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Mumbai firm designs for peace

Mumbai-based firm Collaborative Architecture, headed by architects Lalita Tharani and Mujib Ahmed, has been invited by Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Museum to be part of its ground-breaking, Humanitarian Design Series titled- Designing Peace, due in the second half of 2021. The invitation is remarkable, considering it is exhibited at the historic Copper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, arguably one of the most important design museums in the world, which in the past had curated some of the most defining exhibitions that shaped the discourse and narrative of architecture and design.

The curatorial team selected the Indian National War Museum, New Delhi – finalist in the two-stage international competition for its flipping of the brief by focusing on ‘Peace’ as the centrality of the design. The entry had been named as ‘Indian National Peace Museum’

The entry to the Museum is dedicated as the ‘Peace Pavilion’. The spatial reference can be traced back to the Stupa at Sanchi, dedicated to Buddha and his teaching of non-violence, the bedrock of Gandhi’s vision for India’s democracy and its unique position in the world.

The competition for the Indian National War Museum was conducted by the Prime Minister’s Office and attracted national and international architectural studios – a total of 268 entries from world over. Collaborative Architecture was one of the seven firms selected for the final two stages. Unfortunately, the competition has since been shelved.

The exhibition will travel to two more places after premiering at the New York Gallery.