Cross Subsidy – Architecture for a New India (lecture)
24 July, 2014
Rahul Mehrotra tenders a talk focussed on the idea of ‘cross subsidy’ as a tool to engage with architectural and urban practice in India. A model where research, activism and building practices seamlessly weave into a singular mode of engagement with the built environment. In addition, the lecture considers and elaborates on how architecture and the built environment may play a role in dissipating inequity in contemporary Indian society.
Divided in two sections, the lecture includes readings on contemporary Indian Urbanism, looking at emerging trends and challenges for the near future; as well as an overview of architectural projects, ranging from the conservation of historic buildings, office buildings and institutions, to single family houses as well as low cost housing in order to explore the themes of ‘Localising the Global’and ‘Globalising the Local’.
Rahul Mehrotra is principal of architecture firm RMA Architects (founded in 1990 as Rahul Mehrotra Associates) of Mumbai, India and is Professor of Urban Design and Planning and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) in Cambridge, Mass., USA. A practicing architect, urban designer, and educator, Mehrotra has written and lectured extensively on architecture, conservation, and urban planning in Mumbai and India, co-authoring Bombay—The Cities Within, that covers the city’s urban history from the 1600s to the present. Most recently he published Architecture in India since 1990, an illustrated study considering the transformations in the urban landscape of Indian cities since globalisation.