The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced that it will host the first major exhibition on the work of Indian architect Charles Correa that has ever taken place in the UK. Rooted both in modernism and the rich traditions of people, place and climate, Correa (born in 1930 and still working today) has played a pivotal role in the creation of an architecture and urbanism for post-war India. He has designed some of the most outstanding buildings in India and has received many of the world’s most important architecture awards including the RIBA Royal Gold Medal (1984), the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (1988) and Japan’s Praemium Imperiale (1994).
The exhibition, which is curated by Dr Irena Murray from the RIBA and designed by architect David Adjaye, celebrates Correa’s gift of his archive of over 6000 drawings to the RIBA Library. International buildings showcased in the exhibition (titled ‘Charles Correa – India’s Greatest Architect’) include the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Museum, India; the MIT Brain and Cognitive Science Centre, USA; the InterUniversity Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Pune, India and the Champalimaud Centre for the Study of the Unknown in Lisbon, Portugal. The exhibition also features Correa’s designs for housing and cities, looking closely at climate change, affordable housing and his projects to improve cityscapes, including his urban masterplan for Navi Mumbai (New Bombay).
The exhibition is free and it will be open between 14 May and 4 September 2013 at the RIBA Headquarters at 66 Portland Place in London. For more information, visit the RIBA website.