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A book on unbuilt architectural projects in India

March 4, 2020

Why is unbuilt architecture better? [Para-titled: A book on unbuilt architectural projects in India points to the possibilities of structural forms and the ambition of limitless imagination]

Why is unbuilt architecture better?


This article brings us some POP questions (like the ones following), but so be it.

Why is un-built better? Clearly, most non-architects wouldn’t spare a minute on this thought. But architects will, and architects do. Both, those who can design build-able and, those who cannot. [“projects that were conceptualised but never got built, either because these were competition entries or due to issues of feasibility and logistics” is self explanatory]

Prem Chandavarkar equates the unbuilt to a photograph, and “what is revealed in this photograph will demonstrate whether architecture is captured by an ideology of arrogance or an ethic of idealistic aspiration”.

The book thus takes one away from the “hegemony of vision”, which usually plagues architectural projects and makes one think about the act of building. [I say: Vision, in fact, is missing from a majority of what passes as architectural design in today’s India, and few good examples buried among chaos are hard to locate and explain]

Rajesh Advani’s Architecture Live website has been around for a while, and some of his texts bring forth ideas which are still not discussed widely enough…. let us hope the same for the book as well.

One Comment
  1. Very interesting read

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