Speaker at Canadian Centre for Architecture

Building Knowledge’
CCA, Montreal, Canada
April 16th, 2015

In the current context of unprecedented urbanization, rapid depletion of natural resources, and rising homelessness and social segregation in our cities, we are clearly at a crossroads. The practice of architecture, in which informality is entering all areas of development, is under pressure to rethink its scope and approach in order for design to respond to these urban transformations.

While architects are now seeking forms of knowledge in order to design buildings with a significantly lower impact on the environment and that are simultaneously more affordable and quicker to construct, the title of this lecture also has a second meaning, in which “building” is a verb. Today, every architectural project can be seen as an opportunity to respond to the urgent need to create this knowledge and shape a new approach to creating the built environment of the future.

The lecture will discuss a range of projects from Anupama Kundoo’s practice, research, and teaching. In these distinct but complementary areas of her work, she attempts to build collective knowledge in collaboration with engineers, masons, craftsmen, infrastructure providers, residents, material suppliers, and all other stakeholders involved in constructing and occupying the projects.

Anupama Kundoo was born in Pune, India, graduated from Sir J. J. College of Architecture, University of Bombay, in 1989, and obtained her PhD from the Technische Universität Berlin in 2008. Her architectural practice, begun in 1990, applies a strong focus on material research to achieve architecture with a low environmental impact and develop building technologies that are socioeconomically beneficial. Her practice is supported by extensive research and experimentation.

Kundoo has worked, conducted research, and taught architecture in a variety of cultural contexts around the world, including the Technische Universität Berlin, the Architectural Association, the Technische Universität Darmstadt, Parsons The New School for Design, and the University of Queensland. She is currently Professor at Universidad Camilo José Cela in Madrid.

The lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Rooms You May Have Missed currently on view in the CCA main galleries. The exhibition explores ideas of domestic space and inhabitation through the work of two contemporary architects operating in distinctive contexts: Bijoy Jain in India and Umberto Riva in Italy.

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