Architecture in Context

Monday

22

August 2022

5 PM Onwards
Location

Room 019, School of Engineering and Applied Science

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Architecture in Context

The Nalanda

Rahul Mehrotra

Founder, RMA Architects
Professor at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
Speaker

Professor Neel Kamal Chapagain

Director, Centre for Heritage Management
Ahmedabad University
Moderator


 

Speaker

Rahul Mehrotra

Rahul Mehrotra is the founder principal of RMA Architects. He divides his time between working in Mumbai and Boston and teaching at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, where he is a Professor of Urban Design and Planning and the John T. Dunlop Professor in Housing and Urbanization. From 2012-2015, he led a Harvard University-wide research project called The Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Mega City. This work was published as a book in 2014. This research was extended in 2017 in the form of a book titled Does Permanence Matter? Mehrotra’s most recent books are titled Working in Mumbai (2020), The Kinetic City, and other essays (2021). The former reflects how his practice evolved through its association with the city of Bombay/Mumbai. The second book presents Mehrotra’s writings over the last thirty years and illustrates his long-term engagement with and analysis of urbanism in India. This work has given rise to a new conceptualization of the city, which Mehrotra calls the Kinetic City.

Moderator

Professor Neel Kamal Chapagain

Professor Neel Kamal Chapagain is an Associate Professor and Director, Centre for Heritage Management. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (USA). He also has an Architecture Doctorate and Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (USA), a professional conservation course at ICCROM in Italy, and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University, Nepal.