Women’s Education Society’s Smt Manoramabai Mundle College of Architecture (SMMCA), to commemorate the silver jubilee year of the college, recently organised the two-day international conference – Paradox to Paradigm: Architecture in the Age of Network Society – at Hotel Radisson Blu, Nagpur. The conference brought several renowned researchers, students and professionals from the field of architecture under one roof. Apart from many Indian cities, speakers from countries like Japan, Italy, Hong Kong, Australia, UK and USA also visited the conference. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari also made his presence felt at the conference.
The objective of the conference was to address the harsh reality of network society heads-on and to create a platform for contemplating on how architecture today is evolving and how we could shape the future of architecture through radical thinking – by generating paradoxes which could potentially evolve into paradigms.
Along with the basic theme, the conference also consisted of some sub-themes namely:
→ Historicity and Modernity: An emerging order in the age of network society
→ Architecture as a social art in the age of network society
→ New directions in architecture profession and education
→ Addressing changing cultural contexts through architecture
→ Computational design paradigms
→ New technologies and emerging architecture in the age of network society