Le Corbusier’s Ruin : The Changing Face of Chandigarh’s Capitol



More than fifty years since its making, Chandigarh’s Capitol Complex, designed by Le Corbusier remains a celebrated paradigm of Modern architecture and urbanism. But how has the 1950s Capitol been understood and accepted by its intended citizenry over half a century of India’s sovereignty and post-colonization? This article traces the Capitol’s multifarious guises—from what was originally envisioned, to what was built, to what it has become today—and speculates on its potential future identities. Through this post-occupancy review, it seeks to re-contextualize the Capitol’s contemporary identity beyond its celebrated Corbusian profile, as an evolving compound trapped between its original intentions and their unforeseen consequences.