The National Institute of Design (NID) opened its office as the first formal design school of the Global South in 1961, the year in which India along with Yugoslavia, Egypt, Ghana, and Indonesia established the Non-Aligned Movement in Belgrade. Although the pedagogical structure at NID drew on the programmes developed at Bauhaus and Ulm, the functions were to be tailored to the urgent realities of India. The construction of an academic building, appropriate for housing such an education, was taken up by the founding visionaries of NID as one of their first experiments, the traces of which are fortunately preserved in the building as it stands today at Paldi in Ahmedabad. This project is an attempt to chronicle all such traces in the architecture of NID’s campus and its later additions in the form of hostel blocks and faculty residence buildings in the Ahmedabad campus through photographic intervention. The outcome of the project is a publication that weaves together architectural photographs with an accompanying essay that keenly reflects on the aspects of pedagogy, national identity, and architectural history associated with the founding and evolution of NID.
Keywords: Architectural Modernism, Architectural Photography, Architecture, Indian Modernism, National Institute of Design