“The Architectural Response to Global Challenges”
-Sustainable Development Goals Post-COVID 19 Pandemic-
The world is changing fast and unexpectedly. The new global challenges of today are more complex than of yesterdays and challenges of tomorrow are waiting with unprecedented actions. The recent pandemic has taught a global lesson and our priorities and societal edifices have changed a lot. Challenges of pandemics are coupled with impacts of disasters such as landslides, flooding, and earthquakes. Being stuck inside a house for almost 2 years has given us more time to rethink our habitat and surroundings. In this background, architecture as the most dynamic and responsive entity of art and creativity holds the pinnacle of responsibility and inevitability to the changing global scenarios.
The visible impact of climate change, social inequality, depleting resources on the economic and social structures of society is imminent. It is in this unparalleled scenario, architecture as a responsible practice is becoming more relevant than ever. From temporary shelters to isolation blocks, physical distancing in COVID to integrated housings for addressing global poverty, architecture as a creative art addresses many global problems.
The recent publication by UIA “An Architecture Guide to the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals” in reflection to the responsibility of architects to address the global challenges, explores the abundance of already existing architectural solutions and guidance for new architecture, for the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Through the historical timeline of Architecture as an evolutionary art in reflection to the social, economic, and environmental response, architects have proved their relevance through their creativity and ingenuity. Historical evolution of architecture practice has justified the response of the architecture of that period to its contextual challenges.
The Vitruvian tripodal description of architecture as utility, strength, and beauty was challenged by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc and later followed by the modern philosophy of “form follows function”. The priorities of architecture response have changed over the evolution of society in its environmental and economical context.
Be it the austere approach of modern architecture after the 1940s or socially conscious approach after the 1970s or climate-responsive architecture in the 21st century, architecture has evolved through the challenges. Even during the pandemic period, architecture in its most minimal form has evolved in interior spaces, acoustic isolations, or even creating a WFH (work from home) environment at residential spaces.
In the longer run, such impressions shall be reflected in architecture normalcy.
It is in this perspective; SONA intends to put the theme of “Architectural Response to Global Challenges”, to take the discourse of architecture practice, research, and academics as a reflection to global challenges like pandemics, climate change, disasters, and social inequality. As they say- “Only creativity can save the world”, the role of social leadership through the architecture practice is the utmost need of today.
The conference aims to take the lead through the discourse of architecture in its global context beyond general practice. The critical review of present-day architecture in its reference to past and point of departure shall be the axis of the conference. The themes of the conference under this wide topic are open for interpretation and shall comprehend the wider discourse of architecture practice and theory.
SONA1: Theme Track
Abstracts from a wide range of architecture fields are encouraged for submission. The conference theme tracks are mentioned above and it is intended to bring diversity in content as well as context in the discussion. We are hopeful that the “response” of architecture practice is an impactful theme in addressing the global context of change.
The authors are requested to choose at least one theme track. This will help us to identify the potential reviewer as well as group the convention schedule according to theme.
Ar. Rajesh Thapa
Ar. Apil KC
Ar. Pranita Sharma Pandey
Dr. Shital Babu Acharya