Anupama Kundoo Interview: Undo What We Take for Granted



“In every difference I see, I realize what is common.” Meet renowned Indian architect Anupama Kundoo who in this short video shares her thoughts on traveling and discovering the world.

“I think traveling is extremely important. Exposure is important”, Kundoo states. But according to her the outer world corresponds to an inner world that needs to be discovered – for example by solitude, reflection, or merely reading books. “If you are not rooted yourself, you will go to hundreds of places without seeing anything. Because you know yourself better, you observe things deeper.”

Kundoo adds that you need to step back from what you take for granted. If you only know your own city, you will be blind to some of the things that you have seen since you were a child. But: “In the begging of my travels, I saw all the differences. You tend to judge people on how different they are from you. The more you know, the more you connect the dots and realize, that different expressions are possible and you can connect to all of them.”

Anupama Kundoo was born in Pune, India in 1967. She graduated from Sir JJ College of Architecture, the University of Mumbai in 1989, and received her Ph.D. degree from the TU Berlin in 2008.

Kundoo’s internationally recognized and award-winning architecture practice started in 1990 and demonstrates a strong focus on material research and experimentation towards an architecture that has a low environmental impact and is appropriate to the socio-economic context. Kundoo has built extensively in India and has had the experience of working, researching, and teaching in a variety of cultural contexts across the world: TU Berlin, AA School of Architecture London, Parsons New School of Design New York, University of Queensland Brisbane, IUAV Venice and ETSAB Barcelona. In 2013 Kundoo received an honorable mention in the ArcVision International Prize for Women in Architecture for ‘her dedication when approaching the problem of affordability of construction and sustainability in all aspects’. The same year she participated in La Biennale di Venezia directed by David Chipperfield. For more see: https://www.anupamakundoo.com/

Anupama Kundoo was interviewed by Marc-Christoph Wagner in her studio in Berlin in March 2020.
Camera: Jakob Solbakken
Edited by Klaus Elmer
Produced by Marc-Christoph Wagner
Copyright: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2020
Supported by Dreyers Fond

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