Earstwhile Natural History Museum at FICCI – May, 2016

The FICCI mu­seum burnt down a few days ago, some ar­chi­tects tweeted about their childhood mem­o­ries’.

I con­firmed with SK, it was (probably) a build­ing by Bhuta, a her­itage-un­listed build­ing, and there­fore ig­nored by the Delhi ar­chi­tec­ture cir­cles. Bhuta’s of­fice has some build­ings to name in Delhi and what used to be Bombay, some­times land­scape ar­chi­tects talk about the of­fice’s memo­r­ial to that gu­jju’ M. K. Gandhi.

The build­ing was de­clared un­safe af­ter a cur­sory ex­am­i­na­tion by gov­ern­ment en­gi­neers. It was in any case go­ing to be gut­ted, nay, sen­si­tively up­graded to con­tem­po­rary stan­dards and LEED plat­inum cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, for much the same rea­son as that scion of Nehruvian mod­ern ar­chi­tec­ture at Pragati Maidan.

Not a croc­o­dile shed a tear in me­dia, it was her­itage-un­listed, and I am glad it ended with­out ap­pro­pri­a­tion or pri­vati­sa­tion.

Firemen trying to douse the fire at Delhi's Natural History Museum
Firemen try­ing to douse the fire at Delhi’s Natural History Museum Source: Mashable

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(infra)-structured Delhi, around 2004 - the city en­route to Alphaville, via Liberalization (1992) JNNURM (2004) and CWG (2004-2010) pro­grammes, the city is cur­rently ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a mis­sion-ori­ented smart cities’ (2015- con­t’d) state.