Le Corbusier’s ideas for city planning focused on large, tall, residential buildings that would each constitute an entire neighborhood. The notion that “all men have the same needs,” was at the core of his residential towers. He developed plans for Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, he sought in vain for 12 years to carry out his provocative plan for Algiers. But in 1945, He finally managed to design an entire city, the only one in his career, as the result of a commission from the Indian government.
Le Corbusier developed the plan for Chandigarh, the new capital of the Indian state of Punjab, a project that enabled him to implement, over a vast territory, ideas he had developed for three decades. It was in India that he was given the opportunity to create his urban dream. The episode in the video series Daniella on Design of this week examines this and other chapters in the career of the man who is considered the most influential architect of the 20th century.