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Architecture as an Agent of Change: Remembering Charles Correa, "India's Greatest Architect"

04:00 - 16 June, 2016
Architecture as an Agent of Change: Remembering Charles Correa, "India's Greatest Architect", Charles Correa, "India's Greatest Architect," passed away on June 26th 2015. Image © Chistbal Manuel
Charles Correa, "India's Greatest Architect," passed away on June 26th 2015. Image © Chistbal Manuel

A year ago today, on June 16th 2015, the architectural community lost Charles Correa (b.1930) – a man often referred to as “India’s Greatest Architect” and a person whose impact on the built environment extended far beyond his own native country. Rooted in India, Correa’s work blended Modernity and traditional vernacular styles to form architecture with a universal appeal. Over the course of his career, this work earned him—among many others—awards including the 1984 RIBA Royal Gold Medal (UK), the 1994 Praemium Imperiale (Japan), and the 2006 Padma Vibhushan (India’s second highest civilian honor).

Through his buildings we, as both architects and people who experience space, have learnt about the lyrical qualities of light and shade, the beauty that can be found in humble materials, the power of color, and the joy of woven narratives in space. Perhaps more than anything else, however, it was his belief in the notion that architecture can shape society which ensures the continued relevance of his work. “At it’s most vital, architecture is an agent of change,” Correa once wrote. “To invent tomorrow – that is its finest function.”

MIT / Charles Correa Associates. Image © Anton Grassl / ESTO Belapur / Charles Correa Associates. Image © Charles Correa Associates Navi Mumbai Masterplan. Image © Charles Correa Associates Navi Mumbai Masterplan. Image © Charles Correa Associates +21

CRAFT / Sameep Padora & Associates

19:00 - 9 June, 2016
CRAFT  / Sameep Padora & Associates, © Kunal Bhatia, Studio KB
© Kunal Bhatia, Studio KB
  • Architects

  • Location

    Fountain @ Phoenix Mall, Lower Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400013, India
  • Design Team

    Shravanthi Kumar, Aparna Dhareshwar, Nitisha Raje, Sanam Bauva
  • Contractor

    Sanjay Baikerikar
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

DIYA / SPASM Design Architects

20:00 - 18 May, 2016
DIYA / SPASM Design Architects, © Photographix - Sebastian & Ira
© Photographix - Sebastian & Ira

© Photographix - Sebastian & Ira © Photographix - Sebastian & Ira © Photographix - Sebastian & Ira © Photographix - Sebastian & Ira +33

The Green Acres Academy / Tushar Desai Assosiates

19:00 - 7 April, 2016
The Green Acres Academy / Tushar Desai Assosiates, © Photographix India
© Photographix India
  • Architects

  • Location

    Chembur, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • Architect in Charge

    Tushar Desai, Chaula Trivedi
  • Design Team

    Abdulla Gavandi , Bhushan Kumawat , Riddhi Rathod , Payal Mehta , Kavita Jadhav , Anka Kacholia
  • Area

    7980.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Photographix India © Photographix India © Photographix India © Photographix India +27

The Open House / STUDIO Nishita Kamdar

19:00 - 22 March, 2016

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ghatkopar, Sindhu Wadi, Ghatkopar East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400077, India
  • Architect in Charge

    Nishita Kamdar
  • Area

    4200.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Kunal Bhatia © Kunal Bhatia © Kunal Bhatia © Kunal Bhatia +25

Mumbai Plans for World's First Slum Museum

12:00 - 12 January, 2016
Mumbai Plans for World's First Slum Museum , Dharavi. Image © Flickr CC User M M
Dharavi. Image © Flickr CC User M M

Mumbai, home of 1.5 million person Dharavi slum known to be one of Asia's largest, will soon be host the world's first slum museum. As Smithsonian Magazine reports, the Design Museum Dharavi is being envisioned by Spanish artist Jorge Mañes Rubio to showcase works that “reimagines and revives [forgotten] sites as attention-worthy destinations.” 

“Despite the tough conditions [the people of Dharavi] live in, they are capable of creating, designing, manufacturing and commercializing all kinds of goods,” said the museum’s founders. “We believe that the objects made in Dharavi could be as valuable as those collected by design museums.”

Global Design Competition for a Nature Park & Pedestrian Bridge in Mumbai

15:30 - 22 December, 2015
Global Design Competition for a Nature Park & Pedestrian Bridge in Mumbai

UPDATE: The submission deadline has been changed to February 7th, 2016.

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is looking for multi-disciplinary design teams that are capable of designing and delivering a technically demanding and environmentally sensitive makeover in the heart of India’s Financial Capital, Mumbai. There are no competition fees to be paid and all submissions will be exclusively done through the competition portal. Five shortlisted entries from the first stage will each receive Rs. 5,00,000 and the eventual winner will receive Rs. 50,00,000 as part of a contract.

Build a Miniature Concrete Village with SPACES

12:00 - 21 November, 2015
Build a Miniature Concrete Village with SPACES, © Sameer Tawde
© Sameer Tawde

“As space begins to be captured, enclosed, molded, and organized by the elements of mass and volume, architecture comes into being.”

With influential concrete buildings like Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water, and Tadao Ando’s Church of the Light in mind, Mumbai-based Material Immaterial studio has created SPACES, a set of miniature concrete pieces. “Each piece is an individually complete space defined by volumes and voids,” offering the basis for users to imagine what could be lying inside. 

© Sameer Tawde © Sameer Tawde © Sameer Tawde © Sameer Tawde +15

Open Call: Film City Tower - Bollywood Reimagined

08:38 - 8 November, 2015
Open Call: Film City Tower - Bollywood Reimagined, Film City Tower, Courtesy: archasm
Film City Tower, Courtesy: archasm

Mumbai, or erstwhile Bombay is the largest metropolis of India and an answer to the likes of Shanghai, London or New York. It is the financial capital and trade epicentre of the country, a city of lifestyles and narratives. The 'Maximum City' of Bombay is renowned all over the globe for the enormity and surrealism of BOLLYWOOD, which is the nickname given to the Hindi language Film Industry located in the city. The industry has come a long way and bloomed since its inception, to a multi-billion dollar industry, only second in capacity to its American cousin, Hollywood.

The Orange Extension / Shroffleon

19:00 - 30 October, 2015
The Orange Extension / Shroffleon, © Sebastian Zachariah / Photographix
© Sebastian Zachariah / Photographix

© Sebastian Zachariah / Photographix © Sebastian Zachariah / Photographix © Sebastian Zachariah / Photographix © Sebastian Zachariah / Photographix +26

Opinion: What’s Wrong With Shipping Container Housing? Everything.

09:30 - 13 September, 2015
Opinion: What’s Wrong With Shipping Container Housing? Everything., CRG Architects' proposal for a shipping container skyscraper in Mumbai. Image © EAFIE
CRG Architects' proposal for a shipping container skyscraper in Mumbai. Image © EAFIE

At ArchDaily, we believe it's important to keep our readers up to date on all the most interesting developments in architecture. Sometimes, we will present ideas and projects with a critical eye; however, in many cases we simply present ideas neutrally in the hope that it will spark some discussion or critical response within the profession. Recently, a series of connected news articles about proposals for high-rise shipping-container housing provoked just such a response from Mark Hogan, principle at San Francisco-based firm OpenScope. Originally posted on his blog Markasaurus here's his reasoning for why, contrary to the hype, "shipping containers are not a 'solution' for mass housing."

What’s wrong with shipping container buildings? Nothing, if they’re used for the right purpose. For a temporary facility, where an owner desires the shipping container aesthetic, they can be a good fit (look, I’ve even done a container project!). For sites where on-site construction is not feasible or desirable, fitting a container out in the factory can be a sensible option, even though you’ll still have to do things like pour foundations on site. It probably won’t save you any money over conventional construction (and very well might cost more), but it can solve some other problems.

The place where containers really don’t make any sense is housing. I know you’ve seen all the proposals, often done with an humanitarian angle (building slum housing, housing for refugees etc) that promise a factory-built "solution" to the housing "problem" but often positioned as a luxury product as well.

CRG Architects' proposal for a shipping container skyscraper in Mumbai (click image for project post). Image © EAFIE OVA Studio's 2014 proposal for a high-rise shipping container hotel. Image via Laughing Squid Ganti + Asociates Design's proposal for a shipping container skyscraper in Mumbai. Image Courtesy of GA Design Ganti + Asociates Design's proposal for a shipping container skyscraper in Mumbai. Image Courtesy of GA Design +6

Automobile Design Studio / SJK Architect

19:00 - 25 August, 2015
Automobile Design Studio / SJK Architect, © Rajesh Vora
© Rajesh Vora
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kandivli, Vasanji Lalji Road, Jethava Nagar, Kandivali East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400067, India
  • Structural Consultants

    M/s. Shilp Consulting Engineers
  • Area

    25000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Rajesh Vora © Rajesh Vora © Rajesh Vora © Rajesh Vora +18

GA Designs Radical Shipping Container Skyscraper for Mumbai Slum

12:40 - 24 August, 2015
GA Designs Radical Shipping Container Skyscraper for Mumbai Slum, Courtesy of GA Design
Courtesy of GA Design

Ganti + Asociates (GA) Design has won an international ideas competition with a radical shipping container skyscraper that was envisioned to provide temporary housing in Mumbai's overpopulated Dharavi Slum. Taking in consideration that steel shipping containers can be stacked up to 10 stories high without any additional support, GA's winning scheme calls for a 100-meter-tall highrise comprised of a series of self supported container clusters divided by steel girders placed every 8 stories. 

Courtesy of GA Design Corridor . Image Courtesy of GA Design Courtesy of GA Design Final Board. Image Courtesy of GA Design +11

CRG Envisions Shipping Container Skyscraper Concept for Mumbai

12:40 - 20 August, 2015
CRG Envisions Shipping Container Skyscraper Concept for Mumbai, © EAFIE
© EAFIE

CRG Architects has won third prize in an ideas competition focused on providing temporary housing in Mumbai, India. Set with in the heavily populated Dharavi Slum, CRG's “Containscrapers” propose to house 5,000 city dwellers by stacking 2,500 shipping containers up to heights of 400-meters. If built, the radical proposal would be supported by a concrete structure and offer a range of housing options, from flats to three bedroom residences. 

Charles Correa Dies at 84

07:25 - 17 June, 2015
Charles Correa Dies at 84, Charles Correa
Charles Correa

Charles Correa, widely considered to be one of India's greatest living architects, died yesterday in Mumbai at the age of 84. Correa, who was also a respected urban planner and renowned activist for the quality of cities, had been the recipient of the RIBA Gold Medal in 1984, the Praemium Imperiale in 1994, and the 7th Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1998. His work had also been recognised with one of India's highest civilian honours, the Padma Shri, in 1972. In 2013 Correa donated over 6000 drawings and 150 models from his archives to the RIBA in London.

Architecture Documentaries To Watch In 2015

09:00 - 8 March, 2015
Architecture Documentaries To Watch In 2015, Microtopia (2013) / Jesper Wachtmeister
Microtopia (2013) / Jesper Wachtmeister

Following our top 40 Architecture Docs to Watch in 2014 and our favourite 30 Architecture Docs to Watch in 2013, 2015 is no exception! Our latest round up continues to feature a fantastic range of films and documentaries telling the tales of unsung architectural heroes and unheard urban narratives from around the world. This entirely fresh selection looks past the panoply of stars to bring you more of the best architectural documentaries which will provoke, intrigue and beguile.

From a film which explores one man's dream to build a cathedral (#4) and a simultaneous history of and vision of Rotterdam's future (#7), to a tour of the world's last surviving squatter town in Copenhagen (#14) and A Short History of Abandoned Sets in Morocco (#16), we present - in no particular order - thirty freshly picked documentaries for you to watch in 2015.

AD Interviews: Uma Adusumilli

01:00 - 6 January, 2015

With more than half of the world’s population living in cities today, a process that will only accelerate in the near future, the dynamics of large metropolitan areas --especially in the emerging world have-- have become an object of study and urban experimentation. India is one of the regions where this process is happening at a fast pace. With a current urbanization rate of 32%, it is expected to grow up to 40% in the next 15 years.

Steven Holl Selected To Design New Wing For Mumbai City Museum

00:00 - 8 December, 2014
Steven Holl Selected To Design New Wing For Mumbai City Museum, Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects
Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

Steven Holl Architects has been selected to design a new extension to one of India’s oldest museums, the Mumbai City Museum, also known as the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum. Selected over OMA, Studio Mumbai Architecture, Zaha Hadid and four others, Holl is now the first architect ever to be chosen through an international competition to design a public building in Mumbai. 

Continue reading to learn more about Holl’s winning design.