Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, August 21
On account of its historic merit and Le Corbusier’s world stature, Chandigarh has become a global heritage city and the Mecca of modern urbanisation, where architects and planners from all over the world come on their professional pilgrimage.
These averments were made by Dr SS Bhatti, former principal, Chandigarh College of Architecture, at a seminar on “Chandigarh: Modern Heritage”, organised by the Association of British Scholars (ABS) here today.
The speaker traced the link of Le Corbusier’s planning postulates of sun, space and verdure to their scriptural significance embodied in India’s centuries-old ethico-spiritual triad: Satyam, Shivam, and Sundaram.
He demonstrated by illustrated analysis his holistic approach to the study and identification of heritage in the planning, architecture, urban design, landscape, and art of Chandigarh. He also drew attention to the historic contribution of the husband-and-wife team of British architects – E Maxwell Fry and Jane B Drew, as well as Le Corbusier’s cousin Pierre Jeanneret who produced magnificent designs to give Chandigarh its unique architectural identity. Dr Bhatti also emphasised the little-known fact that it was Dr MS Randhawa who furnished design for the city’s landscape, and it is by his significant contribution that we so fondly call Chandigarh, “the City Beautiful”.
The talk was followed by a panel discussion in which VK Kapoor, convener, INTACH Chandigarh, SL Kaushal, former Chief Architect, Punjab, and Sumit Kaur, Chief Architect, Chandigarh Administration, participated. KK Kaul, ABS secretary, conducted the proceedings while DV Bhatia, ABS president, also spoke on the occasion.
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