Architectures of Management Vs Science

Yesterday we took one of our colleagues from US to see the architecture of Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) south of Bangalore. Woa! It is not a building but a huge garden of concrete pillars and rough cut granite bars and slabs. It was like being in quake computer game but for real. Architecture is very confusing, complicated and unorganized. It is a labyrinth of raw cement pillars and granite rocks. The landscape around is all chaotic and looked more like sad ruins of an unfinished building rather than a management school.

The library too was more of a huge realization of a Escher drawing. High floors and balconies looked very scary. Most stairs did not have hand rails on the sides. Some times the stairs themselves would take a strange turn to lead you to a deep precipice. If you are not watching your step you might easily fall off from a dizzy height to splat blood on a rough concrete floor below. No walls ware painted, no surfaces polished. With leaking water patterns it looked like a dangerous site to be. After a couple of steps in this maze and I had totally lost my spatial senses. Probably the Architecture of this management institute is to symbolize the cheap uncertainties, fear and confusion that field of management is.

This is totally in contrast to Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in the North of Bangalore. As you enter IISc you would pass through thick growth of trees and flowering plants. Walk on roads covered with a thick layer of dried bird droppings. It is dark. A faint smell of bird droppings fills your nostrils. The main building that you see in pictures is no where in sight. It is only after couple of minutes of walk, that you will begin to sense the dark backside of a huge building still hidden behind trees. And as the tree cover slides, you would see a wast clearing, with lots of beautiful flower plants arranged at the periphery of the field. There, on your right is the face of a huge bright granite building standing high; dwarfing you with long corridors, spacious arches and tall windows.

Here you will see neatly cut granite rock blocks, assembled with perfect symmetry. This main building of the institute is about a 100 years old but still looks brand new. Red carpet and white marble interiors welcome you when you enter building through the main door. Solid teakwood side rails adorn a pair of palatial stair cases that lead you first floor (that is second floor in American English). In all, this symbolizes the beauty, symmetry and perfection of science, shedding light on the chaos and darkness of nature around. Precise and solid principles supporting a tower of knowledge!
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