Cast in concrete: The significance of Chandigarh’s architecture; Mehr Gill; Your Story

India – The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement

One of the most important urban planning experiments of the 20th century, Le Corbusier’s Chandigarh is an Indian city unlike any other.

A resident of Chandigarh since 2003, it took me 14 years to take a closer look at Chandigarh’s architecture. Chandigarh is a city of post-independent India, a symbol of freedom and modernism dreamed by then Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. After the Partition of Punjab between India and Pakistan in 1947, India-occupied Punjab required a new capital, which led to the idea of Chandigarh. Three architects – Pierre Jeanneret, Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew – led by Swiss-French architect and urban planner Le Corbusier were appointed. There were two Indian architects M.N. Sharma and Aditya Prakash who were also associated with the project.

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