Sujit Nair: In a Constant of Engagement

Sujit Nair is principal designer and founder of SDeG in Bangalore, India, and lectures as part of the University of Calgary’s EVDS’s Design Matters lecture series on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the University of Calgary’s downtown campus event centre (located at 906 8 Avenue SW). His lecture, entitled “In a Constant of Engagement,” explores how design operates at the intersection of extreme contextual contrasts, and the opportunities these present for dialogue, in Indian cities and habitats.

In the past, Nair has worked as an architect at Zaha Hadid Architects in London on project teams that won several international design competitions – including the 2012 London Olympics’ Aquatic Centre). Nair holds a Masters degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the Architectural Association, London (2004), and has been active in architectural education, as a visiting design critic at several architecture schools. He has also lectured at architect forums and public events.

Cities and habitats in India are marked by contrasts – in culture, politics, technology…paradoxically, it is this lack of consistency that creates opportunities for differentiated responses, and dialogue. Nair will analyze the many unique conditions that these contexts pose: the links with history, Modernism and other relevant passages in time that have shaped and continue to impact neo-Indian ideologues. The shift into the present coincides with a time of openness (in thought) debate, and many references. SDeG is interested in design that connects in several ways with its circumstances, the moments of difference, and the many reactions that their work might trigger.

Admission is free for students, and $10 for non-students. The public is welcome.

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