•Provides a balance between conventional tourist books and academic architecture books•Explores Ahmedabad from top to bottom, linking architecture, history and culture•Contains 100 hand-drawn illustrationsThe Walking Tour City Guide series provides an engaging bridge between conventional tourist books, which contain less information on architecture, and academic books, which are often too specialized for a leisurely audience. A Walking Tour: Ahmedabad - the first to focus on an Indian city - provides hand-drawn illustrations that escort the reader from building to building, providing information on history, architectural styles, uses and purpose, and the architects themselves.Focusing on the blend of medieval and modern architecture in Ahmedabad, the authors explore the magnificent old city and the historic 'Pol' houses. They also shed light on the buildings built by modern masters, such as Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn. From havelis and temples to mosques, markets, and buildings that were only made possible because of the work of Mahatma Gandhi, the authors provide a lively illustrated tour through this city which has seen Mughal, Maratha and British influences in its culture, food and architecture.
Matthijs van Oostrum graduated summa cum laude from TU Delft in the Netherlands, with a Master's in Urbanism. After graduation, he has worked on several projects at the office of Balkrishna Doshi, one of India's most distinguished architects, in Ahmedabad. Dr. Gregory Bracken Assistant Professor of Architecture at the TU Delft in the Netherlands, is the author and illustrator of the Walking Tour City Guide series. He worked for several years as an architect in Asia, and has written several books and articles on the architectural facets of Asian cities.