Le Corbusier Centre to be set up to preserve legacy

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Chandigarh, Feb 19 (UNI) The Chandigarh Administration has decided to set up Le Corbusier Centre at the old office of the noted French architect of the City Beautiful, to preserve its rich heritage and legacy.

In a meeting held under the chairmanship of UT Home Secretary, Krishna Mohan, it was decided that the Centre would display and exhibit the life and works of Le Corbusier to acquaint people with the rich cultural heritage of the city.

Interacting with mediapersons after the meeting, the UT Home Secretary said the Centre would be focusing on preservation, interpretation, research and display of the works and legacy of Le Corbusier. It will have three sections of Museum, Display Gallery and Research and Publication.

Museum sections will recreate the ambience of the original Le Corbusier office. Help of all photographs and input of the people having worked in the office of Le Corbusier will be taken. Small scale movable articles like furniture, small carpets and related things used by Le Corbusier or created in his time will be restored.

In Display Gallery various methods will be used to explain the history of building of the city during the Le Corbusier time from 1951 to 1965. Principals of design used in Chandigarh will also be explained so that the cultural value of the city and the contribution of Le Corbusier could be promoted.

Small Research and Publication Centre will also be developed to encourage research about the Le Corbusier and his works. Posters, printed material, publications will be maintained.

Professor Kiran Joshi and Mr V N Singh would be the Nodal Officers for finalising the content and the display of the Centre.

UT Chief Engineer has been directed to carry out the work with in two months.

Mr Mohan said that the Administration is continuing its efforts to preserve the cultural heritage of the city. Two tapestries lying in the premises of High Court would soon be shifted to the Chandigarh Museum and Art Gallery for restoration work. Remaining nine tapestries adorning the walls of High Court would also be restored in a phased manner.

The lighting of buildings would be suitably done so that the Le Corbusier Centre, the Museum and Art Gallery building and the Capital Complex buildings could be highlighted.


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