Unpublished Thesis on Chandigarh

Chandigarh College of Architecture – through collaborative as well as individual efforts of its students and faculty members – has contributed to many a study on Chandigarh over the past thirty years.  A number of Thesis Projects on various aspects of the city form a rich resource and have been used as reference material by good number of scholars. 

List of B.Arch. thesis projects related to Chandigarh
 

Sr.No.

Number

Year

Name

Title

1.

197

1980

Chetna Purnami

Environmental Design for City Centre Chandigarh : A Critical Study

2.

275

1981

Deepta Kanwar

Precepts and Performance of Capitol Complex Chandigarh - An Environmental Design

3.

297

1982

Arvind Dham

Urban Structuring of Jan-Marg, Chandigarh .

4.

300

1982

Raminder Bhatia

Structuring of an Urban Connector (Centered in Chandigarh )

5.

314

1983

Ajay Pal Singh Johl

Urban Resuscitation of Chandigarh City Centre.

6.

317

1983

Mohammad Reza Pourjafar

Neighbourhood Unit Precept and Performance of Sector 22, Chandigarh .

 

7.

328

1983

Minny Trikha

Structuring of V4 ( Shopping Street in Chandigarh in urban Context)

 

8.

354

1984

Abha Kachru

A critical appraisal of Chandigarh Architectural Planning and controls in commercial development.

 

9.

381

1985

Amita Kharbanda

Residential Street Scape -A Study concept of LIG Street-Scape in Phase-III, Chandigarh .

 

10.

466

1986

Pooja Peshwaria

Restructuring of the V4 in Chandigarh .

 

11.

525

1987

Nawal Kumar Bansal

Critical Study of 17 Characteristics of Sec. 1 an attempt to resuscitate the Piazza.

 

12.

543

1988

Sandhya Sood

The changing pattern of housing in Chandigarh .

 

13.

548

1988

Vijay Sahu

Introduction of landmarks on an urban connector Madhya Marg, Chandigarh .

 

14.

570

1989 

Harkirat R Singh

Cultural Resurrection of Chandigarh City Centre Initial Civic zone wasteland Lying South of Shopping Area.

 

15.

649

1990

Sangeeta Bagga

Chandigarh City Centre: Reinterpretation of its activity structure, circulation pattern and physical form in response to the city's changing needs.

 

16.

678

1992

Navita Bhatti

The Chandigarh (Sector) - its evaluation and proposals for future development.

 

             


 


  Publications on Chandigarh :

Trees of Chandigarh :
A book authored by Chhatar Singh, Rajnish Wattas,  & Harjit Singh Dhillon
Published by B. R. Publishing Corporation , Delhi .
 

Chandigarh , one of the greatest experiments in urban planning of the 20th century, is today as much famous for its landscaping, as it is for its architecture.  An important feature of its planning was the recognition accorded to landscaping as an integral component of its master plan from the very inception.  Today, Chandigarh presents a visual delight of a harmonious blend of buildings, trees and other landscape elements embellishing the skyline.

Thus, it was significant that the valuable lessons obtained from the tree plantation experience of Chandigarh , be recorded and preserved for posterity.  Therefore this book is an attempt to bring together in a single volume basic information about the tree plantation of Chandigarh .The book is broadly divided into two components comprises critical essays on the inception, planning and the actual results as visible today, of Chandigarh’s tree plantation; as visible today and the second components is a directory of major tree species growing in Chandigarh, to enable their easy identification in the city.  Nearly 200 color pictures supplement the text to make the book more useful.

It has been designed primarily for the lay reader with a keen interest in: where, why and what trees exist in Chandigarh ; and how they integrate with its overall landscape.  It is in fact, a user-friendly reference book for all tree loving people of Chandigarh and elsewhere.

The publication is available at Capital Book Depot, SCO –3, Sector 17-E, Chandigarh , Phone # 2702554, 2702260.

Chandigarh Informograph   

Address purchase enquiries to:

The Principal,
Chandigarh College of Architecture,
Sector 12,
Chandigarh : 160 012 ( INDIA )
Fax No.0091-172-2746260
E-mail:cca@chd.nic.in

 

Documenting Chandigarh – Volume I: The Indian Architecture of Pierre Jeanneret, E. Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew

Concept and Text by Kiran Joshi.  Mapin Publishing, Ahmedabad, in association with Chandigarh College of Architecture, Chandigarh , 1999, 286 pp., with 317 photographs and 327 drawings.  Rs.2,000/-  

About The Book

Chandigarh is valued universally as a landmark construction of Modernism and a pacesetter for post-independence architecture in India .  In contrast to the undifferentiated sprawl of contemporary Indian towns, Chandigarh is endowed with a specific identity -- given by its picturesque setting, the well-ordered, orthogonal matrix and, above all, a distinctive architectural vocabulary.


This book, coming 50 years after the city’s conception, is an attempt to record various built elements that created the city’s urban image.  Foremost among these are works of Pierre Jeanneret, E. Maxwell Fry and Jane B. Drew – the three associates of Le Corbusier who, with true pioneering spirit, braved the desolate plains of Chandigarh and ushered the city towards civilization.  Their creations were a large stock of ‘people’s architecture’ – places for living, work and play -- whose low-rise, low-density cubic forms and experimental constructions in local brick and stone, were to form the vocabulary of the “Chandigarh Style”.


Part of a two-volume series, this book is the first comprehensive documentation of the original form and present-day status of ninety individual and type – designs created by he three architects between 1951-1965.  Each design is covered through detailed drawings, photographs and analytical text.  Also included are details of the fourteen “Heritage Zones” – the key- areas signifying the historicity and cultural content of Chandigarh ’s image.The book aims to bridge an existing gap in the recorded history of Post-independence Indian Architecture.  It will, in the process, serve as a useful database for a more intensive investigation of the social history of the city and, more importantly, for deliberating on issues of its conservation, development and change.

Address purchase enquiries to:

The Principal,
Chandigarh College of Architecture,
Sector 12,
CHANDIGARH : 160 012 ( INDIA )
FAX NO.0091-172-746260
E-mail:cca@chd.nic.in

Mr. Bipin Shah
Mapin Publishing (P) Ltd.,
31, Somnath Road,
 Usmanpura, Ahmedabad – 380 013 (INDIA)
FAX NO.0091-79-7550955
E-mail:mapinpub@vsnl.com

Corbusier’s concrete: Concerning Modern Heritage of Chandigarh – Proceedings of Seminar on Conservation of Le Corbusier’s work in concrete Chandigarh 11-13 February, 2002.

Appreciation of Modern Heritage has also directed attention to technical aesthetic and philosophical issued of conserving histroric concrete.  What kind of methods can be applied to restore these structures, ensuring their long life as well as cultural significance?  Are the dictums of ‘minimum intervention’ and ‘reversibility’ any less relevant for modern constructions, especially so for monolithic concrete?  These were some of the questions addressed during the seminar “Conservation of Le Corbusier’s Work in Concrete” organized in Chandigarh by the Chandigarh Administration and the “Foundation Le Corbusier”.

Citing key examples, this publication highlights the rich diversity of exposed concrete I  Modern Heritage, lists its common failures, the difficulties of conserving its structural and design authenticity, and compares usefulness of available options for repair.  Case studies of Le Corbusier’s work in Chandigarh and France put across practical problems of restoring ‘Corbusier’s Concrete’ and outline a cost-effective and non-destructive repair system that can be carried out without loss of visual character or material integrity. Round-table discussions reveal conservation dilemmas confronting Chandigarh , including limitations of its experimental’ constructions, changing functional requirements, outmoded urban controls, and users’ disenchantment with its social ideology as well as the all-pervading aesthetic simplification.  Though emerging from Chandigarh , many of these issues would interest custodians of Modern Heritage the world over and find universal application.

Documenting Chandigarh , Volume II: Currently CCA, Research Cell is working on the 2nd volume of the book which shall contain detailed information on drawings of the complete works of Corbusier- realized and unrealized -in Chandigarh . 

 


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