Summer Last Tuesday - Mumbai!
Tuesday 25 June 2013
6 - 10pm
Home to a massive 20.5 million people - Mumbai is the fourth-largest urban area in the world and the gateway to India. With a history stretching back centuries, it is one of the world's great crossroads and is a heady mix of peoples and cultures. The RIBA explores the modern stories and dynamics of this epic metropolis - a place of inspiration (and frustration) for India's greatest architect Charles Correa - with a special evening of talks, films, workshops, tours and music.
All events are free or drop-in and do not require booking. Space will be allocated on first-come, first-served basis.
Mumbai to London Mishmash at the 'Social'
From 6pm until 9.30pm
Taking inspiration from Charles Correa's 'Navi Mumbai' masterplanning and visions of cities drawn from the RIBA's rich collections, you are invited to mash it up and collage and create your own masterplan for London at the Hawkins\Brown 'Social'.
Film double bill
City on the Water
On loop from 6pm
This film by Charles Correa charts plans for a bold 'New Bombay' (Navi Mumbai) - a new city on the water. Through archival footage and animation it brings to life the problems of the old colonial city and highlights the opportunities of a new city for the future. (Running time 17 mins).
On loop from 6pm
This film explores the complexity of water politics and paints a unique picture of a vibrant and fast-changing city and the issues and tensions faced daily in securing supplies. (Running time 30 mins)
On loop from 6pm
In Mumbai six and a half million commuters use the city's suburban rail network every day. This documentary looks at the incredible organisation of the network with stories of the people who keep the trains running, those who survive because of it and those who die on it. (Running time 58 mins)
6.45pm (30 mins)
Mumbai is a city of noise, traffic, street life and people for many in the contemporary city become intolerable and the only way out of the swarm of humanity is upwards. Andrew Harris (UCL) charts the rise of a new vertical urban form of elevated roads and walkways.
7.20pm (30 mins)
Whether it's the glamour of India's kaleidoscopic Bollywood film industry, Danny Boyle's rags-to-riches romance or news of riots, the on-screen city has many faces, but which is the real Bombay? Shakuntala Banaji (LSE) charts the ever-shifting image of the city.
8pm (30 mins)
India's cultural capital is home to one of the world's finest ensembles of Art Deco architecture. The Twentieth Century Society charts the story of a style that suited sub-tropical Bombay just as it did Miami Beach through its cinemas, clubs, commercial buildings and richly appointed blocks of mansion flats.
66 Portland Place
6.30pm and 7pm (Running time 40mins)
Discover more about the history and architecture of our fabulous HQ building - an Art Deco gem and one of London's most significant 1930s structures.
Free RIBA architect consultations
Thinking about building from scratch? Wondering whether a house you've seen could realise its potential? Planning on extending your home? Get expert advice on your ideas, designs and questions from RIBA architects, who are available for free consultations throughout the evening.
Bar and live music
All night from 6pm, serving food until 9pm
Open until 9pm - promotions and screenings
Open to all until 8pm
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Exhibition at Asia House: Restless Ribeiro - an Indian Artist in Britain
Lance Ribeiro, Untitled 1987
© Marsha Ribeiro
From our friends at Asia House
(open until 9pm)
A unique exhibition of the pioneering Indian artist Lance Ribeiro (1933–2010) presented in the beautiful Georgian premises of Asia House, just three minutes from RIBA on New Cavendish Street. Ribeiro, like Charles Correa, was educated in Bombay in the 1940s and came of age in as the newly independent India was born.
Passionate about architecture, his ‘tangled townscapes’ and abstract works reflect an interest in the both traditional Goan buildings and the modernism of le Courbusier.
In this special evening opening the artist’s daughter Marsha Ribeiro and curator Katriana Hazell will be available to guide visitors through the exhibition and discuss the artist's extraordinary range of work.