A130 - Decoding Art Deco: Revisiting Modernity

A130 - Decoding Art Deco: Revisiting Modernity
Decoding Art Deco: Revisiting Modernity


Saturday, February 03 2018

10.00 AM to 4.00 PM


Essar House- Podium

11. K K Marg,


Mumbai - 400034.




Vikas Dilawari

Atul Kumar


Rs. 1500 (including lunch); Rs. 1000 with valid student ID


Avid Learning in collaboration with Art Deco Mumbai presents Decoding Art Deco: Revisiting Modernity, our second workshop on one of the most iconic architectural and design styles of Bombay- Art Deco, or, Bombay Deco, as architectural historians have dubbed it. This workshop, conducted by Conservation Architect Vikas Dilawari and Founder of Art Deco MumbaiAtul Kumar will decipher the beautiful and compelling minutiae of art deco architecture with a special focus on conservation efforts and techniques. Our experts will also probe the way Art Deco has shaped Bombay’s architectural style and urban landscape.There also will be an opportunity to get up close and personal with Bombay Deco on a specially curated walking tour that takes you into the very heart of south Mumbai’s Art Deco heritage precinct as part of this immersive workshop.

This workshop will be part of our Multipolis Mumbai series, which decodes the past while looking to the future and finding novel ways of engaging, interacting with and reenergizing the city that we love!

Workshop Highlights Include:

  • Historical Overview on Bombay’s architectural history and development pre- and post- the advent of Art Deco. 
  • Comprehensive Historical Overview of Art Deco style. 
  • Learn to identify, locate and examine examples of Art Deco architecture from around the city.
  • Learn to conserve and preserve heritage buildings especially Art Deco style.

Come rewind, explore and discover a beautiful and forgotten part of our city’s built heritage.

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    Vikas Dilawari is a practicing conservation architect with nearly 3 decades of experience exclusively in the conservation field, ranging from urban to architecture.

    He has done his double Masters in Conservation from School of Planning and Architecture (New Delhi) and from the University of York. He was the Head of Department of Conservation Department at Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture (KRVIA) Mumbai from its inception in 2007 till Aug 2014.

    His practice has successfully executed several conservation projects ranging from prime landmarks to unloved buildings of Mumbai. He was instrumental with INTACH Mumbai chapter to list the CST station as World Heritage Site in 2004.

    Several of his projects have received national and international recognition. A total of 15 of his projects have won UNESCO ASIA PACIFIC Awards for Cultural Preservation in SE Asia . In 2017 three of his projects got the UNESCO Asia Pacific Awards.

    He has worked on may significant heritage public buildings like the Dr Bhau Daji lad Museum & Christ Church in Byculla, Elphinstone Building, The Fire Damaged Corporation Hall of the MCGM ,the AgaKhan Palace in Pune , The Rajabai Clock Tower , The Royal Bombay Yacht Club, & The Durbar Hall in Kochi which was one of the venues for the first biennale in the country.

    Mr Dilawari has lectured and written extensively on the subject of conservation nationally and internationally.

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    Atul is the Founder of Art Deco Mumbai which has created the only online public domain repository of information including research, building inventory and photo documentation dedicated to Mumbai’s iconic Art Deco architecture.

    He has worked actively on civic issues particularly on protecting open spaces, heritage conservation of the south Mumbai Art Deco precint and supporting the precint nomination to UNESCO.

    He is passionate about conservation, civic and governance issues & is a Trustee of OVAL Trust, NAGAR Trust & NPCCW Trust.