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CHD – CHANDIGARH ARCHITECTONICAL TRAVEL GUIDE

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By Vikramaditya Prakash

Chandigarh is a unique city, besides being one of the newest city in the twentieth century, characterized by the seal of Le Corbusier, who planned the city and was also the architect of its most emblematic buildings including the Capitol Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Chandigarh, you will also find the work of a large team of architects led by the partner of Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, who conducted the master plan and built much needed public housing and facilities much needed in the city, along with the British team of Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew. As a result, Chandigarh is one of the benmarch cities of the Modern Movement. Also worth of noting are Indian architects (such as MN Sharma, A. Prakash, BP Mathur and JK Choudhury) who worked alongside Le Corbusier and Jeanneret to turn Chandigarh into a reality. Although unknown to most, they have played an important role in modern and contemporary Indian architecture. With this useful guide, you will discover the city and its architecture along three types of routes, depending on how travellers plan their trip, as well as suggestions for other places you can visit on the outskirts of the city. Each itinerary offers practical information to enjoy the architecture, and visitors will be introduced to the culture and lifestyle of the city.

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Title

CHD Chandigarh Architectural Travel Guide

Size

126 x 184mm

Authors

Vikramāditya Prakāsh

Pages

242

Subject

Architecture – Travel

Characteristics

Paperback

Language

English

ISBN

978-84-942342-0-0

   Publication date

December 2014

Dr. Vikramãditya “Vikram” Prakãsh grew up in Chandigarh, India. He received his B. Arch. from the Chandigarh College of Architecture, Panjab University (1986), and an M.A. and Ph.D. in History and Theory of  Architecture and Urbanism from Cornell University, New York (1989, 1994). He taught at the Center for Environmental Planning and Technology, Ahmedabad, India (1991 – 1993) and Arizona State University, Tempe (1994-1996) before joining University of Washington in 1996.

He teaches studios, lecture courses and seminars on issues in global architecture and urbanism and postcolonial history and theory at the University of Washington in Seattle (USA). He is the Director of the Chandigarh Urban Lab, a multi-year project that studies Chandigarh, historically and today, as a case study in contemporary midsized urbanization in India.