Stepwells of Ahmedabad
Water, gender, heritage
Tanvi Jain, Priyanka Sheth and Aashini Sheth


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A stepwell, locally called a ‘vaav’, is a type of subterranean water architecture that is prevalent in the Indian subcontinent. It attained unsurpassed importance in the semi-arid regions of western India. Stepwells of Ahmedabad is the culmination of five years of research undertaken by a collective of architects from India. Their research documents the magnificent water structures that are found in and around the city of Ahmedabad.

Architecture, Theory / History / Criticism
Rather than being just an architectural catalogue, this book aims to present a deeper understanding of the intrinsic social and ecological relationships related to these stepwells and their current condition in the city of Ahmedabad. This edition also sheds light on the lesser-known history of the roles played by women as patrons and users of these fascinating structures.
124 pages, 50 illustrations
Paperback, 15x20 cm
Spanish, English
Calma Editions, ISBN 9788412212433