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State of Housing – Aspirations, Imaginaries and Realities in India 

Organised by:  Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI) and Architecture Foundation (AF)

Curated by: Rahul Mehrotra, Ranjit Hoskote, and Kaiwan Mehta

Venue in Mumbai: Goethe Institut – Max Mueller Bhavan, Kala Ghoda.

Dates: February 2 to March 18, 2018

Ravi Sundaram will deliver the keynote lecture for the exhibition. Friday, February 2, 2018 at 6:30 pm. Library MMB, Goethe Institut – Max Mueller Bhavan, Kala Ghoda.


Urban Design Research Institute and the Architecture Foundation announce the exhibition titled State of Housing – Aspirations, Imaginaries and Realities in India curated by Rahul Mehrotra, Ranjit Hoskote and Kaiwan Mehta. The exhibition is to be held at Gallery, Max Mueller Bhavan Goethe Institut, Mumbai from 2 February to 18 March 2018. This is the second edition of the exhibition ‘The State of Architecture- Processes and Practices in India’ that was held at National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai from 6 January to 20 March 2016, also under the aegis of the UDRI.

The ‘State of Housing – Aspirations, Imaginaries and Realities in India’ exhibition will bring together the varied interests and perspectives as well as a spectrum of stakeholders and actors including architects, urban designers, planners, local governance bodies, private real-estate developers, financial institutions and policy-makers that are all critical in understanding Housing in India.

Housing comprises the largest component of any settlement and India currently is experiencing a housing crisis: a shortage of approximately 18 million units in the urban centers and it is believed 40 million in rural India. In the urban areas of the 18 million deficit 56% are for the economically disadvantaged sections and 40% for low-income groups. The exhibition aims to develop a conspectus of the housing crisis; and to create an integrated database of case studies and methods enabling a comprehensive understanding of the situation.

The exhibition will be developed along three key axes. These are: (1) a set of case studies attesting to the diversity of the housing question in India, spanning policies, projects, predicaments, and cultural expressions; (2) a system of infographic visualisations that vividly communicates the salient data and dimensions of the housing question; and (3) a film on the subject, which will serve both as a documentary articulation of the exhibition and as an educational tool.

In concurrence with the schedule of the exhibition, the curators will organize an inaugural keynote lecture on 2 February 2018, parallel lecture series every week following the opening of the exhibition, and a closing conference on State of Housing in the Emerging Urban India from 15 March to 17 March 2018 at the Dr. Sir JJ Modi Memorial Hall, KR Cama Oriental Institute.  


The exhibition is slated to travel to other cities and venues in India.