IIHS Library showcases a series of quarterly exhibitions that focus on a particular city or theme. These exhibitions include books, maps, and movies, and they feature themes ranging from art and heritage in Indian cities, sustainable design, water and resource management, graphic novels, political history to life sciences and the urban practitioner. For the list of the past exhibitions, see below.
Upcoming and Current Exhibitions
UNEASY – Library Exhibition on Architecture, Spatial Design and Development
25 January – 31 March 2017 | IIHS Bangalore City Campus
Architecture has always been tasked with serving development, be it ‘Development’—in the form of private, exclusive and ‘market-oriented’ expressions, or ‘development’—with respect to public spaces, public buildings and social infrastructure. Architectural endeavour seems to be growing increasingly comfortable with the former, engendering in our cities a sense of exclusion and homogeneity of space, while veering away from its responsibility towards socio-economic equity and socio-cultural transformation. This renders the relationship between architecture and development
This exhibition seeks to provoke a discussion around an approach that places greater value on culture, place identity, sustainability, diversity, health and resilience. You are invited to engage with the works—historical, contemporary and conceptual—of architects who have been ambassadors of place-sensitive and responsive forms of spatial design. Together, these constitute an inquiry into the developmental role of architecture and spatial design, ranging from social housing and gendered spatiality to design-thinking and universal architecture.
The exhibition is free and open to the public.
New Town Development: India and the World | 1 Oct ~ 31 Dec 2016
NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT: INDIA AND THE WORLD
01 October ~ 31 December 2016 | IIHS Bangalore City Campus
From satellite towns to company towns, from garden cities to sustainable and intelligent cities, the new town movement has taken multiple forms over time to serve newer aspirations but has endured as a practice in urban planning. The exhibition will feature work by academics and practitioners from diverse fields like economics, sociology, anthropology, planning, architecture, design and ecology who trace the history, economics and futures of the new town movement across the world. The exhibition includes deliberations on planning trajectories and the various socio economic and ecological consequences of new towns across geographies.
Pin Drop (13,77.6) | 15 October - 31 December 2015
Pin Drop (13,77.6)
15 October – 31 December 2015 | IIHS Bangalore City Campus
IIHS Library is proud to announce an exhibition on cartography, the art and science of map-making. The Library hosts a rich collection of historical and thematic maps, that tell the story of India dating back to the late 1800s. On display will be maps published by the Survey of India, Census of India, Geological Survey of India, National Atlas & Thematic Mapping Organisation, Imperial Gazetteers and a vast number of private and institutional publications. The Library will also showcase its large collection of publications on the theory and applications of cartography.
Short live-demonstrations will be held during this exhibition to introduce visitors to the art of map-reading. The exhibition will begin in October and go on till the end of December, 2015.
Do come by and explore the world around you from the comfort of the IIHS Library!
Climate Change and Cities | 1 June – 31 August 2015
Climate Change and Cities
01 June – 31 August 2015 | IIHS Bangalore City Campus
Climate change, considered as the greatest challenge of our times, is impacting cities more severely and dangerously than ever before. Millions of people, infrastructure and ecosystems are highly vulnerable to impacts of climate change such as sea level rise, increased precipitation, and increasing number of extreme events.
IIHS library is exhibiting a rich collection of books on Climate Change and Cities that spans a variety of themes including global and national mitigation and adaptation strategies for climate change in cities, disaster risk reduction, risk management and resilience building, climate policy and governance, and many more.
Do come by and more importantly, spread the word! The exhibition will go on till the end of August and is open to public.
Organized by CARIAA & Library Teams
KA-POW! | 1 September 2014
Library holds an exciting collection of graphic novels, cartoons, comics and a few texts on the comic form. Apart from the RK Laxmans, the Frank Millers, the Sarnath Banerjees, and a lovely tome of Bill Watterson’s enduring classic Calvin and Hobbes, here are some books to look out for:
- Will Eisner’s A Contract with God
- Vishwajyothi Ghosh’s compilation of Partition narratives, This Side That Side
- A Little Book on Men, which is a little book on men with a foreword by resident rockstar Gautam Bhan.
- Essential reading – The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelmann
- The DC Comics Encyclopedia (for the malingerers who have been planning to attend Comic Con)
Please do come by and more importantly, spread the word! The exhibition will go on till the end of September and is open to public.
Curated by Rihan Najib and Library Team.
Mumbai | 29 January 2014
This month, we have the fourth of our IIHS Library Exhibitions: Hocus Focus Mumbai. Yes, we’ll be concentrating on one of India’s most well-known and beloved cities [Note to Self: Assiduously avoid meeting Dilli people until next exhibit].
Unless you’ve who’ve lived in the south of South Mumbai all your life (in which case, your universe’s northern limit is Regal Cinema…Voyager probe be damned), Mumbai, for most people, extends from the areas of Colaba and Fort in the South to Kandivali and Borivali in the North. What about the East and West? Well, Mumbai happens to have a rather unusual form. What with that and with all major roads and railway lines running north-south, most Mumbaikars seem to visualise their city as being laid out on the north-south axis. That is, until they need to travel to Chembur and beyond, eliciting complaints about the railway’s Harbour Line.
Some people have lots of cheeky, politically incorrect debates on whether areas beyond Borivali, such as Vasai and Virar can be considered part of the city or not. Others smugly declare that Mumbai ‘ends’, much before, at Andheri or Mahim. Well, whatever you wish to believe, few can deny that each of these places has its own charm, its own characteristics and its own contribution to the teeming melting pot that is Mumbai.
Begin your own exploration of Mumbai by visiting the open space on the second floor. The notice board next to the classroom entrance contains some vibrant pictures of Mumbai, showcasing its spaces, its people, its colours and contrasts.
This space also contains two interesting articles – one is by Naresh Fernandes on the city’s long association with jazz music and the musicians who formed an integral part of Bombay’s golden age of jazz in the 1930s and 40s. Another is an article on Kapil Gupta, an architect involved in the renovation (some may also add gentrification) of Mumbai’s industrial spaces. One of his most well-known designs is that of Blue Frog, the performance space/watering hole built out of one of Mumbai’s defunct textile mills.
Following this, move on to the third floor where the notice board outside the library contains more pictures and articles. One article is a review of Kaiwan Mehta’s book Alice in Bhuleshwar, which talks about one of Mumbai’s oldest localities. Another is written by a Mint journalist (on the eve of Mint‘s office shifting from Dadar to Lower Parel) on Mint employees’ relationship with eateries, restaurants and food joints of Dadar.
Move ahead to the exhibition space inside the library, where its collection of books and films on Mumbai are on display. Some of them are briefly described below:
(a) Gyan Prakash’s Mumbai Fables provides a rich narrative of some of Mumbai’s most well-known events, ranging from its days as a textile giant to the growth of tabloid journalism with the Commander Nanavati murder case to the contestations over Backbay Reclamation as well as the industrial collapse of the 1980s.
(b) Shobha Bhondre examines one of Mumbai’s most famous institutions – the dabbawalas. Translated from Marathi and narrated by both Raghunath Medge (the President of the Dabbawala Association) and by Shobha Bondre, the book Mumbai’s Dabbawalas attempts to shed some light on the way this unique organisation works.
(c) Bombay Stories is a collection of translated short stories by the Urdu writer Saadat Hassan Manto. Manto, who lived in the city during the 1930s and 40s, has written several stories set in the city during the period. For a review of this book, see http://www.livemint.com/Leisure/1vj4VZEpu7A1q9Mzr0MKQN/Bombay-Stories–Saadat-Hasan-Manto.html
(d) Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers is the outcome of the author’s three-and-a-half year project documenting the lives of people in Annawadi, one of the slums next to Mumbai’s International Airport. Well-received and much acclaimed, it provides some haunting accounts of life in Annawadi.
The exhibit contains several films about or set in Mumbai like the visual essay on Mumbai on Vertical City, Rahul Mehrotra on the city of opportunities in One City, Two Worlds, and Chakra set in the social conditions of slums in Bombay and so on.
Life Sciences and The Urban Practitioner | 4 September 2013
Patrick Geddes, this polymath who was also the Maharaja of Indore for a day, put it quite well when he said, “This is a green world, with animals comparatively few and small, and dependent on the leaves. By leaves we live.”
There ought to be something said about how disciplines around urbanization focus largely on the human subject, as if we were the only ones inheriting the earth. Though subjects such as urban ecology aim to attend to such a skew, what is missing is a vision of things as protean, but nevertheless unified. In this respect, it is worth looking at the mandate of planners such as Patrick Geddes and G.H. Krumbiegel, who sought to relate the natural sciences to social and ethical systems for a wider understanding of cities, the past, the present and the possible.
This brings us to the theme of the third IIHS Library Exhibition- “Life Sciences and the Urban Practitioner”, which showcases a wonderful collection of books in the fields of urban ecology, socio-ecology, urban biology and the natural sciences.
Do go through the seminal works that introduce the disciplines of urban ecology and ecosystem sciences. We also have a few books that seek to integrate ecological principles in urban architecture and planning, such as Design for Ecological Democracy, by Randolph Hester, and Landscape Ecology Principles in Landscape Architecture and Land-Use Planning, by Dramstad, Olson and Forman. Don’t miss the piece by John A. Adam on Mathematics in Nature: Modeling Patterns in the Natural World.
We must bring to your attention the outwardly drab-looking report Geddes submitted to the Durbar of Indore in 1918, titled “Town Planning towards City Development”. It makes for fascinating reading, and also begs the question of why planners today have eschewed imagination and creativity in their reports. But Geddes apart, there are some lovely pieces on the ecological history of our cities, such as This Fissured Land, by Madhav Gadgil and Ramachandra Guha, and Secret Lives by Natasha Mhatre.
And if you’re in the mood for alarmist literature, there’s always Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update. In addition to the books, there are a few documentaries on ecosystems too.
Lenses of Creativity | 23 July 2013
Lenses of Creativity is an exhibition geared specifically towards portrayals of cities through the media of art and photography.
If you haven’t had a chance to do so already, begin your traipsing with the entrance hall on the ground floor, where a number of photographs capturing different cities and settlements (taken by our own colleagues at IIHS) have been put up.
Make your way from the entrance hall to the stairwell and from there, to the second floor. The corridors on the ground floor and second floor contain several beautiful old maps, from different eras, some hand-drawn, some printed, of various cities and towns in India. For those who missed last month’s exhibition on Delhi, the map of Delhi has been retained and is a beautiful piece to note.
Once you reached the end of the Map Trail on the third floor, take a peek at our library’s colourful exhibition of books related to this month’s theme. There are several books portraying and capturing cities (in both India and abroad) in interesting and innovative ways. From Leena Kejriwal’s book on Calcutta to Sebastian Cortes’ work on Pondicherry to Jake Rajs’ book on New York, one can take a quick whirlwind tour of cities around the world through beautiful photographs and illustrations.
Apart from these, the library is also showcasing books on the arts and crafts in India (including the exquisite Crafts Atlas of India), the South African Poster Movement and Cinema in Mumbai.
Delhi | 14 June 2013
This exhibition focuses on our much loved (and much despised!) capital city. Begin your Dilli darshan by stopping by a gorgeous antique map of the environs of Delhi in 1807 at the ground floor corridor. Continue your journey up to the 2nd floor where parts of Delhi and Agra appear in the neighbourhood of the ancient kingdom of Oude and Allahabad and you see the mighty rivers Ganges and Jumnah.
End at the library on the 3rd floor where there is a treat awaiting — a fascinating collection of photography, fiction and non-fiction books and graphic novels on Delhi ranging from a book about the trees of Delhi to one with old photographs of Delhi to one about evictions written by our most passionate lover of Delhi, Gautam Bhan.
Here, you’ll also find a set of movies about our capital. One of our favourites for this collection is a pitch-perfect comedy about the real estate mafia scams in Delhi. And if all of this isn’t enough, catch one of the many Dilliwallahs floating about the office and get them to regale you with stories of their hometown.