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   Durganand Balsavar's (aka Nandan) inter-disciplinary practice has engaged in advocacy, policy, war refugee rehabilitation, climate change, agriculture and education. Graduating with a formal training in architecture from the prestigious CEPT-SA Ahmedabad and ETH Zurich, Balsavar has been immersed in philosophic research, environmental issues, cultural landscapes, future cities, disaster mitigation, community participatory self-build projects. His drawings were exhibited at Zagreb, Croatia and several other cities.

   The architect has been invited to AMB Barcelona, Berlin Climate Policy 2050, Venice Biennale, Goethe Institute Embrace our rivers program, juries of IIT and Indian Institute of Architects. He was Sessions Chair at the Cambridge University-VIT summit on Future Cities (2018) and Dean at SCAD,

Chennai. 


   Through creating forums of inter-cultural dialogues, Balsavar founded the Jaipur Architecture Festival, Confluence Ten, Roots Fellowship along with collaborations. Artes-ROOTS has been instrumental in the rehabilitation of war refugees, rebuilding nagapatinam through a community self-build process. ROOTS has been involved in reforestation as university-environmental programs. Balsavar has authored several books and essays.

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