10 Editions
+ 176 Eminent Speakers
+ 7200 attendees
Uncountable Inspirational Moments, Experiences & Interactions
1 Meaningful Annual Architectural Conversation in India
361° Conference….since 2005

2019 The world is changing faster than ever–socially, technologically, environmentally, politically, and economically. In the midst of these shifts, designers have the crucial task of thinking about what our future will look like and how we will interact with it.
Enabling the city's ability to deal with the stresses associated with population growth – demands on food, water, space and energy also taking into account for sustainable growth and preparing it for a long-term surge in urbanization. Resiliency is considered a system’s capacity to survive, adapt and grow in the face of unforeseen physical, social and economic challenges. As urban populations grow, it becomes increasingly important that cities of the future are equipped to deal with stresses, such as space scarcity and inclusive & vertical urban planning, food and water shortages, energy demands, inefficient public transportation systems and natural disasters. The long term perspective of a robust built environment is an inevitable endeavor.
2017 The world is seeing an insurgent change in societal, economical and territorial values. While the concerns of over population, suburban sprawls, ecology, and temporality have been raised within the fields of architecture, planning and urban designing, designers are increasingly being supported by growing technology and innovations trying to keep up with the advances of the world. During such times one is intrigued to notice these emerging developments are a reaction to the diversity of needs, culture, climate, landscape and economies and an invariable part of modern day existence.
Architects and planners, throughout history, have dreamed of better and innovative cities– more manageable, defensible, efficient, denser, sparser or greener. The built and un-built environments are in constant relationship with each other – sometimes conflictual, ideally harmonious and symbiotic – are integral to the form and functioning of our cities which we must constantly explore to institute and develop. Today, with many failures of suburban experiments and looming predictions – from global warming to uncontrolled world urbanisation – architects and urbanists find themselves at a cross-road, fertile for visionary thinking. If we are to design or build future cities which are genuinely sustainable, the three basic principles that justify an eco-friendly living are: architecture, urbanism and sustainability being closely interwoven and interdependent. 2016
2015 361 Degrees is a platform for architects to discuss their architectural discourse. Every architect has an origin, a story, a cause and a philosophy of his own. Every architect has his own meaning and implication of architecture and his own sense of accountability or the lack of it as a member of the fraternity. Books and texts are forums for speculation, experimentation, inquiry, and creativity, and are understood as important undertakings for any academic school-design schools not the least. A design studio motivates discourse, instigates curiosity and invigorates a spirit in the designer to develop and manifest his own sense of identity that is portrayed in his work.
The 2014 conference focussed on people and practices whose fundamentals mediate the impact of the statements and have an investment in the idea of identity; whose work takes a critical position on this issue. Icon lecturers such as Dr B. V. Doshi , William J R Curtis and Lars Muller set the premises of discussion. 2014
2013 As communities continually negotiate their destiny in an increasingly global world, design becomes a reflection of the cultures architects create. In the haze of ‘isms’, the mania of the virtual and a landscape of failed utopias, the conference aimed to provoke and rethink the reason why architecture is relevant and what is relevant architecture? Icon lecturers such as Peter Rich and Charles Correa set the premise of discussion. An exhibition representing ‘Interpretations of Sustainability in the Indian Context’ was held concurrently.
With multiple ways and means, multilateral approaches and multidimensional practices, architects and designers in India, and the world, are venturing into unprecedented realms with an intense understanding of the new age. The conference attempted to understand and debate these versatile directions and the generated chaos as an ambigous whole guided by four tracks namely Systems & Technology, Objects & Experiences, Paracentric Practices and Innovating@Grassroots. Extensions of the Conference involved screening of the film ‘Doshi’ by Hundredhands and a bookstore by ANDBS. 2012
2010 Exploring alternative prospects of spatiality and integration of concerns such aseconomy, functionality, informality in urban fabric and typology, the fourth edition of the conference concentrated on serious aspects of informal settlements and its scope of improvisation or expansion. To understand the implications of the issues, the discussants participated in a walk through Dharavi, Asia’s largest slum. An icon lecture by Pritzker Laureate Richard Meier concluded the conference.
Spanning three days of lectures, discussions and interactions, 361° in 2009 deliberated over issues in architecture and design from five diverse perspectives. An exhibition on Pritzker Laureate Fumihiko’s works was held in tandem with the symposium.
2007 361° : The Conferences & Workshops - a part of the AEC World Expo & Conferences 2007 - was organised as an interactive platform where experts and professionals shared their notions on architecture, inspirations, visions and experiences. Visions 2047 was composed of pavilions envisioning concerns in architecture in India’s 100th year of Independence. India Urban Space (IndiaUSP) was a concurrent national conference held in partnership with the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, that viewed the idea of space in light of urban issues.
One of the oldest and most respected design forums in India, 361° Design Conference is an initiative by Jasubhai Media to inspire a truly relevant discussion on architecture. The conference establishes a thought-exchange program with its presentations and discussions chronicling a multitude of ideas and innovations that have had a significant impact on our habitats. Over six editions, the conferences has hosted +165 Eminent Speakers and +4000 attendees to gather and generate under the premise of curated themes. 2005