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

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’.


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”

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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Vernacular Eco-Architecture Workshop

What: Intensive Service-Learning Workshop on the topic of Vernacular Eco-architecture of the Himalayas.  Continue reading Vernacular Eco-Architecture Workshop

Building Craft Lab : DICRC

Building Craft Lab is an online collaborative platform by Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre (DICRC), CEPT University to explore the world of Building Crafts and Built Environment. Its vision is to generate, amalgamate, catalogue and disseminate resources related to Indian Crafts and Traditional and Vernacular Built Habitat. The idea of the lab is the result of many discussions and interactions between the researchers of DICRC along with various experts, academicians, professionals, craftspeople, technologist, entrepreneurs related to the field of craft, built environment and digital technology. It has four components – Map, Catalogue, Directory, and Documentation.

Map acts not only as location search but also a geo-spatial analytical tool. Catalogue has images of various building, interior architecture elements, furniture, and craft objects. Directory has information of craftspeople; craft designer, makers, craft entrepreneurs and all those associated to crafts as well as it will showcase their work. Documentation section deals with various educational resources related to the allied field of crafts from drawings to documents to videos to interactive resources.

In this collaborative platform, the data for the Building Craft Lab will be generated and shared by various Institutions, Craft Organizations, NGOs, Government Bodies, Craft and Design Enterprises as well as individuals like scholars, researchers, academicians, craft designers, artisans and  professionals. This data will act as a valuable resource to various students, craftspeople, educators, design professionals, architects, interior designers, students, researchers, government employees, conservationists, and all those related to the field of Craft, Design, Architecture, Art and Culture.


Maker Fest 2015: Inviting Makers

What: Following in the footsteps of Maker Faires across America, Europe, and Japan, among others, MakerFest is an all-ages showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness. It is a celebration of everyone who makes things, and a place where people can meet likeminded A-Class innovators. MakerFest is a non-commercial event, and free for the public to attend. Continue reading Maker Fest 2015: Inviting Makers

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.

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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Transparence 2014

What: Saint Gobain Glass along with Ethos India have announced the annual edition of Transparence, a design competition open to students of architecture. The focus of this year’s competition is design of a Metro Station Complex. Continue reading Transparence 2014

ATMA on a Winter Evening.

Changing light, dramatic spaces and Le Corbusier’s masterful compositions in space frames the Ahmedabad Textile Millowners’ Association building in its many moods.

The structure reveals itself in its many layers.
The structure reveals itself in its many layers.

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