The Project of Independence: A Conversation with Balkrishna V. Doshi

Architecture & Design
The Project of Independence: A Conversation with Balkrishna V. Doshi
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South Asia holds a unique place among the many regions of the world in which modern architecture has been understood as a tool for social progress. The traumatic and violent Partition of 1947, which divided British India into two dominions, also signaled the beginning of an ambitious process of nation-building across the subcontinent. In each of the newly independent countries of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, as well as Sri Lanka, modern architecture became an active agent in asserting participation in progressive global politics, forging a common regional identity, and breaking with the colonial past. The Project of Independence: Architectures of Decolonization in South Asia, 1947–1985 showcases the remarkable contributions to a vision of decolonization and self-determination made by the first generation of post-Independence South Asian architects. Among them is Pritzker laureate Balkrishna V. Doshi, featured in the exhibition with four celebrated projects: the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT), the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore, the Institute of Indology, and Kamala House. Join Martino Stierli, curator of The Project of Independence, and Doshi for an online conversation about his career oeuvre, the history of post-Independence architectural construction in India, and Ahmedabad as a hub of global modernism for the subcontinent.

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