An online event in memory of our founder, late Indian architect and urbanist Charles Correa. The event will consist of the award ceremony for the Charles Correa Gold Medal and the international release of Rahul Mehrotra’s new book ‘The Kinetic City and Other Essays’.
3 September 2021
6:00 to 7:45pm
Watch the event here.
Book Release ‘The Kinetic City & Other Essays’
The event will feature a book launch by Cristina Steingräber, CEO of ArchiTangle, and publisher. This will be followed by a walk through of the book by Rahul Mehrotra, and a panel discussion with Mehrotra, Ranjit Hoskote, Kaiwan Mehta and Rajesh Vora.
The book ‘The Kinetic City & Other Essays’ presents Rahul 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. Mehrotra calls it the Kinetic City, which is the counterpoint to the Static City, as familiar to most of us from conventional city maps. He argues that the city should instead be perceived, read, and mapped in terms of patterns of occupation and associative values attributed to space. The framework is established by Mehrotra’s anchor essay, which draws out its potential to “allow a better understanding of the blurred lines of contemporary urbanism and the changing roles of people and spaces in urban society.”
The book is divided into three parts. The anchor essay, “Negotiating the Static and Kinetic Cities,” and other contributions (twenty-one in total) make up the main section. A second book within the book is dedicated to an expansive complimentary photo essay by the photographer Rajesh Vora, illustrating the key themes of transaction, instability, spectacle, and habitation. The last section presents an illustrated bibliography of Rahul Mehrotra’s wide range of research and writings.
Click here to read about the discussants at the book release.
Charles Correa Gold Medal: Award Ceremony
The event will also feature presentation and an announcement of the winner of the Charles Correa Gold Medal 2021.
The Charles Correa Gold Medal is a national award to recognize quality and talent among young students of architecture who address issues of the urban realm through their undergraduate thesis. 38 of the best schools of architecture in India participated in this edition of the medal. One student will be awarded the prestigious Charles Correa Gold Medal. Additionally, two students will be awarded with an honorable mention.
Click here to read about the Jury and winners of the 2021 cycle of the Gold Medal
Click here to read about the history and an overview of the Charles Correa Gold Medal.