Ludhiana, June 17, 2015; Architects felt shocked with sudden death of Charles Correa at age of 84, following brief illness.
In the 1970s, he was the chief architect of Navi Mumbai, the new city that came up across the harbour from Mumbai, and was later appointed the first chairman of the National Commission on Urbanisation. Ar.Correa is also known for pioneering work on low-income housing.
He won several National and International Awards and was an expert in urban planning and affordable housing. He was honoured with the Padma Shri in 1972 and Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian honour, in 2006.
Born in Secunderabad on September 1, 1930, Ar Correa taught at several universities in India and abroad and received awards including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the Praemium Imperiale of Japan and the Royal Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), which billed him as "India's Greatest Architect".
He founded the Urban Design Research Institute in Mumbai in 1984. The Institute is dedicated to protecting the environment and improving urban communities.
Ar. Correa was often critical of the way cities were being planned. "Market forces do not make cities, they destroy them," he said at an awards ceremony. Ar.Charles Correa was a highly significant architect, globally and for India. His work was the physical manifestation of the idea of Indian Nationhood, Modernity and Progress. His vision sits at the nexus defining the contemporary Indian sensibility and it articulates a new Indian identity with a language that had a global resonance. He was someone who had that rare capacity to give physical form to something as intangible as ‘culture’ or ‘society’ – and his work was therefore critical: aesthetically; sociologically; and culturally.
Ar.Charles Correa was one of the greatest master Architect not only for Indian but many other countries too. He had designed many internationally known buildings hich were visited by many architects.
Few of his excellent known buildings are:
• Islamic center, Toronto.
• Our Lady Of Salvation Church, Mumbai.
• Champalimaud Center For The Unknown ,Lisbon Portugal.
• Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.
• IUCAA, Pune.
• National Crafts Museum, Delhi.
• The MIT Neuroscience Center
• The Incremental Housing New Mumbai
• Kanchanjunga Apartments Mumbai
• MRF Headquarters Mumabi.
All the architects of Ludhiana, Punjab and India are well aware of his Calibre and had studied his work during their college days.
Many beautiful buildings in Ludhiana , Punjab India has come up through his works only.
Ar. Correa was a staunch critic of the way modern cities were designed, once saying: “Market forces do not make cities, they destroy them.”
“To work in India is the great advantage of life in the Third World. The issues are so much bigger than you are; they give you a chance to grow,” Ar. Correa wrote in his book ‘Housing and Urbanization.’
Ar. Correa played a defining role in developing architecture of post-Independence India and has designed some of the most outstanding structures. He was the man behind the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial in Ahmedabad and Madhya Pradesh Assembly building.
Ar. Sanjay Goel
Chairman –IIA LC