The buildings of the redeveloped Central Vista were given life-span extensions, which increased from 150 years to 250 within the hour-long press conference by Puri. For this, they will need to work with a material other than concrete, which only has a longevity of approximately 70 years.
The firm, headed by Dr Bimal Patel, beat five bidders to bag the coveted project, which is expected to be completed by 2024. Patel’s firm, set up by his father Hasmukh C Patel in 1960, designed the Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad, and the Central Vista and state secretariat in Gandhinagar, when Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister.
Her first project at Manasaram Architects in 1999 came from Karnataka’s only female governor, VS Ramadevi. In Raj Bhavan, Manjunath had to remodel a dilapidated brick building, which would become a space to entertain VIPs.
Made possible by the Devi Art Foundation, the exhibition curated by Pramod Kumar KG of Eka Archiving Services, is dedicated to the memory of Suresh Neotia and Martand Singh, patrons who found merit in Rahul Jain’s research.
An advertisement in the newspapers on September 2, for the appointment of an architectural consultant for the project, laid down criteria that architects say even the most established firms in India will find difficult to match.