CONCEPT OF PRESENTATION
“Design Directions: 50 on 50” is an attempt to showcase progress of contemporary architecture in India over the past 25 years. The exhibition will present 50 practices from across India who has made an impact in contemporary Indian architecture. The presentation of the works will be in three categories as per their building styles and intent:
CONTEXT OF PRESENTATION
"Architecture is a Matter of Transformation"
Since its inception LIVE is committed to a culture of debate, innovation and the rigorous exploration of space. It celebrates 'inquiry' through research and design that is essential to both pedagogy and the practice of architecture and urbanism. Founder director Nuru has a Master’s in Architecture and Urbanism, London, United Kingdom from the Architectural Association, AADRL, and has previously worked with the renowned practice of Zaha Hadid Architects, London, UK. Nuru’s academic achievements include a scholarship from the Mc.Gill University, Montreal, Canada in 1995, the AKF,and International Scholarship Programme from AA, London, UK and a Gold Medal for Academic Excellence in his B.ARCH from KRVIA, Mumbai.
Quaid Doongerwala studied architecture at the School of Architecture, CEPT, Ahmedabad. Before embarking on his independent practice he work with architects Goeffrey Bawa (Sri Lanka) and Rahul Mehrotra (Mumbai), and designer Andrea Anastasio.
Quaid's interest in the visual and spatial experience of Mumbai’s urbanity has involved the DCOOP studio at many levels. This engagement has evolved from a simple documentation project to multiple media expplorations including film, publications, exhibition panels, and most recently, an art installation.
Quaid is visiting faculty at the Kamla Raheja Vidyaneedhi Institute of Architecture (KRVIA) in Mumbai and has also been a member of the jury at several architecture colleges in the country.
Shilpa Ranade trained in Architecture at CEPT, Ahmedabad and did her M.A. in Cultural Studies at the University of Arizona, Tuscon. Since the time she cut her teeth s a junior architect at Rahul Mehrotra Associates. Shilpa has enjoyed being simultaneously involved in design and research projects.
She is Associate of PUKAR (Partners for Urban Knowledge, Action And Research) and has been involved with the seminal Gender & Space Project. She has co-authored a book on women and public space in Mumbai to be published by Penguin Books India in 2010.Shilpa’s writing on architecture and on gendered spaces has been published in various books, academic journals and professional magazines. She has taught architecture and humanities courses at various colleges in the city.
Born in Roorkee, India in 1958. A Graduate of the College of Architecture, Chandigarh 1979 and of Washington University at St. Louis, 1984 with a Masters Degree in Architecture and Urban Design. He has Worked in Delhi, Kuwait and in St. Louis and currently Practices from Ahmedabad.
He co-founded Mansar with Radhika Doshi in 1987. Mansar - is a Fusion of two Sanskrit Words, Mana - Proportions and Sara - Essence. A design Laboratory for experimenting with architecture, urban design, fashion, photography and exhibition design. The practice is the recipient of JK Cement's 1993 Commendation Award and has won several national design competitions, Notable being the all India Mass housing scheme for CIDCO in 1988 and Urban Design Guidelines for part of Navi Mumbai in 1998. Mansar's Works have been recognized and published in several journals within India and abroad. Since 1995 Mansar has been amalgamated with Vastu Shilpa Consultants, a partnership between the two principals of Mansar and Prof. B V Doshi.
On going projects include Large urban design and planning projects, including revitalization of the historic core of Hyderabad and very high density low income urban mass housing. Architectural projects integrating conservation and recycling of fast depleting water resources is another area of exploration. He is visiting faculty at the School of Architecture and the Urban Design program at CEPT, Ahmedabad. He has Also taught at the Urban Design program, School of planning and Architecture, New Delhi. His Concerns on the unprecedented and uncoordinated urban growth in India have lead to his Conducting multi-disciplinary design exercises with planning, urban design, architecture and landscape students within the theme of In search of India's future Cities. These explorations published in the journal Mansar. Most recently he conducted the International studio Program Engaging the Peripheries of Ahmedabad at CEPT for Vastu Shilpa Foundation along with faculty and students from the University of Washington, Seattle and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.