An Exhibition and Workshop for Contemporary Indian Houses

Presentation and Workshop on Housing Design by German architects from the firm "and8", and discussion with leading Banglaore architects on Building Dwelling Thinking"

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"+91 Residences In India - Contemporary Indian Houses", presented by InCITE in association with the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan. In addition to the Exhibition, which is a sequel to the highly successful "080 Transform" exhibition that premiered at the Bhavan in 2008, there will be a Presentation and Workshop on Housing Design by German architects from the firm "and8", and a Discussion with leading Banglaore architects titled "Building Dwelling Thinking - a polemic on housing"

Event 1: Exhibition:+91 Residences In India - Contemporary Indian
Date: February 20 to March 6, 2010 Inauguration by Ar. Sanjay Mohe at 6.30 p.m. on 19.02.2010
Timing fops for Exhibition: 9.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. [Mon-Thur]
             9.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. [Fri-Sun]

Event 2: Two Day Design Workshop - an investigation into Housing:          
Date: February 20 & 21, 2010, 10.00 a.m.
Presentation of workshop projects at 5.30 p.m. on 21.02.2010
Contact Rina for registration: 2671 3360/61/62/80

Event 3: Presentation by Achim Aisslinger and Andreas Bracht and8 ARCHITEKTEN, Germany
Date: February 20, 2010, 6.30 pm.

Event 4: Discussion: Building Dwelling Thinking - a polemic on housing
Date: February 27, 2010, 6.30 pm.
Venue: Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan

+91 Residences features 91 independent dwellings across India built in the last decade and 19 works-in-progress. These 110 projects and a model display of houses designed by architects aim to offer a strong insight into contemporary residential architecture in India. Featured residences differ in the nature of their locations - from dense urban sites to picturesque locales. The architectural solutions these projects offer highlight various issues confronted by the architects ranging from the grapple with dichotomies (of say traditional vs. modern and local vs. global), the move beyond modernism, the derivation of forms based on generative geometries, experimentation with conventional and alternative building materials and technology and address of site specifics.

The premiere of InCITE's 080 Transform exhibition showcasing non-residential contemporary architecture in Bangalore at the Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan in October 2008, its subsequent travel to Chennai and Delhi and the launch of the eponymous publication has elicited substantial interest in the +91 Residences endeavour. The wide reach (in terms of extent of geographical coverage) and content of a design exhibition focusing on the residential building typology is of interest across sections of society. The exhibition also aims at viewing drawings and models as "architectural constructs" as much as buildings.


As re-presentations of an architectural design, they portray an individuality that could coincide or be compared with the character of the project or the approach of the architect. The quality and technique of the variety of representation approaches by the number of contributing architects will offer an interesting plane for discussion and deliberation.

An investigation into Housing: Two Day Design Workshop by AISSLINGER + BRACHT | and8 ARCHITEKTEN, Germany trend Flexible, Modular, minimal and prefab housing units are trendy worldwide. Be it shelters for catastrophes, houses for the impecunious people, dormitory-units for students, luxurious vacation apartments or even objets d'art. Their brandings are micro-compact-home, micro house or loft-cube. They are supposed to grow on rooftops, to be installed within a few days or to be inflated. Some even try to be self-sustaining, a-seismic or stackable.

Bangalore as one of the fast growing Indian cities has many sites that minimal housing units might be linked to - budget and/or luxury/whim/fashion. In the beginning, the discussions will include optimized apartment layouts and possible differences between Indian and European forms. Then, every participant shall suggest a specific neighbourhood/site and a certain type of use [live-work, budget, capsule, service apartment, luxury and so on] for a modular housing unit [concept] design. 

Team work shall be in groups of two-three. Depending on site selection, during the workshop the team may visit some of the sites and discuss an urban strategy in-situ. Over two days [Saturday morning to Sunday evening] each team will explore through sketches-drawings-working model/s etc. a concept design for a small living unit. Each team shall present their projects at 5.30 pm on Sunday evening for 10-12 minutes, followed by a discussion materials.

Each team will have sketch paper and pencils for drawings plus card board and pins, glue or tape for producing a working model as well as digital cameras and notebooks with image editing and 3d programs brochure. Subsequent to the presentation, it is proposed to distil the workshop output into a small brochure - comprising two self-designed pages by
each participating team. The brochure will be available as a pdf download on the InCITE website.
For further details please contact the Bhavan: 2520 5305/6/7/8 or visit the websites: or

Max Mueller Bhavan, Goethe Institut

716, CMH Road, 1st Stage,
CMH Road, Indiranagar,
Indiranagar, Bangalore -560038 Map

Tags: architecture, germany, max mueller bhavan, architechts, city planning, incite, +91 residences, german architechts, bracht, aisslinger

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