50 YEARS AFTER THE MASTER
Le Corbusier, the world renowned urban planner and architect, prepared the master plan for the city of Chandigarh in India and contributed specific designs for important buildings.
This year-as a tribute to the legendry architect on his 50th death anniversary, the Department of Tourism, in collaboration with Chandigarh College of Architecture (CCA) and Department of Urban Planning is celebrating his legacy with a series of lectures, seminars and other events from July to October and an International 3 day event in October 2015. The aim of the celebrations is to showcase the heritage of Chandigarh and the contribution of Corbusier to the development of a modern way of living in India. The target group is not just the architectural fraternity but also the layman- the citizen of Chandigarh who needs to be made aware of the uniqueness of this modern heritage and why it needs to be protected.
The main events of these celebrations are:
Starting from 24th July at CCA, a series of lectures shall be held by the faculty of CCA for students and teachers of schools and colleges in Chandigarh to sensitize them regarding the planning and unique features of the first planned city of modern India. The theme shall be the architectural heritage of Chandigarh and its various components.
Further schedule shall be worked out with DPI Schools for the Government schools and later private schools and colleges.
A design competition shall be launched by CCA for the architecture colleges in the region. The Short listing of design ideas shall be done in the end of August while the Final submission shall be on 28th September followed by Jury.
The Prize distribution and display of winning entries shall be done on 6th October
A Guided tour for the citizens of Chandigarh and visitors shall be held every weekend on a predetermined route to enable an active engagement with various facets of the city and create interest in such places. The route from Le Corbusier Centre Sector 19, to the Government Museum complex Sector 10, shall culminate in the Capitol Complex.
The guided walk aims to showcase the heritage of Chandigarh and shall lead to its greater understanding and appreciation.
The first guided tour conducted by Prof Rajnish Wattas shall cover the Chandigarh City Museum at Sector 10, Chandigarh.
for amateur and professional photographers of the tricity shall be launched. The theme for professionals shall be “Chandigarh in Light and Shadow” while for amateurs it shall be “Capturing the essence of markets of Chandigarh”.
A series of Bi-monthly articles on various aspects of Chandigarh is planned in leading newspapers to create awareness and interest in the citizens and highlight the heritage and current situation of the city.
Venue: Government Museum complex Sector 10, Chandigarh.
The 50th death anniversary of Corbusier shall be commemorated with lectures by eminent architects on his oeuvre, an Architectural Quiz at CCA and other events culminating in a cultural program at the Government Museum complex Sector 10, Chandigarh.
To increase the involvement of the masses in this celebration and to provide a platform for open and free discussions on matters concerning the normal citizen, the administration proposes to hold citizen- expert interactions once every three weeks on topics like security, infrastructure, culture etc. Chandigarh Samvaad shall be launched on 27th August. The venue for later interactions shall vary to ensure wider participation starting from the peripheral areas and culminating in popular public spaces like the Sukhna Lake and Sector 17, City centre.
To ensure an intimate interface with the architectural heritage of the Capitol a painting competition for school children shall be held at the site. The competition with the themes “Sketching the images from Capitol” and “Chandigarh 2050” shall be organized for three different age groups of students- V-VIII, IX-XII and college students. The competitions carry attractive cash prizes and shall encourage students to look at Chandigarh with a new vision.
In the morning a treasure hunt shall be organised for the general public since the previous such event had been a resounding success and generated a lot of interest in the public. Like last time this shall be a “Green treasure hunt” with no motorised means of transport allowed.
Venue: CCA, Sector 12, Chandigarh.
The birth anniversary of Corbusier shall be commemorated with lectures by eminent architects; prize distributions for the various painting, photography and design competitions held as part of the celebrations. A book on Chandigarh by eminent architect M.N.Sharma who was the first Indian chief architect of Chandigarh, shall be released followed by a cultural program.
An international symposium on an unprecedented scale in Chandigarh shall be organized to showcase the city’s pride in its legacy and highlight the issues at stake in its future upkeep. There shall be deliberations by international and national reputed Le Corbusier scholars aimed at enhancing awareness and creating deeper knowledge on Le Corbusier’s contribution to architecture and urban planning in general and Chandigarh in particular .The conference shall culminate in a series of discussions on the way ahead for city’s multi issues & solutions and also push towards the smart city goal. Although largely technical in nature the sessions shall be of interest to every aware and concerned citizen of Chandigarh.
OUTLINE STRUCTURE OF SYMPOSIUM
Day One, 9th October, Venue: Open Hand; 6pm-8:30pm
Day Two, 10th October, Venue :Tagore Theatre; 9.30am-6:30pm
Technical Session-1: Le Corbusier: Eternity in modernism
Technical Session-2: Le Corbusier in India: Architect of modernism
Panel discussion and interaction.
Day Three, 11th October, Venue :Tagore Theatre; 9.30am-6:30pm
Technical Session-1: Chandigarh’s heritage is world heritage
Technical Session-2: Chandigarh –Garden city to smart city
Panel discussion and interaction.
Day Four, 12th October Venue Tagore Theatre; 9.30am-1:30pm
Panel discussions- citizen expert interactions.
Besides these events and activities aimed at engaging the citizens of Chandigarh in a dialogue with their city, the administration is collaborating with Alliance Française, Chandigarh and Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi to organize various lectures, exhibitions and cultural programs.