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Re-domestication of the World after the pandemic: A Re-visit to the Origins and manifestations of domesticity in Vernacular Settlements.

ISVS-10

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About the Conference
The 10th International Seminar on Vernacular Settlements

Re-domestication of the World after the pandemic: A Re-visit to the Origins and manifestations of domesticity in Vernacular Settlements.

School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal
February 12-14, 2021

ISVS, the International Seminar on Vernacular Settlements, which is organized by the International Society for the Study of Vernacular Settlements every two years is a confluence of people from academia, research, profession, and students that takes place with an intention of promoting research into Vernacular Settlements. It aims to contribute to the knowledge of vernacular settlements around the world and establish the meaningfulness and relevance of vernacular traditions, and cultural practices in the contemporary world. The ISVS Secretariat is located at "The Department of Architecture and Interior Design, University of Bahrain”. Since its inception, seminars have been organized every two years in countries like Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Cyprus, and  Turkey (refer website: https://isvshome.wordpress.com).  

 

The seminar through its various themes focused on the role of local/ traditional knowledge in the built environment and its role in the new millennium. Participant in these seminars from more than thirty countries has deliberated upon vernacular settlements, its architecture and production in future. Nearly 600 participants from more than 25 countries have participated in these conferences.

Theme for ISVS 10
Re-domestication of the World after the Pandemic: A Re-visit to the Origins and Manifestations of Domesticity in Vernacular Settlements.

It is no secret that Man stopped and then anchored in one place in the midst of his wild hunting days to rest, which led to the subsequent human civilization, through the acquisition of the state of ‘being domestic’ or ‘domesticated’. Having found the first such shelters in caves and naturally enclosed spaces, he quickly learnt to construct simple huts and subsequently built concrete jungles which we now call cities, comprised of high rises, mega malls and huge structures to wander around. The first act of architecture however was in the location and occupation of the caves and enclosures from where emerged the Domus (Latin) meaning “house, home, family, and the household”. Ever since then, his perception of the world has been centred around the home which Bachelard (1965) called “our corner of the universe”. Despite the fact that home was supposed to be both the starting and endpoint of all daily journeys and desires of belonging, recent lifestyles had disrupted people’s ‘return to home’ making them wonder excessively in the city, which represented the wild jungle he left when first domesticated. In fact, Man has been in the ‘wilderness’ again; despite he called them schools, offices, shopping malls or whatever, often returning home only to sleep. Come 2020, Covid-19 has taught Man that he should return ‘Home’ if he is to survive as a species. Today, everyone is home and learning to stay home and those who are not listening appear to succumb to the harsh treatment of the virus.

 

It is no exaggeration that vernacular settlement was the epitome of the balanced man-made construction of home against the wilderness, domestication against being wild, order against chaos, and being tamed against being a savage; indeed the Man-made versus Nature. Domestic is undeniably synonymous with the vernacular; home-made, as opposed to the professional. As it is known, the early 17th century, from Latin vernacular came ‘domestic, or native’ from Verna meaning ‘home-born slave’. Today, now that we have been reminded to return home and told to be at home, work from home and recognize the significance of home, we have been asked also to ‘re-domesticate’. Perhaps there is no better way to do so collectively and figuratively except by re-visiting the vernacular settlements and unearthing the ways in which it constructed home and domesticity so eloquently and in harmony with the surrounding wilderness- Nature.

 

There is an interesting argument doing rounds these days which points out that the Covid-19 pandemic is the Nature’s reaction to overpopulation and destruction of the natural habitats of the globe; pollution, and ruthless intrusion of the territories of the other species; especially animals, who are shedding their diseases: viruses to the human population in protest. Reports say that since the beginning of the pandemic, skies have cleared up in China and pollutions have come down because factories have closed, travel stopped and negative human productions have subsided. Needless to say, the vernacular settlements come to mind in which the earth was treated with a sense of reverence, due care and acceptance of human subservience to Nature. While we attempt to survive this pandemic, we need to look at the vernacular settlements more seriously; particularly to their origins and manifestations and learn how to live in harmony with Nature, with a sense of urgency to re-produce our contemporary settlements with similar wholesomeness.

 

ISVS-10 seminar thus invites academics and scholars interested in the vernacular settlements to re-visit the origins and manifestations of domesticity in Vernacular Architecture as a means to re-domesticate the human world, so that the human civilization can get back on its feet and thrive.

There is no doubt that when we take a closer look at the ways in which home and homestead are conceptualized, constructed and consummated in the vernacular settlements, we will find the answers as to how we may ‘return home’ and regain the meaningfulness of home through the understanding of the primordial typological beginnings of materiality, plan organization, clustering, construction system, tectonics, and details that have given rise to such wholesomeness.

Following areas of investigations are suggested for exploration but the seminar is not limited only to them.

The presenters are requested to articulate the nuances of the theme and propose lines of inquiry that can help us delve deeper into the origins and manifestations of multi-faceted meanings and practices of vernacular that will address the current crisis.

Sub-themes of the Seminar

Manifestations of Domesticity in Vernacular Settlements.

House, Home and Sense of Belonging – Vernacular Concepts and Conceptualizations.

Earth as Sacred Adobe: Reverence to Nature and Vernacular Conceptualizations of Nature.

Vernacular Practices of Negotiating Nature’s Adversities.

Vernacular Healing Remedies and Practices.

Origins and Manifestations of Vernacular Cultures.

Previous ISVS Seminars

ISVS 1

The First International Seminar on Vernacular settlements was held from 3rd-4th August 1999 at the University of Indonesia, Depok, Indonesia, on the theme ‘the role of local knowledge in the built environment’.

ISVS 2

The Second International Seminar on Vernacular settlements was held from 16th-17th February 2002 at the University of Indonesia, Depok, Indonesia, on the theme ‘Vernacular Settlements in the new Millennium: Resistance and Resilience of Local Knowledge in the Built-environment’.

ISVS 3

The Third International Seminar on Vernacular Settlements was held from 2nd – 4th March 2006 at Surabaya, Indonesia on the theme ‘Rethinking Local Knowledge in Vernacular Settlements’.

ISVS 4

The Fourth International Seminar on Vernacular Settlements was held from 14th – 17th February 2008at CEPT University, India on the theme ‘Vernacular Settlements and Architecture in Transition’.

ISVS 5

The Fifth International Seminar on Vernacular Settlements was held at Mount Lavinia Hotel in Colombo hosted by the University of Moratuwa from 30th-31st 2010, on the theme, “Vernacular Futures: Reconstruction, Resettlement and Reproduction of Tradition”.

ISVS 6

The Sixth International Seminar on Vernacular Settlements was held from 19th -21st April 2012 at Eastern Mediterranean University, Cyprus on the theme ‘Contemporary Vernaculars: Places processes and Manifestations’

ISVS 7

The Seventh International Seminar on Vernacular Settlements was held from 15th -17th October 2014 at the Istanbul Technical University on the theme ‘Reassessing Vernacular Architecture: Theory and Practice’

ISVS 8

The Eighth International Conference on Vernacular Settlements was held from 20th -22nd October 2016 \ at the University of Hasanudin, Makassar, Indonesia, on the theme "Conversations with the Sea: People, Places and Ideas of Maritime Vernacular Settlements’. 

ISVS 9

The Ninth International Conference on Vernacular Settlements was held from 28th-29th November 2018 at Udayana University, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, jointly with the First ICCCS. The theme of the Conference was ‘Reframing the Vernacular: Politics, Semiotics and Representation’. 

 
 
 
Important Dates and Registration

Date of Announcement

 

Website Launch

Submission of Abstract

Acceptance of Abstract

Early Bird Registration

Final Registration Period

Conference

-25th September 2020

-25th September 2020

-30th November 2020

-10th December 2020

-20th November 2020 -14th January 2021 

-15th January 2021 – 13th February 2021

Registration

Early Bird: 6000.00 (INR)

Normal:  7500.00 (INR)

Single Day: 2500.00 (INR)

For further queries please contact to email ID.: isvs10spab@spabhopal.ac.in

Date of Announcement

 

Website Launch

Registration for Workshop

Acceptance of Participation

Workshop

-25th September 2020

-25th September 2020

-20th November 2020 - 14th January 2021

-15th January 2021

-7th February 2021 - 12th February 2021

Workshop

Registration

Registration for the workshop: Rs. 6000.00 (INR)

Boarding and Lodging:

If at SPA Bhopal or IGRMS Hostel = Rs 800/day (Will include stay and food) or

Can arrange on their own.

The workshop has been postponed for some time due to the Covid pandemic. The new date and time of this workshop will be shown later.

For further queries please contact to email ID.: isvs10spab@spabhopal.ac.in

Submission of Paper

 

Submission of Abstract Begins            - 01st October 2020

Last date to Submit Abstracts              - 30th November 2020

Announcement of selected Abstracts - 10th December 2020

Last date to Submit full Paper              - 05th January 2021

Announcement of selected Papers      - 15th January 2021 

Submission of Final Paper                    - 25th January 2021

 

Submission of full paper on the given e-mail address only :

 submissions.isvs10@spabhopal.ac.in

Updates

 

Submission of full paper on the given e-mail address only :

 submissions.isvs10@spabhopal.ac.in

The workshop has been postponed for some time due to the Covid pandemic. The new date and time of this workshop will be shown later.

 
Keynote Speakers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prof. Miki Desai was a Professor of Architecture at the CEPT University, India. After teaching in the Faculty of Architecture at since 1981, Prof. Miki Desai retired as the head of the Masters Program in Sustainable Architecture in 2014. He is the author of Architekture in Gujarat, Indien: Bauernhof, Stadthaus, Palast (translated to German), an Exhibition Catalogue, The Rietberg Museum, Zurich: 1990. He is also the co-author of Architecture and Independence: The Search for Identity, India 1880 to 1980 Oxford University Press, New Delhi: 1997, The Bungalow in Twentieth Century India, Ashgate, the UK: 2012 and Architectural Heritage of Gujarat: Interpretation, Appreciation, Values, The Government of Gujarat, Gandhinagar: 2012. Prof. Miki Desai was a visiting studio critic at ETH, Zurich, MIT and University of California Berkeley, USA in 1988. He has had an ICSSR Fellowship, the EARTHWATCH grant, a Fulbright Fellowship, the Graham Grant and the Getty Collaborative Grant. He was a visiting scholar in the College of Environmental Design at the University of California at Berkeley, 2014. He was the keynote speaker at the seventh international conference on Vernacular Settlements (ISVS), Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, 2014 and also at the 4th International Conference on Cities, People and Places, Colombo, 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prof. Gunawan Tjahjono is currently the Professor of Architecture at the University of Pembangunan Jaya, Jakarta, Indonesia. Formerly, he has been the Professor of Architecture at the University of Indonesia, Depok, Jakarta. He has been the Head of the Urban Architecture Advisory Board for the Governor of Jakarta and also was a member of the Master Plan of University of Indonesia Depok campus. He was a jury member of the Holcim Sustainable Construction Award for the Asia Pacific Region. Prof. Gunawan has published widely on vernacular settlements of Indonesia and is an ardent supporter and advocate of the relevance and usefulness of vernacular in the modern world. Prof. Tjahjono was the founder of the ISVS movement that spearheaded the International Seminar on Vernacular Settlements with its first seminar launched in 1999, at the University of Indonesia, Jakarta.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Velika Ivkovska is an engineer, architect and architectural historian. She is an Assistant Professor at Bahçeşehir University (BAU) Istanbul where she teaches History and Theory of Art and Architecture, Ottoman Architecture as well as Design Studies and Representative Techniques in Architecture. She was born in Skopje, (former SFR Yugoslavia) now Republic of Macedonia. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and Architecture at the University of “Ss. Cyril and Methodius” Skopje in 2004. Her Master of Science degree from the Faculty of Architecture and Design at University American College Skopje was focused on the Building Heritage in Macedonia during the Ottoman era. In 2018, she received her PhD at the Istanbul Technical University for her thesis on the formation of Ottoman towns. She is a member of ICOMOS Macedonia, and actively participates in conferences and seminars related to History of Architecture. Her work covers the fields of the Ottoman architecture in the Balkan as well as the vernacular architecture, Byzantine, modern architecture, urban histories and transformations as well as history of garden design. She has published widely on the architectural, vernacular, and urban environments.

 
Additional Information

Organising Committee

Chairman

Dr. Sanjeev Singh

School of Planning and Architecture Bhopal

Secretary 

Prof. Pratyush Shankar
Dean, School of Environmental Design
Navrachana University

Members

  1. Dr. Ajay Vinodia, School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal

  2. Ar. Sourabh Popli, School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal

  3. Ar. Sonal Tiwari, School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal

  4. Dr. Yogesh Garg, Department of Architecture and Planning, MANIT, Bhopal

  5. Dr. Sheetal Sharma, School of Architecture, LNCT University, Bhopal

  6. Ar. Vinay Shrivastava, IIA Madhya Pradesh Chapter

  7. Dr. S. K. Pandey, Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya

  8. Dr. Shankar Rao, Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya

  9. Dr. Sachamacha Singh, Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya  

ISVS Advisory Board

  1. Professor  Gunawan Tjahjono, UPJ, Indonesia

  2. Professor Miki Desai, CEPT, Ahmedabad

  3. Professor Ranjith Dayaratne, UOB, Bahrain

  4. Mr. Sutrisno Mutriyoso, LSAI, Indonesia

  5. Prof. Pratyush Shankar, School of Environmental Design Navrachana University

Supporting Institution

  1. Navrachana University