The Open Hand at Le Corbusier's Capitol, Chandigarh, India. Photos: Ashish Nangia

Respect for the design of Chandigarh, India, is growing, even as the modernist city is showing wear. But who will care, if access to its most impressive monuments is restricted?

Ashish Nangia addresses the above questions in “The Town That Corbusier Built” published yesterday on Design Observer. Le Corbusier was commissioned to design a city in 1950, to included a capitol complex and located in Punjab. Nangia assesses the political ideals and realities connected to the project, most importantly taking a concerted view of the legacy of Le Corbusier’s creation.

Consider the essay a brief social history of the space… the downfall being a lack of full sweeping photographs. Still, a worthy read.

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