Architecture & Conservation


About the talk:

In this episode, Architect Bijoy Ramachandran speaks to Prof. Rabindra Vasavada, a celebrated practitioner, conservationist, teacher and historian about his time at the IIM Ahmedabad site office (where he started his career) from 1969 to 1972 working with Louis Kahn the American architect, who was commissioned to design the campus, and Prof. Anant Raje, the local architect in-charge. This time working on the School (the Library, Faculty blocks and classrooms) had a profound impact on him. The architecture of IIM Ahmedabad epitomises what T. S. Eliot called The Historical Sense – a sense of the timeless as well as of the temporal. It is a significant contemporary work which manages to convey a sense of deep structure. In those courtyards are the memories of generations of students but also our collective memories as a people of our shared beginnings as a community of learners under the shade of the trees exchanging realisations.

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