Doshi, Balkrishna Vithaldas

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Doshi, Balkrishna Vithaldas (1927– ). Indian architect, and urban planner. Influenced by Le Corbusier (with whom he worked in France, Chandigarh, and Ahmadabad) and Kahn (e.g. Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology, Ahmadabad (1967–81), one of the most successful Modernist buildings of its time in the Subcontinent. he later evolved a more personal style, as at, his own studio at Sangath, near Ahmadabad (1981), a series of barrel-vaulted structures, partially submerged in the ground, and set amongst landscaped terraces and water-cascades. Similar themes were explored in his Gandhi Labour Institute, Ahmadabad (1980–4). Among his other works may be cited the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (1977–85), the National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi (1991–5), the Maharashtra Institute of Development Administration, Pune (1991), a town-plan for Vidhyadhar Nagar, near Jaipur (1984–6), and low-cost housing at Indore (1983–6).


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Ahmadabad (Ahmedabad) City on the Sabarmati River, Gujarat, w India. Founded in 1411 by Ahmad Shah, the Muslim ruler of Gujurat, it is the cultural and commercial centre of Gujarat, with many magnificent mosques, temples and tombs. Ahmadabad is the headquarters of the Indian Congress Party. Industries: cotton. Pop. (2001) 3,515,361.