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The Building Of Gandhinagar (English)

Author: Prakash Apte
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Language: English
Length: 102 Pages
Publisher: Power Publishers
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This book will inform the reader of the thought processes, concepts and technical aspects that went into the designing and planning of Gujarat's new capital city, Gandhinagar. The author was the Town Planner of the project and has therefore the knowledge to provide first hand, matter-of-fact, unbiased information on this sparsely written subject in this seminal work of erudition. The book attempts to serve as a benchmark against which other sincere, knowledgeable, professional and informative books; written on the subject of designing and planning of capital cities; can be compared with. A record has become essential in view of recent attempts by some Consultants, either by design or imbecility, to dismantle and distort the original concept of Gandhinagar.In contrast, readers seeking peripheral information-unrelated to the basic concepts of Gandhinagar planning, such as, the geographical, historical, political and social conditions in Gujarat and India at the time the city was being planned, can look up a myriad of other books. Opinions and accounts of the elaborate behind the scene machinations of, and eulogies to, contemporary industrialists, architects and pseudo town planners are also not in short supply in such books, owing to the ease with which they can be written from second hand information, by biased writers far removed, physically and professionally, from the field of town planning and architecture. This book attempts to correct the imbalance and present the subject in its proper perspective.

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Author Prakash Apte
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Publisher Power Publishers
Publication Year 2012
ISBN-13 9789381205532
ISBN-10 9381205532
Language English
Binding Hardcover
Number of Pages 102 Pages
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23 May 2012
The building of Gandhinagar New Capital of Gujarat

The narrative reveals how the plan of the new city evolved and is rooted In the socio-economic traditions of Gujarat. The physical manifestation of this evolution is well illustrated. This distinguishes it from the Chandigarh plan and dispels the commonly held miss-concept that Gandhinagar plan is a copy of Chandigarh plan. The genuine agony of the author at the willful distortion of the plan of the new city by some consultants perhaps in their greed to cash in on the land prices in the area between Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad will touch the hearts of all town planners. The book is a genuine... ()

The narrative reveals how the plan of the new city evolved and is rooted In the socio-economic traditions of Gujarat. The physical manifestation of this evolution is well illustrated. This distinguishes it from the Chandigarh plan and dispels the commonly held miss-concept that Gandhinagar plan is a copy of Chandigarh plan. The genuine agony of the author at the willful distortion of the plan of the new city by some consultants perhaps in their greed to cash in on the land prices in the area between Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad will touch the hearts of all town planners. The book is a genuine...
The narrative reveals how the plan of the new city evolved and is rooted In the socio-economic traditions of Gujarat. The physical manifestation of this evolution is well illustrated. This distinguishes it from the Chandigarh plan and dispels the commonly held miss-concept that Gandhinagar plan is a copy of Chandigarh plan. The genuine agony of the author at the willful distortion of the plan of the new city by some consultants perhaps in their greed to cash in on the land prices in the area between Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad will touch the hearts of all town planners. The book is a genuine and honest effort to describe the evolutionary process of the new city plan so far neglected or even denigrated in some academically oriented books giving peripheral accounts of the Gandhinagar plan.

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23 May 2012
The building of Gandhinagar New Capital of Gujarat

It is really a very interesting book. The first person account of 'wheels within wheels' in administration, so typical of this country has been brought out so vividly. One marvels at the author’s memory as well as the ability to put down everything in words; what and why of how the author conceptualized making of Gandhinagar as well as the politicking behind it. I very much appreciated the due diligence of including so many maps, pictures and statistics that add value to the text.

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The building of Gandhinagar New Capital of Gujarat

Having seen many cities in the world, I have often wondered as to what it takes to design and build a city. What distinguishes one city from another? In the first part of this book, the author starts by describing the machinations and politics of the 1960’s. Eventually, the author on his own merits was appointed as a planner to build the city of Gandhinagar. This, in itself, makes for a very interesting read. In subsequent chapters, the author illustrates in vivid detail, all the considerations that are to be made to make a city, not a lifeless concrete structure but a vibrant and ebullie... ()

Having seen many cities in the world, I have often wondered as to what it takes to design and build a city. What distinguishes one city from another? In the first part of this book, the author starts by describing the machinations and politics of the 1960’s. Eventually, the author on his own merits was appointed as a planner to build the city of Gandhinagar. This, in itself, makes for a very interesting read. In subsequent chapters, the author illustrates in vivid detail, all the considerations that are to be made to make a city, not a lifeless concrete structure but a vibrant and ebullie...
Having seen many cities in the world, I have often wondered as to what it takes to design and build a city. What distinguishes one city from another? In the first part of this book, the author starts by describing the machinations and politics of the 1960’s. Eventually, the author on his own merits was appointed as a planner to build the city of Gandhinagar. This, in itself, makes for a very interesting read. In subsequent chapters, the author illustrates in vivid detail, all the considerations that are to be made to make a city, not a lifeless concrete structure but a vibrant and ebullient entity with a life of its own, his version of utopia on earth. The author then delves into the details of city planning right from the location of buildings, houses, play structures and gardens to the supply of water and electricity and other basic necessities required for the well being and proper functioning of a vibrant and successful city. The author ends on a somber note because of the machinations of some “pseudo consultants” to relegate Gandhinagar into a “slum” status to satisfy their own greed. He only hopes that the “city of Gandhi” is not relegated to being a derelict suburb of Ahmedabad without an identity of its own and stays true to the original vision and plan that the author had for the city of Gandhinagar.

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