About the Exhibition

The State of Architecture: Practices and Processes in India
Exhibition at the NGMA, Mumbai from 6 January to 20 March, 2016
Timings:11 am – 6 pm, except Monday and National Holidays

Curators: Rahul Mehrotra, Ranjit Hoskote and Kaiwan Mehta

This exhibition will present the state of contemporary architecture in India within a larger historical overview since Independence. It will not only map emerging practices but also discuss the aspirations they represent, and stimulate a conversation on architecture among the architectural fraternity, patrons and public at large. Embodying a spectrum of positions that characterise architectural production in India, the content is intended to be provocative and make explicit the multiple, and often simultaneously valid, streams of architectural thought and engagement that truly represent the pluralism of India.

The exhibition will also be accompanied by other related and allied events such as smaller exhibitions, symposia, lectures, award ceremonies, etc.

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Events

The State of the Profession

Inaugural Conference
12 – 14 January, 2016 at NGMA, Mumbai

Supported by: Tata Trusts

This inaugural conference will focus on introducing themes that are relevant to the exhibition, with the intention of discussing these within the community of architects as well as with the broader public. Eminent professionals, educators and critics will deliberate upon the following five themes as part of the discussions: The State of the Profession, State of Education, State of Criticism, State of Institutions and State of Practice. A keynote lecture on January 12 by eminent political scientist Dr. Pratap Bhanu Mehta will precede the conference.

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SPEAKERS

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Dr. Pratap Bhanu Mehta

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A.G.K Menon

Kirtee Shah

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Sanjay Prakash

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Nimish Patel

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K.T Ravindran

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Bimal Patel

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Madhavi Desai

A Srivathsan

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Narendra Dengle

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Aneerudha Paul

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MN Ashish Ganju

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Parul Zaveri

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Hafeez Contractor

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Revathi Kamath

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Brinda Somaya

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Kamu Iyer

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Neera Adarkar

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Abin Chaudhuri

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Rahul Kadri

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Sameep Padora

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Mona Doctor-Pingel

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Keynote Lectures

At NGMA, Mumbai

A series of lectures taking place over the course of the exhibition will allow for greater interaction between eminent and practising architects, patrons, students and public servants in the profession while staying accessible to a general audience. The line-up of distinguished speakers includes Raj Rewal, Romi Khosla, Christopher Charles Benninger, Brinda Somaya, Sen Kapadia and others.

Himanshu Parikh
28 January

Raj Rewal
03 February

Christopher Charles Benninger
05 February

Bimal Patel
02 March

Ram Rahman
04 March

Sen Kapadia
11 March

Brinda Somaya
12 March

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Windows and Mirrors: Looking at Contemporary Architecture in South Asia

Closing Conference
18 March, 2016 at NGMA, Mumbai
19 & 20 March, 2016 at Coomaraswamy Hall, CSMVS Museum, Mumbai

The Conference titled ‘Windows and Mirrors: Looking at Contemporary Architecture in South Asia’ which will take place in Mumbai between 18 and 20 March 2016. The Conference is going to serve as a closing event for a three month long Exhibition titled ‘The State of Architecture: Practices and Processes in India.’ The intention of the Conference is to interrogate the broader shaping of contemporary directions in the architecture discipline within the context of South Asia with speakers from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Nepal and India, which will be preceded by a keynote lecture by Sunil Khilnani on 18 March at the NGMA Auditorium.

This Conference is open to all on first come basis. To confirm participation you are requested to email us at stateofarchitecture@gmail.com

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SPEAKERS

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Sunil Khilnani

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Romi Khosla

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Kai Weise

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Madhavi Desai

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Nagtsho Dorji

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Suhasini Ayer

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Miki Desai

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Fuad Mallick

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Syed Akeel Bilgrami

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Rajni Chavda

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Gurjit Singh Matharoo

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Anjalendran

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Nuru Karim

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Yawar Jilani

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Khalid Dawari

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Fahim Hakim

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Abha Lambah

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Mohan Rao

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Rafiq Azam

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Biresh Shah

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Sameep Padora

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Kashef Chowdhury

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Amila de Mel

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Kapil Gupta

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Anne Feenstra

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Brinda Somaya

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Sanjay Prakash

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Allied Events

Exhibitions:

Exhibition
7 January – 4 February, 2016 at Rampart Gallery Stands, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai

The exhibition will showcase the large repertoire of work on the city completed over the last 23 years by Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies (KRVIA). The work displayed will showcase various approaches undertaken to understand the changing geographies of the city through initiatives conducted by the institute. It will pose an enquiry into the role of architectural education to inform the practice in the city within the context of contemporary challenges of housing, environment, heritage, public realm, infrastructure, etc.

Exhibition
7 – 15 January, 2016 at the Army & Navy Building Lobby, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai

Curated by Mustansir Dalvi

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Exhibition
8 – 16 January, 2016 at Artisans’, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai

Robert D Stephens’ Mumbai North features black and white photographs taken from 15,000 ft. above sea level between 2014 and 2015. Accompanying each image is a record of air pollution levels on the corresponding day, as measured by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board. Supplementing the visual archive is The Reading Room, a tactile installation of antiquarian books related to Mumbai dating back to the mid-1800s.

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Exhibition
17 January – 17 February, 2016 at Somaiya Centre for Lifelong Learning, Fort, Mumbai

This exhibition by Sameep Padora presents existing models of affordable housing in the city of Mumbai sutured deep within the city’s fabric and history. The study in specificity is aimed at documenting these emergent architectural types in an effort to establish a datum from which to project future possibilities. The exhibition comprises of models, drawings and mock-ups of an affordable housing project that sP+a is currently working on using the backdrop of the above-mentioned research.

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Exhibition
23 January – 4 February, 2016 at the Army and Navy Building Lobby, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai

Exhibition of photographs by Yashwant D Pitkar

Exhibition and Curatorial Talk
4 – 27 February, 2016 at Sir J J College of Architecture, Mumbai

This exhibition, curated by Mustansir Dalvi, will centre around three architectural portfolios that were significant in pedagogical and architectural practices in the late 19th- and early 20th-century through their use and influence at the Sir J J School of Art, Bombay. These are the Jeypore Portfolio by Swinton Jacob (1890), the Batley Portfolio (The Design Development of Indian Architecture by Claude Batley) and Bannister Fletcher’s canonical A History of Architecture on the Comparative Method (1921).

The exhibition will open with a curatorial talk on February 4.

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Exhibition
9 February – 11 March, 2016 at the Army & Navy Building Lobby, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai

Widely acclaimed as the first modern building in India, Golconde was built in the French colony of Pondicherry as a dormitory for the Aurobindo Ashram, between the late 1930s and early 1940s. Designed by Antonin Raymond and George Nakashima, Golconde presaged ‘high modernism’ in India two decades before Chandigarh.

This narrative photo-exhibition, curated by Smita Dalvi, Associate Professor at MES Pillai College of Architecture, Navi Mumbai, seeks to capture the myriad dimensions of its distinctive architectural expression shaped by cultural forces that transcended nationality and tradition.

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Exhibition
15 March – 9 April, 2016 at Galerie Max Mueller, Mumbai
Supported by the Rolex Institute

Charles Correa’s popular housing and cultural projects are celebrated globally for their unique understanding of the Indian reality. His ideas are respected across the world for their clarity, conceptual content and unique vantage points. However, an incredible treasure of unbuilt works exists that is not as well-known.
Through carefully curated content from the exhaustive archives of Charles Correa, this exhibition curated by the Charles Correa Foundation seeks to unfold this repository of ideas that continue to be relevant to this day.

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Symposia, Seminars and Awards:

Celebrating Charles Correa
Work, Legacy, Contribution

Charles Correa (1930-2015) is arguably the most influential Indian architect to have worked after Independence. In a prolific career spanning six decades, Charles Correa defined the paradigms of modernity for India through his architecture, urban design, planning and writing.

‘CELEBRATING CHARLES CORREA’ is an initiative by the Charles Correa Foundation to commemorate his contribution through a series of curated screenings, lectures and panel discussions on key concerns of his life’s work, thus bringing into focus his legacy.

Within four broad themes: ‘Buildings as Ideas’, ‘Cultural Projects’, ‘Housing’ and ‘Urbanisation’, the deliberations aim to chronicle the contribution of his work and thought towards the domain of architecture and the state of profession in India.

These events are planned in conjunction with the ‘State of Architecture’ exhibition at the NGMA [January 6 – March 20, 2016].

Lectures, Screenings & Discussions

National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai
15th, 16th, 17th & 19th January, 2016
6 PM to 8 PM
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Friday 15th January, 2016

Buildings as Ideas
Film Screening Blessings of the Sky
Keynote Address Romi Khosla
Panel Discussion
Neelkanth Chhaya, Bijoy Ramachandran, Nondita Correa Mehrotra, Prem
Chandavarkar and Ruturaj Parikh

Saturday 16th January 2016

Cultural Projects
Film Screening Into the Unknown
Keynote Lecture Suha Özkan
Panel Discussion
Sankalp Meshram, Ranjit Hoskote, Pradeep Dalal, Jyotindra Jain and Kaiwan Mehta

Sunday 17th January 2016

Housing

Film Screening You and Your Neighborhood
Keynote Lecture Rahul Mehrotra
Panel Discussion Sameep Padora, Kamu Iyer and Madhav Raman

Tuesday 19th January 2016

Urbanisation
Film Screening City on the Water
Keynote Lecture Vidyadhar Phatak
Panel Discussion Neera Adarkar, Rahul Deshpande and Rahul Mehrotra

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Panel Discussions and Master Classes
6 – 13 February, 2016 at Goethe–Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai

Programmed by architectural critic and theorist Kaiwan Mehta, this week-long series will comprise a set of panel discussions and master classes by eminent and emerging practitioners.

Master Classes will be based on the theme of Public Life and Architecture.

Panel Discussions will focus on ‘travels and travails’ of architects in India today along with struggles and ideas that shape design concerns and processes in India today.

These events are planned in conjunction with the ‘State of Architecture’ exhibition at the NGMA [January 6 – March 20, 2016]

Lecture Series
Goethe–Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan
8th February – 13th February 2016

Monday 8, February

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Cadence Architects (Smaran Mallesh), Opolis Architects (Sonal Sancheti and Rahul Gore) & Collaborative Architecture (Lalita Tharani & Mujib Ahmed)
Discussant: Mustansir Dalvi

6:15 pm – 7:15 pm
Golconde, Pondicherry: India’s First Modern Building – Lecture-presentation by Smita Dalvi

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Mancini Studio (Niels Schoenfelder) & ArchitectuRed (Biju Kuriakose)
Discussant: Suprio Bhattacharjee

Tuesday 9, February

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Master Class with:
Chitra Vishwanath (Biome Environmental Solutions) & Falguni Desai (Laxmi Institute of Architecture)

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Mathew Ghosh Architects (Soumitro Ghosh & Neesha Mathew)
Discussant: Rahul Mehrotra

6:15 pm – 8:30 pm
InFORM Architects + InCITE (Nithya Srinivasan & Kiran Venkatesh), Vir.Mueller Architects (Pankaj Vir Gupta),
Serie Architects (Kapil Gupta) & KSA Architects (Nemish Shah)
Discussant: Kaiwan Mehta

Wednesday 10, February

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Master Class with:
Soumitro Ghosh & Neesha Mathew (Mathew Ghosh Architects)

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Ashok B Lall Architects (Ashok Lall)
Discussant: Rahul Mehrotra

6:15 pm – 7:15 pm
Biome Environmental Solutions (Chitra Vishwanath)
Discussant: Kaiwan Mehta

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Malik Architecture (Kamal & Arjun Malik)
Discussant: Kaiwan Mehta

Thursday 11, February

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Master Class with:
Dean D’cruz (Mozaic)

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
UCJ Architecture & Environment (Chirag U Jain)
Discussant: Kaiwan Mehta

6:15 pm – 7:15 pm
Panel discussion on the book India: Modern Architectures in History with authors
Peter Scriver & Amit Srivastava

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Romi Khosla Design Studio (Martand Khosla) & Flying Elephant (Rajesh Renganathan)
Discussant: Shilpa Ranade

Friday 12, February

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Mozaic (Dean D’cruz)
Discussant: Ranjit Hoskote

6:15 pm – 7:15 pm
S.P.A Design (Stephane Paumier) & Arya Architects (Meghal Arya)
Discussant: Shilpa Ranade

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Studio Lotus (Ambrish Arora) & SJK Architect (Shimul Javeri Kadri)
Discussant: Suprio Bhattacharjee

Saturday 13, February

11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Master Class with:
Stephane Paumier (SPA Design)

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Master Class with:
Ashok Lall (Ashok B Lall Architects)

Kala Ghoda Association | Urban Design Research Institute, The State of Architecture | Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan

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Presentation, Jury and Exhibition
10 February, 2016 at C M Master Hall, Sir J J College of Architecture, Mumbai

The annual Charles Correa Gold Medal for the best design dissertation from the schools of architecture in India will be presented by the Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI) and Charles Correa Foundation.

This will be followed by an exhibition of the shortlisted entries.

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Symposium
16 February, 2016 at NGMA, Mumbai

A 20 CASI event, in collaboration with Domus India and Kaiwan Mehta.

Seminar and Award Ceremony
16 – 17 March, 2016 at Sir J J College of Architecture, Mumbai (seminar) and NGMA, Mumbai (award ceremony)

The Curry Stone Design Prize is awarded each year to honour innovative projects that use design to address pressing social justice issues. The Prize is supported by the Curry Stone Foundation.

A seminar on Social Agency on March 16 will precede the award ceremony.

Book Talks:

Panel Discussion
18 January, 2016 at Coomaraswamy Hall, CSMVS Museum, Mumbai

Welcome address by Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Director, CSMVS Museum
Introductory remarks by Vikram Gandhi, Founder, Asha Impact
Panel discussion between Harvard faculty leaders Diana Eck and Satchit Balsari; and administrators at the 2013 Kumbh Mela — Divisional Commissioner of Allahabad, Devesh Chaturvedi, and Alok Sharma, Inspector General of Police, Allahabad,; facilitated by Rahul Mehrotra.

The Kumbh Mela has become the largest public gathering in the world — drawing tens of millions of pilgrims over the course of a few weeks. The most recent observance of the festival took place from January 14 to February 25, 2013 in Allahabad, with an estimated attendance of over 80 million people.
Because of its size and complexity, the 2013 Kumbh Mela inspired the Harvard South Asia Institute’s flagship multi-year interdisciplinary research project in a number of complementary fields: business, technology and communications, urban studies and design, religious and cultural studies, and public health. Over 50 Harvard professors, students, administrative staff, and medical practitioners made the pilgrimage to Allahabad, India to analyse issues that emerge in any large-scale human gathering. The panel will discuss their experience studying the world’s largest festival, and lessons learned for future research.

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Panel Discussion
11 February at Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai

by Peter Scriver and Amit Srivastava

Panel Discussion
26 February at NGMA, Mumbai (THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED)

by Vandini Mehta and Rohit Raj Mehndiratta
This book unravels the oeuvre of Mahendra Raj’s 60 prolific years of practice as a structural engineer. His unusually inventive and intuitive work reveals bold and pioneering engineering solutions for buildings in exposed concrete over the years. Most of his structures are now artefacts that narrate the energetic period of nation building in post-independent India. The book presents 28 structures explored through a rich collection of archival drawings, calculations and photographs.

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1 March at NGMA, Mumbai @ 6 pm

Journalist and writer Sidharth Bhatia in conversation with author Kaiwan Mehta and architect IM Kadri

Film Screening:

20 JAN • WED • 12NOON AND 4PM
ARUN KHOPKAR, 2008, 59 MINUTES

The film examines Charles Correa’s work using an extended interview with the architect, as well as stills, diagrams, animation and archival footage. Through these, the viewer gets to experience the spaces designed by Correa as well as understand his ideas concerning architecture and the cosmos.

29 JAN • FRI • 12NOON AND 4PM
PREMJIT RAMACHANDRAN, 2009, 74 MINUTES

The makers of this film argue that film is the perfect medium to capture architecture — it covers the spatial narrative and sequence, the quality of light and the impact of movement. They say it is also the best way to engage a person like B V Doshi as it satisfactorily captures his ability to com municate with and inspire the people around him, and his rigour as an architect — both reasons for his unique success.

17 FEB • WED • 12NOON AND 4PM
NIELS GUTSCHOW AND RABINDRA VASAVADA, 2011, 39 MINUTES

The film addresses architectural conservation from the vantage point of transcultural studies. It features interviews with sculptor Arvindbhai Ishwarlal Sompura, at his workshop in Palitana, and temple architect Virendra K Trivedi. Nandishwar Dweep and Sugun Tatva Vihar Dham in Gujarat and Vard haman Jain Teerth in Rajasthan are some of the temples explored in the film.

24 FEB • WED • 12NOON AND 4PM
PRADIP KRISHEN, 1988, 112 MINUTES

Set in an architecture school, In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones, with screenplay by Arundhati Roy, won two National Awards in 1988 “for capturing the anguish prevailing among students of professional institutions”.

26 FEB • FRI • 12NOON AND 4PM
MANU REWAL, 2002, 42 MINUTES

This film is an in-depth exploration of the design and construct ion of the Parliament Library building in New Delhi. Using interviews, voice-over narration and archival images, the film examines how hi-tech building technology was fused with Indian building crafts tradition to create an architectural landmark.

9 MAR • WED • 12NOON AND 4PM
MANU REWAL, 1991, 30 MINUTES

Described as “a promenade across six projects of Raj Rewal”, the film traces resonances of the past in their architecture using images of historical buildings and miniature paintings. The images dissolve into each other highlighting specific design features that show how modern rationalism with its rigorous sense of function, structure and fabrication has been reconciled with typologies extracted from its past.

16 MAR • WED • 12NOON AND 4PM
2015, 80 MINUTES

The Climactic Session was the closing session of the Z-Axis Conference held in March 2015 in Panaji. It featured a discussion focussed on architectural challenges and opportunities in post-Independence India between Charles Correa, Raj Rewal and Mahendra Raj and curated by Riyaz Tayyibj i. This is the complete edited version of the discussion provided by the Charles Correa Foundation (CCF).

PROGRAMME

The State of Architecture: Practices and Processes in India
Exhibition at the NGMA, Mumbai from 6 January to 20 March, 2016
Timing: 6 pm
Curators: Rahul Mehrotra, Ranjit Hoskote and Kaiwan Mehta
This exhibition will present the state of contemporary architecture in India within a larger historical overview since Independence. It will not only map emerging practices but also discuss the aspirations they represent, and stimulate a conversation on architecture among the architectural fraternity, patrons and public at large. Embodying a spectrum of positions that characterise architectural production in India, the content is intended to be provocative and make explicit the multiple, and often simultaneously valid, streams of architectural thought and engagement that truly represent the pluralism of India.
The exhibition will also be accompanied by other related and allied events such as smaller exhibitions, symposia, lectures, award ceremonies, etc.

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Deco on the Oval: Celebrating Bombay’s Most Loved Art Deco Buildings
Exhibition
7 – 15 January, 2016 at the Army & Navy Building Lobby, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai
Curated by Mustansir Dalvi
Sir J J College of Architecture has documented the architectural façades of the Art-Deco buildings that form a stretch on the Oval Maidan. These building fronts are metonymic with Bombay’s Art-Deco architecture that flourished from the 1930s to the 1950s. Bombay, even today, has the largest number of Art-Deco buildings, other than Miami. This exhibition of elevations of the 18 buildings also has details of architectural ornamentation on display, and vintage images of a few of the buildings, in which they appear pristine in their ‘newly constructed’ glory.

Army & Navy Building Lobby, Kala Ghoda

MAKE/SHIFT MUMBAI III: Readings, Imaginations and Propositions
Exhibition
7 – 15 January, 2016 at Rampart Gallery Stands, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai
The exhibition will showcase the large repertoire of work on the city completed over the last 23 years by Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies (KRVIA). The work displayed will showcase various approaches undertaken to understand the changing geographies of the city through initiatives conducted by the institute. It will pose an enquiry into the role of architectural education to inform the practice in the city within the context of contemporary challenges of housing, environment, heritage, public realm, infrastructure, etc.

Rampart Gallery Stands, Kala Ghoda

Mumbai North: Contemporary Aerial Photographs of Mumbai's Suburbs
Exhibition
8 – 16 January, 2016 at Artisans’, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai

Robert D Stephens’ Mumbai North features black and white photographs taken from 15,000 ft. above sea level between 2014 and 2015. Accompanying each image is a record of air pollution levels on the corresponding day, as measured by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board. Supplementing the visual archive is The Reading Room, a tactile installation of antiquarian books related to Mumbai dating back to the mid-1800s.

Artisans’, Kala Ghoda

The State of the Profession
Inaugural Conference
13 & 14 January, 2016 at NGMA, Mumbai
Supported by: Tata Trusts
Details for pre-registration coming soon
This inaugural conference will focus on introducing themes that are relevant to the exhibition, with the intention of discussing these within the community of architects as well as with the broader public. Eminent professionals, educators and critics will deliberate upon the following five themes as part of the discussions: The State of the Profession, State of Education, State of Criticism, State of Institutions and State of Practice. A keynote lecture on January 12 by architect B V Doshi will precede the conference.

NGMA

The State of the Profession
Inaugural Conference
13 & 14 January, 2016 at NGMA, Mumbai
Supported by: Tata Trusts
Details for pre-registration coming soon
This inaugural conference will focus on introducing themes that are relevant to the exhibition, with the intention of discussing these within the community of architects as well as with the broader public. Eminent professionals, educators and critics will deliberate upon the following five themes as part of the discussions: The State of the Profession, State of Education, State of Criticism, State of Institutions and State of Practice. A keynote lecture on January 12 by architect B V Doshi will precede the conference.

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Celebrating Charles Correa: Work, Legacy, Contribution Lectures, Screenings and Discussions 15 - 19 January, 2016 at NGMA, Mumbai Charles Correa (1930-2015) was arguably the most influential Indian architect to have worked after Independence. In a prolific professional life spanning six decades, Charles Correa defined the paradigms of modernity through his architecture, urban design and planning, and writing. ‘Celebrating Charles Correa’ is an initiative by the Charles Correa Foundation to commemorate his contribution through a series of curated screenings, lectures and panel discussions on key concerns of his life’s work — thus bringing forth his legacy from various perspectives. Within four broad themes: Buildings as Ideas, Housing, Urbanisation and Cultural Projects, the content aims to chronicle the contribution of his work and thoughts to the state of architecture in India.

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In the Name of Housing
Exhibition
17 January – 8 February, 2016 at Somaiya Centre for Lifelong Learning, Fort, Mumbai
This exhibition by Sameep Padora presents existing models of affordable housing in the city of Mumbai sutured deep within the city’s fabric and history. The study in specificity is aimed at documenting these emergent architectural types in an effort to establish a datum from which to project future possibilities. The exhibition comprises of models, drawings and mock-ups of an affordable housing project that sP+a is currently working on using the backdrop of the above-mentioned research.

NGMA

In the Name of Housing
Exhibition
17 January – 8 February, 2016 at Somaiya Centre for Lifelong Learning, Fort, Mumbai
This exhibition by Sameep Padora presents existing models of affordable housing in the city of Mumbai sutured deep within the city’s fabric and history. The study in specificity is aimed at documenting these emergent architectural types in an effort to establish a datum from which to project future possibilities. The exhibition comprises of models, drawings and mock-ups of an affordable housing project that sP+a is currently working on using the backdrop of the above-mentioned research.

Somaiya Centre for Lifelong Learning, Fort

Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity
Panel Discussion
18 January, 2016 at Coomaraswamy Hall, CSMVS Museum, Mumbai
Welcome address by Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Director, CSMVS Museum
Introductory remarks by Vikram Gandhi, Founder, Asha Impact
Panel discussion between Harvard faculty leaders Diana Eck and Satchit Balsari; and administrators at the 2013 Kumbh Mela — Divisional Commissioner of Allahabad, Devesh Chaturvedi, and Alok Sharma, Inspector General of Police, Allahabad,; facilitated by Rahul Mehrotra.

Coomaraswamy Hall, CSMVS Museum

ARUN KHOPKAR, 2008, 59 MINUTES

The film examines Charles Correa’s work using an extended interview with the architect, as well as stills, diagrams, animation and archival footage. Through these, the viewer gets to experience the spaces designed by Correa as well as understand his ideas concerning architecture and the cosmos.
Urban Clutter
Exhibition
23 January – 4 February, 2016 at the Army and Navy Building Lobby, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai

Exhibition of photographs by Yashwant D Pitkar

Army & Navy Building Lobby, Kala Ghoda

PREMJIT RAMACHANDRAN, 2009, 74 MINUTES

The makers of this film argue that film is the perfect medium to capture architecture — it covers the spatial narrative and sequence, the quality of light and the impact of movement. They say it is also the best way to engage a person like B V Doshi as it satisfactorily captures his ability to com municate with and inspire the people around him, and his rigour as an architect — both reasons for his unique success.

NGMA

Pedagogical Practices in Architecture at the Bombay School of Art: Artefacts from the Sir J J College of Architecture Archives
Exhibition and Curatorial Talk
4 – 20 February, 2016 at Sir J J College of Architecture, Mumbai
Supported by: Tata Trusts
This exhibition, curated by Mustansir Dalvi, will centre around three architectural portfolios that were significant in pedagogical and architectural practices in the late 19th- and early 20th-century through their use and influence at the Sir J J School of Art, Bombay. These are the Jeypore Portfolio by Swinton Jacob (1890), the Batley Portfolio (The Design Development of Indian Architecture by Claude Batley) and Bannister Fletcher’s canonical A History of Architecture on the Comparative Method (1921).

Sir J J College of Architecture

Kala Ghoda Festival: Architecture Week
Panel Discussions and Master Classes
6 – 13 February, 2016 at Goethe–Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai
Programmed by architectural critic and theorist Kaiwan Mehta, this week-long series will comprise a set of panel discussions and master classes by eminent and emerging practitioners.

Goethe–Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan

Charles Correa Gold Medal Jury
Presentation, Jury and Exhibition
10 February, 2016 at C M Master Hall, Sir J J College of Architecture, Mumbai
The annual Charles Correa Gold Medal for the best design dissertation from the schools of architecture in India will be presented by the Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI) and Charles Correa Foundation.

C M Master Hall, Sir J J College of Architecture

Goethe–Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan

Charles Correa Gold Medal Jury
Presentation, Jury and Exhibition
10 February, 2016 at C M Master Hall, Sir J J College of Architecture, Mumbai
The annual Charles Correa Gold Medal for the best design dissertation from the schools of architecture in India will be presented by the Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI) and Charles Correa Foundation.

Rampart Gallery Stands, Kala Ghoda

Golconde, Pondicherry: India’s First Modern Building
Exhibition
16 February – 11 March, 2016 at the Army & Navy Building Lobby, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai

Widely acclaimed as the first modern building in India, Golconde was built in the French colony of Pondicherry as a dormitory for the Aurobindo Ashram, between the late 1930s and early 1940s. Designed by Antonin Raymond and George Nakashima, Golconde presaged ‘high modernism’ in India two decades before Chandigarh.

This narrative photo-exhibition, curated by Smita Dalvi, Associate Professor at MES Pillai College of Architecture, Navi Mumbai, seeks to capture the myriad dimensions of its distinctive architectural expression shaped by cultural forces that transcended nationality and tradition.

Army & Navy Building Lobby, Kala Ghoda

NIELS GUTSCHOW AND RABINDRA VASAVADA, 2011, 39 MINUTES

The film addresses architectural conservation from the vantage point of transcultural studies. It features interviews with sculptor Arvindbhai Ishwarlal Sompura, at his workshop in Palitana, and temple architect Virendra K Trivedi. Nandishwar Dweep and Sugun Tatva Vihar Dham in Gujarat and Vard haman Jain Teerth in Rajasthan are some of the temples explored in the film.
PRADIP KRISHEN, 1988, 112 MINUTES

Set in an architecture school, In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones, with screenplay by Arundhati Roy, won two National Awards in 1988 "for capturing the anguish prevailing among students of professional institutions".
MANU REWAL, 2002, 42 MINUTES

This film is an in-depth exploration of the design and construct ion of the Parliament Library building in New Delhi. Using interviews, voice-over narration and archival images, the film examines how hi-tech building technology was fused with Indian building crafts tradition to create an architectural landmark.
The Structure: Works of Mahendra Raj
Panel Discussion
26 February at NGMA, Mumbai

by Vandini Mehta and Rohit Raj Mehndiratta This book unravels the oeuvre of Mahendra Raj’s 60 prolific years of practice as a structural engineer. His unusually inventive and intuitive work reveals bold and pioneering engineering solutions for buildings in exposed concrete over the years. Most of his structures are now artefacts that narrate the energetic period of nation building in post-independent India. The book presents 28 structures explored through a rich collection of archival drawings, calculations and photographs.

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MANU REWAL, 1991, 30 MINUTES

Described as "a promenade across six projects of Raj Rewal", th e film traces resonances of the past in their architecture using images of historical buildings and miniature paintings. The images dissolve into each other highlighting specific design features that show how modern rationalism with its rigorous sense of function, structure and fabrication has been reconciled with typologies extracted from its past.
'Buildings as Ideas: The Un-Built Work of Charles Correa' Exhibition 15 March – 9 April, 2016 at Galerie Max Mueller, Mumbai Supported by the Rolex Institute Charles Correa’s popular housing and cultural projects are celebrated globally for their unique understanding of the Indian reality. His ideas are respected across the world for their clarity, conceptual content and unique vantage points. However, an incredible treasure of unbuilt works exists that is not as well-known. Through carefully curated content from the exhaustive archives of Charles Correa, this exhibition curated by the Charles Correa Foundation seeks to unfold this repository of ideas that continue to be relevant to this day.

Goethe–Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan

On Social Agency Seminar and Award Ceremony 16 - 17 March, 2016 at Sir J J College of Architecture, Mumbai (seminar) and NGMA, Mumbai (award ceremony) The Curry Stone Design Prize is awarded each year to honour innovative projects that use design to address pressing social justice issues. The Prize is supported by the Curry Stone Foundation. A seminar on Social Agency on March 16 will precede the award ceremony.

Sir J J College of Architecture

2015, 80 MINUTES

The Climactic Session was the closing session of the Z-Axis Conference held in March 2015 in Panaji. It featured a discussion focussed on architectural challenges and opportunities in post-Independence India between Charles Correa, Raj Rewal and Mahendra Raj and curated by Riyaz Tayyibj i. This is the complete edited version of the discussion provided by the Charles Correa Foundation (CCF).

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Coomaraswamy Hall, CSMVS Museum

Windows & Mirrors: Looking at Contemporary Architecture in South Asia Closing Conference 19 & 20 March, 2016 at Coomaraswamy Hall, CSMVS Museum, Mumbai This two-day conference on architecture in South Asia is being held in partnership with the Tata Trusts, The South Asia Institute (SAI) at Harvard University and Vinod & Saryu Doshi Foundation. Renowned architects from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Nepal, the Maldives and India will participate in the deliberations, which will be preceded by a keynote lecture by Sunil Khilnani on March 18 at the NGMA Mumbai.

Coomaraswamy Hall, CSMVS Museum

Coomaraswamy Hall, CSMVS Museum

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Riddhi Shah

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Sohil Soni

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Zenia Vandrewala

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About UDRI

The Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI) was established in 1984 as a public charitable trust with the aim to enrich the understanding of the urban environment and work towards its improvement. Our mandate is to make Mumbai an inclusive city which is humane and balances its cosmopolitan cultural heritage and social fabric with equitable growth and efficient infrastructure; a city where living, moving and working is enjoyable, with accessible common amenities and public spaces for sports, recreation and socio-cultural activities for all. UDRI also provides a forum for interaction among architects, urban designers and professionals from related fields such as urban economics, sociology, planning, conservation and history.

Some of UDRI’s significant projects include:

MumbaiDP24SEVEN
This project aims to provide tools to facilitate active participation by non-government organisations, community-based organisations, private sector actors and individual citizens in the process of preparation, implementation and monitoring of the Development Plan (DP) of Mumbai (2014-34).

Heritage Conservation
UDRI has participated actively in the formulation of Mumbai’s heritage conservation policy. We were responsible for promoting protected artefacts, several additional buildings, precincts and open spaces in Mumbai, and successfully getting incorporated in the Heritage List. UDRI also conceptualised and catalysed the Kala Ghoda Festival.

Eastern Waterfront
UDRI has been actively involved in documenting and facilitating discussions around the 1,800 acres of the Mumbai Port Trust Land along the eastern waterfront from Colaba to Wadala in recognition of the crucial role that the area could play in the evolution of the metropolitan region following the deindustrialisation of Mumbai city and change in port-related activities.

For more information, visit www.udri.org

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