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Urban Typhoon Koliwada

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This is the blog of the Urban Typhoon Website. Visit often for updates about the workshop. DHARAVI-KOLIWADA MARCH 16-23, 2008 


Charles Correa, speaks on "Viable Housing Densities" at Urban Typhoon
7:00 pm Monday March 17 in Koliwada Dharavi


Charles Correa is an architect, planner, activist, theoretician and a fundamental figure in the world-wide panorama of contemporary

architecture. He studied architecture at the University of Michigan and at Massachusetts Institute of Technology after which he established a private practice in Bombay in 1958. His work in India shows a careful development, understanding and adaptation of Modernism to a non-western culture. His early works attempt to explore a local vernacular within a modern environment. His land-use planning and community projects continually try to go beyond typical solutions to third world problems.

Over the last four decades, Correa has done pioneering work in urban issues and low cost shelter in the Third World. From 1970-75, he was Chief Architect for New Bombay an urban growth center of 2 million people, across the harbor from the existing city. In 1985, Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi appointed him Chairman of the National Commission on Urbanization.

He was awarded the RIBA Royal Gold Medal for the year 1984. His acclaimed design for McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT was dedicated recently. He is a recipient of the civilian awards in India, Padma Vibhushan (2006) and Padma Shri.

(Charles Correa will attend the workshop and give a lecture, but he will not lead a team, so please don't register for him.)


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