Designers and The 21st Century City

School of Architecture, B.M.S College of Engineering. Bangalore

GKW Bangalore


CUSP India conducted GKW Bangalore with Association of IIID Bangalore Chapter. The event was hosted by Department of Architecture , B.M.S. College of Engineering.

This workshop explained how a thoughtful understanding of the emergent 21 st century city can help architects and designers conceive better design solutions:

  • Explained the current state of global thinking around the issues of urban form, socio-political nature and economic organization of contemporary cities from a variety of perspectives including those from spatial planning and design, landscape urbanism and urban studies.
  • Illustrated how understanding the city matters using local and regional case examples from different parts of the World including India. Illustrate the importance of thinking across spatial scales by focusing upon different solutions thoughtful architects and designers have devised in diverse cultural contexts.
  • Helped participants develop their own critical understanding of designing meaningful interior and exterior spaces in the context of 21 st century urbanity.    
  • Discussed new forms of collaboration for architects and the adaptable new roles in the design process to have real say in the conception and building of physical environments.

Program Highlight: Although many different actors such as real estate developers, homebuilders,politicians, planners, engineers and entrepreneurs contribute to city building, the collective contribution of practicing architects and designers is perhaps peerless. It is a matter of concern,however, that many architects and designers fail to think beyond setback lines and plot boundaries that tend to dictate and define individual projects. For the most part, they miss an opportunity to advance the discussions around design and development that largely take place in macro scale planning and policy circles. Thus, the motivation for this workshop stems from the simple proposition that: Understanding the city before developing architectural and design concepts can be both educative and empowering. Led by Architect Sevin Yildiz, Professor of urbanism and design at Barnard College, Columbia University, New York with several years of professional experience in Istanbul, and moderated by Dr. Sanjeev Vidyarthi, Professor of spatial planning and design at the University of Illinois, Chicago. This workshop focused upon illustrating the emergent nature and form of the 21 st century city. We  also discussed how designers and architects can harness the ongoing public interest in our cities to conceive and pursue sustainable design solutions that transcend private property lines and contribute to building meaningful buildings and places. Using an interactive format, the workshop enabled participants to develop their own creative and critical thinking on the place of architecture and designing at various spatial scales in the 21 st century city.


30 - 31st May 2017. Department of Architecture, B.M.S College of Engineering.


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