Plan a Battle: Architectural Competitions Invite Alternatives to the Present Urban Scenario

The story of Narasimha, a Vishnu avatar, is a story of intellect and wit. To defeat Hiranakashipu, who was invincible, Narasimha had to conquer him over the threshold between day and night, ground and sky. While mythological stories remain totem poles in the urban context, it’s undoubtedly a fight to tackle compelling issues of our cities. Be it the redevelopment of government housing in Delhi, the reimagining of the Buckingham Canal in Chennai, or improving liveability of affordable houses across the country — architectural competitions seem to be the only thresholds at which such battles can be led.

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