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Nagpur : The conference “ Paradox to Paradigm-Architecture in the age of Network Society” hosted by Women’s Education Society’s Smt.Manoramabai Mundle college of architecture was inaugurated here today by Ar. Biswaranjan Nayak, President of Council of Architecture. The two day conference at Radisson Blu has a galaxy of speakers participating in the deliberations.

Speaking on the occasion, Ar.Nayak said the country is going through a rapid change and the deliberations of the conference would go a long way in addressing the effects of the change. At the outset, Principal Dr.Ujwala Chakradeo made presented her welcome address. The theme of the conference was introduced by Ar. Sunil Degwekar, Treasurer Indian Institute of Architects and one of the core advisors to the conference. Dr. Sampada Peshwe, organizing secretary and Dr. Priya Choudhary, joint organizing secretary conducted the proceedings. Prominently present of the occasion were Dr.Panna Akhani , Secretary and Director Women’s Education Society, Women’s Education Society, Ar. Divya Kush, President of the Indian Institute of Architects, Ar.Satish Mane President of Indian Institute of architects Maharashtra Chapter, Prof. S.A.Deshpande. Others present included representatives of the sponsors JK Cement, Cera, Nagpur Metro, Jaquar, NITCO and Plasto and a large number of prominent academicians and architects from the city. In the first key note address on “Back to the future”, leading architectural editors from Australia, Haig Beck and Jackie Cooper opined that any new idea could be paradoxical and therefore often rejected. The emerging social order of the network society should not benefit a fortunate few. What were needed were ethical political structures. In the new digital age, architects had a major role to play.

The next key note address was by Ar.James Law from Hong Kong, founder president of James Law Cybertecture. Speaking on the theme “Cybertecture-Horizons for the new architect”, he was of the view that in the 21 st century, the role of the architect has moved from pure architecture to technology and beyond. Architecture education must create leaders for this rapid urbanization.In the session on one of the themes of the conference, Ar.Narendra Dengle from Pune talked about whether Network society could transform or reinvent itself. His speech examined the concepts that appear in some of the ancient texts which throw light on the human spirit, its connection with the universe and cosmos. The other lead speaker Ar.Shirish Beri from Kolhapur put forth questions on whether our architecture could transcend the formal notions of historicity and modernity and address mankind’s perennial aspirations and values. He felt that professionals and academicians should work towards architecture of goodness. Ar.Shubra Raje from USA in her session on ‘Intimacy and live-ness’ said that if architecture has to be thought of as a social art then critical practice along with its documentation must deal with specificity and inclusivity of context. Ar. Nela De Zoya from Sri Lanka discussed at length on the paradoxes that existed in Sri Lanka from the pre-colonial period to date. Ar. Vishu Bhooshan from United Kingdom in the session on Computational Design Paradigm talked on CODE Tectonism. His paper presented the recent work carried out by ZH CODE (Computation

and Design Research Group, Zaha Hadid Architects) highlighting the use of computational design tools to create fabrication aware design geometry through collaborative tool-chains and the benefits of having a feedback loop between research and practice.

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