Chandigarh: Living with Le Corbusier

Chandigarh: Living with Le Corbusier

by Bärbel Hoegner
     
 

In the early 1950s, many in the architectural profession turned their gaze towards India, where an ideal modern city seemed to be becoming a reality. When star architect Le Corbusier and his team started work in February 1951 in Chandigarh, American planner Albert Mayer and his young principal architect Matthew Nowicki had already completed a land development plan for…  See more details below

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In the early 1950s, many in the architectural profession turned their gaze towards India, where an ideal modern city seemed to be becoming a reality. When star architect Le Corbusier and his team started work in February 1951 in Chandigarh, American planner Albert Mayer and his young principal architect Matthew Nowicki had already completed a land development plan for the site. The challenge Le Corbusier then faced was to demonstrate how a city designed from the drawing board could feel humane, functional and viable once built. Once the home of public officials, Chandigarh has become a vibrant garden city and a magnet for the booming Indian software industry. Attracted to the idea of a possible dialogue and contradiction between European architecture and Indian lifestyle, German ethnographer Bärbel Högner began photographing the city. Chandigarh: Living with Le Corbusier surveys Le Courbusier's contribution to India's first planned city, while simultaneously revealing Högner's passionate interest and impeccable eye for architectural detail.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783868591378
Publisher:
Jovis Verlags- und Projektburo
Publication date:
04/30/2011
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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