About the City
Ahmedabad, located in the western Indian State of Gujarat was founded during the surge of Islamic conquest that had swept through India, It was established in 1411 by a nobleman, Ahmed Shah, who had rebelled against his overlords in Delhi. Post-independence after 1947, patronage and support from an enlightened business class drew artists, architects etc. and the city would be shaped by the presence of eminent architects and designers like Le Corbusier, A Calder, B Fuller, the Eames, F. Otto and L. Kahn, A. Kanvinde, B.V. Doshi, Ch. Correa and A. Raje began their careers in this city.
The architecture of Ahmedabad ranges from the ancient to the very modern, from the Mughals to the last works of the contemporary Indian architects, including Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn. It is now one of the centres of modern and contemporary design (and also the home of the 2018 edition Pritzker prize, architect B.V. Doshi) and has a prominent university campus, along with Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram on the riverbank. In addition, the historic walled city of Ahmedabad has been the first city in India to be inscribed in UNESCO’s World Heritage City list of 2017.
About the Book
This guide is structured around five itineraries which have been compiled geogrphically. Buildings in a particular area, or distinct part of the city, have been grouped together so that a visitor may conveniently visit them in limited period of time.
Contents of the book
About the Author
Riyaz Tayyibji is an architect and partner of the architecture office Anthill Design in Ahmedabad. Graduated from the School of Architecture CEPT, Ahmedabad where he has been Associate Professor at the Faculty of Architecture. He is project coordinator at the Gandhi Heritage Sites Mission, constituted by the Indian Parliament. He has been the recipient of the Gold Medal from the Indian Institute of Engineers and Architects for his study on Ahmedabad. He has also been involved in curating exhibitions on contemporary Indian architecture and urbanism, including the traveling exhibition ‘Discovering Ahmedabad: Annals of Reinvention’.
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