Message - I I M, Ahmedabad, India :::: Louis Kahn

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Posted by  Simple Simon on February 24, 2002 at 00:22:45:

Vikram Bhat recently mentioned Kahn and his IIM building in Ahmedabad, India in his reply to Amanda's post (I want to change the image of India)...

Kahn is one of my favorite architects....

here's a shot of the building... plus some info...


Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad

"IIM-A was established in 1961 as an autonomous institution by the Government of India in collaboration with the Government of Gujarat and the Indian Industry. In its formative years, it collaborated with the Harvard Business School. Largely as a consequence of this collaboration, IIM-A pioneered the case method of teaching in India. And since then, it has remained the last word in management education in the country."

"Designed by Louis Kahn, a well known American architect, the 60-acre campus of the Institute has it all: a blend of austerity and majesty; spaces for casual interaction; frequently changing perspectives; and a balance between modernity and tradition that captures the spirit of contemporary India. It stimulates the imagination and creativity of the students, who are clearly the best in the country, coming as they do after one of the most rigorous selection process."


"Kahn's architecture is notable for its simple, platonic forms and compositions. Kahn design of buildings, characterized by powerful, massive forms, made him one of the most discussed architects to emerge after World War II. Through the use of brick and poured-in place concrete masonry, he developed a contemporary and monumental architecture that maintained sympathy for the site. While rooted in the International Style, Kahn's architecture was a blend of his Beaux Arts education and a personal aesthetic impulse to develop his own architectural forms"

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