UN-Habitat and World Bank figures predict that three billion people will need new housing and basic infrastructure by 2030. With millions of practising architects and many thousands of architecture students graduating annually, there should be no shortage of designs to fulfil this demand for built fabric. And yet, so much development does nothing to meet the needs of most of the world’s population, and too many practitioners are unable to find work that is on behalf of the vast majority of people.
So many of our most enduring building traditions were developed before architecture and engineering became expert professions. Rather than trying to conquer nature, these traditional methods welcomed the vagaries of climate, and the challenge of topography. With demand for building increasing and resources for building decreasing, this is, globally, a moment to revisit some of the design solutions that have kept us safe and dry for generations.
The morning session will focus on people and planet as the ultimate ‘for whom’ we build. The afternoon will offer a showcase of practical examples from around the world, connecting to the design competition of INTBAU’s Architecture Challenge.
Session: People & Planet
09.30 Session introduction (Parvinder Marwaha)
09.40 Yasmeen Lari
10.00 Marina Tabassum
10.20 Anupama Kundoo
10.55 Screening of ‘Tying Knots’ video
11.05 Coffee break
11.35 Talk on the architecture of the RSA’s 9 John Adam Street
11.40 Irshad Ali Sodhar, Deputy Commissioner South Karachi on eco-urbanism in Karachi
12.00 INTBAU 2022 Research Scholar Ema Ziya, Gulhuvan joinery techniques in traditional Maldivian architecture
Session: Case Studies
13.30 Caroline Stanford ‘The Landmark Trust: Rescue, resilience & enjoyment through adaptive re-use of historic buildings’
13.55 Catriona Forbes ‘The Nomadic School of Architecture – Sierra Leone’
14.20 Lettice Drake ‘PAM & OSID – Party as Methodology & On Site Intuitive Design’
15.30 Yitagesu Tekle Tegegne ‘Circular Bioeconomy Alliance: Sustainable Timber for People and the Planet’
15.55 Marcel Vellinga ‘Vernacular Architecture of the World’
16.50 Closing remarks