In the coming decades, lndia has huge migrations and urban growth to contend with on one hand and cultural and climatic diversity of her cities on the other.Traditional Indian cities have countless layers, warmth and dogged perseverance as they are readying
themselves to face the unprecedented urbanisaton. In the face of this reality that has been brewing for the pas decades, Correa’s wisdom and vision undoubtedly remains a source of inspiration and guidance for planners and professional worldwide.
The organising committee for the Annual Charles Correa Memorial Lecture, 2017 is pleased to announce the Second Memorial Lecture to be delivered on 24 of June, by Richard Hassell, partner of WOHA-a Singapore-based architectural practice founded by Summ and Richard Hassell in 1994.
WOHA’s work, values and concerns in architecture are inspirational and very relevant to the Developing world. They feel that Correa’s visionary work and deep understanding of the importance of climatic, demographic and infrastructural implications as well as that of community life and poetry in architecture is relevant and inspiring today as it ever has been – even though the 21st Century promises to be very different from the 20th Century.
WOHA has gained global recognition for their integration of environmental and social principles at every stage of the design process.They have designed a diverse amount of innovative and highly influential projects, which have been built in a number of cities and countries, and their best-known projects have been widely publicised as benchmarks for sustainable design. WOHA has received numerous international awards for their work, including the Aga Khan Award (2007), the Singapore Presidents Design Award, (2008), the RAJA John Utzon Award (2011), the RIBA Lubetkin Prize (2011), and the CTBUH Urban Habitat Award (2015)
We will also have Sri Kamal Hadker of Sterling Engineering Mumbai as our special invitee this year. Kamal had been associated with Charles Correa in many of his projects as the structure Designer. He has kindly agreed to share some of his experiences with the master
Ar. Ashish Acharjee
Charles Correa Memorial Lecture, 2017, Kolkata