26 June 2021 10.00 – 15.00 (UK Time) | 14:30 – 18:30 (India Time) 

To celebrate the conclusion of the exhibition of the research project 'How to build with Time' at the London Design Biennale 2021, we are hosting an international symposium to discuss lessons to be learned from the Bimanagar community in Ahmedabad, India. The symposium will introduce findings from our ongoing research into the architecture of the estate, relating the design project by the eminent architect BV Doshi and its original implementation to its appropriation and transformation by inhabitants over the last 30 years. The first two blocks of presentations bring together the perspective of academics and practitioners studying the project from different but complementary angles, such as its historical and political context, regulatory framework and everyday practices, culture and memory, and storytelling. The final block will count with the participation of some key actors in the co-production and transformation of Bimanagar who will share their perspectives and personal stories.

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Iñigo Cornago Bonal   and Christoph Lueder


Nelson Mota, Delft University of Technology and Shumi Bose, University of the Arts London


10.00 / 14.30
Welcome, introduction and tour of the exhibition
10.30 / 15.00
Riyaz Tayyibji - Housing in the new state of Gujarat
Melissa Smith - Established Tactics of Subversion. Expansion Strategies in Residential Ahmedabad
11.30 / 16.00 Break
12.00 / 16.30
Gauri Bharat - An Architectural History in Words and Names
Pallavi Swaranjali - The Designed-Vernacular. Bimanagar as a warehouse of stories
13.00 / 16.00 Break
13.30 / 17.00
Oral histories of Bimanagar
Stories by residents of Bimanagar in conversation with Ruju Joshi and Dan Ryder-Cook
Concluding roundtable


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Research credits


Christoph Lueder (Kingston University), Iñigo Cornago Bonal (TU Delft), and Vishwanath Kashikar (CEPT University)


Dan Ryder-Cook, Aarti Gandhi, Dharini Tamakuwala and Ruju Joshi

Chapter contributors

Riyaz Tayyibji (Anthill Design), Melissa Smith (CEPT University), Gauri Bharat (CEPT University), Pallavi Swaranjali (Carleton University)


We wish to thank for their support of our research:

The residents of Bimanagar

Bimanagar Housing Society

Vastu Shilpa Foundation

Kingston School of Art London

CEPT University Ahmedabad

London Design Biennale

The research project is supported by a grant from the Global Challenges Research Fund