May 13, 2013
High Court, Chandigarh, 1955.
Le Corbusier’s foray into urban planning for the city of Chandigarh, India, was perhaps the most realized example of modern city planning in the 20th century. The architect was given a tabula rasa to execute an anthropomorphic plan, hierarchical city grid, and geometric structures of raw, unfinished concrete.
The outcomes of Chandigarh are still widely debated by architectural experts. However, now you have a chance to get a closer look at Corbu’s iconic Indian projects yourself! On display at agnès b. Galerie Boutique in Manhattan from May 10 to June 30, “Lucien Hervé: Le Corbusier in India” provides a more intimate look at the godfather of modernism and his works in India, featuring rare signed vintage and modern prints by Lucien Hervé, Corbusier’s “official” photographer for most of his career. More after the jump!