Hall of Nations. ITPO doesn't want it, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry thinks it holds no currency, and the Delhi Government's Heritage Conservation Ccommittee see no heritage in it. So are there other ways to save it? With this in view, Architexturez sent out a call over social media, we asked anyone, everyone, to 'save' the buildings by placing them everywhere in our imaginary, to see, if the universal values embodied in here can allow it to find new sites in our imagining - if they will endure.

It was extruded from the earth by great effort and held in place by great force, or so the saying goes, this gigantic steel frame of India - its administrative and civil services, its railways and military forces. That was then, and these buildings embalm the order they once served.

We asked Pingali Naga Praveen, Saurabh Suryan and Richa Arora about their place in the new circumstances we seem to have obtained, as the steel frame transforms to a silicon one and all that was solid once melts away into thin air.1

  • 1. All That Is Solid Melts into Air is an academic text written by Marshall Berman between 1971 and 1981, and published in New York City in 1982. The book examines social and economic modernization and its conflicting relationship with modernism.
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