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Mud Futures – Building a sustainable architectural future

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Sustainability for environmental safety is the way forward for us. A year-long conclave iPAC 2021-2022: Mud Futures is conceptualised and conducted by the School of Art and Architecture, Sushant University to discuss the future role of mud in architecture.

The current global scenario has triggered extensive debates on not only our future as a sustainable global economy but also on the need to return to our ‘origins’. For aficionados of the built environment, this need translates into material, constructional, technological, and systemic evocations. We are bound to ask questions that look into the future – how should we build, what should we build, with what should we build, with whom should we build?

A year-long global conclave

School of Art and Architecture, Sushant University attempts to integrate these questions into a year-long discourse around a material that has its genesis in the past, yet is versatile enough to respond to the technological challenges of the future of mud. Delving into its making, its use, its potentials for hybridisation, urbanisation and universalization and calling it Mud Futures, Sushant University brings together the people of mud, deliberate on what is the mud of people, all the while enquiring into what is mud?

iPAC 2021-2022: Mud Futures is a global year-long multi-host multi-location conclave on the futures of mud in architecture conceptualised and conducted by the School of Art and Architecture, Sushant University.

Here, mud is considered as a material, as an approach, as a vehicle for sustainability, and as the source of an ideological imperative for the future of the built environment.  The conclave is chaired by Professor. Dr. Vibhuti Sachdev, the dean of the school. In her words she describes ‘mud as a teacher, a teacher of context, of material ecosystem, and of interconnectedness.The conclave is an opportunity for a global platform for ideas, thoughts, research and architectural projects centred around mud. Here, mud is considered as a material, as an approach, as a vehicle for sustainability, and as the source of an ideological imperative for the future of the built environment.

The overall intents of the conclave are:
• Take stock of innovations of its application in the urban context
• Exchange of knowledge resource
• Conduct workshops to experiment with new ideas

The conclave will have conferences, seminars, research projects, conversations, workshops, certificate courses, pedagogic interconnections, faculty development seminars and many more platforms to delve into three larger themes:  Origin, Motor and Transfer.

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