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Le Corbusier: Acrobat of Architecture – B. V. Doshi

Today, we mark the 50 years since Le Corbusier died while swimming towards the Sun! It’s amazing how one man changes the world with his art, architecture and powerful idea. He is possibly the greatest architect of all times and expanded the notion of want it actually is to be an architect – a poet and a harmonizer who showed the way to the Modern Age of solidarity. The following is an interview from Vistāra – The Architecture of India, Catalogue of the Exhibition, edited by Carmen Kagal, 204-214. The Festival of India, 1986. Doshi, Balkrishna. “Le Corbusier: Acrobat of Architecture – B. V. Doshi interviewed by Carmen Kagal.” A youthful Doshi (in black coat) on site with Le Corbusier. Q. So much has been written about Le Corbusier that I think we can dispense with the basics. We know, of course, that he was a many-sided man – architect, painter, sculptor, poet, author – or rather polemicist. However, if you had to choose the one outstanding quality of his personality, what would it be? A. …

Chandigarh Redux

Sixty years on, Werner Feiersinger’s CHANDIGARH REDUX constitutes a new chapter in the narrative. This collection of his photographs – in which he looks at the city’s architecture with the keen eye of a sculptor – casts the work of Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Jane B. Drew, and E. Maxwell Fry in a new light. Werner Feiersinger captures the architecture’s solid, sculptural qualities, as well as Chandigarh’s vivid atmosphere and virtuosity. By Andreas Vass Chandigarh was the invention of a small group of technicians and administrative officers in Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s inner circle in the administration oft he East Punjab. The hesitant skeptical, factious, notoriously penniless and oft-changing leadership oft he new Indian state, which emerged from the partition immediately following the liberation of India in 1947, had come to this decision entirely on its own. Nehru and the planning staff headed by P.N. Thapar und P.L. Varma selected a handful of American and European architects and urban planners to design the city. The implementation and development of Chandigarh has been the achievement of Indian engineers, …