Celebration of Life

interviewed by Durganand Balsavar

 
The architecture and philosophy of Pritzker Laureate (2018) Balkrishna V Doshi, over the last 70 years, has reflected complex challenges of the Indian subcontinent and responded to universal humanistic values. Doshi has been recognised as a visionary educationist, institution builder, urbanist, artist and humane architect with a vast oeuvre of diverse projects, that ranges from dwellings, affordable housing, educational institutions, to cities and regional plans. CEPT-School of Architecture, Ahmedabad, that Doshi founded, with his colleagues, has been recognised internationally, for its spirit of enquiry and a centre of excellence. Rooted in his own culture and context, Doshi worked closely with two masters—Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn—on seminal projects in the Indian subcontinent. His intuitive pursuit has been one of constant questioning, guided by the spirit of community, sharing, tolerance, sustainability and a celebration of life. Doshi believes that buildings are living beings and not inert, static objects. Architecture, to Doshi, is a celebration of life.