CP Kukreja Architects’ exhibition at the London Architecture Festival to explore five decades of India’s built environment
CP Kukreja Architects is set to open its ‘Five Decades of Built Environment in India’ exhibition on June 24 at Lalit in London, UK. Part of the London Festival of Architecture 2022 programme, the exhibition will take visitors on a journey through five decades of the evolution of India’s architectural landscape through the lens of major Indian architecture and design practices. By showcasing a wide range of projects across time, the exhibition will deconstruct stories, present ideas and highlight bold and progressive architecture essential to the past, present and future of India and its people. .
CP Kukreja Architects is the first and only Indian architectural firm to be invited to present an independent exhibition at LFA, London’s leading celebration of architecture and urban design. CPKA was founded in 1969 by the late CP Kukreja, who was at the forefront of India’s modern architecture movement in the 1970s and 80s along with contemporaries such as Charles Correa and Raj Rewal. The company is currently led by Dikshu Kukreja, who spearheads sustainability and innovation through the company’s latest projects. The practice has played a pivotal role in establishing a distinctive identity for the built environment of a post-independent India and has completed over 1000 projects across scales and typologies till date.
“Five Decades of India’s Built Environment” will explore iconic buildings from the 1970s and 80s that helped birth a unique architectural identity for a newly independent India that came into its own. Additionally, moving to the 1990s and 2000s, the exhibition will feature exploratory and investigative projects that experimented with new-age materials and broke convention as opportunities opened up in the country after liberalisation. economic. Finally, the exhibition will showcase buildings from the era that are at the forefront of cutting-edge innovation and sustainability while being grounded in the local context.
The opening of the exhibition will feature a stimulating discussion on the transformations of India through aspects such as literature, culture and politics over the past five decades and their impact on the evolution of the built environment. from India. The conversation will be moderated by Dikshu C. Kukreja, Senior Director, CPKA; Rosa Rogina, Director, London Architecture Festival; Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Member of Parliament and Chairman of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations; Amish Tripathi, author and director of the Nehru Centre, London, the cultural wing of the Indian High Commission in the UK.
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