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School of Arts and Sciences, Ahmedabad University

A Symbolic Melting Pot of Knowledge

RMA Architects

Recently inaugurated, the building housing the School of Arts and Sciences of Ahmedabad University in the Indian State of Gujarat is the result of in-depth reflection on what constitutes the essence of architecture. The edifice had to come to terms with its proximity to pre-existing volumes built over the years as Ahmedabad University developed - its nearest neighbor belongs to the initial 1935 campus - and to an adjacent green area. It therefore had to integrate into a sedimented context but at the same time symbolize renewal, a trait made even more important by the new building’s location at the University entrance. The School of Arts and Sciences also represents a new thrust in education, placing under one roof different branches of knowledge and juxtaposing disciplines like biology, linguistics and the humanities; math and physics; and social sciences. At the forefront of...

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