Architecturethroughout the world in recent decades has experienced a changing relationshipwith its past.
The collapse of confidence in Modernism as a panacea, the readyand reliable solution, came from its tendency to universalize at the expense oflocal and particular needs, felt especially by architecture’s users, and fromthe loss of diversity in expression. In some extreme cases, the desire torecover regional or historical elements has led into atavism; but more oftenthe attempt has been to graft on to the continuing mainstream selected elementsof restored identities. Hence, the variety of Post-Modernisms, and ‘abstract’or ‘critical’ regionalism, that are by now commonplace. These new approachesare highly sensitive to the forms, the textures and even the materials ofhistorical and regional building systems. But for the most parts the borrowedqualities are rationalized afresh, they are redefined within the context of aPost-Modern philosophy; and there has been some reluctance to engage with theorganizing logic – the theory – of those original systems.
This articleaddresses this pressing global issue, taking at the ground for discussion thedevelopment from Pre-Colonial to Post-Modern Ahmedabad.Founded byAhmed Shah Abdali in 1412 AD, the city had been home to the Muzafarids, Mughalsand the Marathas, before the British East India Company took over in 1818. Thefortified walled city consisted of twelve gates, 189 bastions and over 6000battlements. It was mainly a center for trade in textiles in the fifteenth andsixteenth century, until Shah Jahan came along and recognized the picturesque Architectureof the city. Early in the sixteenth century, under Ahmed Shah, builders fusedHindu craftsmanship with Persian architecture, giving rise to the Indo-Saracenicstyle.w71 w71Writefew lines about it if possible.