The Urban Fabric of Ahmedabad

Kishan Thakkar K

Ahmedabad is the seventh-largest metropolis in India and the largest in Gujarat. It was founded as a walled city on the eastern bank of the river Sabarmati in 1411 A.D. It has historically been one of the important economical and industrial hubs in western India. It is home to many educational institutions.

“The term ‘urban fabric’ describes the physical characteristics of urban areas, that is, cities, and towns. This includes the streetscapes, buildings, soft and hard landscaping, signage, lighting, roads and other infrastructure. Urban fabric can be thought of as the physical texture of an urban area.”

Ahmedabad has a population of 55.7 Lakhs (Census 2011). The area is 505.00 sq. km. The character and development of the city are distinct from the other areas. Ahmedabad is made up of various types of development such as informal settlements, residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial areas. 

Ahmedabad’s development has been influenced by the industrial revolution and textile mills. Industrialization has an impact on the city in a variety of ways, the most visible of which is the urban fabric. This boosts the economy and job opportunities, which leads to migration in the city.


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