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International habitat

HABITAT. inhabited.

‘You have to loose track to come back. And this is what gives you the chance to think again. Unexpectedness is the key to architecture. Leave that to the spaces you create.’

Balkrishna V. Doshi

INTERNATIONAL HOUSING // HABITAT. inhabited.

INDIA is full of colours, smells and tastes, of contrasts and liveliness. In the Indian context to inhabit means to make a place ones own. This may include adding something personal to a place, modifying or adjusting according to ones needs. It can be seen on urban and on individual level and on both scales it has specific characteristics.

The Vastu-Shilpa Foundation regularly organizes a Habitat Design Studio in collaboration with TU Delft to encourage young international architects to solve the growing need for affordable housing for millions of dwellers in the modern megacities of India. For understanding and designing Habitat in the Indian context in a period of only eight weeks, site visits, interaction with the local people and research on the target group is essential. The studio work shows that the most important factor for global housing strategies in a megacity is FLEXIBILITY – to extend, modify, grow, change and give the place its own identity.

The project was shown as part of the exhibition Global Housing Strategies in the Dutch Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2014.

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