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Lecture on “Dwelling – Design + Space”

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Chennai Academy of Architecture and Design (CAAD), is a standalone Architecture Institution near Periyapalayam Amman Temple offering B.Arch degree.

CAAD Lecture series is a talk series initiated at CAAD where eminent architects and speakers are invited to address the students constantly bridging the gap between the architecture education and the field expectations of the profession. Students and faculty at CAAD are also afforded soft skills enhancement by qualified trainers through the CAAD Lecture Series.

In this line of events, renowned Architect Ms. Lalitha Subeeshna Selvarajan delivered a lecture titled “Dwelling- Design + Space” on 10th July 2015 at the Rajamannaraiah Hall at CAAD premises in the honourable presence of Smt. Roopa Rajendran, The Management Trustee of the College.

Prof. Vinodh Vijayakumar, Director – Chennai Academy of Architecture and Design outlined the lecture and formally invited the speaker to address the students.

Architect Lalitha holds a specialization in Urban Buildings from Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow. The CAAD Lecture series provided the students to learn from her expertise on the understanding and design of spaces in urban context. The lecture deliberated on the dynamic attributes of the term ‘Dwelling’ rather than being static with one definition of a habitable space. Her presentation gave the students a different perspective on how dwelling places that are often considered private spaces, may transcend itself in a public domain, through subjective user driven changes.

The lecture started with a series of visuals highlighting the evolution of dwelling units across the world and the basis of different spaces in response to varied contexts. She shared her research idea on the concept of dwelling that’s understood as a part of one’s basic needs and considered private can be inferred as an urban element by intervening it in the context of time, place and user group.

The talk concluded with an interactive session between the students, faculty members of CAAD and the speaker inquiring on the influence of site in the process of design. Students also interacted and clarified their queries regarding their semester design project with the speaker.

The speaker went through the works of the CAAD students which was on display at the exhibition hall and appreciated the student’s expression and the process of design deployed at CAAD in achieving the desired output for each design exercise.

Mr. H. Karthiban Co-ordinator of lecture series proposed the vote of thanks and educative session concluded with high tea for all participants.


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