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Photographer Iwan Baan Celebrates Pritzker Prize Winner B.V. Doshi With Curated Instagram Posts

06:00 - 12 April, 2018

The great #BVDoshi at #sangath. @pritzkerarchitectureprize 2018 laureate.

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Architectural photographer Iwan Baan recently honored 2018 Pritzker Prize Laureate Balkrishna (B.V.) Doshi. It has been a little over a month since the Pritzker jury selected the Indian architect as the latest winner, and his work still remains popular within the online world. The genuine materiality and intricate spatial experience associated with Doshi's work are captured by Baan in multiple projects across India. Baan's Instagram (@iwanbaan), which has nearly 120K followers, acts as "a diary of travels with the iPhone." 

Read on to see some of Baan's images (some posts have multiple images, so be sure and use the left and right arrows to see the full set of pictures). 

Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Lecture: “Paths Uncharted” with Balkrishna Doshi

12:05 - 1 April, 2018
Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Lecture: “Paths Uncharted” with Balkrishna Doshi, Balkrishna Doshi (photo courtesy of VSF)
Balkrishna Doshi (photo courtesy of VSF)

Architect, urban planner, and educator for the past 70 years, Doshi has been instrumental in shaping the discourse of architecture throughout India and internationally. Influenced by masters of 20th century architecture, Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, known as Le Corbusier, and Louis Kahn, Doshi has been able to interpret architecture and transform it into built works that respect eastern culture while enhancing the quality of living in India. His ethical and personal approach to architecture has touched lives of every socio-economic class across a broad spectrum of genres since the 1950s.

B.V. Doshi's Drawings Reveal the Identity of His Work

08:00 - 11 March, 2018
Concept Drawing for Vidhyadhar Nagar Masterplan . Image Courtesy of Pritzker Architecture Prize
Concept Drawing for Vidhyadhar Nagar Masterplan . Image Courtesy of Pritzker Architecture Prize

Balkrishna Doshi, also known as B.V. Doshi or simply Doshi, has been named this year’s Pritzker Prize Laureate. His extensive portfolio of educational, cultural, public administration, and residential projects is matched only by his contribution to architectural culture—from founding The School of Architecture at Ahmedabad (now known as the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology) to co-authoring the Habitat Bill of Rights, among others. Yet, his vividly illustrated conceptual drawings reveal as much, if not more, of the architect’s relationship with building, history, tradition, culture, and modernism

Concept Drawing of Sangath Studio. Image Courtesy of Pritzker Architecture Prize Sketch of Aranya Social Housing. Image Courtesy of Pritzker Architecture Prize Elevation of Aranya Social Housing. Image Courtesy of Pritzker Architecture Prize Sketch of CEPT. Image Courtesy of Pritzker Architecture Prize + 11

Pritzker Prize-Winner Balkrishna Doshi Reminds Us That "The Architect Is at the Service of Human Society"

10:30 - 9 March, 2018
Balkrishna Doshi named 2018 Pritzker Prize Laureate. Image Courtesy of VSF
Balkrishna Doshi named 2018 Pritzker Prize Laureate. Image Courtesy of VSF

Last Wednesday the world knew the name of the latest Pritzker Prize laureate: Balkrishna Doshi, the first Indian architect to receive architecture’s highest honor. The jury stated that "with an understanding and appreciation of the deep traditions of India’s architecture, Doshi united prefabrication and local craft and developed a vocabulary in harmony with the history, culture, local traditions and the changing times of his home country India".

While architects all in India are rejoicing and celebrating him, Anupama Kundoo, Professor at IE School of Architecture and Design, shared her thoughts on Doshi’s Pritzker Prize. "It is timely that there is recognition of a holistic understanding of the role of the architect, where the design of the built environment is seen as sensitive interventions that retain human scale in the man-made built landscape", stated Kundoo.

2018 Pritzker Prize Winner Balkrishna Doshi's Work in 21 Images

08:00 - 9 March, 2018
2018 Pritzker Prize Winner Balkrishna Doshi's Work in 21 Images, Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology . Image © VSF. Courtesy of the Pritzker Architecture Prize
Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology . Image © VSF. Courtesy of the Pritzker Architecture Prize

After designing over a hundred buildings and establishing several schools of architecture, Balkrishna Doshi achieved architecture’s highest accolade: the Pritzker Prize Award. Doshi is the first Indian architect to receive this award. He is known as an architectural advocate for social change and the environment.

Doshi believes his award is not only for himself but for all of India. The 90-year-old architect stood out as a pioneer of social housing design and architectural identity in India. Reflect on his legacy through these 21 images of his work:

“Doshi”: Documentary Explores the Pritzker Prize-Winning Career of A Modern Indian Architect

15:05 - 7 March, 2018
“Doshi”: Documentary Explores the Pritzker Prize-Winning Career of A Modern Indian Architect, Cenas do documentário "Doshi"
Cenas do documentário "Doshi"

Balkrishna Doshi, despite his vast number of completed projects, is a little-known name in the Western world. Directed by Premjit Ramachandran, the documentary "Doshi" allows the viewer to appreciate the vision of this important Indian architect, probing his thoughts while getting to know a number of his projects. Filmed in a frank style of conversation, the documentary reveals an original and creative human being who, even in old age, remains passionate about architecture as well as life and learning.

The film becomes a roundtable with Doshi, his alumni, his contemporaries and even family members, all within the context of his architecture. The camera follows its protagonist through spaces designed by him, while he narrates, recalls and explains his processes of creation. It also reveals how he makes his philosophy an intrinsic part of his own life.

7 Projects You Need to Know by 2018 Pritzker Prize Winner B.V. Doshi

12:00 - 7 March, 2018
7 Projects You Need to Know by 2018 Pritzker Prize Winner B.V. Doshi, Amdavad ni Gufa. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
Amdavad ni Gufa. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

Earlier today, B.V. Doshi was named the winner of the 2018 Pritzker Prize, the profession’s highest accolade. For the past 70 years, Doshi has shaped the discourse of architecture and urban design, with a particularly strong influence in his native India, through projects including private residences, schools, banks, theaters, and low-income housing developments. Here are seven examples of this work that exemplifies Doshi’s respect for eastern culture and his desire to contribute to his country through authentic designs that enhance people's quality of life.

Sangath. Image Courtesy of VSF Life Insurance Corporation Housing. Image Courtesy of VSF Amdavad ni Gufa. Image Courtesy of VSF CEPT University. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu + 14

Who is Balkrishna (B.V.) Doshi? 12 Things to Know About the 2018 Pritzker Laureate

11:00 - 7 March, 2018
Who is Balkrishna (B.V.) Doshi? 12 Things to Know About the 2018 Pritzker Laureate, Le Corbusier and Balkrishna Doshi. Photo courtesy of Balkrishna Doshi.
Le Corbusier and Balkrishna Doshi. Photo courtesy of Balkrishna Doshi.

B.V. Doshi, one of modern Indian architecture’s most celebrated practitioners, was born in Pune, India in 1927. Nearly 90 years later, the Pritzker Prize jury chose Doshi as the 2018 Laureate. Get to know about Doshi’s history—including his close relationship to the legendary Le Corbusier—in this list of interesting facts.

Balkrishna Doshi Named 2018 Pritzker Prize Laureate

09:55 - 7 March, 2018
Balkrishna Doshi Named 2018 Pritzker Prize Laureate

This year’s Pritzker jury has selected Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi, often known as B.V. Doshi or Doshi, as the 2018 Pritzker Prize Laureate. Doshi has been a practitioner of architecture for over 70 years. Previously, he had studied and worked with both Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn. Doshi’s poetic architecture draws upon Eastern influences to create a body of work that “has touched lives of every socio-economic class across a broad spectrum of genres since the 1950s,” cites the jury. Doshi is the first Indian architect to receive architecture’s highest honor.

Louis Kahn's Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad Photographed by Laurian Ghinitoiu

14:00 - 20 February, 2017
Louis Kahn's Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad Photographed by Laurian Ghinitoiu, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

In celebration of the life of Louis Kahn, who would have celebrated his birthday on this day, photographer Laurian Ghinitoiu has visited the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad – one of the architect's seminal projects, which was only completed after his death in 1974.

© Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu + 46

B V Doshi and Rajeev Kathpalia on the Idea of the Indian Smart City

09:30 - 20 June, 2015
Songdo in South Korea is one of the most advanced smart cities so far constructed. Image Courtesy of Cisco
Songdo in South Korea is one of the most advanced smart cities so far constructed. Image Courtesy of Cisco

Despite being largely invented and developed by Western technology companies such as IBM and Cisco, the concept of the Smart City has been exported all over the world, with some of the most advanced implementations of smart city ideals being found from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil to Songdo in South Korea. In this interview, originally published by Indian Architect & Builder as "Perceptions of a Smart City," Morgan Campbell talks with B V Doshi and Rajeev Kathpalia about Le Corbusier, urbanization, and what it might mean to establish a smart city in India.

Shortly after coming to office in 2014, Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi announced an urban agenda in the form of 100 new Smart Cities for the country. The idea has captured attention at home and abroad, provoking intense discourse and debate regarding the form and context into which these cities should be developed. In January of this year, the city of Jaipur hosted the first annual Architecture Festival. Crafting Future Cities is just one of many platforms for this discussion.

The Z Axis International Conference to Explore "Great City, Terrible Place" in India

00:00 - 7 December, 2014
The Z Axis International Conference to Explore "Great City, Terrible Place" in India, Courtesy of The Z Axis
Courtesy of The Z Axis

Curated by the Charles Correa Foundation, the Z Axis is an annual conference bringing together pioneers, thought leaders, influencers, professionals, and students in the fields of architecture and urban design to create an intellectual community focused on issues related to the context of India and the developing world. Fifteen speakers will gather from across the globe to explore the theme of Great City…Terrible Place, including Charles CorreaDavid Adjaye, Alfredo Brillembourg of Urban Think Tank, Spain's "guerrilla architect" Santiago Cirugeda, Simone Sfriso of Studio TAM Associati and more.  

Today Studio-X Mumbai Event: "Paths Uncharted" / Dr. Balkrishna Doshi

13:00 - 6 January, 2012
Image via Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Image via Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Tonight, Studio-X Mumbai is hosting a free event with architect Dr. Balkrishna Doshi. The Mumbai gathering will explore the architects life and work on the release of his book “Paths Uncharted”. Described as an evening of storytelling, Doshi will also share his thoughts on the future of architecture. The conversation will be moderated and discussed with professor Neelkanth Chhaya, architect Rajeev Kathpalia and architect Sen Kapadia. Continue reading for more event information.

AD Classics: Sangath / Balkrishna Doshi

00:00 - 15 August, 2011
AD Classics: Sangath / Balkrishna Doshi, © Nicholas Iyadurai
© Nicholas Iyadurai

AD Classics: Sangath / Balkrishna Doshi © Nicholas Iyadurai © Nicholas Iyadurai AD Classics: Sangath / Balkrishna Doshi + 15