Ashish Malhotra

In New Delhi, India, many of the historic and architecturally diverse buildings are being threatened by the local government. Indian architect Raj Rewal’s Pragati Maidan—a 17,491,354 square-foot exhibition center in New Delhi built for India’s Asia 72 international trade fair—could be demolished and replaced by a new facility. His designs blend elements of history with modernity, allowing the buildings to withstand going out of date. Although Pragati Maidan isn’t utilized like it was when it was built in the early 70s, Rewal is hopeful that the India Trade Promotion Organization will use the site attract people to the site in new ways without destroying the integrity of the building. To help protect the building and others like it, the Indian National Trust for Art and Culture Heritage made a list of 62 structures that they believed to be worth protecting. Their plea to protect India’s historical structures will be brought to court on April 17. Read the full story at CityLab.

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