Architect and teacher Anupama Kundoo was awarded a special mention in the ArcVision International Prize for Women in Architecture in 2013 and presented her research work at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, "Reporting from the Front", directed by Alejandro Aravena. The Indian architect’s work, and specifically her recent research and prototypes of self-built sustainable housing, are the focus of an exhibition underway at Architektur Galerie Berlin.
Knowledge and education are just as important to Anupama Kundoo as the process of design itself. In her vision, architecture is the result of construction of knowledge, and we build communities by building houses. These considerations lead to the need for a holistic approach to urban development, to invert the trend toward social segregation and environmental degradation by offering easily built sustainable housing.
The exhibition features two prototypes presented at the Biennale in Venice in 2016. The "Full Fill Home" is a modular system consisting of blocks that can be put together and assembled in a variety of different ways, and the "Easy WC", a compact sanitary unit complete with a shower, sink and WC. The prototypes were made using ferrocement elements only 25 mm thick reinforced with innovative materials, a solution permitting low transportation costs and easy assembly. The elements were constructed by Indian craftsmen with students from TU Berlin who took part in the technological research project directed by architect Anupama Kundoo in partnership with professors Mike Schlaich and Arndt Goldack.
Title: Anupama Kundoo Building Knowledge, Building Community
Dates: 8 September – 21 October, 2017
Location: Architektur Galerie Berlin, Berlin - Germany
Photos: Sebastiano Giannesini, Javier Callejas