UT Admn to seek archetectural advice on Knowledge Musuem building

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Chandigarh, Feb 20 (UNI) The Chandigarh Administration has decided to seek advice of a renowned architect about the architectural features of the building of proposed Museum of Knowledge (MoK).

This decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Union Territory Home Secretary Krishna Mohan here.

Renowned architect D V Joshi would advise on the basis of the original design of Le Corbusier, keeping in view the present requirements as per modern techniques. Mr Joshi had earlier worked with Le Corbusier.

It was also decided that Creator of Science City, Kerla, renowned Museologist and former President International Committee for Museum Security, Dr Saroj Ghosh will also be associated with the project for necessary guidance.

Managing Committee of the Museum will constitute experts headed by a Director assisted by Head Librarian and other professional staff as per the requirement was another important decision taken in the meeting.

Brain storming session was held with the group of experts about the detailed project report and the components of MoK. The experts have suggested that the MoK should have displays like Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Various issues regarding the content and focus of the MoK were discussed in the meeting. Principal, Chandigarh College of Architecture, Professor Rajneesh Wattas proposed suitable activities to be carried out once the museum is set up.

The museum would seek a national, even an international character and role even though it is located outside the national capital. The MoK will be based on the four postulates "ethics, sociology, economics, technology" laid down by Le Corbusier. MoK would focus on study of Habitat.

The MoK would be a state-of-the-art building with discussion rooms, seminar rooms, research facilities and a library-cum-research centre. An exhibition/display room would also be part of the building along with all necessary related facilities.

The MoK will be the fourth element of the Capitol Complex, the other three being the Assembly, Secretariat and High Court.

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