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Pritzker Laureate Balkrishna Doshi retrospective to go on display outside of Asia for the first time

June 23, 2020

The works of Indian architect Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi (B.V. Doshi), the 2018 Pritzker Laureate will be celebrated at a retrospective being organised at Wrightwood 659, a private institution located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. This will mark the first U.S. Exhibition of the acclaimed nonagenarian architect and urbanist. Running from September 9 till December 12, 2020. Titled Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People, it is the first showcase devoted to his works to take place outside of Asia. (Top image: Sangath Architect’s Studio, Ahmedabad; photo: Iwan Baan)

Balkrishna Doshi at Sangath Architect’s Studio, Ahmedabad; photo: Iwan Baan

Indian Institute of Management, Bengaluru; photo: Iwan Baan

The two-year-old has public institution was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando, who reimagined a 1920s building “with his signature concrete forms and poetic treatment of daylight”.

The showcase will focus on 20 of the architect’s most significant projects dating from 1958 to 2014, while highlighting the architect’s “dedication to architecture as a civic practice devoted to improving lives”. Moreover, the exhibition will comprise full-scale installations of Doshi’s buildings as well as material from the architect’s archive and studio.

Aranya low-cost housing in Indore city; photo: Vastu Shilpa Foundation, Ahmedabad

Aranya low-cost housing in Indore city; photo: Vastu Shilpa Foundation, Ahmedabad

Doshi, one of the pioneers of modernist architecture in India, has been largely credited with “humanising modernism as he redefined Indian architecture”, and for “his visionary work in low-cost housing and city planning, as well as for his strong commitment to education”. His work ranges from building entire cities and townships to academic campuses, cultural institutions, private residences, interiors, and social and experimental housing.

Indian Institute of Management, Bengaluru; photo: Vinay Panjwani

Curated by Khushnu Panthaki Hoof, director of the Vastu Shilpa Foundation, a non-profit urban design research institute, headquartered in Ahmedabad and Jolanthe Kugler, curator of the Vitra Design Museum, the retrospective is a “project of the Vitra Design Museum and the Wüstenrot Foundation in cooperation with the Vastu Shilpa Foundation”.

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