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National War Museum Battle Lingers On

June 1, 2018

Is an original design better than an inspired one?

Should you fight for what is right if you are wrong?

Designer of Teg Bahadur Smarak, FA Alumni and owner of Aakar design, Gurpreet Singh challenged the selection of sP+a, oft awarded and winner of other competitions, on the grounds that the design is not original (but it was supposed to be). And supposedly, none of the entries fit the context – State Houses and Axis. For added measure, the Jury accuses Gurpreet of pushing too hard in an attempt to influence.

Thank gods of architecture for the scanty architectural journalism that India now has, and see the story about design of National War Museum


India’s planned National War Museum in limbo (Scroll Article by Shreya Roy Chowdhury)

A design competition that has recently been in news (If only in Architects’ groups), and that generated some debate, various articles and petition challenging the selection of a designer other than the winner, is the design of Andhra’s new capital, Amaravati.

My post is @ Mahishmati, Amaravati, Culture and Cult: Symbols are important in Architecture (Amaravati: Another controversial architectural competition)

In both, the winners are not commissioned the project. In Delhi, there is the problem of invalidating a decision made by a Jury, and in Andhra, of an opaque process that followed the competition, to commission the work to architects other than the winning team. And of course, the new architects were sent to Bahubali film’s director to learn about Seemandhra cultural context. In this scenario, Bihar seems to be doing well. They seem to have their selection process in place, and have international firms working on prestigious projects…. I am looking forward to Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Science City and hope it will progress faster than Bihar Museum and Nalanda University!


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