Capitol Complex

An international campaign has been launched to save the Indian city of Chandigarh, the unique planned city and architectural treasure created by French architect Le Corbusier.

Read more about the Save Chandigarh campaign in the designboom presentation at the India Design Forum 2012

The Indian city of Chandigarh is one of the world’s greatest architectural treasures. Considered to be Le Corbusier’s ‘crowning work’ the city was built in a pivotal and exceptional moment in Indian history. It is one of the world’s only examples of a city constructed entirely on a plan and realised on an empty site. 60 years ago, the city was to not only serve as an urban centre but also to represent India as a liberated, democratic, and forward-looking state.

Chandigarh, Le Corbusier’s largest single project, is now a city of a quarter of a million people, and is coming under pressure with regards to maintenance, growth and further densification. on all scales – its architectural buildings and detailed furnishings by Pierre Jeanneret, over the years, have been suffering from neglect and controversy. A group of local architects, art historians and officials are hoping to mobilise international help to prevent further damage to Le Corbusier’s unique Indian legacy.