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Essays on Unbuilt Architecture

Le Corbusier's Proposal for Contemporary City

Unbuilding Design

Buildability of the design is the fulcrum on which its valuation as unbuilt design often turns. Every buildable unbuilt design sustains the contradiction between ‘pure design’ and the messiness of reality that produces it, which it must navigate and alter, and which may defeat it occasionally.

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Unbuilt Works

Vad Gumbaj by BandukSmith Studio

Vad Gumbaj, Ahmedabad, by BandukSmith studio

This project was proposed for a competition for an iconic structure along the banks of the Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad. Given the context of a limited budget and the municipality’s small appetite for maintenance, we took the opportunity to reflect on the nature of a monument – who it serves, what it reflects, and what kind of resource it consumes.

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J. Krishnamurthy Study Centre at Hyderabad, by Shirish Beri Architects

J. Krishnamurthy Study Centre, at Hyderabad, by Shirish Beri

The design of the J. Krishnamurthy study centre is a metaphorical expression in the architectural language of Krishnaji’s ideas about life, silence and the role of the study centre. It is a place for serious introspection, silence, with a good library resource centre, a.v. room, a translation facility, meeting / discussion space and liaison office.

J. Krishnamurti Study Centre, at Hyderabad, by Shirish Beri

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Sheikh Abdullah Memorial, at Srinagar, by Achyut Kanvinde

Planned as a memorial for the Kashmiri leader, while he was alive, the modest sized structure is located along edge of the Nagin Lake, on the outskirts of the city. The plan consists of four similar pavilions with pyramidal roofs, two of which are enclosed, both assessed from a common Reception, fronting onto a stilted area, in association with the water edge, The form of the building is characterised by its pitched roofs, distinctive skylight and arched openings.

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India’s New Parametric Temple for Shirdi Sai Baba

The concept of the proposal was to provide a form that is as pure and perfect as possible on earth in colour, texture and philosophy. The proportions and sizing of all aspects of the design rely heavily on the understanding of the “Golden Ratio” and principles of mathematics and origami.

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