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Open Minds 2018: Soft Power

Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi, Architect

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Space Odyssey

As our public spaces shrink and our institutions mimic buildings of the West, one of India’s most socially-conscious architects receives a prestigious global award for his work on low-income housing. The first Indian to be conferred the Pritzker Prize, architecture’s highest honour, BV Doshi, though a Le Corbusier protégé, was never a globe-trotting star out to build megacities.

He has bridged humanist ideals of modernity with an emancipating architecture, the depth of Indian philosophy, and ideas of space and cognition - Soumitro Ghosh, architect

Brick by local brick, the Ahmedabad-based architect has built spaces of great artistic and intellectual sensitivity—from a housing complex rendered like a miniature painting to a Brutalist cast-concrete amphitheatre, from an experimental art gallery for MF Husain to academic buildings. Set in an India filled with disparity, Doshi’s buildings make you aware of your senses the way good design usually does, but they also force you to reflect on your immediate socio-cultural context.

Complete List of Open Minds 2018: Public Square

Salman Rushdie, Author | Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Political scientist | Nandan Nilekani, Infosys Chairman | Srinath Raghavan, Historian | Ram Madhav, BJP Leader | Swapan Dasgupta, Political commentator and MP | Shashi Tharoor, Scholar Politician | TCA Raghavan, Historian | Ramachandra Guha, Historian | Brahma Chellaney, Strategic thinker | Uday Shankar, President, 21st Century Fox, Asia | Anantha Chandrakasan, Technologist | Gita Gopinath, Economist | Soumya Swaminathan, Paediatrician and clinical scientist | Prasoon Joshi, Poet and Censor Board chairman | Madhav Khosla, Scholar | Sidharth Luthra, Lawyer | Shayara Bano, Triple Talaq Petitioner | Reuben Abraham, Economic Analyst | Pratima Joshi, Architect | Reetika Khera, Economist | Shamika Ravi, Economist | Sharmila Bhattacharya, Scientist | Vijay Prasad, Historian | Nayanjot Lahiri, Historian | Avani Chaturvedi, Fighter Pilot, IAF | Pranshu and Nishant Patni, Entrepreneurs

Complete List of Open Minds 2018: Soft Power

Virat Kohli, Captain, Indian Cricket Team | Priyanka Chopra, Actor | Jeet Thayil, Author | Anju Dodiya, Artist | Alia Bhatt, Actor | Rajkummar Rao, Actor | Chetan Bhagat, Author | Jahnvi Dameron Nandan, Perfumer | Rupi Kaur, Poet | Parvathy Thiruvothu, Actor | Sujatha Gidla, Author | Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi, Architect | Prayaag Akbar, Author | Ruchika Sachdeva, Fashion Designer | Palghat R Ramprasad, Carnatic musician | Unni R, Author | Kunal Kamra, Comedian | Vikas Khanna, Chef and Television Personality | Shoojit Sircar, Filmmaker | Srikanth Kidambi, Badminton Player | CS Santosh, Off-Road Biking Champion | Mayank Austen Soofi, Author and Blogger | Ratish Nanda, Conservation Architect

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