Architecture In India Since 1990 charts the complexity of India's contemporary architectural scene over a crucial period marked by economic liberalisation and the contradictions, glamour and displacement wrought by globalisation. In twenty-first-century India, hybridity, pluralism and fusion reign over singular identities, the restultant architecture mirroring the socio-economic and political fabric of one of the world's largest and most populous nation states. Architect, educator and author Rahul Mehrotra has been at the forefront of the Indian contemporary architecture scene for the last two decades. In this authoritative study, he presents four distinct genres of architectural expression and in troduces the proponents of each with abold, incisive text supported by exceptional examples of projects that showcase the disparity and coexistence of multiple approaches. Featuring the work of more than 60 contemporary architects, and lavishly illustrated with over 500 stunning photographs, this book will interest a vast readership of academics, architects and students, as well as exponents of multiple design disciplines and the general reader with an interest in contemporary India.
About the Author: Rahul Mehrotra is a practising architect and educator. He works in Mumbai and teaches at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, where he is Professor of Urban Design and Planning and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, as well as a member of the steering committee of Harvard’s South Asia Initiative. His practice, RMA Architects founded in 1990, has executed a range of projects, from the recycling of urban land and the master planning for parts of Mumbai to the design of art spaces, homes, social institutes and work places across India. These diverse projects have engaged many issues, multiple constituencies and varying scales, from interior design and architecture to urban design, conservation and planning. As Trustee of the Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI) and Partners for Urban Knowledge Action and Research (PUKAR), both based in Mumbai, Mehrotra continues to be actively involved as an activist in the civic and urban affairs of the city.
Having written and lectured extensively on architecture, conservation and urban planning, Mehrotra is widely known as the author, co-author and editor of a vast repertoire of books on Mumbai, its urban history, its historic buildings, public spaces and planning processes. A past juror for the Aga Khan Awards for Architecture, the Berkeley Prize, the James Stirling Memorial Lectures on the City, the Urban Age Awards and the Audi Urban Futures Award, Mehrotra is currently a member of the Prince Claus Fund Awards Committee (2007-11) and the Global Jury of the 3rd Holcim Awards Competition (2012). A former member of the Steering Committee of the Aga Khan Awards for Architecture in the 2008-10 award cycle, he continues to serve on the governing boards of the London School of Economics Cities Programme and the Indian Institute of Human Settlements (IIHS).
Mehrotra studied at the School of Architecture (CEPT), Ahmedabad, and graduated with a master’s degree in Urban Design with distinction from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. He has taught at the University of Michigan (2003-07) and at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at MIT (2007-10).