Studio Mumbai Exhibition


June 06, 2011 to August 28, 2011

vai – Vorarlberger Architektur Institut, Dornbirn
June 29 – October 1, 2011

Studio Mumbai, established by Bijoy Jain, is a collective of architects and qualified craftsmen based in India. The buildings and projects realized by Studio Mumbai as well as its working method were made accessible to the broader public for the first time within the framework of last year's Architecture Biennale in Venice. A holistic approach shaped by the natural environment, resources, and climate forms the starting point for Studio Mumbai's work. Materials, details, techniques, constructions, and spaces are explored in a close interplay between traditional, expert knowledge and conceptual, architectural design.

The Material Archive and the Vorarlberger Architektur Institut (vai), Dornbirn dedicate themselves to this theme in two presentations: the exhibition in the Material Archive - curated by Ueli Vogt - shows material-related «learning through making», while in the Vorarlberger Architektur Institut, the focus is on local conditions and the collective dialogue between craft, architecture, and client-oriented practice. What the two locations share is the thematic connection to locally defined contents. Thus in the Sitterwerk, materials and books from the Material Archive are presented and contrasted as a commentary with the goods from India that are exhibited. In the vai, on the other hand, the «Mumbai method» is analyzed and placed within a larger architecture-specific context.

The exhibitions are accompanies by a supplementary and interlinking supporting program.

The exhibition in the Material Archive is supported by:
Kulturförderung Kanton St.Gallen / Swisslos, Stadt St.Gallen, Fredy & Regula Lienhard-Stiftung, Margrit Bohren Hoerni Foundation and the Schweizerischer Werkbund.