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This month's archival snippet brings the spotlight on the heritage campus architecture.
Ahmedabad, home to a stunning array of architectural masterpieces built over several centuries, had already attracted international attention in the 1950s when Le Corbusier, a pioneer of modernist architecture designed Sanskar Kendra. Vikram Sarabhai and Kasturbhai Lalbhai wanted something on that level of grandeur and were put in touch with Louis Kahn in 1962 through the National Institute of Design (NID) and B. V. Doshi, then a young architect. Doshi knew Kahn through teaching assignments at the University of Pennsylvania where Kahn was based, was Consultant Architect for the IIMA campus and years later designed the campus of IIM Bangalore in the 1970s and won architecture’s biggest honour, the Pritzker Prize in 2018. You can watch B V Doshi remember his stint with the IIMA project in the 1960s through our oral history project video snippets on this link.
The document of the month is a 1969 article on the ideas behind the architecture, as the campus was being built. Many of the ideas did not eventually work out, for instance a proposed lake between the faculty houses and dorms. Some of the first plans for the Louis Kahn Plaza can be seen in the archival photo album on this link, revealing a boxed-in plaza that was later abandoned. A few photographs on the campus construction phase can be seen on this link.
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