A group over 600 architects and academics from 118 universities around the world as well as the Council of Architecture (COA) on Thursday asked the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM-A) to drop its proposal to demolish dormitories designed by iconic American architect Louis Kahn.
COA president Habeeb Khan, in identical letters to IIM-A Director Errol D’Souza and IIM-A Governing Council Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla, wrote that the first phase of restoration work undertaken by IIM-A was “an exemplary initiative”.
Requested the IIM-A to reconsider the demolition plan and continue the restoration project, Mr. Khan said it was “impossible for any respected architectural firm” to participate in the IIM-A’s request for bids for demolition. The signatories included architects, academics and historians from 34 universities in the United States, 18 in the United Kingdom, 13 in India and representatives from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Panama, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, and Thailand.
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