The spirit of the conference is to engage in deep explorations and questions rather than ready answers and even when a solution is being offered, see the same with a spirit of openness. The objective of the conference is to explore various aspects of aesthetics - its formation, conditioning, politics, connection with culture and ways of teaching design pedagogy, the ambience for learning.
The Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) is the national body of Architects in the country. Having started in the year 1917, the institute today has more than 15000 members. The Institute has a major role to play in promoting the profession of architecture by organising and uniting in fellowship the Architects of India to promote aesthetic, scientific and practical efficiency of the profession both in Practice and in Education. IIA is represented on vario us national and international committees connected with architecture, art and the building industry.
IIA, Calicut Centre, is a very active centre under Kerala chapter. With its flagship events, like CROSSROADS and Design STREET build expos, IIA Calicut Centre is actively playing a major role in connecting the architecture community and the general public. Through its various social and public initiatives, IIA Calicut centre have been addressing several urban and public concerns. The conference is a part of continuous education initiatives of the centre joining hands with several premium institutes.
The National Institute of Technology Calicut is a technical institution of national importance set in a picturesque landscape at the foothills of the Western Ghats and located about 22 kilometers north east of Calicut City.
Department of Architecture, NIT Calicut
The Department of Architecture provides a strong academic platform for the aspirant architect to leave an enduring impression in the field of architecture and design. This calls for an attitude for research, exploration and evaluation to authenticate the work of design. Great are the thoughts that moved the world, greater are the perpetuators of these thoughts. The Department of Architecture strives to reach these goals.
Existential knowledge foundation is an initiative to understand the existential -the eternal, universal and immediate- basis of knowledge, biological roots of beauty and ethics. It is an endeavor to know the perceptual and behavioral; the idea and its practice. This is in response to the cognitive crisis brought about by the decontextualized and fragmented knowledge system being promoted by modernity, which is leading to the alienation of man from himself and nature.
Director, NIT Calicut
Sri Ravindra Sharma fondly called as "Guruji" is the founder of Kala Ashram. Born and brought up at Adilabad, his wanderings around helped him to get an in-depth knowledge of the culture, heritage and economy of that area.
Nimish Patel studied at the MIT, Cambridge, USA, with specialization in Urban Settlement Design in Developing Countries, and also has a Diploma in Architecture from CEPT, Ahmedabad.
Laila Tyabji (born May 2, 1947) is an Indian social worker, craft revivalist, designer and the founder of Dastkar, a Delhi-based nongovernmental organization, working for the revival of traditional crafts in India.