During the Amsterdam India Festival, ARCAM is presenting an exhibition and a symposium about five densely populated Indian cities. In the exhibition ‘Building India’, the visitor sees the cities Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Kolkata through the eyes of five critically involved Indian architects.
On view are photographs and drawings of key projects, which are important for and representative of the way in which the future of these cities is being worked on. For example, the redevelopment of a riverside area in Ahmedabad shows how lost land can be returned to the city and how two parts of the city can be more successfully linked in the future. The exhibition also includes important studies into the restructuring of a slum and a former dock area in Mumbai. The architects give their personal vision of the future of their city on five future maps. Films giving an impression of street life and traffic in India will also be shown.
The participating architects are: Riyaz Tayyibji + Roma Pandya (Ahmedabad), Quaid Doongerwala + Shilpa Ranade (Mumbai), Sudipto Ghosh + Mrinal Rammohan (Delhi), Ayan Sen (Kolkata) and Nisha Mathew & Soumitro Ghosh (Bangalore).
Symposium Building India
The symposium ‘Building India’ will take place on Friday 14 November. In the morning (at 11.00), an introduction will be given by Maarten Kloos (ARCAM’s director) and Franz Ziegler (architect and urban planner and co-curator of ‘Building India’). Vikram Prakash (architect and professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA, and author of the book Chandigarh’s Le Corbusier and Global History of Architecture) will then discuss the economic boom of the nineties and its impact on architecture and urban planning. Bimal Patel (architect and urban planner in Ahmedabad) will speak about the growing importance of city planning from his own practical experience.
Lodewijk Brunt (emeritus professor of urban sociology, UvA) spent some considerable time in Mumbai and has written the book Een maniakale stad – Het leven van Bombay. Brunt will speak about the Indian city from his own personal experience. After a typically Dutch lunch, in the afternoon (from 15.00 onwards), Maarten Kloos will chair a discussion among the speakers at the symposium, all of the Indian guests present, and of course members of the audience.
Price: 15 euros, students 7.50 euros. Sign up via email@example.com. The complete programme can be downloaded from the website: www.arcam.nl
Exhibition Building India 15.11.08 - 24.01.09
Symposium Building India 14.11.08
ARCAM, Prins Henndrikkade 600 Amsterdam, T 0031 20 6204878
Open: Tuesday-Saturday 13.00 -17.00h. www.acam.nl
The exhibition Building India is financially supported by the Netherlands Architecture Fund.
Exhibition design: OPERA Ontwerpers.