Rahul Mehrotra a practicing architect and urban designer in Mumbai and Boston, where he also teaches at Harvard University was on a seven city tour in India to launch his most recent publication – Architecture in India: Since 1990.
In Mumbai the book was launched at Project88. Nestled in Colaba in a warehouse like building, this avant-garde and trendy gallery space, that earlier used to be a printing press made for an apt location for Mehrotra’s book launch.
In this survey of the contemporary Indian built environment Mehrotra classifies the buildings not based on typologies but places them under four lenses – Global Practice, Regional Manifestation, Alternate Practice and Counter Modernism.
Economic liberalization and rapid growth is influencing the architecture and planning of most Indian cities. The country as Mehrotra mentions is “plagued by an impatient capital and it is capitalism that is shaping our cities.” After independence as India looked to establish it’s identity iconic buildings were being built under the responsibility of the state. Today the state’s are engaged in building and developing Infrastructure.
Read the full article here Architecture in India since 1990: a survey of the contemporary built environment in India
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