REPORTING FROM THE FRONT
Anupama Kundoo has been invited to create an installation at the 16th Architectural Biennale in Venice curated by the Pritzker laureate Alejandro Aravena. He has invited her saying, “(your design) carries the DNA of timelessness; and we would like to learn from those architects and projects that are going to stand the test of time. I hope that you will find a way to share your work with a broader audience, this being the most important architectural event in the world”.
The theme at the 2016 Venice Biennale is ‘Reporting from the front’. It brings to the forefront the several battles that need to be won and several frontiers that need to be expanded in order to improve the quality of the built environment and consequently people’s quality of life.
Responding to his battle theme will be the installation, ‘Building Knowledge, an inventory of strategies’. It will tackle the central issue about the processing of dualities. When the opposites in the duality are in conflict, there is a battle. When the opposite aspects work in union, there is enrichment and knowledge. This poignant unison of duality further enriches and “builds knowledge”.
Over the last 25 years, Anupama’s architectural projects have not just been about the quest of knowledge about the building. They were also seen as opportunities to build knowledge over the cross section of the community : craftspeople, engineers, designers, students, manufacturers, users etc.
THE INSTALLATION ‘BUILDING KNOWLEDGE’
The central piece is a full scale construction of an ongoing project called Full Fill Home and Easy WC. These look at high-speed delivery of beautiful affordable houses with minimal environmental impact. These can be built within a week, countering the notion that urban housing is tedious and unachievable. These homes can provide instant shelter where needed, such as remote or disaster relief areas. But they work equally well for youth hostels, student housing and guest houses in environmentally sensitive locations. Full Fill homes offer affordability through efficiency and inclusitivity. The design is suitable for all, not just for the poor!
Surrounding the central full scale pieces there will be other models on one side, and material research and new technologies we have developed in the past, on the other. Above this, an inverted tree structure will symbolise that knowledge quest is in the roots and that the outcomes are the fruits.