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Domus India Cover

SEPTEMBER 2019 Issue

Text by Kaiwan Mehta
Monsoon Feelings
Monsoon Feelings edited by Imke
Rajamani, Margrit Pernau and
Katherine Butler Schofield
Text by Aparna Andhare
Indian Aesthetics
The rock-cut caves of Kolvi in Rajasthan
Text and photos by Sudha Ganapathi
Foy Nissen’s Bombay
Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation
Text and photos courtesy the Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation, CSMVS, Mumbai
In search of coherence
Studio MADe
Texts by Suprio Bhattacharjee and Studio MADe
Photos courtesy Studio MADe
Art and Design
We Colonised the Moon
Hagen Betzwieser, Sue Corke
Texts by Hagen Betzwieser and Kaiwan Mehta
Photos courtesy Hagen Betzwieser and Sue Corke
Art and Architecture
Urbanism is here, it’s just not evenly spread
Martand Khosla
Text by Kaiwan Mehta
Photos courtesy Martand Khosla
Public art
The emblem of sprawl
Coachella Valley Arts & Music Festival
Indio, California
Text by Aaron Betsky
The future, from Cape Town
Interview with Ravi Naidoo
Cape Town, South Africa
Text by Marianna Guernieri
Photos by Jonx Pillemer
Pick of the critic
Collective 3D Printing
Five 3D-printed projects
Projects by Matter Design, Emerging Objects
Text by Geoff Manaugh
Photos by Matter Design, Matthew Millman Photography
Landscape love
Hotel Alila Yangshuo
Guangxi, China
Project by Gong Dong — Vector Architects
Photos by Chen Hao, Su Shengliang
Building envelopes for the planet
Presented by Giulia Guzzini
Cover Design:
In the 1960s and 1970S, the US Geological Survey drew up a number of maps depicting earth’s only natural satellite in a rather psychedelic manner, using a spectrum of colours to indicate the age and type of rock that constitutes the moon’s surface. They were made using telescopic observations, images captured by lunar orbiters, and rock samples brought back from the Apollo missions. The cover uses a moon map from NASA that looked very similar, just with more information, turning an informative version into a liberated pop-art one. As part of the project titled We Colonised the Moon, “Authentic Goods from a Realistic Future” deals with ideas around the nature of reality, and the issues of representation and fakery in the way science and space exploration has been portrayed in popular media. The project offers a first look into this future of universal trade and commerce. The iconic image of Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin raising the US flag on the moon, later appropriated by MTV, becomes an emblem of humanity’s desire to discover, conquer and own. Our collective hubris and vanity then become ridiculous and risible. [Image: Frigoris / Tranquillitatis, Silkscreen, 90 x 90 cm; detail of geologic map created by the United States Geological Survey for NASA prior to the first Apollo missions; Berloni Gallery, London, 2012] For more details, see page 58