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Kings Of Xeroxia

Why are we still emulating colonial structures? Where are our starchitects?

Kings Of Xeroxia
Nilotopal Baruah
Kings Of Xeroxia
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Critic’s View

  • Greek architecture is an absurd reference for contemporary India
  • Still, why Greek? This structure belongs in a filmset, not a place of learning
  • Using an ancient kit of parts—a touch of the Parthenon here, a dab of Capitol Hill there—how is this a building for our times?
  • Students will feel dwarfed here
  • This is not sustainable and out of sync with Infosys’s character, based on the ideals of knowledge economy

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Counterpoint

  • Mr Murthy wanted something that looked like the universities abroad
  • Greek classical architecture lasted for centuries as will this institution
  • The plaza, the crescent shape, the musical fountain: everything about the building shows the transformative power of education
  • It’ll inculcate a sense of pride in them
  • We have all the green gizmos. This...
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