India is often quoted to be an assimilative culture with the only homogenous character being plurality and diversity. It surely exists simultaneously and quite comfortably in multiple time-periods displaying an immensely rich and varied fabric, a diversity that is integral to India. It has often in the past shown its power to negotiate variety and differences positively aided by its long history of the argumentative and dialogic tradition that transgresses gender, caste, economic, political and religious divides. This process, seen by Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen as an integral part of the development of Indian thought and ethos, is an important factor for the correct reading of India’s past. Dialogic learning as Wikipedia suggests is ‘the result of egalitarian dialogue; in other words, the consequence of a dialogue in which different people provide arguments based on validity claims and not on power claims’.
If design and its understanding in the Indian context is to benefit from this diversity and plurality, if India is to be experienced joyously, it seems most useful to continue in the spirited tradition of Samvad or dialogue. In the IMIAD Workshop this year, we engaged in a dialogue for design and through design, closely exploring ways in which the context can inform the nature of dialogues.
International Masters in Interior Architecture and Design
Faculty of Design
30.08.2011 - 16.09.2011
Edinburgh College of Art, UK
University of Applied Sciences, Lahti, Finland
Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
Hochschule für Technik, Stuttgart, Germany
Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland