The seminar shall explore the correspondence and views featured in the Indian periodical, Design (1957-1988) through a postcolonial lens. The magazine reflects a convoluted alliance of culturally and historically manifested social linkages by influential design proponents and theorists as contributors from across the world. We shall together discuss the process in which history, theory, and critique reflect in Design – concerning the institutions and actors that coincided at a point in time - when the journal was willing to be eclectic in the field of architectural design. There are manifold discourses documented in this periodical that have a direct relation to the evolution of Indian architectural modernism and urban inequality issues which shall be touched upon in this talk.
Pappal Suneja is a Design Researcher, Architect, Journalist, and a Ph.D. Scholar based in Weimar, Germany. He is the founder and curator of the Architectural Journalism and Criticism Organization, as well as Team Leader for the Research project: “Bauhaus & Beyond: A global, postcolonial perspective”, funded by Fellowship Forchungswerkstatt, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. In addition, he is teaching a Bauhaus Module (methods category) seminar on "Charles Fabri" at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar.
Pappal is an alumnus of Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, Germany, and is associated as Visiting Researcher & Lecturer with the Canadian Centre of Architecture Montreal, German Historical Institute London, University of 'TorVergata' Rome, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences Dessau, the University of Banja Luka and the University of Brighton.