Author Archives: Siddharth Menon

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/

CARTOGRAPHIC EXERCISES

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” […]

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/grants/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 […]