The exhibition brings together selected projects from more than a decade of the practice of studio MADe. More than a dozen projects are presented through models and drawings, focusing on conceptual ideas and their generative principles.
Studio MADe was founded in 2007 as an idea-driven practice. The studio’s work reflects the hybrid character of its team—drawn from across India and Spain. The work is thus a product of cultural interchange made possible by virtual collaboration. Focusing exclusively on competitions that engage with the public realm, the studio produces architecture that transcends cultural specificity and fosters cross-fertilization.
Seeking to explore the unknown, MADe deals with different contexts and cultures through international competitions. This challenges the team to think of pluralistic approaches, pushing them to not be driven by a single guide such as aesthetics, craft, digital fabrication, or programmatic innovation. Working primarily on competitions has helped MADe think about the emerging challenges of society, and allowed the practice to extend its limits beyond that of the built work. It is in this context that their body of work should be considered.
The exhibition will focus on MADe’s process rather than the final outcomes, with models as the main mode of communication. Scale models are used as critical tools in the process of resolving form and space, and the exhibition takes one through this process via physical models of built and unbuilt projects. The exhibition also has detailed models of parts, sketches, writings, drawings, and diagrams that convey how the team works.
The projects featured here differ from each other programmatically, in terms of scale, context and the socio-economic situations, but provide an overview of the practice’s approach. They explain certain conceptual ideas and fuel evolutionary possibilities. The projects can be broadly classified into either of two categories, or both: Continuity-based projects and Creation-based projects.
In Continuity projects, the focus is on addressing typological and constructive principles. Anchoring a project in the place where it stands, some of the questions explored are:
- How can we negotiate the friction between spatial ideas and the terrain of the place?
- In the midst of the rapid transformations happening in our cities, how can we contemplate on collective memory in space?
- What visual expression and materiality is implied by the constructional logic of the place?
- How can spaces transcend function to be flexible and adaptable for the future?
In Creation projects, the focus is on clearly defining issues to do with the particularities of a project. The questions often explored are:
- What is the sensory impact of space, and what role can movement play in its generation to create a certain kind of experience?
- How can the project offer something to the larger community, beyond its programmatic requirements?
- Can it generate new public linkages to the surrounds?
- Can it hold a centre that transcends the making of particular ‘built’ forms?
- Does creation of a space always involve building up a volume or can this be achieved by carving out a void, or by simple gestures of modulating the ground?
This exhibition brings together selected projects from more than a decade of practice by studio MADe.