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Manuel Bougot

In Chandigarh: Portrait of a City, French photographer Manuel Bougot explores how Le Corbusier’s philosophy and approach was realised in this unique city which has come to represent Modern India. The Modernist movement in architecture and urban design became and continues to be a global phenomenon.  Chandigarh was one of the early planned cities in the post-independence India and is internationally known for its architecture and urban design. The master plan for  the city was prepared by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier, who transformed it from earlier plans created by the Polish architect Maciej Nowicki and the American planner Albert Mayer. With the whole design and construction of the city being true to Le Corbusier’s radical modernist vision, Chandigarh is regarded as one of the most progressive cities of the world in terms of architecture, cultural growth and modernisation.