Decoding Khirki neighborhood walkthrough with Centrala, July 2016, New Delhi

project description

Architecture is Affirmative, it is simply a fact. In the short time span of a month residency it is impossible to fully grasp socio-spacial dynamics governing an unfamiliar reality. Just we possess the basic knowledge to read Architecture and its semiotic, archetypical forms which precedes spoken language. Architecture's solutions transcends cultural barriers, they offer us means for understanding history, climate responsive designs and even anthropological behaviour. Khirki is rather a sample of reality, a “village” among other villages, a fluid “rurban” context. It contains an array of well know formal, informal and formalised solutions that are representative of Delhi as a whole.

project facts

Once you get past the visual spectacle it offers: simply stunning glorious relicts next to the self-builds, Jugaad (an urban hacks) and everyday solutions to unspectacular problems the district offers room for a thorough observation of pure architectural elements. Innovations blending with traditional inspirations, Jaali panels, Space Frame Structures, Chaajja Roofs and “shade step tectonics” are just some of the features to be explored in an hour long tour all over the meandrous low rise-high density structure of Khirki.


Simone De Iacobis and Małgorzata Kuciewicz were collaborators and fellows at Khoj in July 2016 within the exchange program between Khoj workshop and the Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej Zamek Ujazdowski A-I-R Laboratory, Center for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, with support from the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Polish Institute New Delhi and City of Warsaw.

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