Category Archives: Discourse

In Gratitude

Retirement Address by Prof. Neelkanth Chhaya

After more than 25 years of service to the school of architecture at C.E.P.T, Prof. Neelkanth Chhaya formally retired in 2013. This address was presented by him on November 19, 2013 at Piraji Sagara Basement at C.E.P.T.

Protecting Modern Masterpieces in India

A Conversation between William J.R. Curtis and an Unknown Indian.

UI  You are known around the world as a historian and critic of architecture who defends quality against mediocrity, and who maintains a long view of events. In a recent article, ‘Nothing is Sacred: Threats to Modern Masterpieces in India’, (Architectural Review, April 2014)*, you have sounded the alert about the vulnerability of major works in India such as those by Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn in Ahmedabad, and of course those by Le Corbusier in Chandigarh. Subsequently in the Times of India you have argued in favour of the legal definition and defence of modern architectural heritage. What are these threats and what can be done to protect these universal masterpieces of modern architecture? Continue reading Protecting Modern Masterpieces in India

Why Loiter?

Book by Shilpa Phadke, Sameera Khan and Shilpa Ranade.
Reviewed by Mustansir Dalvi

Why Loiter? discusses the conventions and changing notions of women in the public realm. Reviewed here by Mustansir Dalvi, the book challenges regressive social structures that deter women through a notion of respectability.

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Living with Modernity: Brasilia-Chandigarh | Iwan Baan

Ace photographer and observer of human interaction with architecture, Iwan Baan captures the present-day frames of two intended utopias – Le Corbusier’s Chandigarh and Oscar Niemeyer’s Brasilia.

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Balkrishna Doshi-Peter Rich: An Encounter

On March 16, 2013, Peter Rich met Balkrishna Doshi at his house. Here is the interaction that followed.

Transcript:
Balkrishna Doshi: BD
Peter Rich: PR

BD: Corbusier talked to him in a different way. So then they came to talking about housing but housing was still was never considered as architecture. Because it never has that scale neither it had the prominence and of course, not the style. Because technology, the kind of articulation, the use of space, in the public realm is very different from private realm. Some are ritualistic, some are non-ritualistic; Private realm as no ritual.

PR: Yeah, yeah.

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