One Continuous Line: Art, Architecture and Urbanism of Aditya Prakash

Book talk by Vikramaditya Prakash
Event, in English, Study Room, 21 March, 6pm to 7pm

Join us for a talk by Vikram Prakash on his book One Continuous Line: art, architecture and urbanism of Aditya Prakash, published by Mapin Publishing.

Aditya Prakash (1924–2008) was among the first generation of modernist architects and thinkers in India. His rich career as an architect, artist, writer, academic, photographer, set designer, theatre director, and actor was devoted to the modernization of India in the postcolonial era. Prakash’s seminal work was his role as a junior architect on the Chandigarh Capital Project, an effort led by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, with Le Corbusier as its head architect and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret, to raise a new Punjab capital on the farmland of northern India.

His son, Vikram Prakash presents his book on the work and life of his father. Rather than a biography, the book consists of a series of visual essays, tracing the life and work of Aditiya Prakash. The book documents Prakash’s success and later frustrations of his life as an architect and academic, and his arguments against the turn to postmodernism in Indian architecture of the early 1980s.

This event is open to the public and will be held in our Study Room where we also will show some highights of the archive of Aditiya Prakash held at the CCA, no reservation needed.

Dr. Vikramaditya “Vikram” Prakash is an architect, architectural historian, and theorist. He is Professor of Architecture at the University of Washington. He received his B. Arch. from Chandigarh College of Architecture, India and his M.A. and PhD in History of Architecture and Urbanism from Cornell University. Vikram Prakash is also co-design lead of O(U)R: Office of Uncertainty Research, a conceptual design research practice dedicated to rethinking architecture in terms of the emergent scientific, social and political parameters of the 21st century. He is host of ArchitectureTalk—a bi-weekly podcast based on curated conversations with invited guests.

This event is made possible by Phantom Hands, which also contributed to the processing of the Pierre Jeanneret fonds.


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