The Vitra Design Museum hosts the first international retrospective of the work of Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi winner of the 2018 Pritzker Prize known as the “Nobel Prize” of architecture.
The exhibition “Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People” which opened recently at Vitra Design Museum fills in a major gap by dedicating the first important international retrospective exhibition to the work of architect Balkrishna Doshi, winner of the 2018 Pritzker Prize, the first Indian architect to receive what is considered the “Nobel Prize” of architecture.
Balkrishna Doshi, an architect and urban planner born in Pune, India in 1927, is viewed as a true pioneer of modern architecture in his home country. In a career spanning more than 60 years, he built works adapting the concepts of modern architecture to India’s traditions and culture, available resources and natural environment. The exhibition entitled “Architecture for the People” draws the attention of the international public to Balkrishna Doshi’s architecture and urbanism projects between 1958 and 2014. From urban planning to university campuses, from cultural institutions to administrative offices, private homes and interior design projects, the Indian architect’s vast production includes such key pioneering buildings as the Indian Institute of Management (1977-92), his own Sangath architectural studio (1980) and his famous Aranya low-cost housing project (1989). The works reveal Balkrishna Doshi’s close ties with important masters of international architecture, after working with Le Corbusier on a number of projects, including the Indian city of Chandigarh, and with Louis Kahn on the Indian Institute of Management.