Domus India - November 2019

Publisher: Spenta Multimedia Pvt Ltd
Category: Architecture
Language: English
Frequency : Monthly
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Domus, the iconic architecture and design magazine from Italy, is now in India. The eight-decade-old monthly magazine has a history of informed debate on architecture, interiors, art and design. The Indian edition, the first Domus exclusively in the English language, seeks to encourage and promote innovation in the built environment. Domus has been brought to India by Spenta Multimedia, India's largest custom publisher. It aims to track and review the latest architectural and artistic movements in India and the world through its exciting content and rich visuals.

The November edition of Domus India largely revolves around Jawaharlal Nehru and his sense of ‘discovery’ — discovery as a journey of explorations — exploring the world, its people, its history and locating the self within that world, history, and people. Under Books and Reading, we explore myriad titles: The Velocity of Being edited by Maria Popova & Claudia Bedrick; Letters from a Father to his Daughter by Jawaharlal Nehru; and Nehru’s iconic The Discovery of India, with an introduction by Sunil Khilnani. A photo essay by Mumbai-based lensman Chirodeep Chaudhuri on the exposition titled ‘Discovery of India’ on display at Mumbai’s Nehru Centre is almost a visual, physical manifestation of Nehru’s eponymous magnum opus, and sets the tone for an inclusive, diverse nation. Architect, M Kadri’s design for Mumbai’s Nehru Centre — a rich symbolic interpretation in design of India, the country he inherited as the first Prime Minister of a free people, and his own personality. With a focus on a craft-based approach towards computation and its contribution to support artisans in India, we attempt to explore a solution aiming to establish a methodology which makes complex geometry constructible in the country today, even when access to digital fabrication methods are evolving and expensive. This project was conceptualised by students during a three-week-long course, Digital Crafts: Customised Bricks 1.1, conducted at the Faculty of Architecture, CEPT University, Ahmedabad in 2016. The cover of this edition, designed by Parshav Sheth, a recently graduated young architect, brings material culture and objects together. The brick shell pavilion in Ahmedabad is a discovery of ‘India-now’ and ‘India-past ‘— a combination of new technologies and existing skills, and direction for the future without positioning the now and past as antagonists but rather as mutually complementing; superimposed with journeys in a ‘discovery of India’, in a perpetual state of being.


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