The Death of Architecture; Circa 2000 is a traveling exhibition assembled by 13 of India’s thinking and concerned design practices.
Through evocative art works, poetry and prose, the exhibition decodes and amplifies actions some which are orchestrated, others inconsiderate. Actions, that slowly tear and restructure the fabric of our cities and the architecture within and along with that impact our sense of being.
The exhibition presents evidence that will allow discussions about our present, and yet at the same time is embedded with clues and signs that can help effect meaningful dialogues about the future. In a sense, it consolidates the many critical discussions that forms the dough which leads to design such as those about the demise of our cities as we know them, or the meaning of inspirations from the past, or ideas of beauty, or duplicitous ways of achieving identity, or ways of understanding spatiality.
The exhibition is a strong mirror,that will allow cities and design communities to structure conversations that are pertinent to their immediate realm and concerns.
Abaxial based out of Delhi is a young firm led by Suparna Bhalla. In addition to evolving responsible design strategies for large scale real estate projects managed by Ashish Bhalla, the firm also invests time in designing a series of exhibitions on Indian craft that have been showcased overseas.
Design Workshop having worked on Marathi and Canadian Films, Shabbir Unwala is influenced by the intersection of Movies and Architecture. He set up the design studio in Lonavala in 1989 and operates his practice from there.
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Navkar Architects is led by Girish Doshi in Pune, the studio was set up in 1987, and is heavily influenced by the work of Prof. V. D Joshi and the art of ferrogami. Girish is the Design Chair at the Brick School of Architecture in Pune.
Edifice, led by Pramod Balakrishnan the firm set up in 1987 in Chennai has to its credit, large workplace environments, housing, industrial and educational campuses. Pramod increasingly devotes his time to working on expanding the impact of CAF (Chennai Architectural Foundation) along with other founders and colleagues.
Arya Architects established in 2005 is led by Vijay and Meghal Arya. Based out of Ahmedabad, Meghal teaches at CEPT (Centre of Environmental Planning and Technology) and also has several international academic assignments. Vijay undertakes large public projects; such as the many city transport projects across the country.
BARD Studio set up by Rupali Gupte and Prasad Shetty, the studio is a laboratory that examines Indian Urbanity and comments on it. Both Rupali and Prasad are full time academics at SEA (School of Environment and Architecture) at Mumbai.
M/s Prabhakar B. Bhagwat established by Prof. Prabhakar Bhagwat in 1973, the firm is now led by Aniket Bhagwat and continues its practice in areas of landscape design and environmental planning. Significant energies of the firm are devoted to pro-bono outreach programmes.
Vastu Shilp Consultants the design studio of Prof. Balkrishna Doshi set up in 1955, is now led by Rajeev Kathpalia. In the recent times, winning several international competitions in India, the studio continues its legacy of undertaking projects of scale and type; and research is a strong underpinning in all these works.
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