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Varanasi Riverfront Developement
Varanasi is also refer as Banaras, is the oldest living city in the world. The bank of the city is braced by more than 100 Ghats (on the stretch of 6.5 km along left side of ganga ). the ghats or steps leading to the holy river, are the center of this historical city. i am doing my architecture thesis on Varanasi riverfront development: renewal of ghats and ethnicity school proposal. the school have department of different art and culture forms near the ghats because of rich spritual soul of the river ganga. it influence the promotion and learning of art on 'the land of shiv'. the structure will be the part of urban fabric on the river edge. please guide on the topic for relevant case studies on both, ghats development as well as school as a detail design exercise. please contribute.
Animesh Dev
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Varanasi Riverfront Developement
If possible you should get in touch with Ar. Pradeep Sachdeva based in Delhi(Ayanagar). He has done quite a few river front development projects and also schools. Also go through his website http://www.psda.in/godavari.asp
Mudith Rakhecha
Varanasi Riverfront Developement
Hello Mudith,
I am trying to get an appointment to visit their office. they are doing a project on assi ghat (varanasi) itself. thank you for the link which you sent. can you please suggest me some more links or project data or reference for the same. Thank you for contributing
Animesh Dev
Varanasi Riverfront Developement
You can get in touch with Nitin, college senior > ar.nitinvijay@gmail.com. I vaguely remember his thesis topic being similar. All the best!
Mudith Rakhecha
Varanasi Riverfront Developement
Hi Mudith
Thanks for the reference. Can you please help me by referring any reading material from which i can get some theatrical knowledge of basic principals of riverfront development and aspects which influence the development.
Animesh Dev
Varanasi Riverfront Developement
Animesh Hi!
You must have googled!
Anyway, I'll send you the relevent links/books whenever I get across any.
As of now I hope this will be of some help:
http://www.csu.edu/cerc/documents/EcologicalRiverfrontDesign.pdf.
About couple of year ago I'd attended a seminar in which Manit Rastogi (Morphogenesis) gave a presentation on Delhi Nallah redevelopment. http://www.morphogenesis.org/project.php?projectid=63
Though not a riverfront development project but the condition of our rivers adjacent to urban centers are no better than nallahs!
Mudith Rakhecha
Varanasi Riverfront Developement
hi Mudith, thanks for the links.
Animesh Dev
Varanasi Riverfront Developement
hi animesh
do you have any city plan or infrastructure plan (readable) of Varanasi .? can u please mail me. i need it for my thesis topic. i went to development office but dint get any help. if you have please mail me on kirti.13arch@gmail.com
Kirti Pandey
Varanasi Riverfront Developement
hi this is Akash. I am doing my thesis on the ghats of varanasi as well, and its based on the development of Harishchandra ghat(a cremation ghat).Iv been having problems procuring plans too. Does anyone have any material which can help me as well?
Akash Rai
Varanasi Riverfront Developement
Animesh, Thank you for the definition of "ghat" I knew of the word but only with reference to "burning ghats" which I assumed were floating platforms for cremations. Also, I assume your use of `ganga` is the correct spelling for the Ganges river.
Frank John Snelling
Varanasi Riverfront Developement
The term ghat refers to a series of steps leading down to a body of water, particularly a holy river. "Ghats" in india, varies from water front stepescape, burning grounds/ghats abutting river, ghats as a series of mountains as western and eastern ghats of india, "raj ghat" in delhi, india as a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. (Originally it was the name of a historic ghat of Old Delhi on the banks of Yamuna river) and many other uses. But here, we would like to focus on the element which combines holy land and water.
Also, There is no difference in ganges and ganga. Both are just different ways to address one and the same river - River Ganga - flowing through various parts of the country.
Animesh Dev
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