‘Word to the WORLD’

Exploring Experiential Knowledge

The visual experience of modern spaces all over the world is beginning to look alike. In this regard, architecture and artifacts are no exceptions! Until last century we have had diverse cultures with distinct ways of life and fitting aesthetic sensibilities. The homogenization of human cultures is one of the biggest challenges of modernity to be addressed by both academia and practice. The real issue is to understand how knowledge gets created and aesthetic sensibilities as manifested by the things they make and the spaces they employ are inextricably linked to the lived context.


Human beings are biologically equipped to CREATE knowledge of the real world, IN EXPERIENCE but schooling makes us into analyzers of de-contextualized and miniaturized information. Architecture and Design education once again gives us an opportunity to be in experience, to be childlike again, to be playful, TO BE PRESENT, to regain the AUTHENTICITY of learning, to CREATE knowledge once again all of which was lost due to the paradigm of modern schooling.

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Keynote Speakers


Students may submit their work under three categories in fields like architecture, visual and performing art, music, pottery, weaves, crafts, farming and literature may be explored

01. Do you know any person, who is creative and true to the traditional knowledge? Someone who is striving to safeguard the traditional knowledge system, against the immense pressure of modernization? Documentation of their works, philosophy/ worldview, approach to work, inspiration, their ideas and opinions on continuity and other allied subjects may be attempted.

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02. Do you know of a building, or a product, which is of recent origin, but has preserved the traditional rootedness at the same time being innovative? Document the building/product highlighting the above aspects.

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03. Do you know of a building, or a product, which is of historical origin which was corrupted by a recent callousintervention? Document the building/product, with its history, the present-day usage, what exactly scarred the authenticity, what the reason for the interventionwas etc.

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Important Dates

Call for papers open

25th October 2019


30th December 2019


6th January 2020


6th January 2020


1st February 2020

Conference Date

6. 7. 8. March 2020

Jointly Organised by

Department of Architecture and Planning

NIT Calicut

Indian Institute of Architects

Calicut Centre

Existential knowledge foundation



National Institute of Technology Calicut
Kozhikode – 673601, Kerala, India