Cross Subsidy – Architecture for a New India (lecture)
24 July, 2014 - 24 July, 2014
Mehrotra’s 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 considered and elaborated on how architecture and the built environment may play a role in dissipating ‘inequity’ in contemporary Indian society.
Divided in two sections, the lecture began with readings on contemporary Indian Urbanism, looking at emerging trends and challenges for the near future. The second half focussed on architectural projects under two themes: Localising the Global and Globalising the Local. The projects covered ranged from the conservation of historic buildings, office buildings and institutions, to single family houses as well as low cost housing.
Professor of Urban Design and Planning and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Harvard, Rahul Mehrotra is a practicing architect, urban designer, and educator. He 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.