On March 24, 2018, CAAD- Chennai Academy of Architecture and Design hosted their 32nd Monthly Public Lecture on “The Fractured World and the Need for a New Thinking”and 18th CAAD Workshop titled “Resilient Refuge” by Prof. Jaffer AA Khan, Ph.D., an eminent international architect, research scholar and educationist.
The lecture introduced students- our future architects and global citizens- to their responsibility towards building sustainably, preserving ecology, accommodating and customizing their design ethics to changing environmental scenarios and the application of creating “Art for a purpose”. To employ this concept, the workshop involved creating urban follies which also serve as refuges during Chennai’s floods- allowing for resilient design for communities. 90 CAAD students participated in the workshop, deriving aesthetical inspiration from the works of artist Wassily Kandinsky and created sketches, models, live-scale installations and video-documentation of the same in the CAAD campus.
The events were presided over by CAAD Chairman Prof. DR. V.R. Rajendran and CAAD Director Prof. Vinodh Vijayakumar.