Author Archives: Siddharth Menon

PUBLIC: Remembering Didi Contractor, a Champion of Indigenous Styles in Built Environments

I wrote something for The Wire in memory of Didi Contractor who passed away on 5 July, 2021. Many thanks to Himanshu Burte for his encouragement. Please find the article here.

RESEARCH: DIDI CONTRACTOR RESOURCES

91-year-old environmental designer and builder – Delia (Didi) Narayan Contractor – passed away peacefully at her home on July 5, 2021. I had the privilege of working closely with her as a junior architect for three years from 2011 to 2014 in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. She instilled in me an ethos of critical thinking and […]

LECTURE: VALUING WATER

On the occasion of World Water Day on 22 March 2021, I will be speaking about water and sustainable development at Beyond Square Feet: A triannual lecture series on Sustainable Development, organized by Asset Homes in Kochi, Kerala. Many thanks to Mr. Sunil Kumar, MD – Asset Homes, for the invitation. Please find details of […]

REVIEW: ROADSIDES

I was happy to serve as one of the reviewers for the Open Access e-journal: Roadsides‘ latest collection of essays, titled “Architecture and/as Infrastructure,” which was edited by Madlen Kobi and Nadine Plachta. It contains some excellent short essays about the fuzzy boundaries between architectures and infrastructures. To read the full issue, please visit https://roadsides.net/collection-no-004/

RESEARCH: CRITICAL CARTOGRAPHY

Below is a selection of maps that I made as part of the course GEOG 370: Introduction to Cartography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Many thanks to Ruth Trumble, Chenxiao Atlas Guo, and Deepika Amonkar  for their helpful comments and guidance.

RESEARCH: THE SOCIAL SCIENCE OF CEMENT & CONCRETE

Below is a collection of essays and articles written by social science and humanities scholars about one of the most widely found materials on earth: concrete. This list has been compiled with the assistance of countless colleagues and peers at conferences and workshops over the last few years. I hope it will be useful for […]

RESEARCH: URBAN POLITICAL ECOLOGY

Below are sections of my reading list that I compiled for my preliminary/qualifying exams in Human Geography at University of Wisconsin-Madison. I am indebted to many professors and colleagues in graduate seminars and conferences who directed me to these excellent sources. This is not meant to be an exhaustive or definitive list. I have selected […]

RESEARCH: URBAN GEOGRAPHY

Below are sections of my reading list that I compiled for my preliminary/qualifying exams in Human Geography at University of Wisconsin-Madison. I am indebted to many professors and colleagues in graduate seminars and conferences who directed me to these excellent sources. This is not meant to be an exhaustive or definitive list. I have selected […]

RESEARCH: ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY

Below are sections of my reading list that I compiled for my preliminary/qualifying exams in Human Geography at University of Wisconsin-Madison. I am indebted to many professors and colleagues in graduate seminars and conferences who directed me to these excellent sources. This is not meant to be an exhaustive or definitive list. I have selected […]

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” […]