The Indian Institute of Management by architect Louis I. Kahn was built in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India in – Louis Kahn, one of the finest modern architects, designed the IIM-A campus in India: the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A). Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad (IIM) is a major icon of modernism Architecture, designed by American architect Louis Kahn.

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The biography of an architect presents an interesting challenge.

All good biographies, and autobiographies, are stories of not just people but also ideas and institutions. And how people interact with, adapt to, and exert influence on these ideas and institutions. Ahhmedabad because biographies, or at least the good ones, subordinate these ideas to the individual, you are never really overwhelmed.

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Books on architecture, on the other hand, can always be a bit challenging for the non-architect. That is not a criticism of architecture or architectural writing. In fact it is, in some ways, a compliment. Like any field that seems to straddle the arts and the sciences, architecture does not solve problems but translates them into more pleasurable problems. You want a house on this plot?

Okay, take this building, now figure out how you will respond to it and make it respond to you. Louis Kahn at work with Balkrishna Doshi in the early s.

That she has written such a readable biography of a man who appears to have been so complex, layered and even mystical, is a triumph in itself. Kahn is perhaps best known in India for a building that is not only one of his finest works, but also houses one of the finest educational institutions in India: When you first step into the campus, as I did inthe buildings at IIM-A tend to push you out to its peripheries.


To be perfectly honest, almost nothing makes any sense.

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Make sense of this first, Kahn seems to be saying, before you make sense of balance sheets, market segmentation and the IS-LM akhn. I sat there watching car after car after car unload passengers with their baggage. Oluis stepped out, the new students with their parents, and were instantly struck by the disorientation that Kahn seemed to revel in.

Renewing and restoring IIM Ahmedabad. This will instantly resonate with anyone who has ever spent any time on the IIM-A campus. That confounding cocktail of the oblique and elusive, loyis a nutshell, was my first few weeks on the campus of IIM-A. I would try to make it from Dorm 5 to Dorm 10, say, and find myself permanently stuck in the basement of Dorm 2. It was like finally buying a really expensive, critically acclaimed computer game, only to find yourself helplessly running into walls for hours on end.

And then, suddenly, one day, everything made sense. The IIM-A campus is broadly divided into two sections.

The two sections are connected by a subterranean tunnel. How many business schools have subterranean tunnels? On a campus that was proud of its exceptionalism, this was one more thing to feel exceptional about.

Students glanced at the boards and photographs as they walked by. For many, I suspect, the information was a revelation.

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The sad truth is that few students, at least when I was on campus, spent any time at all realizing that they were living in one of the great buildings of the world. Every once in a while you would spot an attractive architecture student, louuis from Ahmedabad, but also from Tokyo or London, gasping at the building, taking photographs and briskly sketching.


And we would wonder: It is just a hostel with rooms and a building with offices. Also, do you want to get some coffee? Because Lesser wonderfully captures the significance of the building not just ahmedwbad absolute architectural terms but also in what it signifies in the life of Louis Kahn. If only this book had been around in Kahn created a campus in which the public spaces were uniquely contemplative and quiet, while the private ones exploded with life and activity.

Each time you walked in and out of a classroom, or the library, or that long corridor by the classroom, or through a hidden walkway under the ramp…each time Kahn played his little tricks on you, lavishing you with light one moment and a slab of shadow the next.

These tricks, these seductions, created a campus in which the public spaces were uniquely contemplative and quiet, while the private ones exploded with life and activity.

In other words, his tendency of abmedabad deceptively simple outer walls around complex, playful inner ones. This is an eminently readable book about a truly fascinating man.

Louis Kahn: The man who listened to the bricks

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