This book documents an event that was organized to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the conception of Chandigarh, one of
the most important architectural and urban-planning experiments of the century. Inaugurated by the President of India, K.R.
Narayanan, the seminar issues focussed on the impact of Chandigarh and Le Corbusier"s work on the direction of
architecture, planning, theory and practice, the process of conceptualization and design and realization of the city plan. The
leading architects from around the world gathered in Chandigarh to exchange ideas and analyze Corbusier"s architecture
and contribution of other architects and engineers who worked on the project including Drew, Jenneret, Fry and the Indian
Three days of deliberations covered in the seminar papers include the impact of Le Corbusier"s architecture on
socio-economic realities of a developing nation and of Chandigarh in particular, future options for structuring the growth of
the city and defining the direction of development and expansion. The legacy left behind by the transformation of Corbusier"s
ideas over the last few decades and the issues that arise from the planning of Chandigarh make a fascinating study in the
development of a nation.
The book includes seminar papers by, among others, Julian Bienart, Charles Correa, William Curtis, B V Doshi, Kenneth
Frampton, Bernard Huet, Charles Jencks, Sir Denys Lasdun, William Lim, Lawrence Nield, Suha Ozkan, Raj Rewal, Joseph
Rykwert, Moshe Safdie, Madhu Sarin, Peter Smithson, Michael Sorkin and Sir Colin St John Wilson.