Architecture studio visits Mumbai

December 8, 2010

Architecture's fall 2010 vertical studio, which explored Mumbai's layered and temporal urban structures as critical and creative models, spent an intensive week studying selected quarters of the city through collaborative workshops, lectures, onsite studies, and office visits. Students took orientation walks through the historic quarters, visited the Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies, and attended a joint workshop which sent small groups of Cornell and Balwant Sheth School of Architecture (BSA) students out into the city's diverse neighborhoods, including Dharavi, Kalbadevi, Colaba, Powai, Kotachiwadi, and Mount Mary. The studio also looked at contemporary building and design in the city, including visits to the offices of Somaya & Kalappa Architects and Serie Architects, as well as the new malls that are cropping up on the old mill lands.

At the end of the trip, students spent two days in Ahmedabad where they visited Hatheesingh Jain Temple, Le Corbusier's Sarabhai House and Textile Mill Owners Association, a step well at Adalaj, and Charles Correa's Gandhi Ashram and Museum.

The studio was led by Lily Chi, associate professor of architecture.

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