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After the Partition of India in 1947, Indian prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru invited Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier to build Chandigarh, a new capital city that would be, in Nehru’s words, “symbolic of the freedom of India, unfettered by the traditions of the past.” In the first of a two-part series on modern architecture in India, Maristella Casciato reveals how Le Corbusier led a team of architects in the design and construction of Chandigarh’s urban plan and architecture. Casciato is senior curator of architectural collections at the Getty Research Institute and a leading authority on the work of Le Corbusier.

Palace of Justice, Le Corbusier / Lucien Hervé

Lucien Hervé, Chandigarh: Le Palais de Justice, ca. 1952–56. Le Corbusier, architect. Los Angeles, Getty Research Institute, 2002.R.41. Artwork © FLC-ADAGP / Photo © J. Paul Getty Trust

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