Talk of the Town #03: Build

We are honoured to announce that Kamal Sagar, Christoph Fischer, and V. Naresh Narasimhan will give the lectures at the third session of the Talk of the Town lecture series, being organised by Goethe Institute, Bangalore and MOD Institute.

The third lecture will focus on the processes and politics of the built fabric of contemporary cities – addressing the current realities in Bangalore and also radically new ideas and methods for building cities. The discussion will focus on how specific ways of ‘building’ or ‘designing’ a city can create or dismantle urban hierarchies, and also what new possibilities and methods (or involving new actors in the process) of ‘building’ can be relevant for the ongoing urban
expansion in India.

The first lecture began with Richard Saul Wurman’s famous call for “making the city observable” to interrogate different practices of SEEeing the city through cartography and other visual means and how those shape our everyday urban experiences and decisions.

In the second lecture ‘ACT’, we had urban practitioners and actors discussing and comparing various strategies and tactics undertaken by them to intervene in city processes.


Kamal Sagar graduated with a degree in Architecture from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT ) Kharagpur, 1992, and worked for four years in India and the United States before starting Total Environment, in 1996. At Total Environment, he has designed and built around 1.5 million square feet of high quality space in Bangalore and Pune.

Christoph Fischer is principal planner at Höhler+Partner, Architects and Engineers in Hamburg. Recently assigned as a project manager with the implementation of the new building for the Spiegel Group in Hamburg, Hafen City, he currently also takes an advisory capacity and is principal architect to project developments for Hoehler+Partner LLC in Oman. Visits to Middle East and India over the past years lead to increased engagement with urban parameters and megacities; which resulted in, an exhibition and lectures about mechanism in Indian urbanism, in Hamburg 2009.

V. Naresh Narasimhan is Managing Partner of Venkataramanan Associates (VA), a renowned 40-year-old Architecture firm based in Bangalore. He graduated in Architecture from the Manipal Institute of Technology, and further education in Project Appraisal and Risk Management from Harvard. With a sound understanding of global trends in project planning, architectural design, urban design, and infrastructure within a sustainable framework, Naresh also has a keen interest in design theory, economic modelling and information systems.

The session will be moderated by Vijay Narnapatti, Partner at mayaPRAXIS, Bangalore, a ten person architectural practice. His firm has won several awards, including: Architect of the Year – Public Buildings, 2011 / 21st Architect of the Year Awards, JK Cement Awards Foundation / Sustainable Design of the Year – Runners Up, 2011 / Aces of Spaces Awards, Architecture and Interiors, ITP Publishing and Century Ply / Zonal Award – Best Architecture + Interior Design, 2008, South Zone India etc.


6:00 pm – Opening

6:20 pm – Welcome:
Christoph Bertrams, Director, Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore
Tile von Damm, MOD Institute, Bangalore/Berlin

6:30 pm – Lecture
Kamal Sagar, Total Environment, Bangalore
Christoph Fischer, Hohler+Partner, Hamburg
V. Naresh Narasimhan, Venkataramanan Associates, Bangalore
Moderation: Vijay Narnapatti, MayaPRAXIS, Bangalore

8:30 pm – End


The lecture will be held on Thursday, 7th June, 2012, at 6:00 pm in Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, located in 716 CMH Road, Indiranagar 1st Stage.

Please R.S.V.P. for the event at mail[at]

Download the event flyer here.

Link to the Goethe-Institut page for the lecture series.

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