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Rock Garden in Chandigarh

Rebellion against Modernism

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“Let this be a new town, symbolic of the freedom of India, unfettered by the traditions of the past, an expression of the nation’s faith in the future.”This was the vision of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of independent India, for the new provincial capital of Punjab. Chandigarh, one of the few realized planned cities of the 20th century, really did develop, under the direction of Le Corbusier, into an impressive urban monument for modern India. In the functionally structured street grid with icons of modern reinforced concrete architecture and lavish green spaces, it is only with difficulty that the essence of traditional Indian life makes its presence felt. And yet it does exist in a highly concentrated form in the mysterious Rock Garden on the north-western edge of the administrative town.

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  • Design: Nek Chand Public park Size: approx. 10 hectares Under development since 1965

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(2005). Rock Garden in Chandigarh. In: In Gardens. Birkhäuser Basel. https://doi.org/10.1007/3-7643-7662-7_29

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