A Eulogy for the Present

The Death of Architecture, c.2000 Exhibition

Authored by: Rohan Shivkumar

The Routledge Companion to Critical Approaches to Contemporary Architecture

Print publication date:  August  2019
Online publication date:  August  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138917569
eBook ISBN: 9781315688947
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315688947-33

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Abstract

The past few years have seen a dramatic rise in public discourse around architecture in India. In the past two years there have been films, multiple exhibitions, and numerous initiatives from academia, practices, and the market to create platforms for discussions and debates about Indian architecture and its contemporary crisis. One of the most recent exhibitions was The Death of Architecture, an initiative of architects Samira Rathod and Aniket Bhagwat. Imagined as a show that travels across many cities in the country, 13 architects were invited by the curators to mull over the theme and arrive upon an exhibition. This paper uses this exhibition to draw out some of the main concerns of contemporary architecture in the country including questions of identity, authenticity, environment, and the role of the architect in contemporary India.

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