One of the most remarkable urban projects and an important milestone in the history of Modern Architecture and Urban Planning, Chandigarh today has become an iconic entity as well as a living laboratory that attracts an increasing number of architects, planners, architectural scholars, historians and conservation professionals who seek authentic resource material for carrying out their research on Chandigarh and its chief protagonist, Le Corbusier.
support offered by the Government of India and UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre
in Chandigarh Administration’s nomination of “Le Corbusier’s Work in Chandigarh” to the World Heritage List and
“Preparation of a Conservation Management Plan for the historic areas,
buildings and movable artifacts of the city” is also an affirmation of unique
value of the city’s Modern Heritage. A need has thus emerged not to only to
intensify efforts for its conservation, but also for its appropriate
transmission to future generations.
With time numerous, hitherto unknown facets of Chandigarh’s built and movable heritage, as also complexities of its conservation are being revealed — one of the contentious issues being formulating policies for appropriate rehabilitation and contemporary utilization of historic structures that have fallen into disuse and disrepair. In view of the above, the objective of founding “The Le Corbusier Centre for
and Augmentation of the Heritage of Chandigarh” is not only to rehabilitate the
“Old Architects’ Office in Sector 19-B, Chandigarh” but also to establish a
dedicated centre for fostering a better understanding of the universal value of
Chandigarh’s Modern heritage amongst various stakeholders, and, augmenting the heritage
management skills and capacities of the local authorities.
The Centre will focus on preservation, interpretation, research, display of the works and legacy of Le Corbusier. It will have three sections comprising museum & display gallery, research & publication and Administration. The projects and components are:
1. Conservation of the Old Architects’ Office in the manner of an authentic resource that can be used for disseminating information about the experimental aim of Modern architecture of Chandigarh as also for recreating the setting in which the city was created.
2. Establishment of a well-organized Information / Interpretation Centre for dissemination of knowledge regarding the history and heritage of Chandigarh, with a special emphasis on the role of Le Corbusier in the making of the city. The activities envisaged within this segment include organizing permanent as well as temporary exhibitions, film shows, public seminars, workshops, etc.
3. Preservation of various small-scale artifacts of ‘Movable Cultural Heritage’ such as furniture, furnishings, fittings, etc.
Preservation of archival resources, i.e. drawings, documents, photographs, etc.
concerning the heritage of the Chandigarh, and especially, Le Corbusier’s role in
the making of the city.
5. Establishment of a Research, Documentation and Publication Centre on the Modern Heritage of Chandigarh. This section will include a well-stocked library, and will include a state-of-the-art facility for online study of digital copies of original documents pertaining to the creation of Chandigarh.
6. Establishment of the “Chandigarh Heritage Conservation Cell” for monitoring the conservation activity within the city.