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Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People

Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People

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Balkrishna Doshi constantly demonstrates that all good architecture and urban planning must not only unite purpose and structure but must take into account climate, site, technique and craft. –Pritzker Prize 2018 jurors

The 2018 Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi is one of India’s most influential architects, renowned for his harmonious designs that merge the formal language of classical modernism with Indian building traditions and local craft skills. Always designed with a sensitivity to the social, environmental and economic conditions of a given commission or site, Doshi’s architecture honors the past while at the same time accommodating the rapidly changing conditions and needs of modern India. Doshi has designed more than 100 buildings―educational and cultural institutions, public buildings, private residences and low-income housing projects among them―and has taught scores of students over the course of his 60-year career, a career distinguished by a sense of responsibility and dedication to the country and communities he has served.

»Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People« is the first overview of the architect’s work in over twenty years, analyzing his most important works and providing timely context to his oeuvre. In-depth academic texts by outstanding experts in the field, including Kenneth Frampton, Kazi Ashraf, and Juhani Pallasmaa, give insights into the inspiration behind Doshi’s work and background to his projects, as well as his lasting influence on younger generations. The richly illustrated survey comes complete with a detailed biography and new photographs of his buildings, which demonstrate the impressive timeliness of the Indian master’s approach to a wide variety of typologies.


The Vitra Design Museum numbers among the world's leading museums of design. It is dedicated to the research and presentation of design, past and present, and examines design's relationship to architecture, art and everyday culture. In the main museum building by Frank Gehry, the museum annually mounts two major temporary exhibitions, among them major solo retrospectives such as »An Eames Celebration« (2017) on designers Charles and Ray Eames, »Alexander Girard. A Designer's Universe« (2016)or Alvar Aalto (2014), as well as major exhibitions such as »Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine« (2017), »The Bauhaus #itsalldesign« (2015) or »Lightopia« (2013). In addition, smaller shows are presented in the Vitra Museum Gallery, which often follow a more contemporary and experimental approach. 

The Vitra Schaudepot, which was designed by Herzog & de Meuron, presents approximately 400 key objects from the extensive collection and hence resembles one of the largest permanent collections and research sites on modern furniture design world-wide. Every year the presentation is expanded by three to four smaller exhibitions focusing specifically on items from the collection. Often developed with renowned designers, many of the museum's exhibitions cover highly relevant contemporary themes, such as future technologies, sustainability or questions like mobility and social responsibility. Others are presenting historical topics or monographic exhibitions on iconic designers. 

The work of the Vitra Design Museum is based on its collection, which includes not only key objects of design history, but also the estates of several important design personalities. The museum library and document archive are available to researchers upon request. The museum conceives its exhibitions for touring, and they are shown at venues around the world. On the Vitra Campus, they are complemented by a diverse programme of events, guided tours, and workshops.

Balkrishna Doshi (born 1927) began his architecture studies in 1947 before working with Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn in Chandigarh and Ahmedabad. He founded his own practice, Vastu Shilpa Consultants, in 1956, combining the lessons he learned from this earlier generation of architects with an understanding of Indian architectural traditions. In 2018, Doshi became the first-ever Indian winner of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize.

006 Vitrs Design Museum and Wüstenrot Stiftung
007 Vastushilpa Foundation

008-013 Khushnu Panthaki Hoof

014-016 Hans Ulrich Obrist in Conversation with Balkrishna Doshi

036-039 A Modernism For India - Samanth Subramanian
040-043 Opening Doors - Martha Thorne
044-047 Three Master Mediators - Juhani Pallasmaa
048-053 Sangath As A Landscape Event - Kazi Khaleed Ashraf
054-059 The Vernacular - Vera Simone Bader
060-065 The Home And The City - Rajeev Kathpalia
066-067 Dosji's Pritzker - Kenneth Frampton
068-069 Memory, Associations, And Timelessness - Balkrishna Doshi
070 Living In Humaneness - Nicholas Fox Weber

071-318 Selected Projects 1958-2014

017-035 Portfolio I - Photo Essay by Iwan Baan
089-097 Portfolio II - Sketches from Balkrishna Doshi's Notebooks
175-183 Portfolio III - Doors and Door Handles
319-334 Portfolio IV - Photo Essay by Vinay Panjwani

338-353 Chronology
354-367 Catalogue of Works
368-371 Bibliography
376-379 Index

頁  數:383
尺  寸:300*240 mm(Portrait)
語  言:English

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