Thursday, March 11, 2010

Architecture 101

Seagull Open House featured Anutosh Kanoria (student of architecture, IIT-Kharagpur) on 6 March 2010. 
An exhibition was held of some of Anutosh's project ideas, including one around the streets of Calcutta and how to preserve the culture of 'hawking' in a healthy way and one that is dedicated to making a Beatles memorial in London. 

Also exhibited were Anutosh's photographs of Geoffrey Bawa's fantastic architectural creations in Sri Lanka. 
A three-part BBC documentary series by Robert Hughes on three major 20th century architects—'Visions of Space'—was also screened for the general public. The documentaries looked at the art of Meis, Gaudi and Albert Speer. 
The day's event was rounded off with a discussion between Gita Balakrishnan (architect and founder, Ethos India), Sanghamitra Basu (Associate Professor of architecture, IIT-Kharagpur) and Anutosh Kanoria. The talk centred around architecture in Bengal and the need and possibilities of preservation and renovation of Calcutta's architectural heritage, along with the necessity of a governing body to oversee new constructions in the city in these times of rampant destruction and re-construction.