Clarkson Chair Architecture Research Guide: Fall 2018 Clarkson Chair: Rahul Mehrotra
|Rahul Mehrotra is Professor of Urban Design and Planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is a practicing architect, urban designer, and educator. His Mumbai-based firm, RMA Architects was founded in 1990 and has designed and executed projects including government and private institutions, corporate workplaces, private homes, and unsolicited projects driven by the firm’s commitment to advocacy in the city of Mumbai. The firm has designed a software campus for Hewlett Packard in Bengaluru, a campus for Magic Bus (a NGO that works with poor children), led the restoration of the Chowmahalla and Falukhnama Palaces in Hyderabad, and formulated a conservation master plan for the Taj Mahal with the Taj Mahal Conservation Collaborative. The firm also recently designed and built a social housing project for 100 elephants and their caretakers in Jaipur as well as a corporate office in Hyderabad. The firm has designed several single-family houses in different parts of India and one in Karachi, Pakistan. In 2015 RMA Architects completed the Lab of the Future on the Novartis Campus in Basel, Switzerland and were finalists in an international design competition for the Museum of Modern Art in Sydney. In 2018 RMA Architects were awarded the Venice Biennale juror’s ‘Special Mention’ for ‘three projects that address issues of Intimacy and empathy, gently diffusing social boundaries and hierarchies’.
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- Architecture in India byCall Number: APL Library & Hayes Hall Reading Room: NA1504 .M44 2011ISBN: 9783775732451Publication Date: 2011-11-30Pluralism, fusion and hybridity are the dominant traits of cultural change in twenty-first-century India. The resultant architecture reflects this 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 more than two decades, and Architecture in India is his unique take on the topic across four themed chapters: "Global Practice: Expression of (Impatient) Capital"; "Regional Modernism"; "Alternative Practice: Towards Sustainability"; and "Counter Modernism: Resurfacing of the Ancient." Each chapter introduces exponents of these distinct genres of architectural expression, examining the work of more than 60 contemporary architects in more than 500 photographs. Architects, students, academics, architecture buffs and admirers of India's famed heritage of architectural pioneering will find this volume a rich trove of design ideas.
- Bombay: The Cities Within byCall Number: Hayes Hall Reading Room: DS486 .B7 D95 2001ISBN: 978190060264Publication Date: 2001This book is an attempt to understand the city's contemporary skyline that presents a medley of architectural silhouettes where cotton mill chimney stacks, non-Gothic towers, skyscrapers, shanty settlements and domestic vernacular dwellings all coalesce to form the many layered cosmopolitanism which characterizes the palimpsest that is the metropolis of Bombay.
- Bombay to Mumbai byCall Number: Hayes Hall Reading Room: DS486.B7 B69 2006ISBN: 9788185026374Publication Date: 2007-01-03In three sections, richly illustrated with much hitherto unpublished material by early painters, map-makers, and photographers that reconstructs images of the past, plus a series of modern architectural photographs, the book highlights Bombay's momentous changes to the cityscape. It portrays a historic spectrum of the city while discussing opportunities for the future.
- Kumbh Mela byCall Number: APL Library & Hayes Hall Reading Room:ISBN: 3775739904Publication Date: 2015-07-03Many people are not familiar with Kumbh Mela, and yet it is the largest celebration on earth: depending on the positions of Jupiter, the sun and the moon, Hindus travel to certain places along holy rivers, the Ganges for example, to bathe and cleanse themselves of sin. With a 2013 attendance of approximately 34 million, the triennial pilgrimage requires that the communities hosting the gatherings create functioning temporary structures to transport, house and feed enormous crowds of people. In 2013, a team from Harvard University monitored the large-scale event from its preparation through to the actual celebration, investigating and documenting the prototypes for flexible urban planning and offering organizers advice on issues around environmental protection. This substantial hardcover presents their comprehensive research findings along with city maps, aerial images and photographs of this most fascinating feat of urban planning.
- Novartis Campus - Virchow 16 : Rahul Mehrotra byCall Number: APL Library & Hayes Hall Reading Room: NA6234 .S92 B37636 2015ISBN: 9783856166670Publication Date: 2015The building at Virchow 16 was designed by the Indian architect and urban planner Rahul Mehrotra, who teaches at Harvard Graduate School of Design in the United States. The building houses both laboratories and offices. The laboratories require higher ceilings than the rooms dedicated to administration. An atrium with greenery inside addresses these differences, balancing them out with staircases and through-views that visually link the various levels. The western façade facing the Campus also has greenery and thus anticipates the green inside. An impressive installation by Pipilotti Rist is to be found on the granite floor of the entrance.
- Shaping Cities byCall Number: APL library and Hayes Hall Reading Room:ISBN: 3775742360Publication Date: 2017-02-28This richly illustrated book of essays introduces new approaches toward urban planning across the world, including Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East and East Asia. Covering demographically, politically and socially diverse regions, it examines the use of conventional planning tools, also exploring more experimental and cross-disciplinary approaches of urban planning.