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Le Corbusier came to India to design Chandigarh, a city in northern India that symbolizes the birth of a modern India following its independence from the British and although the design and layout of the city was lauded in the West, in India it remained an outlandish creation.


Now, 65 years after the Franco-Swiss architect was commissioned to lay out the city, UNESCO has declared part of his work, including the Capitol complex in the city, a World Heritage Site for “the invention of a new architectural language.”

However, despite this significant honour, widespread ignorance and sometimes even rejection of Le Corbusier’s work is rife in India, what does not impede some of his followers not to throw in the towel.

“They have no idea…it’s disheartening, but that means too that we have a lot of work to do”, director of the Le Corbusier Center in the city, Deepika Gandhi, said in relation to how many of her compatriots know architect.

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