Tag Archives: Rural


This is a short essay that I wrote for the South Asian Urban Climates blog which is a “platform for discussion, collaboration, and emerging scholarship on the histories, power structures, and material assemblages that make up the climate in and across South Asian cities.” Many thanks to Nida Rehman and Aparna Parikh for bringing this […]

Book Review: “Shiptown: Between Rural and Urban North India” by Ann Grodzins Gold

Please find below an excerpt from my review of Shiptown: Between Rural and Urban North India by Ann Grodzins Gold for Economic and Political Weekly To read the full review, please follow this link. Betwixt and Between Shifting Identities of a Provincial Town Siddharth Menon (sidmen@gmail.com) is a doctoral student, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States. Shiptown: […]

Public: Urban Blueprint-Go Local

This essay was published in Myliveablecity, October 2015 edition (www.myliveablecity.com). Can be viewed here. In poor countries of the ‘developing’ world, the issue of affordable housing has been a bone of contention between the different stake-holders involved. Resources are scarce, economic and social conditions dire, and populations burgeoning. All these forces create a potent mix […]


I will be speaking at a public lecture hosted by Edible Garden City and Open Farm Community in Singapore on August 12, 2015. The public lecture is titled “Mud Architecture in the Contemporary World: Lessons from Rural India.”      

Conference: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee

I had the opportunity to present my work at the “National Conference on Sustainable Built Environment 2015” at IIT Roorkee on April 10, 2015. Find below my abstract and some images from the presentation.

TALK: Engaging Architecture in India Series, Mumbai

I will be speaking at the Engaging Architecture in India Series on Transitional Rurality: Lessons from the Indian Hinterland. It is an international conference of architectural practitioners, educationists, entrepreneurs, and stake holders and will be hosted by IES College of Architecture, Mumbai on January 16-17, 2015.


I will be speaking at Bund, New Delhi on December 12, 2014 at 5 pm. The public lecture is titled “The Story of Mud: Role of a Modern Architect in Rural India.”


I will be speaking at a public lecture hosted by Sathya Consultants in Bangalore on September 10, 2013. The lecture is titled “Rural Building Practices: Kangra Valley of Himachal Pradesh.”


I will be speaking at a public lecture hosted by Lamakaan, Hyderabad on September 6, 2013. The lecture is titled “Rural Building Systems” and will address recent transformations in regional building construction practices in the Kangra valley of Himachal Pradesh.


I will be speaking at a public lecture hosted by Studio-X, Mumbai on May 28, 2013 at 6.30 pm.