The book accompanies the exhibition 'Balkrishna Doshi, Architecture for the People' that runs in the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein from 30.03.2019 till 08.09.2019
400 pagina's, 30,5 x 24,5 cm, hardcover, Engels
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The 2018 Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi (1927) is one of India's most influential architects, renowned for his harmonious designs that merge the formal language of classical modernism with Indian building traditions and local craft skills. He is considered a pioneer of modernist and brutalist architecture in his country.
At the start of his architecture career, Doshi worked at the office of Le Corbusier in Paris between 1951 and 1954. He then returned to Ahmedabad to supervise Le Corbusier’s Chandigarh and other projects. He also worked closely with Louis Kahn on the design of the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad. He founded his own practice, Vastu Shilpa Consultants, in 1956, combining the lessons he learned from this earlier generation of modernist architects with his understanding of vernacular architecture.
Always designed with a sensitivity to the social, environmental and economic conditions of a given commission or site, Doshi’s architecture honors the past while at the same time accommodating the rapidly changing conditions and needs of modern India. Doshi has designed more than 100 buildings—educational and cultural institutions, public buildings, private residences and low-income housing. He was also involved with urbanism and designed various town planning projects. As a highly appreciated educator he played a very important role in the formation of architects in India over the course of his 60-year career.
This publication is the first comprehensive survey of this groundbreaking architect’s oeuvre in over 20 years. With a complete overview of all of Doshi’s projects, it provides insights into the inspiration behind his work and the background to his projects through essays written by outstanding experts in the field. The richly illustrated book is further supplemented by an interview with the architect, an illustrated biography and new photographs that document the impressive poetry and functionality of the Indian master's buildings.