Message - CHARLES CORREA....................

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Posted by  Simple Simon on January 13, 2002 at 13:28:32:

he's amongst the architects that I admire...
here's the link to his official website.....
have a look at his work.... specially the State Assembly (Madhya Pradesh), which we visited as part of a college trip a couple of years back....
it was a wonderful experience......
The British Council Building (New Delhi) is also an interesting piece of architecture.....

Architect, planner, activist and theoretician, Correa has emerged as a major figure in contemporary architecture world wide. Born in Hyderabad in 1930, he studied architecture at the University of Michigan and at MIT. In private practice in Bombay since 1958, his work covers a wide range, from the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial at the Sabarmati Ashram, to the Jawahar Kala Kendra in Jaipur, and the State Assembly for madhya Pradesh - as well as townships and public housing project in Delhi, Bombay, Ahmedabad, Bangalore an other cities in India.

Over the last four decades, Correa has done pioneering work on urban issues and low-cost shelter in the Third World. From 1970-75, he was Chief Architect for 'New Bombay' an urban growth center of 2 million people, across the harbor from the existing city. In 1985, Prime Minister Rajiv Ganhi appointed him Chairman of the national Commission on Urbanization.

One of the few contemporary architects whose projects address not only issues of architecture but of low-income housing and urban planning as well, his work has been published in many architectural journals and books, including the 1987 Mirmar and the 1996 Thames & Hudson monographs devoted to his work. He has taught at universities both in India and abroad, including Harvard, Penn, Tulane and Washington Universities, and has been the Sir Banister Fletcher Professor at the University of London, the Albert Bemis Professor at MIT, and the Jawaharlal Nehru Professor at Cambridge.

In 1980 Correa was awarded an Honorary doctorate by the University of Michigan, and in 1984 he received the Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of British Architects, in 1987 the Gold Medal of the Indian Institute of Architecture, in 1990 the Gold Medal of the UIA (International Unin of Architects), in 1994 the Praemium Imperiale from Japan, and in 1998 The Aga Khan Award for Architecture.


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