The Death of Architecture; Circa 2000, a traveling exhibition assembled by 13 of India’s thinking and concerned design practices starts in Mumbai from today. In the exhibition that runs over 100 metres, models, installations and video clips will remain on display at the Nehru Science Centre till March 4.
Through evocative art works, poetry and prose, the exhibition decodes and amplifies actions some which are orchestrated, others inconsiderate. Actions, that slowly tear and restructure the fabric of our cities and the architecture within and along with that impact our sense of being. The exhibition presents evidence that will allow discussions about our present, and yet at the same time is embedded with clues and signs that can help effect meaningful dialogues about the future. In a sense, it consolidates the many critical discussions that forms the dough which leads to design such as those about the demise of our cities as we know them, or the meaning of inspirations from the past, or ideas of beauty, or duplicitous ways of achieving identity, or ways of understanding spatiality. The exhibition is a strong mirror, that will allow cities and design communities to structure conversations that are pertinent to their immediate realm and concerns.
“Architecture is a balm and even an opiate; it is a perspicuous, rational and intuitive structuring system that can create spatial arrangements in ways that can have bearing on intellectual and emotional deliberations that leave indelible impressions across time,” says DoA. And 13 firms, across the country, try and construct this narrative, find reasons, state their cases, so that we can all render selves in moments of soliloquy and find cause to reaffirm conviction.
The exhibition will include the works of Prabhakar B. Bhagwat, leading landscape design firm, which through a series of prints will gaze at thousands of years of architecture. While Conservation architect Vikas Dilwari will run through historical layers of Mumbai and map its change in character, Rupali Gupte and Prasad Shetty will penetrate deep into chawls of Lower Parel and activities and objects. And Girish Doshi will capture the vernacular and historical spaces of his native Pune.