Gunnar Knechtel

Photography

Chandigarh, the concrete jungle

A selection of images from my reportage.

Chandigarh, planned city shaped out of concrete and parks.
The city is the capital of the Punjab region, India, which is located 250 kilometers north of Delhi.
Chandigarh was designed in the early ’50s by a team of architects led by Le Corbusier, Jane Drew and Maxwell Fry.
After India was released from the British kingdom in the summer of 1947 in the self-government and at the same time India and Pakistan shared the Indian province of Punjab was in need of  a new capital.
The idea was to build a new city in the foothills of the Himalaya, which blended the modern architectural movement and garden city ideals.
Most government buildings and monuments were designed by Le Corbusier in his unique style.
In 2015, Chandigarh was named one of the perfect cities in the world for architecture, cultural growth and modernization in an BBC article.
Chandigarh’s Capitol Complex was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in July 2016.

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