Railway Stations for Free?

Why Pro-Bono? Professional Ethics can be a subjective issue. This episode concerning the railways however, is an exception. Under the pretentious banner of nation building, Indian Railways invite Pro-bono Services from Architects across the country. Worse, ‘Stalwarts’ like Hafeez Contractor respond to offer free services for 19 stations. What precedence is being set? The endeavour of addressing the L1 issue is highly potent, but is this the methodology?

  1. https://indianexpress.com/article/india/architect-hafeez-contractor-offers-to-design-19-railway-stations-for-free-5077584/
  2. https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/architect-hafeez-contractor-offers-to-design-19-railway-stations-for-free-1816958

Image credit – Penn Station Proposal by Diller, Scofidio & Renfro