Anupama’s inaugural London exhibition ‘High-Speed Housing’ opened at Roca London Gallery (directions here) 31 March. It runs to 18 June and works as a companion piece to the Venice installation, showcasing models of the three housing typologies that Anupama has been developing with teams around the world and a full-scale mock up of her Easy WC. Please come and visit!
Roca’s space was designed by Zaha Hadid architects so it was particularly poignant to hear the shocking news of her death. Anupama said she had ‘worked very hard on achieving a very subtle installation as a tribute to Zaha’s work, establishing common ground through the materiality of cement, grey tones as well as rounded corners. Who would have throughout this tribute would coincide with such sad news’.
The show launched with an electrifying debate between broadcaster and founder of Article 25 Maxwell Hutchinson, disaster risk reduction specialist Professor David Sanderson and Anupama, moderated by editor of Architectural Design magazine Helen Castle. The discussion was around the controversial statement ‘Architects are often the last people needed in disaster reconstruction’. The audience voted against the motion, so, thankfully, architects won the day