Sunday, February 26, 2012

Ahmedabad City

The architectural history of Ahmedabad stretches across the last millennium. The Sultanate fused Hindu craftsmanship with Persian architecture, giving rise to the Indo-Saracenic style.[citation needed] Many mosques in the city are built in this fashion.After independence modern buildings came up in Ahmedabad when architects were given commissions in the city like Louis Kahn who designed the Indian Institute of Management; Le Corbusier who designed the Shodhan and Sarabhai Villas, the Sanskar Kendra and the Mill Owner's Association; and Buckminister Fuller who designed the Calico Dome. B. V. Doshi came to the city from Paris to supervise Le Corbusier's works and later set up the School of Architecture. His local works include Sangath, the Doshi-Hussain Gufa and the School of Architecture. Charles Correa, who became a partner of Doshi's, designed the Gandhi Ashram and Achyut Kanvinde the Indian Textile Industries Research

Association. Christopher Charles Benninger's first work, the Alliance Francaise, is located in the Ellis Bridge area. Hasmukh C. Patel, and his son Bimal Patel, are architects from the city having designed the St. Xavier's High School Loyola Hall, Gujarat High Court and the Ahmedabad Management Association. Anant Raje designed major additions to Louis Kahn's Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad campus, namely the Ravi Mathai Auditorium and KLMD.
Sidi Sayed Jali is one of the most famous mosques in Gujarat. The mosque was built in the last year of the existence of Sultanate of Gujarat. The mosque is entirely arcuated and is famous for carved ten stone latticework windows (jalis) on the side and rear arches. The buildings called "Haveli" usually have unique carvings and can be seen in ancient pole (narrow streets) in Ahmedabad.
Kankaria is the biggest lake in Ahmedabad (in earliar days it used to be known by the name "Qutub Hojj" or "Hauj-e-Kutub"). Many kings, or badshah, used to bathe in this lake.[citation needed] It has an approximate circumference of 1.4 miles (2.3 km) and is located in the southern part of the city in Maninagar area, which is the most densely populated suburb of the city.

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