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By Ravi Kalia

ISBN-10: 0195623118

ISBN-13: 9780195623116

Initiated in 1949, Chandigarh is the main seen instance of a deliberate urban in India. the following, Kalia offers a background of its making plans and improvement, concentrating on the foremost figures concerned. This up to date variation incorporates a new advent and a brand new epilogue which relate the goals of the Indian government's unique plans, and the imaginative and prescient and layout of Le Corbusier, to present-day Chandigarh. The booklet is still the best learn of the expansion and improvement of this interesting urban.

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