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Archis 2003 #1

Chandigarh in intensive care

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It differs from most planned cities, where the ideal is projected with technocratic consistency onto a tabula rasa, and the old structure is disavowed (the most radical example being Le Corbusier’s ‘Plan Voisin’ [1922-1929], in which much of the centre of Paris would have made way for a system of skyscrapers, motorways and green spaces). […]

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Archis 2003 #1

The karma of a gigantic village

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The faith in control, operating from the top down, has gradually yielded to a greater tolerance for chance, allowing for the continuous adjustment of perspectives and individualism. In the West we have come to understand that no blueprint is proof against the sheer complexity of the planning task, against the often subversive effect on the […]

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Archis 2003 #1

If the people don’t want change

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But there are also places where mentality or magnitude make such ambitions seem rather futile, or where they have been so long disavowed that they appear to have died out. One such place is India, a country where designs, master plans, development projects and all other forms of spatial reorganization seem to founder on an […]

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Archis 2003 #1

If the people want change. A brief taxonomy of populism

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Society, one is told, must be given back to ‘the people’. But that’s not all. The gulf between people and experts must also be bridged. And there’s an even deeper gulf between the people and the so-called elite: the faceless power brokers with their backroom politicking, the professionals with their impenetrable jargon, the academics with […]

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Archis 2003 #1

Taste is waste

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The Valley is not a suburb. It is as economically self-sufficient and culturally dense as major cities. Should the Valley secede, it will be the 6th largest US metropolitan area. It will have the highest concentration of aerospace firms, the 3rd greatest number of entertainment companies and the 6th most manufacturing headquarters. While these statistics […]

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Archis 2003 #1

Indian angel

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But by then it was too late. Before the capital was completed, India had won its independence. Contacts with Western architecture were maintained, however. Shortly before the Second World War, Le Corbusier was commissioned to design the new capital of Punjab by Prime Minister Nehru and he also designed villas for several industrialists. Chandigarh, as […]

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