Platform for Architectural Transfers in the Indian Ocean rim
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Material and construction histories

This theme shifts emphasis in the conceptualisation of architectural histories, from objects or artefacts to their underlying processes. Such narratives could emerge by either taking particular building sites as starting points or spring from exploring the historical and geospatial movements of specific materials such as mud, cement, steel or concrete, or even a study of building components like blocks, sheets, or tiles. Here, we move away from technological determinism to explore a relatively underpopulated field of material and construction histories of how materials and buildings are shaped by multiple social, cultural and economic dynamics within the regions or sites of their deployment.

   Gauri Bharat              Amit Srivastava
 (Theme director)           (Theme coordinator)