In memory of Aditya Prakash

An associate of Le Corbusier’s in Chandigarh, architect, academic and painter, Aditya Prakash died on 12 August, 2008.

Born on 10 March, 1923, in Muzaffarnagar, India, Aditya Prakash studied architecture at the London Polytechnic. He joined the team of the Chandigarh Capital Project in 1952, working with Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew, and helping to define the characteristic visual identity of Chandigarh as a modern city. His most significant project in Chandigarh was the Tagore Theatre built in 1961. In all, Aditya Prakash designed over 60 projects spread throughout North India. As an academic, he was an early supporter of urban ecological design, or “self-sustaining settlements”. He described Chandigarh’s planning as “escapist” and published several papers and three books advocating extensive recycling, mixed-use developments, stimulation of the informal sector, integration of agriculture and animal husbandry into the urban system, and rigorous separation of motorised and all forms of non-motorised traffic. Aditya Prakash painted for two or three hours every morning. His paintings are held in private collections worldwide.

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