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Bhadra Fort Precincts Urban Renovation

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[This project was developed during my collaboration with Balkrishna Doshi at Vastu Shilpa in Ahmedabad, India]
 
Ahmedabad, a city inhabited since the 11th century, initiated as an axis formed by Bhadra Fort, its entry gate Teen Darwaja and the bazaar street that connected it to the Friday Mosque and the tombs of the royal family.
In 1961 B. V. Doshi sculpted a new auditorium for the city, Premabhai Hall, which he conceived as part of an integral and unbuilt proposal for upgradation of Bhadra.By 2009 the plaza, whose original outline was still traceable but had been greatly encroached upon, suffered from intense traffic congestion with no demarcated areas for pedestrians.The disorganised informal activities, neglected open spaces, haphazard parking, questions of hygiene, along with constant increase in the level of noise and aire pollution that damaged the monuments were some of the predominant problems.
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Bhadra Plaza Urban Renovation

Bhadra Plaza before the intervention. View from the Bhadra Fort.
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Bhadra Plaza Urban Renovation

Bhadra Plaza after the intervention. View from the Bhadra Fort.
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In a bid to reconstitute the old glory of the plaza, the redevelopment of the Bhadra precinct became a reality. The project became the first of its kind as a redevelopment and pedestrianisation project of a public space in an old Indian city.The objectives of the proposal are to make the historic core a walkable precinct, develop pedestrian plazas, promote the use of public transport, develop the existing large parks in the area, conserve the heritage monuments, and make the area a true city center of Ahmedabad.Along with the pedestrianization of this area, public access to the Bhadra site by pedestrian friendly lanes as well as enhancing the connection accross the Sabarmati River through a pedestrian bridge have been proposed. The project also includes the conservation of the Bhadra Fort by the Archeological Survey of India and the Redevelopment of the Lal Darwaza Bus Terminus in close proximity to the Plaza.
 
The design allows the informal and formal activities occur while maintaining the quality and character of a vast public space with leisure areas where trees and shade, fountains, and seating make it a place for people from all parts of the city to meet, gather, celebrate, shop and recreate.
  •  Bhadra Plaza Urban Renovation
 Bhadra Plaza before the intervention. View from the Premabhai Hall.
 Bhadra Plaza Urban Renovation
  •  Bhadra Plaza after the intervention. View from the Premabhai Hall.
Bhadra Plaza Urban Renovation Bhadra Plaza before the intervention. View from the Teen Darwaja.
Bhadra Plaza Urban Renovation
 Bhadra Plaza after the intervention. View from the Teen Darwaja.
LOCATION

Ahmedabad, India



BUILT

2012 - 2014


CLIENT

Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation


AREA

19 000 sqm


MEDIA

Documentary: Celebrating Habitat – The Real, The Virtual and The Imaginary.

Talk by Balkrishna Doshi at Alliance Française d'Ahmedabad during the World Heritage Week.



EXHIBITION

Celebrating Habitat – The Real, The Virtual and The Imaginary, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi


AWARDS

Housing & Urban Development Corporation- HUDCO Award for Best Practice to Improve the Living Environment