PANEL DISCUSSION: ‘Designing the future: Plotting change, planning reform’, 5.30-7.00pm, 22nd September

JDA Perera Gallery, Horton Place, Colombo

Free & open to public. Parking available inside the venue. Seating limited.

If architecture is a vector to interrogate the past, present and future, how can we architect (pun intended) a more just, equitable and democracy future? At its simplest, can the design of public spaces militate against social exclusion and resulting frustration spilling over into violence? Conceptually, what can be done to fully grasp Sri Lanka’s democratic potential post-war? To what extent can our future be engineered, and to what degree can this political, cultural, economic and social engineering accommodate multiple narratives, identities and competing ideas?

Youth are often said to be the architects of a better tomorrow – but what role do they have in shaping the present? How should we look at the past, and yet not be held hostage by it? How can we imagine the future, not forgetting what we have been and done in the past?

The avowed mission of the world renowned magazine The Economist, as noted in its pages, is to “take part in a severe contest between intelligence, which presses forward, and an unworthy, timid ignorance obstructing our progress.” How can this idea take root and find expression in our public life?

Panellists: Senel Wanniarachchi, Deborah Philip, Ruki Fernando, Krystle Reid

Moderator: Amjad Mohamed-Saleem

Designing the future- Plotting change, planning reform

  • Jayalath

    What we can anticipate from a strayed and wildest society .the theoretically and idealistically The basis of democracy, and the youth are the architect of better future and the variations of intelligence are honourably pertaining to the convention of universe .which are recognisable as fundamental foundations toward an advanced country or a society . But those have merely become only the narratives and beautiful set of words . , because the final decision of a country is taken by the hypocritical politicians .
    . I remember how we lived since Mrs.Bandaranayaka era. It is nearly 45 years . If the foundation had been laid correctly at that time ,probably we would benefit of it today . But what we are doing here today is still trying to take a formal initiation. I do not say we have not procured certain areas but comparison into a context that we are far behind than successes.

    Just imagine what happened in politics since this year January. The people were induced to a Yahapalanaya by 48 opposition parties and civil societies against the so called demon Rajapaksa .,and what is the result ? Could we honestly see any progress of good governance since then .yet ,we only can see is that new wine is in the old bottle .which is witness from how the Yahapalanaya worked since the appointment of Chief Justice to colossal portfolios.
    This is not what the Yahapalanaya people were confessed before the election. I suppose this is very unfortunate state of Sri Lankan .However , what did the civil societies influence to do on the election ?. Did they influence on public to do more in the election than paving the root to same characteristic new faces ?? Isn’t it the same thing happening again like it happened in the last fifty years .
    This is my point . We cannot transform this system to a more meaningful and fair system as the article suggested in there without taking a distinctive revolutionary path. . We know that by the past experiences. And also it is not possible to accomplished with a nice set of words too. Just imagine if the civil societies and others are influenced on the people to vote around the Jvp on the last election that we might could have gained many benefits by now , and also delivered the right warning message to the hypocritical politicians . But it was failed to realised by our people on the eleventh hour . Therefore , I believe even the civil societies should bear the part of blame in the future if things went wrong .
    So, I hope we have to establish a principle fully government with assembling the intellectuals from all races and roles Before thinking of any hopes of good governance. that would entirely responsible for resolving and implementing the fundamental needs of people .