Designing Peace- Collaborative Architecture invited to exhibit at Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Museum

Led by architects, Lalita Tharani and Mujib Ahmed, Collaborative Architecture has been invited by Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Museum to be a part of the Humanitarian Design Series titled- DESIGNING PEACE, due in the second half of 2021.

The curatorial team selected the Indian National War Museum, New Delhi - finalist in the 2 stage international competition for its flipping of the brief by focusing on ‘Peace’ as the centrality of the design. The entry was aptly named as ‘Indian National Peace Museum’.


Model of the proposal

Understandably, the entry to the Museum is dedicated as the ‘Peace Pavilion’. This is one of the most interesting & significant parts of the architectural proposal. The spatial reference can be traced back to the Stupa at Sanchi, dedicated to Budha and his teaching of non-violence; the bedrock of Gandhi’s vision for India’s democracy and its unique position in the world.

The historic Copper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum is 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 current exhibition will travel to two more places, after premiering at the New York Gallery.  


Programmatic Scheme

The competition for the Indian National War Museum was conducted by the Prime Minister’s Office and attracted nearly 268 entries from the world over. Collaborative Architecture was one of the 7 firms selected for the final 2nd stage. Unfortunately, the competition has since been shelved. 

The historic Copper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum is 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 current exhibition will travel to two more places, after premiering at the New York Gallery.  


Lalita Tharani & Mujib Ahmed, Principals, Collaborative Architecture

Collaborative Architecture in the past, have qualified and got into the final rounds of some of the most important architectural competitions globally. BCDA, Iconic Tower, Manila, by Philippine Government with J.Mayer H, Berlin as collaborating partners, Musi River Revitalization project, 57KM of Musi river regeneration project by Telangana Government in Hyderabad, with Henning Larsen Architects as collaborating partners, Israeli Lounge at Kennedy Centre, Washington DC, etc. are some of them.

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