Z-Axis Conference | Great City. . . Terrible Place.

Organized by Charles Correa Foundation ‘The Z-Axis’ is an annual conference from the 20th to the 22nd of March, this time around at Kala Academy, Goa.

15 speakers including some prominent figures in Architecture and Urban Design will get together for a three day conclave. Issues pertaining to urban India will be discussed under the theme ‘Great City. . . Terrible Place’.

Charles Correa refers to the quality of city that people often relate to as SYNERGY. He writes “It is: SYNERGY! – A multiplier can transform a human settlement into much more than the sum of its parts. (…)To understand this is to realise a city is not just a physical plant, but also a vehicle for priceless qualities we call: CITY. Looking around the globe, one realises that two disparate entities don’t always coexist in the same urban centre – and more often than not, people have to choose . . . that’s when they almost always opt for a great City – even though it might simultaneously be a terrible place.”

Some of the speakers at the conference include Architect David Adjaye of Adjaye Associates, Alfredo Brillembourg of Urban Think-Tank, Spain’s Santiago Cirugeda, and Architect and artist Usman Haque of Umbrellium. From India, Architect Christopher Benninger, Rahul Mehrotra, Brinda Somaya and Photographer Ryan Lobo among others will present at the conclave.

The conference will conclude with a ‘Climatic Session’ a conversation between prominent Indian architects – Charles Correa, B.V Doshi, Mahenra Raj and Raj Rewal.  It is open for students and professionals from all design backgrounds to attend.

For more information see www.zaxis.info .

Place: Kala Academy, Panaji, Goa.

Date: 20th, 21st and 22nd March 2015