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Through a 30-minute lecture presentation and 30 minutes of Q & A with art historian Annapurna Garimella, author Venugopal Maddipati introduces Gandhi’s ideas of architecture as well as how India has thought about low-cost housing into the present. Venugopal’s presentation will examine the emergence of Gandhian conceptions of finitude and limits against the grain of compounded, “infinite” developmentalist growth.
He will also answer a few questions – To what extent did Gandhi’s sense of finitude intersect with his conservatism? In what ways does finitude as an architectural philosophy come into conversation with the theme of temporality? How does the imagination of a low-cost housing architecture of finitude in India distinguish itself from housing discourse related to minimum standards and maximum limits?
Venugopal Maddipati is an architectural historian teaching in the School of Design at Ambedkar University, Delhi. His research focuses on geological thinking and ecological histories. He has a PhD from the University of Minnesota.
His publications include the book titled Water Histories of South Asia: The Materiality of Liquescence (co-edited with Dr. Sugata Ray at the University of California, Berkeley, Routledge 2019) and Gandhi and Architecture: A Time for Low-Cost Housing (Routledge, 2020) and essays in journals and books such as South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, Sarai Reader 09, Simon Starling/Superflex: Reprototypes, Triangulations and Road Tests, and LA, Journal of Landscape Architecture.
He is currently writing a book on ecological aesthetics and the social imaginary in South Asia. This book is is centered around the theme of mimesis.
Dr. Annapurna Garimella is a designer and an art historian who focuses on the art and architecture of India and is based in Bangalore, India. She heads Jackfruit, a research and design organisation, with a specialised portfolio of design and curatorial projects for artists, museums, government and private organisations and non-profits. Jackfruit’s most recent project is Vernacular, in the Contemporary for Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi.
She is also founder of Art, Resources and Teaching Trust, a not-for-profit organisation that gathers resources and promotes research and teaching in art and architectural history, archaeology, crafts, design, and other related disciplines in academic and non-academic fora.
She was the former Research Editor and Advisory Board Member for Marg Publications and is currently on the board of the S N School of Art and Communication, University of Hyderabad. She has written several essays on contemporary art and edited and contributed to two volumes, Shaping the Indian Modern on the work of Mulk Raj Anand and along with Bhanu Padamsee, Akbar Padamsee: Work in Language.