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Assembly Building Or Atomic Reactor?

The designs finalised by the Andhra Pradesh government for the two iconic buildings – State Assembly and High Court – in the new capital city of Amaravati – has disappointed not only intellectuals, but also common people, a lot.

As if there are no expert designers in the country who have the fair knowledge of the Telugu culture and tradition, the Chandrababu Naidu government has approved the design of a Japanese architecture firm Maki and Associates for reasons known only to it.

Though it is a world-renowned firm and has the credit of constructing several high rise buildings across the world, Maki and Associates appears to have absolutely no idea of the culture of Andhra Pradesh.

Experts have commented that the design approved by the Naidu government for the State Assembly building resembles that of an atomic reactor, rather than an Assembly building. Needless to say, Japan is known for its heavy nuclear reactors.

Most of the Assembly buildings, barring a few, in the country have a reflection of either Indian heritage or local culture in their designs. But the proposed Amaravati Assembly building has no such look, though it looks very modern.

Many say the design submitted by DV Joshi Architects (India) was much better. But somehow, Naidu preferred Japanese design.

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