Warm Modernity

Indian Architecture. Building Democracy

  • Author Maddalena d'Alfonso
  • Binding Paperback with flaps
  • Size 19 x 25 cm
  • Pages 224
  • Illustrations 100 illustrations
  • Language English
  • Year 2016
  • ISBN 9788836634354
  • Price € 25,00  € 23,75
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A protocol drawn up long ago in 1945 by Otto Koenigsberger, adopted in nearly one hundred instances in India and in more than half the world, provides the framework and rules for the planning of the prototypes of planned cities, and tells us that the so-called “Participative Architecture” aimed at intercultural inclusion, originated in the post-colonial territories between India and Africa.

The catalogue, the fruition of a 5-year long Italian-Indian research, illustrates the consequences of democratic choice in independent India, its factual existence and its globalized outcomes, present even today.

Presented in the installation, are four examples of Democratic New Towns – Jamshedpur, Bhubaneswar, Faridabad and Chandigarh- outcomes of the interface between the experiences of Frey, Drew and Le Corbusier and the ideas of their Indian counterparts, Varma, Doshi, Correa, Rewal. The cities are analytically described and documented through photographs of their present condition, preserved as the modern protected areas in Europe.

Texts by: Maddalena d’Alfonso, Paolo Brescia, Anna Nurra, Elisa Fiscon, Jacopo Galli, Ingrid Paoletti
Conversations with: Balkrishna V. Doshi, A.G. Krishna Menon, Rahul Mehrotra

Milan, Museo Diocesano, April – September 2016
Official event of XXI International Exposition of Triennale di Milano,
Design After Design

The book won the Red Dot Award: Communication Design 2016, among the most relevant competitions for design and communication to which took part projects from 46 countries. The jury is formed by highly respected experts from the world of design to award the most creative marketing strategies and communication solutions in the field of design.