National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
June 17, 2015
‘Given the current context of unprecedented urbanisation on one hand and rapid depletion of natural resources on the other, with growing homelessness and social segregation in our cities – society is clearly at a crossroads’.
Join leading Indian architect Anupama Kundoo as she reveals the potential of architecture to engage with and address the complex intersections of urbanisation, people, culture and nature in one of the most rapidly changing contexts in the world.
Kundoo’s research oriented practice, teaching and work enrich each other in an attempt to build a collective knowledge resource with the people involved in constructing and occupying buildings: engineers, masons, craftsmen, residents, and material suppliers.
Through her projects and research Kundoo illuminates the potential of architecture and design to break new ground in the dynamic and shifting context of India, where informality is entering all areas, so as to enable positive urban transformation. She advocates for a new mindset where innovation focused energy efficiency reshapes the future.
‘Thinking Power’ embodies two meanings. Reducing energy dependence while simultaneously unleashing the power of thinking to catalyse sustainable urban development.
Similarly `Building Knowledge’ represents the need for new knowledge in creating buildings with a significantly lower environmental impact, that is also socio-economically beneficial.
An engaging and evocative speaker, Kundoo is at the forefront of Indian architecture that asks whether every architectural project could be a new opportunity to redefine the built environment of the future.