• Punjab

    Posted on October 8th, 2009

    Written by Martin


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    Our current location, Chandigarh, is the capital of the Indian states of Punjab and Haryana. It is very, very different from all other cities in India. See, it’s not another run-off-the-mill five thousand year old smack full of sights and wonders and poverty type of city. No, it’s a city that was constructed in the 1950s and 60s from the blueprints by this guy: Le Corbusier.


    Le Corbusier - the Swiss Arcitect

    Le Corbusier - the Swiss Arcitect



    The result is a green and expansive city, with broad avenues and nice parks. Its housing reminds me of the 50s and 60s housing projects in Sweden – pure modernism, symbolizing an unwavering belief in the future. This is the High Court as it looked when it was new:


    What it actually looks like



    And this is what it looks like now:

     What the Courthouse is supposed to look like




    Being a city that people live in, it is no longer an exact version of Le Corbusier’s vision. He may have thought of silent, effective people living and working here, intent on the betterment of India. Today it is full of auto-rickshaws, bicyclists and curb-side kitchens, and it is as Indian as anywhere.


    We actually find the place rather charming.



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  • Sheyna

    That architecture is incredible!

  • Sheyna

    That architecture is incredible!