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SAP Seminar Series, Agency and the Construction of Practice, by Sarosh Anklesaria

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Uris Hall, G08

The talk will situate architectural agency within the construction of practice in the global south. Since the inception of modernism the pavilion has been a medium of experimentation; a critical vehicle embodying the zeitgeist. How can the pavilion serve as an agent provocateur in addressing key cultural and urban questions of our time? In the face of pervasive ecological, climatic, and political crises, agency rescues architecture from its own inwardness and obsolescence through means, methods, manifestos, devices, sites and forms that embrace an architecture of radical engagement. The talk will situate these projects between the dialectics of form and its socio-cultural agencies. In doing so, it will touch upon a diverse range of themes, strategies, and tactics - urban informality, incrementality, temporal occupations, markets, and questions that relate to growing debates around conservation of modernist landmarks.

Sarosh Anklesaria (M.Arch. '10) is an architect and educator.  He is currently a Visiting Critic at Cornell University’s department of architecture and recipient of the 2019 Richard Rogers fellowship from Harvard University as well as the 2019 Art Omi architecture residency. He runs an independent design research practice based in New York and Ahmedabad. Anklesaria has worked as a senior architect on The Shed at Hudson Yards with Diller Scofidio + Renfro, New York City; on the Kolkata Museum of Modern Art with Herzog & de Meuron, Basel; and with Sangath, the office of Balkrishna Doshi in Ahmedabad. His design-research and practice operate at the intersection of architecture’s formal and socio-temporal agencies across diverse sites, programs and geographies

Anklesaria was born and raised in Ahmedabad, India. He received a diploma in architecture from CEPT University, Ahmedabad, and a post-professional Master of Architecture from Cornell University. He has been a member of the Architecture and Design panel at NYSCA and was co-founder of the collaborative architecture studio Anthill Design. His work with the artist Vasudha Thozhur has been exhibited at the Kunst museum in Berne.

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