Tag Archives: Siddharth Menon

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/

Workshop: Third Annual International Anthropology of Concrete Workshop 2019, Rice University

It was great interacting with critical scholars working on the relationship between concrete and society from different interdisciplinary perspectives on 2 March, 2019 at Rice University, Houston. A special thanks to Kali Rubaii for organizing the same and for the images. Details below. Ecopolitics of Cement and Concrete Third Annual International Anthropology of Concrete Workshop […]

Public: Feature in Yourstory.com

https://yourstory.com/2018/03/tradition-ecofriendly-startups-sustainable-houses/ With traditional wisdom and ecofriendly practices, these startups are building sustainable houses Shruti Kedia     posted on 10th March 2018 These individuals and startups are on a mission to reduce carbon footprint and are working to safeguard the environment through architecture and construction of ecofriendly buildings. As India gets ready to brace the summer, the warning […]

Fieldwork: Regional Transformations

The following images were clicked by the author from a recent field visit to his research site in Kandwari village, District Kangra, Himachal Pradesh.

Praxis: Earth House, Himachal Pradesh

Location: Village Chandpur, Block Baijnath, District Kangra, Himachal Pradesh Building Type: Guest House Architect: Siddharth Menon Design Team: Pappu Kumar, Uddham Singh, Pratap Chand, Hansraj, Roshan Lal, Meher Chand, Om Prakash, Deepika Amonkar Castes, Crafts & Communities: Gaddi stone cutters, Chamaar carpenters, Lohaar carpenters, Pandit slate cutters, Thakur-Rana labour, Chowdhury masons, Patiyaal painters, Masand labour […]

FIELDWORK: SIGNBOARDS OF MAHARASHTRA

Below is a collection of images of quirky signboards displayed along State highways in Maharashtra. I documented these during my 26-day bicycle journey from Mumbai to Kerala in February-March 2016.

Fieldwork: Chasing Fish-The Bicycle Journey of a Travelling Architect

To follow a narrative of the journey, please visit https://www.facebook.com/SiddharthMenonArchitect/ What? I will be cycling from Mumbai along the western coast of mainland India. The idea is to keep as little distance as possible between myself and the sea by taking internal village roads instead of national and state highways. Why? Explore the stunning western coast of India […]

Public: Design and the Politics of Space

The following article was featured in Issue 46, Journal of Landscape Architecture  www.lajournal.in. Can be downloaded here.   In the 21st century, ‘developing’ countries like India are a unique study in contrast demographically. At one end, there are the privileged elite and the growing middle class, aspiring to live and consume like their western counterparts. At […]

Talk: Kamla Raheja Memorial Lecture Series 2015 – Exploring Practices

Speaking at the Kamla Raheja Memorial Lecture Series 2015 on ‘The Practice of a Travelling Architect‘. Date: Dec 23 2015 Time: 10.00 am Address: KRVIA, Vidyanidhi Bhavan 2, Vidyanidhi Marg, Off 10Th Road, Jvpd Scheme, Juhu, Mumbai, India