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MoMA Exhibition Explores the Architectures of Decolonization in South Asia

The Museum of Modern Art - MoMA has announced the opening of an exhibition that explores the ways modern architecture in South Asia shaped up "idealistic societal visions and emancipatory politics" of the post-independence period. Titled The Project of Independence: Architectures of Decolonization in South Asia, 1947–1985, the exhibition includes over 200 works, ranging from sketches and drawings to photographs and architecture models sourced from prominent lenders and institutions in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

Kamalapur Railway Station, Dhaka, East Pakistan (Bangladesh). 1968. Louis Berger and Consulting Engineers (est. 1953). Daniel Dunham (1929–2000) and Robert Boughey (b. 1940).. Image © Randhir SinghNew Secretariat Building, Calcutta (Kolkata), India. 1949–54. West Bengal Public Works Department. Habib Rahman (1915–1995). Exterior view.. Image © Randhir SinghInstallation view, The Project of Independence: Architectures of Decolonization in South Asia, 1947–1985, on view at The Museum of Modern Art, New York from February 20, 2022, through July 2, 2022.. Image © David AlmeidaInstallation view, The Project of Independence: Architectures of Decolonization in South Asia, 1947–1985, on view at The Museum of Modern Art, New York from February 20, 2022, through July 2, 2022.. Image © David Almeida+ 21

Who Has Won the Pritzker Prize?

The Pritzker Prize is the most important award in the field of architecture, awarded to a living architect whose built work "has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity through the art of architecture." The Prize rewards individuals, not entire offices, as took place in 2000 (when the jury selected Rem Koolhaas instead of his firm OMA) or in 2016 (with Alejandro Aravena selected instead of Elemental); however, the prize can also be awarded to multiple individuals working together, as took place in 2001 (Herzog & de Meuron), 2010 (Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA), and 2017 (Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem, and Ramon Vilalta of RCR Arquitectes).

Balkrishna Doshi Awarded 2022 RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) announced that Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi will be the recipient of the 2022 Royal Gold Medal. The distinction, approved by Her Majesty The Queen and awarded each year since 1848, is given to architects or practices in recognition of a lifetime’s work and the impact on the evolution of the field and the built environment. With a career spanning over six decades, Balkrishna Doshi has had a paramount influence in shaping the architecture of India through a pioneering interplay of modernism and vernacular that translated into projects that celebrate local culture, context and craft.

Aranya Low Cost Housing, Indore, India, Photographer John Panicker . Image © Vastushilpa FoundationIndian Institute of Management Campus, Bangalore, India. Photography by Vinay Panjwani . Image © Vastushilpa FoundationSangath, Architect’s Studio, Ahmedabad, India. Image © Vastushilpa FoundationTagore Hall, Ahmedabad, taken in 1967. Image © Vastushilpa Foundation+ 6

Design Disruption Episode 11: Architecture for the People with Balkrishna V. Doshi

The COVID-19 Pandemic is a disruptive moment for our world, and it’s poised to spur transformative shifts in design, from how we experience our homes and offices to the plans of our cities. The webcast series Design Disruption explores these shifts—and address issues like climate change, inequality, and the housing crisis— through chats with visionaries like architects, designers, planners and thinkers; putting forward creative solutions and reimagining the future of the built environment.

Selected Projects of Pritzker Laureates’ in 2020

This year, architecture’s highest honor, the Pritzker Prize, has been granted to Grafton Architects, a Dublin-based architectural firm mainly ran by female partners Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara. For the first time ever in its 42-year history, due to the constraints set by Covid-19 global pandemic, the organizers of the Pritzker Prize decided to use Livestream the award ceremony. Having reached the end of 2020, ArchDaily has summed up what current and previous Pritzker Prize winners have accomplished during this turbulent year.

Louis Kahn's Dormitories for the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad Saved from Demolition

As reported in The Times of India, the board of governors for the Indian Institute of Management, in Ahmedabad, India has canceled the proposal to demolish Louis Kahn’s buildings on campus and replacing them with new structures, after a worldwide pushback from the international architecture community.

The Genius, Heart and Humility of Balkrishna Doshi

This article was originally published on Common Edge as "The Genius, Heart and Humility of Indian Architect B.V. Doshi"

I’m sitting in a busy suburban coffee-and-donut shop with the quiet, grandfatherly Indian architect, Jitendra Vaidya. When I started my life as an architecture intern in the late 90s, Jitendra was one of the most experienced technical designers I knew. Equally comfortable weighing the relative merits of various flashing details as he is discussing abstract design concepts, Jitendra is an old-school, universal architect. After more than half a century in a profession famous for grinding deadlines, Jitendra still maintains a joyful twinkle in his eye when he talks about architecture. So it’s no surprise that Jitendra is visibly animated today as he tells me about his teacher, the man who was just recognized as one of the world’s greatest living architects, B.V. Doshi.

Who Has Won the RIBA Royal Gold Medal?

Recognized as the UK’s highest honor for architecture, the RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture is approved personally by Her Majesty The Queen and is given to a person or group of people who have had a significant influence "either directly or indirectly on the advancement of architecture.", according to the organization.

No 1 Poultry / James Stirling. Image © Claudio Divizia | ShutterstockQatar National Convention Centre / Arata Isozaki. Image © Nelson GarridoCasa da Musica / OMA. Image Courtesy of Philippe RuaultAntwerp Port House / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Helene Binet+ 13

First U.S. Exhibition of Pritzker Prize-Winner Balkrishna Doshi to Open in September

Wrightwood 659, a private institution located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, will host the first U.S. Exhibition of Indian architect, urbanist, and 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi. Running from September 9 till December 12, 2020, the retrospective entitled Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People, is the first display devoted to the works of the laureate, outside of Asia.

Balkrishna Doshi, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, 1977, 1992. Image © Iwan BaanBalkrishna Doshi, Aranya Low Cost Housing, Indore, 1989 . Image © Vastushilpa Foundation, AhmedabadBalkrishna Doshi, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, 1977, 1992 . Image © Vinay Panjwani IndiaBalkrishna Doshi, Aranya Low Cost Housing, Indore, 1989. Image © Iwan Baan+ 8

“Architecture is an Extension of Life”: An Interview with Balkrishna Doshi

India’s uprising from a dependent to an independent governance altered the way it was perceived by the world. The country’s evolution left architects and urban developers with important questions: How can they solve the economic and environmental disparities in India, and how can they implement an understanding in people about the potential of what they can achieve with their country’s culture and resources.

In a new extensive video interview by Louisiana Channel, Indian Pritzker Prize-winner Balkrishna Doshi narrates how he became an award-winning architect, his traditional Hindu beliefs and culture, and India’s juxtaposition of having nothing to keeping up with a world that is creating everything.

Architecture Building of Inner Mongolia University of Technology / Inner Mongolia Grand Architectural Design Co.Ltd.

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Vitra Design Museum Explores the Work of Balkrishna Doshi

The Vitra Design Museum has announced a new exhibition exploring the work of Pritzker architect Balkrishna Doshi. Titled Architecture for the People, the museum will present the first international retrospective about Balkrishna Doshi outside of Asia. The goal of the exhibition is to open Doshi’s work to a global audience and show how the architect’s work has redefined modern Indian architecture to shape a new generations of architects.

Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, photo by Vinay Panjwani. Image Courtesy of Vitra Design MuseumExterior view of Doshi’s Sangath Architect’s Studio, Ahmedabad, Image by Iwan Baan. Image Courtesy of Vitra Design MuseumBalkrishna Doshi in his studio, Image by Iwan Baan. Image Courtesy of Vitra Design MuseumAmdavad Ni Gufa underground art space that Doshi created with M.F. Husain, Image by Iwan Baan. Image Courtesy of Vitra Design Museum+ 5

Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People

Exterior view of the underground art space that Doshi created with M.F. Husain: »Amdavad Ni Gufa«, Ahmedabad, 1994 © Iwan Baan 2018. Image Courtesy of Vitra Design MuseumStaircase to the offices in Doshi’s architectural studio: »Sangath Architect’s Studio«, Ahmedabad, 1980 © Vastushilpa Foundation, Ahmedabad. Image Courtesy of Vitra Design MuseumDoshi’s architecture reflects his philosophy of education without doors: »School of Architecture«, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, 1966-68 © Courtesy of Vastushilpa Foundation, Ahmedabad, photo: Vinay Panjwani – India. Image Courtesy of Vitra Design MuseumInterior view of the staircase and entrance hall: »Premabhai Hall«, Ahmedabad, 1976 © Iwan Baan 2018. Image Courtesy of Vitra Design Museum+ 29

With the exhibition »Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People« (30 March to 8 September 2019), Vitra Design Museum presents the first international retrospective about the 2018 Pritzker Prize laureate Balkrishna Doshi outside of Asia.

The renowned architect and urban planner is one of the few pioneers of modern architecture in his home country and the first Indian architect to receive the prestigious award. During over 60 years of practice, Doshi has realized a wide range of projects, adopting principles of modern architecture and adapting them to local culture, traditions, resources, and nature. The exhibition will present numerous significant projects

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Now Live: Watch Balkrishna Doshi’s Pritzker Prize Laureate Lecture Online

Update: Watch the lecture with the video above!

Balkrishna Doshi, the 90-year-old architect who became the first ever Indian winner of the architecture world's most prestigious award earlier this year, will present his Pritzker Prize Laureate Lecture entitled "Paths Uncharted" on Wednesday 16th May at 6:30 pm ET. The event is hosted by The University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, at the school's new home in the Daniels Building at One Spadina Crescent. The lecture will be one of the first events at the new building and marks the 40th anniversary of the Pritzker Prize. 2018 will also be the first year that the award is presented in Canada.

The "Four Pillars" of B.V. Doshi: Why All Architects Can Learn From the 2018 Pritzker Laureate

This article was originally published by Common Edge as "The Genius, Heart and Humility of Indian Architect B.V. Doshi."

I’m sitting in a busy suburban coffee-and-donut shop with the quiet, grandfatherly Indian architect, Jitendra Vaidya. When I started my life as an architecture intern in the late 90s, Jitendra was one of the most experienced technical designers I knew. Equally comfortable weighing the relative merits of various flashing details as he is discussing abstract design concepts, Jitendra is an old-school, universal architect. After more than half a century in a profession famous for grinding deadlines, Jitendra still maintains a joyful twinkle in his eye when he talks about architecture. So it’s no surprise that Jitendra is visibly animated today as he tells me about his teacher, the man who was just recognized as one of the world’s greatest living architects, B.V. Doshi.

For the Pritzker Prize—the profession’s highest honor—to be awarded to a 90-year-old academic urbanist who spent his long career primarily teaching architecture students and serving poor communities in India is a stunning development. To be fair, the caricature of Pritzker winners as arrogant, scarf- wrapped, Euro-American, Starchitects, is overblown and outdated. Recent winners such as Alejandro Aravena, Wang Shu, and Shigeru Ban, are connected in their mutual dedication to serving poor and displaced communities through innovative, culturally authentic designs. But even accepting this nuance, Doshi is fundamentally different from recent winners.

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

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).