Studio X, a global network initiative by Columbia University had an opening reception on Feb 10th to announce it’s arrival in Bombay. After New York, Beijing, Rio and Jordan; Bombay is the fifth city to join this growing network of planners, architects, interior designers, engineers and all habitants of the city to help improve the social and cultural fabric of a city.
The space at Kitab Mahal across from the historic Victoria Terminus station or Chatrapatti Shivaji Terminus as it is known today is a well-preserved space. The space is inspiring and apt for engaging in dialogues that will only enhance the growth of the city. The opening event was attended by Rajeev Thakker, director of Studio X,
Mark Wigley, the dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Also in attendance were members of NAi (Netherlands Architecture Institute). According to Wigley, Studio X will be a dedicated space for people to camp out in this maximum city – and enable research on the future of cities.
NAi also has an exhibit on display titled, ‘Architecture of Consequence.’ Through the exhibit NAi is sharing and showcasing ideas and highlighting solutions for problems faced in urban centers. The exhibit demonstrates that architecture will play a vital role in addressing the issues faced in cities and how it will be an agent for social transformation.
My only grouse with the exhibit was that there was too much to read and absorb and the visuals were weak. A friend of mine who also happens to be an amazing graphic designer felt the same.
The gathering at the reception and the free-flowing wine created a very New York like atmosphere – this is the closest I came to New York in the last six months.