Chandigarh

Serina Harb
Nathalia Domingues da Silva Meyohas
Serina Harb
Serina Harb
Ozan Sahin
Ozan Sahin
Berit Vold
Berit Vold
Berit Vold
Berit Vold
Berit Vold
Berit Vold
Berit Vold
Serina Harb
Ivan Markovic
Ivan Markovic
Ivan Markovic
Buchard Bakundukize
Isabella Hughes
Guilherme Erthal
Guilherme Erthal
Guilherme Erthal
Guilherme Erthal
Guilherme Erthal
Ozan Sahin
Luciana Mameri
Stefan Necula
Stefan Necula
Stefan Necula
Stefan Necula
Stefan Necula
Stefan Necula
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The modernist city is an extraordinary, contrived place. Born out of a peculiar set of economic, social, religious, cultural and political conditions, it is tied together by a common belief in Modernism as a social and cultural ideal. These planned cities are in many ways the conception of a collective institution. An assembly of cultural, social, administrative and political institutions supported by, and in support of, its native population. It is the specific balance within this matrix that defines and characterises a city.


The studio visited Le Corbusier's city of Chandigarh, home to one of the finest ensembles of modernist architecture ever built. Beyond providing a capital for the newly independent state of Punjab, Chandigarh was intended to play a role in the emancipation of India. Sixty years on from Chandigarh's confirmation a new series of challenges faces India. We are interested in whether architecture, and in particular the concrete form of the institution, still has the ability to effect change.


Taking Le Corbusier's drawing office as the starting point the students were asked to develop an architecture school. Not an architecture school as you might be familiar with but a total institution, a place where different parts

of life occur within one physical space – sleeping, eating, drinking, sport, prayer and thought.


What is the nature of an individual institution within the city? How does the discrete institution physically and ideologically retain its identity within the chaos of the modern city? What form should an institution take? How does it tread the line between a place of intellectual freedom and sanctuary, with the desire to engage with and affect the city that surrounds it?