Upcoming Exhibitions

February 10 - May 21, 2011

Jugaad Urbanism: Resourceful Strategies for Indian Cities

Set in the radically uneven urban landscapes of Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Pune, India, Jugaad Urbanism explores how the energy of citizens “making-do” is translated by architects, urban planners, and governmental and nongovernmental entities into efficient and inventive strategies for sustainable urban growth. From energy generating spinning wheels to the extensive skywalks of Mumbai – the exhibition highlights how "jugaad" interventions (a term in Hindi used to describe an innovative, resourceful approach) are challenging traditional spatial hierarchies and mechanistic planning principles.

The work of Indian artists, including Raqs Media Collective, will also be included in the exhibition, offering insights into the complex and oft cited “messy” urbanism of India.

Curator: Kanu Agrawal
Exhibition design and graphics: Popular Architecture and Omnivore

Download press release

Exhibition and related programs are organized by AIA New York in partnership with the Center for Architecture Foundation, the India China Institute at The New School , the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) and the Society of Indo-American Engineers and Architects (SIAEA).

Jugaad Urbanism is supported in part by grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The exhibition is also supported by the donations of those who attended our first-ever exhibition fundraising event, the screening of the film Dharavi, Slum for Sale by Lutz Konermann. Special thanks to Umberto Dindo, Secretary of the AIA New York Chapter, Lutz Konermann, and Catherine Scharf, Head of the Cultural Department at the Consulate General of Switzerland for their generous support of this event.

We are also grateful to the following sponsors for their significant contributions to the exhibition:


Lead Sponsors:

Grapevine Merchants
Society of Indo-American Engineers and Architects

Bittersweet NYC

Benjamin Moore
IBEX Construction
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Perkins Eastman
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Related Programming:

Opening Reception
February 10, 2011, 7-9pm

Jugaad Urbanism Film Series
Fridays throughout the exhibition duration starting at 6:30pm
February 11: The Great Indian Jugaad
February 18: 3 shorts - Ambarin, Occupation:Millworker, and Soma Girls - Q&A to follow with Director Nandini Sikand and Nisha Mistry
February 25: Salaam Bombay! - Q&A to follow with Director Mira Nair
March 4: Delhi 6
March 11: Dharavi Slum for Sale
March 18: Khosla ka Gosla
March 25: Bombay Summer- Q&A to follow with Director Joseph Mathew
April 1: 7 Islands and a Metro
April 8: Cinema City - 5 shorts
April 15: Rafting to Bombay

Design for a Change: Informal Settlements and Low Income Housing in India
February 12, 2011, symposium from 11am-5pm
The symposium is organized with the partnership of UN-HABITAT

February 19, 2011, 11am-4pm

Invention by Necessity: Construction Practice in India
March 10, 2011, 6-8pm

Special Release: Klaus Herdeg, Formal Structure in Indian Architecture
March 22, 2011, 6-8pm
Folios of plates of the Formal Structure in Indian Architecture exhibition are for sale at $125 per copy.

Contemporary Design Typologies in India: Housing, Airports and Mixed-Use Developments
March 31, 2011, 6-8pm

Progressive Indian Cities: Moving Towards Near-Zero Energy Development
April 21, 2011, 6-8pm

Designing in Context: Ideas for 21st Century Indian Cities
May 7, 2011, 12-4pm

Christopher Benninger, Letters to a Young Architect
May 9, 2011, 6-8pm

BETTER CITY/BETTER LIFE: South - North Initiative
May 18, 2011, 10am-6pm
United Nations Headquarters, New York

back to exhibitions list


The Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place
NY, NY 10012
(212) 683-0023

Gallery Hours
Mon-Fri: 9am to 8pm
Sat: 11am to 5pm

Office Hours
Mon-Fri: 9am to 5pm