It appears that the Kolkata Museum of Modern Art is finally going to start construction – after almost 3 years of hype. With Herzog & de Meuron at the helm, hopes are very high that this will be some sort of turning point for architecture in India. One could argue – quite easily – that there hasn’t been a significant internationally acclaimed building in India since Kahn finished his IIM in Ahmedabad – almost 50 years ago! With China pumping amazing buildings on a monthly basis, this attention to architectural greatness needs to shift, but it’s a bit depressing if we have to wait another 3 or 4 years for that shift to happen (KMOMA is scheduled to be complete in 2014).
UPDATE – 2012 May : Drove by the site on Sunday and absolutely no construction has happened.