This shared conversation between award winning architects Anna Heringer and Anupama Kundoo took place on 23 March 2021, as the first event in our Architecture Anew series.
This exciting and unique event brought the two acclaimed architects together to discuss the ways in which their practices work carefully and sensitively with the earth. Through empowering communities, nurturing local traditions, and working with natural building materials, these architects expanded our understanding of what sustainable architecture can achieve.
Based in Germany, Anna Heringer is well known for her ongoing work in Bangladesh, a country she has been active in since 2005 when she completed the METI School in Rudrapur. The school was her Diploma student project and went on to win the 2007 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
More recently in 2020, Anna won the prestigious OBEL Award with her unconventional community centre, the Anandaloy Building in Bangladesh, which houses a therapy centre for people with disabilities on the ground floor and a textile studio on the top floor, producing fair trade fashion and art.
Anna is the UNESCO Chair of Earthen Architecture, Building Cultures and Sustainable Development, and together with Martin Rauch developed a method of "clay storming" which she teaches at universities such as ETH Zürich and Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Anupama Kundoo founded her award winning practice in 1990 and has since built extensively in India, including a number of key projects based in the experimental city of Auroville. Anupama’s work is research oriented, with a particular focus on materials with low environmental impact and traditional hand-based technologies. Recent projects include the Full Fill Homes (2015), a modular and ecological system designed to be built in a number of days as a response to increasing homelessness, and the Sharana Daycare Facility (2019) for socio-economically disadvantaged children and communities in Pondicherry, India.
Currently, the work of Anupama’s practice is being exhibited as a monographic show in the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, titled: Taking Time.
Following the speakers’ conversation, there will be time for questions from the audience. This lecture will be digitally streamed and available globally. The weblink to join the event will be shared with all ticket holders in the lead up to the event.
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