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Architect, urban designer & educator
Theorist & critic
Cultural Theorist

Date & Time

Mon, 7 Sep 2020 11:00 am Sun, 11 Oct 2020 7:00 pm


Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

The exhibition in the gallery (naturally ventilated) will be open to viewing with limited numbers and strict enforcement of mask / hygiene & physical distancing as specified by government rules. Please write to operations@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org to register your interest.

Housing comprises the largest component of any settlement and India currently is experiencing a housing crisis: it is believed there is a housing shortage of approximately 40 million units in rural areas and 18 million units in the urban centres as per the Report of the Technical Group On Urban Housing Shortage (2012-17). 

In the urban areas, 56% deficit are for the economically disadvantaged sections and 40% for low-income groups. The urban housing shortage was revised down to 10 million units by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in 2017. 

The State of Housing – Aspirations, Imaginaries and Realities in India exhibition aims to develop a conspectus of the present housing crisis in India; and to create an integrated database of case studies and methods enabling a comprehensive understanding of the situation. 

The exhibition brings together the varied interests and perspectives as well as a spectrum of stakeholders and actors including architects, urban designers, planners, local governance bodies, private real-estate developers, financial institutions and policy-makers that are all critical in understanding Housing in India. 

The exhibition at the Bangalore International Centre will be the second travel edition of the original exhibition titled The State of Housing – Aspirations, Imaginaries and Realities in India held at Gallery MMB Goethe Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai from 2 February to 18 March 2018. 

The first travel edition of the exhibition was held at the Lilavati Lalbhai Library of CEPT University, Ahmedabad from 6 September to 4 October 2019. 

The State of Housing – Aspirations, Imaginaries and Realities in India exhibition, is produced by Architecture Foundation, Urban Design Research Institute and supported by Tata Trusts. The exhibition is curated by Rahul Mehrotra, Ranjit Hoskote and Kaiwan Mehta. It is the second edition of the exhibition ‘The State of Architecture- Processes and Practices in India’ that was held at National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai from 6 January to 20 March 2016.

Other events under the aegis of the exhibition:

October 3OnlineA Place to Live – Screening of film by Sanjiv Shah and panel discussion
TBCOnline Seminar on The State of Housing

You can view the video on Sustainable Hope, a We Rise initiative of RMZ Foundation here.

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Rahul Mehrotra

Architect, urban designer & educator

Rahul Mehrotra is a practicing architect, urban designer and educator. He works in Mumbai and Boston, and teaches at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University where he is professor of urban design and planning. His practice, RMA Architects (www.RMAarchitects.com), founded in 1990, has executed a range of projects, mainly in India. Mehrotra has written, co-authored and edited a vast repertoire of books on Mumbai, its urban history, historic buildings, public spaces and planning processes.

Kaiwan Mehta

Theorist & critic

Kaiwan Mehta, is a theorist and critic in the fields of visual culture, architecture, and city studies. Mehta has studied Architecture (B. Arch), Literature (MA), Indian Aesthetics (PGDip) and Cultural Studies (PhD). In 2017 he completed his doctoral studies at the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bengaluru, under the aegis of Manipal University. Since March 2012 he has been the Managing Editor of Domus India (Spenta Multimedia). He is also Professor and coordinator of the Doctoral Programme at the Faculty of Architecture, CEPT, Ahmedabad since 2017; and part of the CEPT University Press since 2018. He was the Charles Correa Chair professor at the Goa College of Architecture under the aegis of the Department of Art and Culture, Government of Goa for the academic year 2017-2018. He authored Alice in Bhuleshwar: Navigating a Mumbai Neighbourhood (Yoda Press. New Delhi, 2009) and The Architecture of I M Kadri (Niyogi. New Delhi, 2016).

Ranjit Hoskote

Cultural Theorist

Ranjit Hoskote has been acclaimed as a seminal contributor to Indian art criticism and curatorial practice, and is also a leading Anglophone Indian poet. He is the author of more than 30 books, including Vanishing Acts: New & Selected Poems 1985-2005 (Penguin, 2006), Central Time (Penguin/ Viking, 2014), and Jonahwhale (Penguin/ Hamish Hamilton, 2018), and the monographs Zinny & Maidagan: Compartment/ Das Abteil (Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt/ Walther König, 2010) and Atul Dodiya (Prestel, 2014). He has translated the 14th-century Kashmiri mystic Lal Ded’s poetry as I, Lalla: The Poems of Lal Ded (Penguin Classics, 2011). Hoskote was the curator of India’s first-ever national pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2011). He co-curated the 7th Gwangju Biennale with Okwui Enwezor and Hyunjin Kim (2008).