On Friday, 29 March 2019, the Vitra Design Museum will launch the exhibition Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the people which presents the first international retrospective about the 2018 Pritzker Prize laureate Balkrishna Doshi (born 1927, Pune, India) outside of Asia.
Opening Talk – Balkrishna Doshi in Conversation with Philip Ursprung
Zaha Hadid Fire Station
On the occasion of the exhibition opening, Balkrishna Doshi will talk about his amalgamation of modern architecture with Indian building traditions and about fundamental themes of his work such as sustainability, social relevance, and building in the Global South. The panel talk will also give insights into the architect’s almost 70-year-long career, from the first beginning as an architecture student in Bombay (today Mumbai) in 1947 to his years with Le Corbusier, who closely involved him in his planning of the Indian city of Chandigarh, and to the founding of his own architectural office Vastushilpa Consultants, where he works to this day.
The talk will be held in English. Registration by 18 March 2019 at firstname.lastname@example.org. Seating is limited.
Vitra Design Museum
Balkrishna Doshi (born 1927) ranks among the most influential pioneers of modern architecture in India. In the past sixty years, he realized more than one hundred projects, including public buildings, housing projects, and private homes. His work as a young architect with Le Corbusier and Louis I. Kahn inspired him to adapt their modern idiom to the cultural context of India. Among his most significant works are the Indian Institute of Management (1977, 1992), his own architectural studio Sangath (1980), and the famous low-cost housing project Aranya (1989). In 2018 Doshi was awarded the prestigious Pritzker Prize. The exhibition »Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People« is the first retrospective about this master of modern architecture to be held outside of Asia.
The exhibition is a project by the Vitra Design Museum and the Wüstenrot Foundation in cooperation with the Vastushilpa Foundation.