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Photography and Modern Indian Architecture

By Ram Rahman

Through a visual journey, acclaimed photographer Ram Rahman talks about a critical time for architecture in India – from Independence to Economic Liberalization – as we observe the anxiety of architectural positions in times of uncertainty and struggle for identity.

In India, masters are revered and apprentices forgotten. But it is the apprentices who religiously took the message, the art and the knowledge across India from the first generation of experimenters till the generation of architects and designers who work in an economically liberal India.

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This video [with Ram in the background narrative] takes one through an incredibly rich history of the architecture of post-independence India when the socialist ideology worked through democracy creating a fertile ground for experiments in housing and civic architecture. This time stands in stark contrast to the present as the patterns of patronage change and the state becomes increasingly impervious to the core issues.

Profile:

Ram Rahman is a photographer, designer, curator and activist based in Delhi. He has been an observer of modern movement in architecture in post-colonial India. Using photography as a window to history and the present, he observes the changing landscape of architecture, design and art in India.

He is one of the founding members of the Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust. Ram Rahman has studied Physics from MIT followed by Graphic Design from Yale.

Credit:

This presentation is excerpted from a closed-door session with MoMA‘s C-MAP Asia Group in June 2015.

Architects on Architecture: Bijoy Ramachandran

In this edition of ‘Architects on Architecture’ series, we speak with Bijoy Ramachandran of Hundredhands about practice, the books he likes and the works and thoughts that he admires and that influence him. 


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Architects on Architecture: Dr Brinda Somaya

In the first episode of our ‘Architects on Architecture’ series, we discuss the fundamental ideas that helped shape one of the most versatile practices in India in conversation with Dr Brinda Somaya, Somaya & Kalappa Consultants, Mumbai.

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In Conversation – Charles Correa, Raj Rewal and Mahendra Raj.

From The Z-Axis Climactic Session – Moderated by Riyaz Tayyibji. 

The complete edited video from Charles Correa Foundation with a landmark conversation between Charles Correa, Mahendra Raj and Raj Rewal. Continue reading In Conversation – Charles Correa, Raj Rewal and Mahendra Raj.

In Conversation: Charles Correa + Jyotindra Jain

A conversation between architect Charles Correa and Art Historian Jyotindra Jain was organised on November 30, 2014 at the ISC Auditorium in Bengaluru. The event also hosted a screening of Sankalp Meshram’s film ‘Into the Unknown’ on Charles Correa’s Champalimaud Centre.

This conversation was dedicated to the memory of Vimal Jain – an architect and founding partner to a Bengaluru-based firm Architecture Paradigm. He passed away in November, 2013, succumbing to injuries sustained from a fall at a project site.

Vistara – The Architecture of India

The re-mastered book and film from the iconic travelling exhibition on Indian Architecture curated by Charles Correa.

The document was a part of the seminal ‘Vistara: The Architecture of India’ exhibition, 1986 that travelled the world. This is an attempt to resurrect and preserve one of the most crucial and complex comments on the Architecture of India. The exhibition was accompanied by this book and the Vistara film – a projection system – chronicling powerful ideas, elements and epochs that represented our architecture and the practice of habitat-making.

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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.

Le Corbusier Discussing his Work, Poetry & the “Ideal City”

In this rare footage – filmed in Le Corbusier’s Paris apartment, the master talks about his work and the ‘ideal city’.

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Le Corbusier’s still producing great projects. He is constantly travelling all over the world. But he lives surrounded by his paintings, sculptures, and drawings in a Paris studio flat he built himself in 1933. Continue reading Le Corbusier Discussing his Work, Poetry & the “Ideal City”

Charles Correa: Gestures of Human Occupation

To commemorate the gift of the Charles Correa Archives to R.I.B.A, a major retrospective titled ‘Charles Correa: India’s Greatest Architect’ was curated by David Adjaye.

This lecture was a part of the event.