Maristella Casciato

Le Corbusier
Album Punjab, 1951

This reprint of the notebook “Album Punjab Simla. Chandigarh, Mars 1951” kept by Le Corbusier (1887–1965) during his two-week visit to the Indian state of Punjab in anticipation of the planning and construction of Chandigarh, presents his written or sketched memos and personal reflections as well as notes and schematic solutions elaborated during meetings. The Album Punjab constitutes a primary source for reconstructing the topics addressed by the small team of architects and governmental officials who in only a few days developed the outlines of the Chandigarh plan.

The spiralbound notebook facsimile is accompanied by a paperback volume featuring previously unpublished photographs taken by Le Corbusier’s cousin Pierre Jeanneret (1896–1967) during this early expedition. The detailed commentary by architectural historian Maristella Casciato reflects upon the variety of topics assembled in the notebook and retraces the story of these days in which the new capital city was planned. By transcribing Le Corbusier’s famously illegible handwriting in French and English, this book allows its readers complete access to the architect’s mind.

This reprint of the notebook “Album Punjab Simla. Chandigarh, Mars 1951” kept by Le Corbusier (1887–1965) during his two-week visit to the Indian state of Punjab in anticipation of the planning and construction of Chandigarh, presents his written or sketched memos and personal reflections as well as notes and schematic solutions elaborated during meetings. The Album Punjab constitutes a primary source for reconstructing the topics addressed by the small team of architects and governmental officials who in only a few days developed the outlines of the Chandigarh plan.

The spiralbound notebook facsimile is accompanied by a paperback volume featuring previously unpublished photographs taken by Le Corbusier’s cousin Pierre Jeanneret (1896–1967) during this early expedition. The detailed commentary by architectural historian Maristella Casciato reflects upon the variety of topics assembled in the notebook and retraces the story of these days in which the new capital city was planned. By transcribing Le Corbusier’s famously illegible handwriting in French and English, this book allows its readers complete access to the architect’s mind.

With photographs by Pierre Jeanneret

With an essay by Maristella Casciato

Design: Integral Lars Müller

23,4 × 31,5 cm, 9 ½ × 12 ½ in

208 (64 pages Facsimile + 144 pages commentary) pages, 29 illustrations

paperback

2024, 978-3-03778-706-9, English
French
CHF 75.00
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Maristella Casciato

Maristella Casciato is an architect and architectural historian, currently senior curator, head of architecture special collections at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles (2016 to present). Previously, she was a full professor at the University of Bologna/Architecture. She taught history of architecture in many academic programs in the United States, and has curated major exhibitions, e.g. "Bauhaus Beginnings" (2019) at the Getty Research Institute, "Casablanca Chandigarh. Reports on Modernization" (2013) at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, and "Gio Ponti. Amare l’architettura" at the MAXXI Museum in Rome (2019).