RENOVATE: UTOPIA [2011]


In collaboration with Mark Talbot and Emma Bloomfield.

The city of Chandigarh, designed by Le Corbusier, Max Fry, Jane Drew, and Pierre Jeanneret from 1951 to 1963, provided a new modern paradigm for India. The utopian vision of the city assumed monumental form in Le Corbusier’s Capitol Complex, chosen by Jawaharlal Nehru to be the seat of government for the redefined state of Punjab. Although the site was conceived through these ideals – encompassing nationhood, harmony with nature, autonomy, and modernization – its use and meaning have undergone many changes in the past 50 years. We propose a renovation of the Capitol Complex as a means of addressing both its original utopian vision as well as the changes it has experienced.  Operations of alteration, replication, and extension and the deployment of a Corbusian architectural vocabulary are used to blur the line between original and new.  History is eluded, confused, or scrambled to induce hyperreality, a new world indistinguishable from either reality or fantasy, a postmodern atemporal utopia.


© 2011, Tyler Survant, All Rights Reserved.
Model of the Secretariat and Assembly
Capital complex site plan
Capital buildings ground plan
Model of High Court
Model of High Court
Before and after rendering of High Court
Models of Assembly and Secretariat
Detail of Assembly Model
Model of Assembly interior
Model of Assembly interior
Model of Assembly interior
Site section
Section model of Secretariat
Interior view of Secretariat model
Secretariat drawing
Secretariat model
Original photograph of Secretariat - Brian Brake, 1962
Original photograph of Secretariat - Brian Brake, 1962
Modified Secretariat
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