Conferencia Manalee Nanavati. El patrón de la repetición y la cuestión de la creatividad: la formación del lenguaje en arquitectura

09 de Noviembre 2017

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Conferencia Manalee Nanavati.
El patrón de la repetición y la cuestión de la creatividad: la formación del lenguaje en arquitectura

The pattern of Repetition and the quest of Creativity: Language making in Architecture


València, jueves 9 de noviembre de 2017. 19h


Manalee Nanavati (India, 1987) es Grado en Arquitectura por la CEPT University (India), y Master por la Oxford Brookes University (Reino Unido). Su trayectoria profesional destaca por la regeneración arquitectónica y el desarrollo planteados desde la arquitectura tradicional.



Asimismo, ha impartido numerosos cursos y conferencias, destacando los siguientes:

- Workshop at Faculty of Architecture, CEPT Univeristy, Ahmedabad, junto al arquitecto sudafricano Peter Rich, premio al Mejor Edificio del Mundo en el Festival Mundial de Arquitectura de 2009.

- Conferencia en el Congreso INTBAU en el Politecnico di Milano (Italia).

- Conferencia ‘Looking at Traditional Architecture as a People-Centric Practice Based on the Works of Heritage Foundation of Pakistan’ en el Seminario Internacional Escuela de Arquitectura de Madrid

- Conferencia en el Simposio de Historia y Restauración ‘As If People Matter’ en la CEPT University.


Manalee is a practising architect from India, with a particular interest in the intersection of architecture, anthropology and environment. She has done her graduation in Architecture from CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India with the honour of the Best Graduating Student and post-graduation in Architectural Regeneration and Development from Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK as a Hodgkinson and TATA scholar. She was awarded the Gold Medal for the best research in the year 2012 by GICEA, India for her research on the hierarchy of orders in the organisational patterns in architecture, while in the year 2015-16, she was awarded the ISA Travel Award by ISA, UK for her research on the works of Heritage Foundation of Pakistan. Apart from these research projects, Manalee is also involved in academics as a visiting faculty at CEPT Univerisity, India. Her work in practice, research and academics chiefly focus on exploring architecture as a tool for holistic development of an area/region and its community. This exploration has by now covered the regions of India, Algeria, Portugal, Pakistan and Nepal.   


Repetition can be considered as the primary order for both, organisation as well as the perception of any composition. Consequently, where on one hand it offers a huge potentiality for manifold applications; on the other, it demonstrates a risk of mechanical production. Particularly in architecture, this risk is increasingly witnessed with the rapid progress in computer-aided design techniques. Owing to the perceptual limits, after a certain point, a repetitive pattern is observed to be monotonous and tends to lack creativity; which leads to question if repetition should always be seen as the opposite of creativity. In the backdrop of this question, the chapter aims to explore how repetition can also be employed creatively incorporating diversities. Further, it addresses this aim through the concept of ‘hierarchy of orders’, constructed on the theoretical underpinning of Bohm (1987,1998)’s concept of ‘nested orders’ and Koestler (1968)’s concept of ‘Holon’, which counts for the unification and comprehension of the diversities retaining the cohesiveness of the repetitive pattern.