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Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People

Wrightwood 659 is temporarily closed in accordance with State of Illinois restrictions.

In partnership with the Vitra Design Museum of Germany, Wrightwood 659 presents Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People a retrospective of the 2018 Pritzker Prize laureate Balkrishna Doshi (born 1927, Pune, India). The renowned architect and urban planner is one of the few pioneers of modern architecture in his home country and the first Indian architect to receive the prestigious award. During over 60 years of practice, Doshi realized a wide range of projects, adopting principles of modern architecture and adapting them to local culture, traditions, resources, and nature. The exhibition presents significant projects realized between 1958 and 2014, ranging in scale from entire cities and town planning projects to academic campuses as well as cultural institutions and public administrative offices, from private residences to interiors.

Wrightwood 659’s presentation of Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People is made possible by support from Alphawood Exhibitions.

The exhibition is a project by the Vitra Design Museum and the Wüstenrot Foundation in cooperation with the Vastushilpa Foundation.

Exhibition Catalogue

A limited number of catalogues of the international exhibition Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People are available for purchase at Wrightwood 659. The 383-page catalogue features all of Doshi’s most important projects and includes essays by renowned authors such as Kazi Ashraf, Kenneth Frampton, Juhani Pallasmaa, and Samanth Subramanian. Countless photographs provide fascinating insights into the complex spatial compositions of Doshi’s structures. A detailed chronology outlines the architect’s impressive 60-year career, which has been influenced as much by Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn as by Indian building traditions.

  • Hardcover
  • 383 pages, 9.5 x 12 x 1 inch
  • Illustrated throughout in color
  • 2019 by Vitra Design Museum

Exhibition Themes

  • Shaping an Integrated Education

    What is the true nature of a campus? How can it promote interdisciplinary exchange and encourage learning both inside and outside the classroom? How can it adapt to change and accommodate growth?

  • Building Academic Institutions

    How does one create institutions that encourage dialogue – how can they remain open-ended and ambiguous? Is it possible to design spontaneity, communication, and flexibility?

  • Creating a Livable City

    How do people live? Where do they go, what do they do? How does one create a city plan that encourages communication and interactions?

  • Home and Identity

    Where is home? What is public, what is private? How do you engage the community and create a sense of identity?


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