Rahul Mehrotra's 'Architecture in India Since 1990'
Join us for an illustrated study of the architecture of post-1990 India, a period that marks the liberalization of the country’s economy and captures the contradictions, glamour and displacement wrought by globalization and rapid economic mobility. It showcases the complex, vastly disparate forms of buildings that coexist in our cities and towns, reflecting the pluralism of India’s people and culture. Four distinct genres of architectural expression will be presented and their proponents introduced, each one illustrated by exceptional examples across building typologies.
Architecture in India Since 1990 encapsulates the huge transformations that have engulfed Indian cities in the process of globalization. This book strives to make sense of the seeming chaos and highly pluralistic built landscape that we all confront in India. Mehrotra uses the economic changes in India as a metaphor for the new approaches to architecture and sustainability post-1990, and discovers a strong relationship between the two, hitherto unknown. This book is the first in a series that will explore India’s architecture as a "landscape of pluralism."
Rahul Mehrotra is a leading practitioner and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. He is a practicing architect, urban designer, and educator. His firm, RMA Architects, was founded in 1990 in Mumbai and has designed and executed projects for clients that include government and non-governmental agencies, corporations, private individuals and institutions. His writings include co-authoring Bombay: The Cities Within; Banganga - Sacred Tank; Public Places, Bombay; Anchoring a City Line; and Bombay to Mumbai: Changing Perspectives. He has long been actively involved in civic and urban affairs in Mumbai, having served on commissions for historic preservation and environmental issues, with various neighborhood groups, and, from 1994 to 2004, as Executive Director of the Urban Design Research Institute.
Naresh Fernandes is an experienced journalist and author on Indian life. Since winning the New York Foreign Press Association student award in 1997, he has gone on to work as the Mumbai correspondent for Associated Press, as copy-editor on the overseas news desk of the Wall Street Journal and then as joint news editor for The Times of India before becoming editor-in-chief of Time Out India. He has contributed to and edited several anthologies of new Indian writing, as well as co-authored The Murder of the Mills - an examination of the links between Mumbai’s thriving real estate business and industrial sickness in textiles factories, and providing coverage of the religious riots in When Bombay Burned. He is author of the title essay of Bombay Then and Now, a forthcoming coffee-table book.