Amaravati designs to reflect native culture and tradition

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Vijayawada: The final designs of Amaravati, which are likely to be submitted by Foster  Partners by April end, will reflect the native culture and traditions.

“The history and culture prevalent in the capital region for many centuries would be duly incorporated in the plans being drawn by the London-based architecture firm,” says government adviser Parakala Prabhakar, who has been entrusted with the job of getting the capital city designed in such a manner that the ancient glory of Amaravati is restored.

Addressing a meeting of experts on ‘Culture and history in designing Amaravati’ in the office of the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) here on February 22, Prabhakar said suggestions were being made to architect Norman Foster to ensure that the city reflected a blend of tradition and modernity. Due emphasis was laid on showcasing the rich heritage of the rulers of Amaravati.

The meeting discussed the names that could be given to the buildings and roads, particularly the nine thematic cities, and other relevant issues.

“We intend to draw inspiration from the designs of the past, but there is no need to copy them,” Prabhakar observed.

Ventilation

TTD’s Sri Venkateswara Museum director V. Ranganayakulu said the courtyards of government offices should be like ‘manduvas’ that existed in houses long ago. Such structures would have plenty of air and ventilation.

Some of the suggestions that came up during the deliberations were that the building tops should be like Sanchi Stupa, the Assembly building should resemble Chandragiri Fort, and the front elevations should highlight aspects of Buddhism.

Another proposal was that the Undavalli caves should be properly protected and reinforced.

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