Dialogue and Discovery
Moderated by Billie Tsien
Monday, March 14, 2011
The Great Hall, The Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street
1.5 HSW CEUs
Bijoy Jain, principal of Studio Mumbai, will present and discuss his studio’s recent work and its ongoing exploration of the relationship of land and architecture, process, and materials.
Jain’s work endeavors to explore “the genuine possibility in creating buildings that emerge through a process of collective dialogue, a face-to-face sharing of knowledge through imagination, intimacy, and modesty.” The studio designs through “an iterative process, where ideas are explored through the production of large-scale mock-ups, models, material studies, sketches, and drawings. Here projects are developed through careful consideration of place and a practice that draws from traditional skills, local building techniques, materials, and an ingenuity arising from limited resources.” In this spirit, the studio consists of both architects and skilled craftsmen who design and build each project from start to finish.
Studio Mumbai exhibited at the 2010 Venice Biennale with “Work-Place,” which was awarded a special mention by the international jury and was featured in the recent exhibition “1:1 Architects Build Small Spaces” at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The firm’s projects in India include Belavali House, Copper House II, Leti 360 Resort, Palmyra House, Tara House, and Utsav House.
Bijoy Jain was born in Mumbai, India in 1965 and received his M. Arch from Washington University in St. Louis in 1990. He worked in Los Angeles and London between 1989 and 1995 and returned to India in 1995 to found his practice.
Billie Tsien is a partner of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects and is a Director of the Architectural League.
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Organized by the Architectural League of New York. Co-sponsored by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union. The Architectural League gratefully acknowledges the additional support of the Cornell University College of Architecture, Art & Planning. AIA and New York State continuing education credits are available.
This program was made possible in part by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency; and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.
Studio Mumbai, Palmyra House. Photo by Helene Binet.