Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret: The Indian Architecture, by Sarbjit Bahga and Surinder Bahga, published by White Falcon Publishing dwells on all the works of legendary architects, Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret in India, and also reviews their influence on contemporary architecture and planning in the sub-continent.
The achievements of creative men reach out far beyond the bonds of their national background and environment. They soar like mountain peaks above narrow confines of their immediate setting and become part of a world panorama. This is true of the works of Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret. Most of the architectural fraternity is already familiar with their Indian work which was accomplished when they were at the zenith of their career. The enduring quality, eclectic range and enormous volume of their work in India calls for an intensive critical appraisal. Undoubtedly, a large number of publications include Le Corbusier’s projects in India but very few dwell on Pierre Jeanneret’s contribution to architecture in India. Most of those which cover Le Corbusier’s work are subjective in nature and are often dealt with by foreign authors who presumably have made rather brief visits to view their creations before writing about them.
The book, though a modest addition to the voluminous publications, mostly descriptive, on these legendry architects, hope to throw light on some features hitherto not dealt with in earlier existing literature. The present book discusses almost all the works of Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret in India including some lesser-known ones as well as some projects which were not realized. Indeed some of these have been written about for the first time. In Particular Pierre Jeanneret’s works which were not so well-known earlier but find a befitting coverage in this book. Published after more than six decades of Chandigarh’s inception, this work portrays the up-to-date scenario of the built-environment vis-à-vis the inhabitants’ views on it. The reaction of the ultimate recipients of any delivery system, naturally based on their felt needs, is a most critical aspect for any in-depth analysis.
Besides discussing Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret’s work in this sub-continent, the book also reviews their influence on contemporary architecture, urban design and town planning in India in the post-Independence era. It acquaints the readers with a number of well-known and some lesser-known architects and their work in the country, in terms of their planning and design approaches which reflect an undeniable and indelible influence of Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret.
The book will prove of value as a reference work to future planners, architects, engineers, urban designers, landscape architects, interior designers and students of these disciplines besides the decision-makers and serious, curious and enlightened lay readers the world over.