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Jaipur

Open Call: Learning Resource Center Design Competition

12:20 - 17 January, 2018
Open Call: Learning Resource Center Design Competition, Event Description poster
Event Description poster

“Once you stop learning you start dying” -Albert Einstein

Knowledge is power, knowledge is freedom. But my simple definition of knowledge is total sum of all things you know as a person, and all things known universally. Your experiences, skills you have acquired, and information that has been captured in any accessible format that can be utilized in various ways, is knowledge. And library is a temple for those who seek knowledge.

White Elephants: Over-Budget, Unsuccessful, and Embarrassing Architecture Projects From Around the World

09:50 - 26 September, 2016
White Elephants: Over-Budget, Unsuccessful, and Embarrassing Architecture Projects From Around the World, Courtesy of Unknown
Courtesy of Unknown

Not every piece of architecture can be an economic and social success. But there is one dreaded term reserved for only the mot wasteful of projects: "white elephants." The term comes from a story of the kings of Siam, now Thailand, who would reportedly gift sacred albino elephants to courtiers they didn't like. Refusing the gift from the king would have been unacceptable, but being sacred, these animals were forbidden from work, leading the courtier to financial ruin—a fact the kings knew all too well.

Of course, in architecture the term "white elephant" is used frequently to disparage certain projects, and whether a project is deserving of such infamy is usually a matter of perspective. Often eyesores or reminders of poorly spent funds, these projects refuse to be forgotten despite few wanting to remember them. Dotted around the world and across history, they all have the same thing in common: although they may (or may not) have once looked good on paper, they probably should have just stayed on paper.

Housing for Mahouts and their Elephants / RMA Architects

01:00 - 6 June, 2013
© Carlos Chen
© Carlos Chen

© Charles Garcia © Rajesh Vora © Rajesh Vora © Rajesh Vora + 17

Pearl Academy of Fashion / Morphogenesis

00:00 - 13 November, 2009
Pearl Academy of Fashion / Morphogenesis

Pearl Academy of Fashion / Morphogenesis Pearl Academy of Fashion / Morphogenesis Pearl Academy of Fashion / Morphogenesis Pearl Academy of Fashion / Morphogenesis + 22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
  • Design Team

    Sonali Rastogi, Rudrajit Sabhaney, Anna Kristiana Bergbom, Shruti Dimri, John Alok Decruz
  • Structure

    N M Roof Designers Ltd.
  • Client

    Pearl Academy of Fashion
  • Electrical

    Integral Designs
  • Plumbing

    Tech Consultancy
  • Hvac

    Design Centre
  • Contractors

    R G Colonizers Pvt. Ltd.
  • Area

    11745.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2008