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Chandigarh Revealed

Le CorbusIer's City Today
Shaun Fynn

The unlikely story of Le Corbusier and Chandigarh has proven itself to be one of modernism’s boldest experiments, breaking from tradition and defining a new future.

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The unlikely story of Le Corbusier and Chandigarh has proven itself to be one of modernism’s boldest experiments, breaking from tradition and defining a new future.
Born of a vision of a modern India, the new capital city of Punjab was designed by Le Corbusier and created as a statement for an emerging modern nation–state. The Capitol Complex, considered by many as Le Corbusier’s masterpiece, has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2016.

Like all transcendent visionaries, Le Corbusier was adept at taking the iconic and symbolic and using them to fashion his own unique vocabulary. This volume points us towards the way in which his ideas created fertile grounds for architecture and urban planning in Chandigarh, and in India, that encapsulated the visions of the post-war and post-colonial era.

With insightful analyses of multiple buildings across Chandigarh, nicknamed the City Beautiful, the author illuminates the compositional poetry evident in Le Corbusier’s structures and the ways in which the patina of time has changed the city. This volume offers commentary on not just the intentions and plan that shaped Chandigarh, but also the dialogue of what they have become. A visceral journey through a remarkable modernist landscape using the photographic medium, Chandigarh Revealed pays homage to the works of a master with reflective observations of a living city.

Born in the United Kingdom, Shaun Fynn is a designer and photographer who now resides in New York. A graduate of Central St Martins College of Art and Design in London, he is the CEO and Creative Director of StudioFYNN, a New York-based design and communication agency. Over the last 25 years, he has lived in and developed his practice in the UK, Italy, India and the United States.

Fynn’s award-winning work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center in New York and the Weserburg museum in Germany. It has been also published in The Atlantic, Fast Company, The Guardian (UK), Graphis, The International Design Yearbook, Harper Collins Design Now, The Los Angeles Times and the Repertorio Del Design Italiano 1950–2000.

He is also a visiting lecturer at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India, the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, and Art Center College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.

Foreword by Maristelal Casciato

Essay by Vikramāditya Prakāsh

Photographs by Shaun Fynn

• Chandigarh: A Tryst with Architecture Foreword by Maristella Casciato
• Visions for a New Era and the Patina of Time. Introduction by Shaun Fynn
• Planning
• 'L. Corbusier’ and the State of the Nation-State by Vikramaditya Prakash
• Interview with M. N. Sharma
• Acknowledgements
• About the Author & Contributors
ISBN 9789385360138
Pages 240
Number of photographs 243 and 5 maps
Size 9 x 12" (228 x 305 mm), hc
Date of Publishing 2017
Language(s) English
Rights Available World rights

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