The first time that he came to Chandigarh with his wife on a personal visit two years ago,current president of the Fondation Le Corbusier Antoine Picon was unable to visit the Capitol Complex. On reaching the Capitol Complex,he was told he would need permission to see the buildings. With just a day in hand to see the city,Picon had to skip the Complex instead of going through the tedious process of getting permission.
This time round,however, Picon managed to see the renowned buildings in the Capitol Complex. In the city for the birth anniversary celebrations of Le Corbusier,he feels preserving the landscape of the area is a matter of concern.
The status of the Capitol Complex is complicated with two states being a party. It comprises three exceptional buildings,each different from the other. The pristine nature of the landscape needs to be preserved. High-rise buildings should not be allowed to come up in the vicinity of the Capitol Complex. Satellite towns around Chandigarh could be built to take away pressure of population. The buildings have aged. Corbusier wanted buildings to be alive which these are. However,there are violations, he said.
He added,The vast space between the High Court and the other two buildings of the Complex should be a public space. Chandigarh is sitting on a treasure. There is a need to recognise it.
Picon maintains what was modern architecture is now ancient modern. A strategy has to be made about preservation of these buildings and fulfilling needs of a growing city.
He feels Chandigarh needs to be more tourist-friendly. There is no information available for anyone visiting the city for the first time. I visited the museums where furniture made by Corbusier and Jeanneret is kept. There is a need for preservation and upgradation of these museums.