The Chandigarh Administration will organise an international symposium from October 9 to 12 to celebrate the legacy of city’s designer, Le Corbusier, on the occasion of his 128th birth anniversary on October 6.
Academic experts from abroad as well India will participate in a discussion on the contribution of the 20th century architect, besides celebrating his architectural legacy in Chandigarh.
The road ahead for the city as well as ‘Indian Urbanisation’ will also be one of the key themes in this international event.
William J R Curtis, an architectural historian, who has several books on Le Corbusier’s vision and legacy will among the key speakers.
A former Harvard university professor, William’s much acclaimed book ‘Ideas and Forms’ that delves deeply into the Corbusian vision, is critically appreciated worldwide. A new edition of the book was recently released.
Rahul Mehrotra, chairperson of Graduate School of Design, Harvard University will be another key speaker in the seminar. He has written and lectured extensively on issues linked to with architecture, conservation, and urban planning.
Michel Richard, director of the Le Corbusier Foundation in Paris, will among the guests. Le Corbusier himself had set up the foundation, with the mission of ensuring the conservation of his output in architecture and the visual arts.
Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi and Raj Rewal will also be among the prominent voices at the event. They both are considered important figures in the field of Indian architecture and noted for their contributions to the evolution of architectural discourse in India.
Anurag Agarwal, Secretary, Culture, told Chandigarh Newsline that the administration would hold a series of weekend meetings with city residents from the last week of August in which there will be detailed discourse on their problems and future needs in the city.
“The feedback of the residents will be put before the panel of experts on the last day of the symposium to find practical solutions to the problems and how the city’s future growth is possible in the shadow of its heritage legacy,” he said.
The weekend interaction programme s will start from August 27 (Le Corbusier’s 50th death anniversary). These sessions will be held in several places including Sector 17 plaza, open hand monument in the Capitol Complex and other areas. He said that the whole idea is to engage the city residents and ensure that city gain something from these interactive session
“We will ensure that there is enough publicity and people from all walks of life participate and give their views and suggestions in these events, he added.
Rajnish Wattas, former principal of Chandigarh College of Architecture, informed that apart from these experts, more names would be added. Swiss and French embassies would be contacted to send architecture experts to participate in the event.
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