting my upcoming research on cement/concrete construction in India along with other student award winners at the Holtz Center Brown Bag Series. The Graduate Student Award Winners Panel will take place on Thursday, December 5, 12.30-1.30 PM in 8411 Social Sciences. Please find […]

TALK: HISTORY OF SCIENCE BROWN BAG, UW-MADISON

I will be speaking at the History of Science Brown Bag Lecture Series at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Many thanks to Prof. Pablo Gomez for the invitation. The talk is titled “Gendering Cement, Cementing Gender: The Puccafication of Subjectivities in Urbanizing India.” Please find a working abstract below. Houses in the Kangra valley of Himachal […]

Book Review: “The Promise of Infrastructure” by Nikhil Anand, Akhil Gupta & Hannah Appel (eds.)

Please find below an excerpt from my review of The Promise of Infrastructure by Nikhil Anand, Akhil Gupta & Hannah Appel (eds.) for The AAG Review of Books. To read the full review, please follow this link. The Promise of Infrastructure. Anand, Nikhil; Gupta, Akhil; Appel, Hannah (eds.). Durham: Duke University Press, 2018. viii and 256 pp.; acknowledgements, contributors, […]

Workshop: Urban Climates: Power, Development, and Environment in South Asia; Dartmouth College

I was happy to be a part of the Urban Climates: Power, Development, and Environment in South Asia workshop at Dartmouth College on October 11, 12 2019. Many thanks to Nida Rehman and Aparna Parikh for organizing the same. Please find below a poster of the workshop theme, a poster for a film by Hira Nabi, […]

Praxis: Kudali Learning Center, Telangana

I’m happy to share that the Kudali Learning Center in Medak, Telangana is up and running. Please find below a small snippet from their website, yakshi.org.in/kudali/. Here is a document that captures the collaborative process of the construction with different stakeholders, communities, and landscapes between January 2014 and December 2016. Kūdali – is a transformative space for […]