'Charles Correa: India's Greatest Architect' exhibition

The Charles Correa exhibition is now open, part of a whole season of events and exhibitions now underway celebrating Charles Correa’s achievements, his donation of his archive of models and 6,000 drawings to the RIBA earlier this year, and the architecture of India. Born in India in 1930, and returning there after studying in the US, Charles Correa has spent his life tackling issues related to housing and urbanism. His body of work is not limited to spectacular buildings that consider their inhabitants, climate and local culture, but includes influential research underlying the importance of cities and their development in the future of India.

'Charles Correa: India's Greatest Architect' exhibition

‘Charles Correa: India’s Greatest Architect’ exhibition, RIBA, 66 Portland Place
Open 14 May – 4 September 2013
© Wilson Yau / RIBA, British Architectural Library

Material relating to the Kanchanjunga apartment tower

Material relating to the Kanchanjunga apartment tower, Mumbai
‘Charles Correa: India’s Greatest Architect’ exhibition, RIBA, 66 Portland Place
© Wilson Yau / RIBA, British Architectural Library

For those wanting to discover more about Correa’s work, in the British Architectural Library there is additional material. Available to the public to view are 23 project reports from the Charles Correa Archive, including the submission to the client for his early Previ housing project to the more recent 2021 regional development plan for Goa. He chaired the study group on the Parel area, a part of central Mumbai once dominated by cotton mills. The group’s report put forward the case to redevelop this neglected district in a coherent manner, reserving land for open space – according to Correa a valuable and essential requirement for people and cities – and provide new opportunities, homes and amenities for the mills’ former workers.

Previ housing project, submission to the client

Previ housing project, submission to the client
Charles Correa Archive, British Architectural Library
© RIBA, British Architectural Library

For conservation reasons these original reports are stored in staff-only areas, but they are available on request to all visitors to the Library’s Reading Room located, along with all the events and exhibitions in the Out of India season, at 66 Portland Place. Entry to all exhibitions and the Library is free.

Model of Hindustan Lever Pavilion

Model of Hindustan Lever Pavilion
‘Charles Correa: India’s Greatest Architect’ exhibition, RIBA, 66 Portland Place
© Wilson Yau / RIBA, British Architectural Library

 

About Wilson Yau
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