Author Archives: Siddharth Menon

FIELDWORK: CONSTRUCTING COCHIN

Lecture: Class, Caste, Gender & Intersectional Design

RESEARCH: CRITICAL GEOGRAPHIES OF SAND

Below is a collection of essays and articles written by critical scholars and commentators about one of the most widely extracted materials on earth: sand. This list has been compiled with the assistance of many colleagues and peers at conferences and workshops over the last few years. It is not meant to be an exhaustive list, […]

AWARDS: Taraknath Das Memorial Fellowship

I’m happy to announce that I am the first recipient of the prestigious Taraknath Das Memorial Fellowship for carrying out my doctoral dissertation research project in Kochi, Kerala in southern India, “(De)Constructing Concrete: Capital, Nature, and Infrastructures in Urbanizing India”. More details about my project can be found at https://www.indiastudies.org/first-taraknath-das-memorial-fellowship-awarded-to-siddharth-menon/

AWARDS: AIIS JUNIOR FELLOWSHIP

I’m happy to announce that I have been awarded an American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) Junior Fellowship (2022-2023) for carrying out my doctoral dissertation research project, “(De)Constructing Concrete: Capital, Nature, and Infrastructures in Urbanizing India.” More details about the award can be found at https://www.indiastudies.org/research-fellowship-programs/current-aiis-fellows/

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.