Rahul Mehrotra, architect and Harvard professor, writes in the portfolio about the housing challenge. Faced with millions of refugees, the new nations of South Asia ended up doubling as a result of centuries of class divisions. Islamabad was built for the military and bureaucratic elite of Pakistan. Refugees and the poor were settled in Korangi.
There are a few exceptions, like Anguri Bagh and also Correa’s Artists Village from the early 1980s, in Belapur, on the edge of Navi Mumbai, a new city Correa also helped plan. As Mehrotra points out, Correa recognized a kind of organic intelligence in the development of Mumbai’s slums and other informal settlements: He drew lessons from creative ingenuity. and the optimism of those who build their own homes and urban spaces for communal communities, little or no significance.
Correa attempted to systematize these lessons at the Artist’s Village, a settlement of whitewashed houses with stone courtyards and steep tiled roofs, organized around common areas: a development Inexpensive, low-rise, high-density, ascending for the mix of different grades.
I gather that the Artist’s Village has now dissolved into the vast megalopolis of Navi Mumbai, a little worse for wear and tear as all the aging development processes. But as Correa hopes, it still expands on the urban DNA he’s planted, feeding his dreams of a better India.
The same cannot be said of the National Great Hall, alas. It was razed one night in April 2017, After officials on the heritage preservation committee for India’s current prime minister, Narendra Modi, turned a blind eye to architects and historians around the world who begged for help. project. Officials argued that the hall was not old enough to be protected, and that it needed to make way for slick new development.
In the show’s catalog, Stierli called the demolition “an act of vandalism” to a structure that was once a symbol of India’s progressive vision, now “essentially a contrary to the current government’s Hindu nationalist stance.”
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