The Good, the Bad and the Aesthetic - Bhopal

The Good, the Bad and the Aesthetic

This essay delves into how municipal corporations envision creating Western cities (instead of responding to the Indian context) and end up creating cities that only appear to work, instead of actually being more socially inclusive, dynamic and publicly active. The Smart Cities Mission then caters only to the rich and this becomes evident in not just the visuals they use, but also the manner in which they describe their vision of a World Class Infrastructure. This essay by Avani Mittal is amongst the shortlisted essays.

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Vallabh Bhawan, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, by CP Kukreja Architects

Designed by CP Kukreja Architects, Vallabh Bhawan is the State Secretariat of Madhya Pradesh, located atop Arera Hill in Bhopal. The existing context reflects an amalgamation of modern architecture in the buildings of the Secretariat and traditional char bagh style landscaped gardens commonly seen during the time of the nawabs of Madhya Pradesh.

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