School of Environment and Architecture

SEA Conversations


South Asian Landscapes
an infra-regional e-symposium on contemporary building practices across South Asia
July-September 2020

Zoom Link for Session 5

Along with continuing historical threads, cultural similarity and a shared colonial past, South Asian countries have been working towards articulating a critical discourse in shaping its built environment today. How can architecture mediate cultural and political forces that emerge from our common past? What role may architects and spatial practitioners play in building relevant futures for South Asia? How can we respond to the distinct social tectonics that shape its people and place? What practices of the built environment from the past and present remain unrecognized in South Asia and how can these be deployed into a meaningful future? These are questions that the SEA City Conversation hopes to address over the online semester-long series, titled “South Asian Landscapes”; planned in the light of a virtual borderless environment compelled by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In recognizing the virtue of such borderless suspension, geographical and political impediments can be bypassed towards establishing stronger dialogue and understanding of building practices in the South Asian region. This may help prepare a preliminary ground from where the spirit of post-colonial inquiry into architectural and urban research for South Asia may be securely launched.



Speaker E-schedule

all discussions @ 5:30 PM IST unless mentioned


10th July                   Roshan Mishra (The Taragaon Museum)

17th July                      Nripal Adhikary (Abari Architects)



31st July                      Kazi Ashraf (The Bengal Institute)

7th August                   Salauddin Patash  (Atelier Robin Architects)



21st  August                 Anoma Pieris (University of Melbourne) @4pm IST

28th August                  Ranjith Dayaratne (University of Bahrain)

                                    Narein Perera (University of Moratuwa)


4th September             Prasad Shetty (School of Environment & Architecture)


11th September           Yaminay Chaudhary (Karachi Beach Radio / Tentative Collective) @6:30pm IST      

18th September           Arif Hasan (Independent Architect, Planner and Activist)



all dates for 2020

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The event is partly supported by UDRI. It is free and open to all people across the world. 

Conversation 5

Spatialising Sovereignty and Civil War in Sri Lanka
by Anoma Pieris, Srilanka

Are the architectural and urban disciplines useful for understanding the devastating impacts of internecine conflict? How can we write about the physical and material effects of civil war? This lecture examines the changing spatial contours of Sri Lanka during wartime as offering new insights into human displacement, ethno-national consciousness and neo-liberal politics.


Anoma Pieris is an architectural historian and professor at the Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne. She uses the lens of architecture to address issues of sovereignty, citizenship and marginality in South and Southeast Asia. This lecture is based on her recent book, Sovereignty, Space and Civil War in Sri Lanka (2018).

Zoom Link for Session 5
@ 4:00 PM IST

The event is partly supported by UDRI. It is free and open to all people across the world. 

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