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Energy X Space

How can spatial design enable energy transition in Tamil Nadu?

ArchiPress invites architects, architectural students, design enthusiasts and curious minds to a brand new season of “Speculations Through Design”

Good design can solve the world’s problems. Speculations Through Design is a discussion platform to bring forth eccentric perspectives of design. We believe that these design solutions have the potential to solve the pressing issues facing humanity and our civilisation.

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Energy X Space
How can spatial design enable energy transition in Tamil Nadu?
Ar Preetika Balasubramanian

Geographies of power: Spatial strategies for a ‘socially just’ energy transition in Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu, India The era of energy transition has brought to the front the incredible potential of designing the reciprocal relationship between energy and space. The transition to renewable sources of energy like wind, solar and geothermal energy, uses space in a different way – its altered spatial qualities have blurred the boundaries between technical space (shunned by planners) and ‘non-technical’ space (coveted by planners). This spatial dimension of energy transition is the focus of this graduation project. Taking the case of Tamil Nadu, India, the project proposes a re-imagination of emerging energy geographies through regional design and spatial strategies, to create a framework for a humanised socio-technical transition.

We will have a presentation, followed by an engaging workshop to introduce the concept of spatial energy transition in Tamil Nadu with mapping and brainstorming to come up with creative solutions for a socially inclusive and equitable shift to renewable energy sources.

As architects and urban designers, what role do we play in planning the emerging energy geographies of Tamil Nadu? How can GIS be used as an innovative tool to map energy spaces? We will be discussing this and beyond on Saturday, Feb 9.

Preetika Balasubramanian is an architect studying Masters in Urbanism in Tu Delft, Netherlands. Her interest in urban design, already inherent, was nurtured when she started her online design and research platform for urbanism called
Hashtag Urbanism. Right now her thesis explores the intersection of energy and space, integrating the two through the creation of spatial strategies and regional design for energy transition in Tamil Nadu.

Agenda

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM – Introductions at Backyard
10:45 AM – 11:15 AM – Presentation
11:15AM – 12:30 PM – Workshop|Discussions

When and Where?

Feb 9th, Saturday
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Backyard [our event space sponsor]

53/23, 3rd Main Road, Gandhi Nagar, Adyar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600020