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Architectural Practice in the Hot Dry
Concerns, Challenges and Expression
This session with architects Uday Andhare, Mausami Andhare and Bijoy Ramachandran focuses on the efforts of a practice to define design strategies aimed to make our built habitat resilient, thermally stable, economical and expressive of its concerns. The practice underscores the urgency for contemporary practices to define ways to respond to present needs, while drawing from conventional and interdisciplinary knowledge. To identify native genius and weave its value into the design process is seen as a vital tool. Recorded processes of building, farming, cooking, supportive allied crafts, systems of water use and livelihood become the resource to draw from and act upon.
In this session, Uday and Mausami Andhare of indigo architects, Ahmedabad will talk about their work. This will be followed by a discussion with Bijoy Ramachandran of Hundredhands, Bangalore. There will be a Q&A session at the end of their discussion.
Uday Andhare & Mausami Andhare
Uday and Mausami Andhare are both alumni of CEPT, School Of Architecture Ahmedabad and the University of New Mexico USA. They co-founded indigo architects in 1998 and are based in Ahmedabad.
Their work addresses several facets of a conscious eco- sensitive approach to architecture. Their work elucidates the primacy of ‘place’ over ‘form’, exploring many overlapping layers of the formal and informal, to bring about a rich spatial experience in seemingly simple gestures. Strategies for thermal comfort in buildings use of lime and local materials in contemporary design, drawing from traditional wisdom have become cornerstones of their practice. They believe that ‘architectural expression’ rooted in these sensibilities, can define a language that belongs to its time and place. Some noted award winning projects by their firm include, The Living & Learning Design Center Museum (LLDC), in Ajrakhpur Kutch the Natarani Amphitheatre in Ahmedabad and the Ajrakh studio, in Ajrakhpur Kutch which was nominated for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in the recent 2022 cycle.
Bijoy Ramachandran founded Hundredhands, a widely recognised architectural practice in 2003 with his partner Sunitha Kondur. He also currently serves as the Design Chair for the post-graduate program at BMS College of Architecture in Bengaluru.
Ramachandran has a Master’s degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s degree from BMS College of Architecture; he has also attended the Glenn Murcutt masterclass in Sydney.
In addition to practicing architecture, he has also produced two documentary films: one on the celebrated Indian architect Sri B.V. Doshi and also ‘Architecture and the City: A Bangalore Perspective’, on the topic of design practice in Bangalore.