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Charles Correa
Founder, Charles Correa Architects, Mumbai
“India: High - Rise & High - Density”

Charles Correa, perhaps more than any other Indian architect, has devoted a life’s work to exploring appropriate architectural responses for Indian buildings that work to both a local-vernacular and global-modern palette. His architecture cuts across many building typologies and scales, including the seminal 1983 Kanchanjunga Apartments, Mumbai. In this presentation we hear from Mr Correa regarding the urban directions of Mumbai, and what role the tall building has to play in that.

Charles Correa is a major figure in contemporary architecture around the world. His work covers a wide range, from the Mahatma Gandhi Museum at the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, to the Jawahar Kala Kendra in Jaipur, the Kanchanjunga apartment tower in Mumbai, the National Crafts Museum in Delhi, the State Assembly for Madhya Pradesh, and most recently, the elegant Brain and Cognitive Sciences Center at MIT in Boston.

A pioneer in addressing urban issues in the Third World, including land equity and squatter housing, he has built housing projects and townships in Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and other cities of India. In 1970 he was appointed Chief Architect for New Bombay, the city of 2 million across the harbour; and in 1985, Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi designated him Chairman of the first National Commission on Urbanisation.

Correa has taught in several Universities, both in India and abroad, including London University, Cambridge (UK), Harvard and Berkeley. He is currently Bemis Professor at MIT. He has received the highest honours of his profession, including the Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1984; the Gold Medal of the UIA (International Union of Architects) in 1990; the Praemium Imperiale of Japan in 1994; and in 1998, the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

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