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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

WORLD's FIRST CERTIFIED LEED LEGISLATIVE COMPLEX: A building in search of an idea!

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The Hindu / CHENNAI, August 7, 2011.

A view of the building meant to house the Tamil Nadu Assembly and Secretariat, as envisioned by the erstwhile DMK government. Photo: S.R. Raghunathan
 A view of the building meant to house the Tamil Nadu Assembly and Secretariat, as envisioned by the erstwhile DMK government. Photo: S.R. Raghunathan - The Hindu.





From empty shell to vibrant public space.
An arresting, oval-shaped building with a granite-and-metal fa├žade, spread over several acres of prime land in the heart of Chennai. The Hindu's giant neighbour across Anna Salai, directly facing Kasturi Buildings, our newspaper's historic, elegant headquarters. Designed by a German architect. Meant to house the Tamil Nadu Assembly and Secretariat, as envisioned by the erstwhile DMK government. Inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on March 13, 2010 even before construction was completed. Now locked up and in disuse after the newly elected AIADMK government decided to move the Assembly and Secretariat back to Fort St. George.
The Hindu believes that even while an enquiry commission probes the alleged irregularities relating to its construction, the building should be put to good use, else it risks falling into disrepair. That means close to Rs 500 crore of taxpayer money, and possibly more, will go down the drain.
So here's a challenge to our readers: send us your ideas on the best use that this sprawling complex in the heart of Chennai can be put to. Our only stipulation is that it must be a public space – accessible to, and used by, the public of our great city. The complex was originally built to be used by politicians and bureaucrats. An opportunity has now arisen for ordinary citizens to claim this space as their own.
01)  It is a pity that this World's First Gold Rated, LEED-India (Green Building Rating System: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) had to fall prey to the vagaries of Politics;


02)  While on the subject, no other Legislative Complex has every been certified under this Rating in India or abroad, which provides ample daylight and ventilation while consuming very less Water, Electricity and other resources;


03) As it is designed to house the State Legislature and Secretariat Offices, it is very difficult to think of any other uses;


04) Hope Readers of 'The Hindu' and of this blog would come out with alternative uses for this building;


05)  Full Building Design Details can be studied at,
http://www.nbmcw.com/articles/architects-a-project-watch/18657-tamil-nadus-new-legislative-assembly-building-worlds-first-green-assembly-building.html


Full Story & to send your ideas for alternative ideas of usage, kindly visit,

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