State of Housing, an exhibition by the acclaimed curatorial team of Rahul Mehrotra, Kaiwan Mehta and Ranjit Hoskote, is a sequel to state of architecture from 2016. Like the previous exhibition what is is remarkable, among other things, is that it is for the first time an exhibition discusses the question of housing and its […]Read more "Notes on ‘State of Housing’"
“As if space itself is invisible, all theory for the production of space is based on an obsessive preoccupation with its opposite: substance and objects, i.e., architecture. Architects could never explain space; Junkspace is our punishment for their mystifications.” Rem Koolhaas, Junkspace, 2001. Form, Space and Material are perhaps among the most used words in […]Read more "When does the earth become material?"
Less space is inversely proportional to density and even more inversely proportional to pandemics, plagues, and disasters. In such drastic events, space implodes. Life as it is intensified to a greater degree -new bodily muscles ache, new thoughts erupt and sometimes ache the mind, new desires and intentions get formulated, new routines are produced, more […]Read more "Less space"
In the contemporary gallery at JKK: Four works are displayed in a manner that one speaks to the other; of course that’s how most interesting exhibitions are curated. Photo series of Prabhakar Bhagwat’s famous quarry regeneration project, Architecture Brio’s drawings and a three part white model, Seher Shah’s drawings, woodcuts and collages and Mancini’s crematorium. […]Read more "When Seher Shah met Architecture Brio at ‘When is Space?’ – Contemporary dilemmas of Architecture"
The hostel building by Thirdspace not only offers some relevant answers to the physical and economic contexts of the city of Belgaum but also addresses the dilemma between ambition and economic means. The text that follows will elaborate further on the ideas of architectural or typological responses and the idea of ‘aesthetics’ of means’. 1. […]Read more "Students Hostel by Thirdspace Architects -Typological Responses to Emerging Contexts for Housing in India. (2017)"
A conversation between Shreyank Khemalapure (SK) and Nazmi Anuar (NA) For this issue of RUANG dedicated to the theme of Fiction, we have decided to try and unpack an interesting phenomenon where architecture is appropriated into the realm of fiction through the medium of film. In the best interest of presenting a concise discussion of this topic […]Read more "MIES AT THE MOVIES"
There is a lot of discussion and exchange of ideas that has taken place on Shaheen Bhagh. I have followed it as closely as possible from as far a distance as one can from Mumbai. The shape-shifting nature of the Citizenship amendment bills with its strange and theatrical ambition stirred a rather theatrical, in the […]Read more "Shaheen Bagh – Garden, Camp and Life"
Corona Virus December 2019 or COVID-19 for short, has taken over the planet earth, especially the highly urbanized parts of planet earth since December 2019. In India, the news got serious only after March 2020 though – I would say a tad bit delayed; but it is what it is. Soon after 24th March – […]Read more "Covid-19 – Cursory Notes"