The Structure_


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Works of Mahendra Raj

The Structure explores the work of Mahendra Raj, India’s most significant structural engineer. Examining Raj’s sixty prolific years of practice, this volume looks at his unusually inventive and intuitive work and how he has offered pioneering engineering solutions for buildings in exposed concrete. As evidenced by this book, many of his structures can be seen as monuments narrating the history of architecture in post-independence India. It features twenty-eight of Mahendra Raj’s buildings in detail through a wealth of photographs and color reproductions of archival plans. Essays are contributed by Raj himself and by the architects Neelkanth Chhaya and Jaimini Mehta. Also included are interviews with Raj by the architect Sanjay Prakash and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, a conversation with the architect BV Doshi, and a complete illustrated list of Raj’s works.

We would also like to invite you to a number of events with Mahendra Raj:

Tuesday, October 4, 6 pm, Zurich ETH-Hönggerberg, HIL E4

Department Lecture Series ETH Zurich with Annette Spiro, Mahendra Raj, Joseph Schwartz, Johannes Käferstein, and Ariel Huber

Thursday, October 6, Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

With Cyril Veillon, Mahendra Raj, Robert Gargiani, and Aurélio Muttoni

Tuesday, October 11, AIV Architekten- und Ingenieur-Verein zu Berlin

With Mahendra Raj, Bärbel Högner, Ariel Huber. Bärbel Högner will present her new book Chandigarh nach Le Corbusier: Ethnografie einer postkolonialen Planstadt in Indien, published by Reimer Verlag, Berlin.

Thursday, October 13, Librairie Volume, Paris

Event in cooperation with the Société française des architectes

There will be more detailed information on the events in your area closer to the date. For any questions, please get in touch.

Edited by Vandini Mehta, Rohit Raj Mehndiratta, Ariel Huber. With photographs by Ariel Huber

ISBN 978-3-03860-025-1

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