The eleventh of the CAAD lecture series had renowned conservation architect Ms. Kalpana from Chennai, who deliberated her experiences and memories on the topic “Tracing the history of Madras through built heritage”. This lecture materialised in a time when we all Chennaites geared up to celebrate the existence of its city as ‘Madras Week’ celebrations from August 16-23.
The fourteenth of the CAAD lecture series had architect Innisai Rajasabai of studio.INN, Chennai and artist Varsha Narayanan lecture on the topic “Ancient Indian Architecture” on 27th November 2015.
Ar. Innisai commenced the lecture by explaining the difference between traditional architecture and vernacular architecture which are often interchanged. A glimpse of the various codes for construction and other abundant Sanskrit literature related to architecture that has been left unexplored were explained. The lecture also deliberated on the concepts of sustainability that was evident in the ancient methods of construction. The possibility of using the available literature in contemporary buildings and urban planning was discussed. The lecture concluded with some videos of ancient Indian architecture and on a strong note that learning to regard and appreciate our own history is crucial for the future.
Our Director, Ar. Vinodh Vijayakumar felicitated the speakers with mementos at the end of the session. The event concluded with vote of thanks by CAAD student representative.