Student architectural paper published at international conference

Kristina McKinnon, a final-year Masters of Architecture student from the Scott Sutherland School, had a peer-reviewed conference paper published at the Young Architects Festival 2011 which took place in Chandigarh, India in October.

The 3-day conference brought together architects, academics, researchers, engineers, town planners and students from around the world in an international forum to discuss modern trends in architecture under the theme ‘Contemporary Architecture: Beyond Corbusierism’.

Chandigarh, the first planned town in India designed in the 1950s shortly after independence, is internationally renowned for its architectural and urban design by famed French architect Le Corbusier.

Kristina’s paper, which was included in the conference proceedings and discussed by delegates, explores Le Corbusier’s utopian vision for the city and whether it was truly successful in the Indian context.

She explains: “The success of Le Corbusier’s designs of the city has been disputed ever since it was constructed. He believed city planning could improve living conditions and provide a universal solution to urban problems. However, he applied Western principles that were alien to India and did not consider the socioeconomic conditions of the country.”

Kristina’s paper, which originated from the Contemporary Issues in Urban Design & Development module offered at Scott’s, will form a key part of her ongoing Masters dissertation, developing her research in this area.

She adds: “I’m delighted that my paper was recognised and discussed by architectural experts of international standing.

“My dissertation will further explore the ideas of architectural vision and reality by concentrating on the relationships and effects of urban planning on the public.”