The Chandigarh Catalogues.

Photographs by Patsy Craig and Jonathan Nicholls.
Trolley, London, 2009. 240 pp., 260 color illustrations, 8x7".

Publisher's Description
The partition of British India in 1947 brought about the creation of a city which has since become an icon of Modernist architecture and planned urbanism. - the only one of numerous city schemes designed by Le Corbusier to have actually been built. The city of Chardingarh was described as 'unfetted by the traditions of the past, a symbol of the nations faith in the future,' and was commissioned to reflect the newly independent India's modern and progressive outlook. But what has become to the Indian city built from scratch in the 1950's and 60's by architects from France and Britain? How have the Modernist principles of Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Maxwell Fry, and Jane Drew stood up to the test of time? The Chandingarh Catalogues is a project documenting the Indian city planned by Le Corbusier in the 1950's. THe project collated studies, undertaken by the architect Jonathan Nicholls and editor/artist Patsy Craig, into how the city's modernist architecture is occupied today, Through photographs, interviews, building-studies and archival material, the project uses the compartmental form of the city plan, to examine the effects of \western Modernist design on Indian society and culture.

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