Dec 12th 2020

In collaboration with exclusive partner, Architect Balkrishna Doshi and Architecture for the People curator and architect Khushnu Panthaki Hoof reflect on the Indian master’s decades-long career and the process of composing the first North American retrospective of his work. Prompted by architecture students and scholars, Doshi and Hoof will engage with questions related to mastery, mentorship and humanitarian design. The conversation is facilitated by Wrightwood 659 Curatorial Consultant Gina Pollara.

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Pursuant to the most recent Tier 3 Covid-19 Resurgence Mitigations issued by the State of Illinois, Wrightwood 659, the Chicago art space devoted to presenting socially engaged art and architecture, is temporarily closed. Patrons who have purchased tickets to its current critically-acclaimed exhibition Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People can expect a full refund, which will be issued automatically. A reopening date will be announced on the website.

In the interim, Wrightwood 659 will continue to host a compelling series of virtual public programming complementing the exhibition, which is devoted to the work of visionary Indian architect, urbanist, and teacher Balkrishna Doshi. Recipient of the 2018 Pritzker Architecture Prize, Doshi (b. 1927, Pune, India) worked with both Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn in the 1950s, and later adapted the principles and forms of modernism he absorbed from these experiences into his work with local cultures, traditions, and environments, from low-cost housing and academic institutions, to urban planning projects. In so doing, he both redefined modern Indian architecture and shaped new generations of architects.

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