Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) to Launch STUDIO-X MUMBAI Print
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Wednesday, 09 February 2011 08:46

image002Mark Wigley Dean of GSAPP to host opening reception for international exhibition Architecture of Consequence and special series of discussions on social responsibility in design

Studio-X, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation’s global network of laboratories launch its Mumbai center to the public on February 10, 2011 with the opening of Architecture of Consequence, the Netherlands Architecture Institute’s (NAi) international traveling exhibition about the role of architecture in social innovation and sustainability.  Studio-X Mumbai is GSAPP’s newest global design center that will explore the future of cities through research, public dialogue, arts and culture.  It will also be joining an existing network of Studio-X labs in New York City, Beijing, and Amman to engage in cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, and cross-continental exchange of knowledge and information.  

“With the addition of each hub in the Studio-X network, this radical experiment in redefining the capacity and role of globally collaborative modes of education, research and action, increases its bandwidth exponentially - creating a new kind of collective brain to think about the always urgent question of the future of cities,” says dean of Columbia’s GSAPP Mark Wigley.
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As part of the opening ceremony for Studio-X Mumbai, Dean Wigley will also host special events and panel discussions from February 10—13, including a talk with director of NAi Ole Bouman about new forms of social responsibility in design.  Additional invited guests are the Honorable Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam and Nirupam Bajpai the director of the Columbia Global Center in South Asia.

In conjunction with the exhibition Architecture of Consequence, Studio-X Mumbai Director Rajeev Thakker will lead an Unsolicited Architecture Workshop on the theme of neighborhoods and communities. Four design charrette groups comprised of GSAPP faculty and alumni, NAi designers, and local architects will develop proposals for how architecture can build social value and bring a positive effect to four different neighborhoods in Mumbai.  Special guest critics include Jyoti Hosagrahar - Director of Sustainable Urbanism International, and Smita Srinivas - Director of Technological Change Lab, who will join Mark Wigley, Ole Bouman, Rajeev Thakker and local urban development authorities in reviewing proposals.

To close the opening week of events, Professors Hosagrahar and Srinivas will lead a discussion about socio-economic issues of urban India on February 13.  The exhibition, which made its world premiere at the International Architecture Biennial in São Paulo and has since been on view in Russia and the Netherlands, reveals how twenty-four Dutch offices integrate global issues into their vision of society.


Kitab Mahal, Fourth Floor
192, D N Road
Fort Mumbai  400 001

Thursday, February 10
6:30pm Reception and exhibition preview of Architecture of Consequence
7:00pm Social Responsibility in Design
Ole Bouman, Director, Netherlands Architecture Institute and
Mark Wigley, Dean, Columbia University | GSAPP

Friday, February 11
6:30pm Exhibition Opening reception with opening remarks by
The Honorable Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Ole Bouman, Director, Netherlands Architecture Institute and
Mark Wigley, Dean, Columbia University | GSAPP

Sunday, February 13
2:30pm Unsolicited Architecture Workshop Review
Special guest critics will review the proposals of four design charrette groups comprised of GSAPP faculty and alumni, NAi and local architects for how architecture can build social value and bring a positive effect to four different neighborhoods in Mumbai.

Sunday, February 13
4:30pm Panel Discussion
Socio-economic issues of urban India are explored with:
Jyoti Hosagrahar, Director of Sustainable Urbanism International
Smita Srinivas, Director of Technological Change Lab

February 15 – March 31
Monday - Saturday: 10am – 6:30pm
Sundays and Holidays: Closed


Studio-X is a global network of advanced research laboratories for exploring the future of cities launched in 2008 by Mark Wigley, Dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. With locations in Amman, Beijing, Moscow, Mumbai, New York, and Rio de Janeiro, it is the first truly global network for real-time exchange of projects, people, and ideas between regional leadership cities in which the best minds from Columbia University can think together with the best minds in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia.

The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University in New York City, also known simply as GSAPP, is regarded as one of the most important and prestigious architecture schools in the world. The school confers Masters Degrees in Architecture, Advanced Architectural Design, Architecture and Urban Design, Urban Planning, Historic Preservation, Real Estate Development, and Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices in Architecture as well as a Doctoral Degree in Architecture. All programs share a commitment to both professional training and research. The curriculum and philosophy stress the necessity of analyzing and challenging the underlying history, premises, and future directions of the design professions, even as students are prepared to become accomplished practitioners in their respective fields of specialization.

Architecture of Consequence, an international traveling exhibition curated by the Netherlands Architecture Institute, shows that architecture can play a part in formulating solutions to widespread global problems through sustainable designs for the future.  Contributors include 2by4-architects, De Zwarte Hond, Doepel Strijkers Architecten, MVRDV, Studio Marco Vermeulen, West 8, CONCEPT0031, Anne Holtrop, Next Architects, seARCH, 2012 Architecten, Atelier Kempe Thill, Biq Stadsontwerp, MUST Urbanism, OMA/AMO, ONIX, Powerhouse Company, Rietveld Landscape, Stealth.ultd, Van Bergen Kolpa Architecten, Venhoeven CS, ZUS.

The Netherlands Architecture Institute is a museum, archive, library and platform which aims to involve people of all ages with architecture. ‘Architecture of Consequence’ articulates the NAi’s long-term mission to arrive at an agenda for architectural responses to today’s pressing social concerns. This innovative agenda challenges urban designers to come up with progressive proposals and ideas, aimed at accomplishing the transition from a reactive to a proactive design practice.

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