50 and young!
The ‘city of future’ revisited
by Charles Correa
— Photo by Kuldip
jubilee of City Beautiful brings back so many memories of the time when
we were young architects, and the very special significance that
Chandigarh held for us. In those days, we would come like pilgrims at
least once a year to visit this city, from all over the country-- in
fact, from all over the world.
An icon of modern
WHEN Chandigarh was
conceived it was a cause of celebration for the adherents of modern
architecture. The new masters - Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies
van der Rohe and Walters Gropius - were building no-frills, sleek
creations in steel and glass or concrete. Decadent, meaningless
ornamentation was out.
define city’s design
I joined Corbusier’s
studio at the peak of his career in 1951. In retrospect, I can say that
it was a phase of rethinking for Le Corbusier, especially after World
War II and the troubles he had gone through. I believe, the commission
to design Chandigarh revitalised him. Reflections must have changed him
in many ways.
It makes us think,
relevance of Le Corbusier today, for Chandigarh as for the rest of the
world, lies less in his specific architectural and urban designs, as it
does in some of his principles-and more so, in his example as an
independent thinker of modernity.
I love Chandigarh
Some of the known faces from different walks of life tell Ajay Banerjee what the city means to them.
The city moves
from documents that chronicle architectural marvels, Chandigarh finds
some of its earliest references in the blatantly sexual autobiographical
accounts of Balwant Gargi, who spared no one, including himself, in The
M. N. Sharma
CORBUSIER had already gained worldwide recognition for his revolutionary
ideas on town planning and architecture before he accepted the
assignment for planning Chandigarh and designing its monumental and
historic buildings. In doing so, he put Chandigarh on the world map.
centre of sports
City Beautiful has come a long way to carve out a niche for itself on
the sports map of the country. Today, it can boast of having produced
the country's Cricketer of the Century Kapil Dev and other Test
cricketers like Chetan Sharma, Yuvraj Singh and Dinesh Mongia.