“The sheer quantum of production, the incredible pluralism of ways things are being done and the spectrum of aesthetics that are being constructed is something to be celebrated in India today… This collection looks at some of the top under 40 architects representing how we’re adapting.”
Hathigaon: Housing for Mahouts and their Elephants was awarded the top prize by Fassa Bartolo, exemplifying their mission statement of “award[ing] the architecture that looks at the environment with respect, able to find new solutions for a better balance man and nature.” Feature and Jury Report can be found here.
The website ArchDaily has a feature on the CSMVS (formerly Prince of Wales) Visitor Centre in Mumbai, completed in 2011. Full article, including drawings by RMA and images by Rajesh Vora and Edmund Sumner, can be found here.
Rahul Mehrotra will bring the programme Urban Landscapes-Indian Case Studies to a close with his lecture and exhibition The Kinetic City.
During this programme, we have looked at some of the consequences of “top-down” formal master planning in Delhi’s desolate new towns through the eyes of contemporary photographers, and have considered ways of compensating or adjusting to some of the problems which result from the imposition of over-determined spatial visions, a theme that Rahul Mehrotra in particular will discuss and other guest writers have considered. Full article here.
“Rethink the Indian cities is not only possible, but mandatory. That’s why, until February 26th 2013, The British School at Rome hosts The Kinetic City, the exhibition realized by the Indian architect and town planner Rahul Mehrotra. A collection of pictures and notice boards that show the consequences of the urbanization in the country.” Full article here.
‘WWCW is a constellation of events that is designed to open up various directions of cultural and historical inquiry while eluding fixed institutional or disciplinary mandates. It will act as a stage for new relationships to emerge among initiatives in the arts, architecture, urbanism and culture at large. WWCW is presented as a production set for ideas that will, we hope, circulate into the cultural bloodstream of Bombay. It is a prototype for a full-scale festival of ideas, which is intended to take place in 2013.’