3rd An­nual Charles Cor­rea Me­mo­rial Lec­ture Or­ga­nized by Am­buja Neo­tia Group

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The ar­chi­tect-fra­ter­nity of Kolkata and Am­buja Neo­tia Group or­ga­nized the 3rd edi­tion of “Charles Cor­rea An­nual Me­mo­rial Lec­ture” at the Royal Ben­gal Au­di­to­rium, City Cen­tre, Salt Lake, in the pres­ence of em­i­nent guests and del­e­gates. The me­mo­rial lec­ture was delivered by in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed ar­chi­tect Kashef Chowd­hury, Prin­ci­pal Ar­chi­tect, Ur­bana, Bangladesh. He has re­ceived the Ar­chi­tec­tural Re­view EA Award 2012 in Lon­don, and Aga Khan Award for Ar­chi­tec­ture 2016 in Geneva. Chowd­hury’s work mir­rors the geo-cul­tural and so­ciopo­lit­i­cal con­texts and pays spe­cial at­ten­tion to the of­ten-frag­ile nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment. His works, in many ways, echo Charles Cor­rea’s con­cerns and val­ues. Ar. Uday Joshi who worked with Charles Cor­rea in the 70’s, re­counted his as­so­ci­a­tion with the mas­ter. Paraguayan ar­chi­tect Solano Ben­itez delivered the in­au­gu­ral me­mo­rial lec­ture with Cor­rea’s wife, Mrs. Monika Cor­rea as guest of Hon­our. Other spe­cial in­vi­tees in­cluded Ar. Rahul Mehro­tra, Pro­fes­sor at the Har­vard Grad­u­ate School of De­sign, Ar. Richard Has­sell, co-founder of WOHA, a Sin­ga­pore-based ar­chi­tec­ture prac­tice, and Ka­mal Had­kar, CMD, Ster­ling En­gi­neer­ing Con­sul­tancy Ser­vices. Har­shavard­han Neo­tia and Cor­rea, who shared a spe­cial bond, had to­gether carved out ‘City Cen­ter’, a shop­ping mall that re­flects the lifestyle and cul­ture of the peo­ple of Kolkata. Ashish Achar­jee, noted ar­chi­tect of the city and host for the evening, said, “I have worked with Charles Cor­rea (87-90) on some of his land­mark projects. When I pro­posed the An­nual Me­mo­rial Lec­ture as homage to Cor­rea, Mr. Neo­tia whole­heart­edly sup­ported the idea. The pri­mary idea is not only to re­mem­ber his legacy but also to en­cour­age re­search and prac­tice of his val­ues in ar­chi­tec­ture.” “Charles Cor­rea’s vi­sion of an eco-friendly and hu­man­cen­tric ur­ban­iza­tion in In­dia is of ut­most rel­e­vance to­day. He never tol­er­ated medi­ocrity and in his own as­sertive style al­ways en­riched the per­son he worked with,” said Har­shavard­han Neo­tia, Chair­man, Am­buja Neo­tia Group. He added, “This year, we are also bring­ing to Kolkata from Mum­bai, a spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion en­ti­tled ‘Liv­ing Ideals: De­signs for Hous­ing by Charles Cor­rea’ in part­ner­ship with the In­dian In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects, West Ben­gal Chap­ter. Sched­uled to open on July 4, 2018, and run up to July 25, 2018 at the IIA West Ben­gal Chap­ter Build­ing, the ex­hi­bi­tion is a rare op­por­tu­nity for ar­chi­tects and stu­dents to see the works of the mas­ter be­cause it will per­ma­nently move out of In­dia by end of this year.”

(L-R) Ar­chi­tect Uday S Joshi, En­vi­ron­men­tal De­signs, Mum­bai, Ar­chi­tect Kashef Chowd­hury, Ur­bana, Bangladesh, Mr. Har­shavard­han Neo­tia & Mrs. Madhu Neo­tia at the 3rd edi­tion Charles Cor­rea Me­mo­rial Lec­ture

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