Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People
Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People is the first exhibition in the United States devoted to the work of Indian architect, urbanist, and 2018 Pritzker Prize laureate Balkrishna Doshi. Born in Pune, India, in 1927, Doshi—who was profoundly inspired by Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn—was a pioneer of modernist architecture in India. Yet he also developed a unique architectural vocabulary derived from his deep respect for Eastern culture, thereby humanizing modernism as he redefined Indian architecture. With over a half a century of practice, research, and teaching, he has been acclaimed for his visionary work in low-cost housing and city planning, as well as for his strong commitment to education. As the Pritzker Prize announcement stated, Doshi’s “work in architecture to affect humanity is deeply personal, responsive, and meaningful.”
With a focus on some 20 of Doshi’s most significant projects dating from 1958 to 2014, the exhibition demonstrates his lifelong dedication to architecture as a civic practice devoted to improving lives. Building types on view range from entire cities and townships to academic campuses, cultural institutions, private residences, interiors, and social and experimental housing. The exhibition includes several full-scale installations that bring to life the physical experience of Doshi’s buildings, as well as a wealth of material from the architect’s archive and studio, including drawings and models, artworks, sketches, films, photography, and more.