The design for an Indian state’s new legislature building looks a lot like an idli maker

The Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has grand plans for its new capital, Amaravati. They include an enormous amount of land, a master plan shaped by Singapore, and a design ethos that draws on monumental cities from its cultural past, real and imagined.

Now, Amaravati might also have a state assembly building that looks rather a lot like a gigantic idli steamer, courtesy the firm of British starchitect Norman Foster.

The people’s choice?

The southern state presently shares its former...


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