Kuldeep Malhi

Originally inspired in 2000 after my visit to the city of Chandigarh, the capital of the Punjab in north India. Conceived amidst the post-partition crisis between India and Pakistan following independence from imperialism, Le Corbusier was commissioned to design Chandigarh of the 1950s. This city was to be a new city, unfettered by the traditions of the past it would be the vision of a brave new world of justice, light, health, equality and order.

 

It is the social as well as the aesthetic issue within Modernism that is important to me. ‘Towards a New Architecture’ (Le Corbusier) and ‘Communist Manifesto’, read as blue prints to a revolution. Abandoning the constraints of the past socially and aesthetically addressed the need to improve quality of life for the lower classes. One could ask, are Le Corbusier’s ideals still relevant now?

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