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Collaborative Architecture to be part of Humanitarian Design Series

Collaborative Architecture has been invited by Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Museum to be part of the ground-breaking, Humanitarian Design Series titled, Designing Peace, due in the second half of 2021.

The invitation is notable considering that the design by the architectural practice will be exhibited at the historic Copper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, 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.

Copper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum - Scale Architectural and Design MagazineThe curatorial team selected the finalist of the 2-stage international competition for the Indian National War Museum, New Delhi and for Collaborative Architecture’s design solution wherein the brief was spun around to focus on ‘Peace’ as the centrality of the design.

The entry was rightly named as ‘Indian National Peace Museum ’The entry to the Museum is dedicated as the ‘Peace Pavilion’. This is one of the most interesting and significant part of the architectural proposal. The spatial reference to the design can be traced back to the Stupa at Sanchi, dedicated to Buddha and his teaching of non-violence; the bedrock of Gandhi’s vision for democratic India and its unique position in the world.

Copper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum - Scale Architectural and Design MagazineThe competition for the Indian National War Museum was conducted by the Prime Minister’s Office and attracted nearly all important national and international architectural studios, with a total of 268 entries from world over.

Collaborative Architecture was one of the seven firms selected for the final second stage. Unfortunately, the competition has since been shelved.

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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 are some of them.

The exhibition will travel to two more places, after premiering at the New York Gallery.