The Embassy of France presents "Architecture Rendez-Vous" at Open Palm Court Gallery & Visual Arts Gallery, IHC, Lodhi Road > 24th-30th September 2011

Time : 
24th September : 6:30 pm - Inauguration
25th to 30th September : 10:00 am - 8:00 pm0 - Exhibition on View

Entry : Free

Place : Open Palm Court Gallery & Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre ( IHC ), Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003
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Event Details : The Embassy of France presents 'Architecture Rendez-Vous'.
Architecture Rendez-vous is France’s dialogue with the architectural domain in India in a contemporary context, the renewal of a relationship forged by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret and even earlier. The French experience in architecture in a global scenario will be highlighted from September through December through six architecture weeks across six Indian cities: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Delhi, Goa and Pune. It will open up a dialogue with India in the context of its burgeoning cities and overall economic development.
The reference point of the Indo-French Architecture Rendez-vous will be two travelling exhibitions from France. The first, “French architects overseas / Grand Prix AFEX 2010 aims at developing a reflection around the theme of architecture and photography and comprises outstanding projects undertaken by French architects outside France. The second exhibition presents the work of 24 architects and landscapists, all laureates of the 2009-2010 edition of the “New Albums of Young Architects and Landscapists”, a recognition given by the French Ministry of Culture and Communications to support such professionals aged less than 35 years to promote their talent, ideas and know-how.
 One of the most interesting crucibles for a discourse on an urban debate, Delhi professes balance between development and environment as the essence of its growth philosophy. Indeed, it is amongst the greenest capitals of the world and the third most verdant in India.
Landscape will thus be an important focus in the architecture week in Delhi with the participation of French landscape architect Pascal Cribier. “Garden, Nature or Landscape?”, an exhibition open to the public, which also lends its name to a workshop for students and professionals, and a presentation entitled “Affinities” by this most innovative man will be held during this weeklong. His talks will be delivered as part of the Design x Design platform in New Delhi.
During this week, Mr Raj Rewal, Architect and Chairman of the Delhi Urban Arts Commission, recognized internationally for designs responding to the complex demands of rapid urbanization, climate and culture, will engage with eminent French-born architect, master planner and design consultant, Mr Olivier Vidal.
Further, “Architecure Horizons”, an interaction forum, will debate the challenges of contemporary architectural practice, and the specific issues of how architecture defines (or erases) national identities and upholds collective traditions. The panel will be moderated by Mr Jagan Shah, Director of the Sushant School of Art and Architecture. An underlying pursuit of the session would be to discuss the continuity of the French intellectual tradition to consider whether structural rationalism, romantic traditionalism, or the communitarian and utopian visions that were born in France, have permeated into our present.
The deliberation on “The Indian Perspective on the French School of Architecture: an Outlook for Future Cooperation” will be a good starting point for prospects to further our academic exchanges in this area. The first part will see four distinguished professors discuss the curricula of the two countries and the interest behind building lasting relationships between institutions, with the guiding theme of enhancing both student and teacher mobility. In the second part, two French and Indian architects will share their respective experiences in each other’s country. In the light of their professional and everyday experiences, they will show how the future of architecture passes via a particular idea of collective work.
Obtaining a better grasp of academic opportunities in France, increasing people-to-people contact, or even crafting the framework of a joint project, this event is replete with potential.
Several feature films and documentaries on architecture will be screened during the week. Among the Indian selection will be
-          “Dilli”, a short film, showcased on the opening day with a presentation by its maker, Mr Sushmit Ghosh;
-          “Dhobi Ghat”, Kiran Rao’s much acclaimed film, interesting for its take on the cityscape in all its aspects;
-          “Vertical City”, Avijit Mukul Kishore’s tour of the living conditions of places hidden away in a twenty-first century metropolis.
The French selection will portray two well-known French architects, tracing the birth and evolution of an architectural project:
-          “Jean Nouvel: Portraits et Reflets” by Jean Louis André ; and
-          “Paul Andreu” by Marie-Paule Boisset Bayle de Saint Setier.

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The Embassy of France presents "Architecture Rendez-Vous" at Open Palm Court Gallery & Visual Arts Gallery, IHC, Lodhi Road > 24th-30th September 2011 The Embassy of France presents "Architecture Rendez-Vous" at Open Palm Court Gallery & Visual Arts Gallery, IHC, Lodhi Road > 24th-30th September 2011 Reviewed by DelhiEvents on Friday, September 30, 2011 Rating: 5

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