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July 17, 2016

Chandigarh Capitol Complex declared UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Photo: The Open Hand Monument, designed by Le Corbusier, is a symbolic structure located at Capitol Complex, Chandigarh, India. It is the emblem of the Chandigarh Administration and symbolizes “the hand to give and the hand to take; peace and prosperity, and the unity of mankind”. Image Credit & Copyright © Fernando Stankuns.

UNESCO World Heritage

Photo: Pavillon Le Corbusier, Zurich, Switzerland. Image Credit & Copyright © Emiliano.

UNESCO World Heritage

Photo: Chapelle Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, France. The Chapelle Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp was designed by Le Corbusier in the 1950s. It is one of the first and most famous post-modern architectural designs. Photographer, Image Credit & Copyright © Roiability.

Istanbul, Turkey, July 17, 2016 — Chandigarh Capitol Complex, India, has just been inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list as a part of “The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Japan, Switzerland)”.

The Chandigarh Capitol Complex comprises three buildings — Legislative Assembly, Secretariat and High Court.

India’s application for World Heritage Site status for Chandigarh Capitol Complex is actually part of an international effort as it involves 17 Le Corbusier buildings from Germany, France, Argentina, Japan, Belgium, Switzerland, and India - all collectively declared World Heritage by UNESCO.

The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Japan, Switzerland)—Chosen from the work of Le Corbusier, the 17 sites comprising this transnational serial property are spread over seven countries and are a testimonial to the invention of a new architectural language that made a break with the past. They were built over a period of a half-century, in the course of what Le Corbusier described as “patient research”. The Capitol Complex in Chandigarh (India), the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo (Japan), the House of Dr Curutchet in La Plata (Argentina) and the Unite d’habitation in Marseille (France) reflect the solutions that the Modern Movement sought to apply during the 20th century to the challenges of inventing new architectural techniques to respond to the needs of society. These masterpieces of creative genius also attest to the internationalization of architectural practice across the planet.

Following is the list of the 17 Le Corbusier sites that have been declared UNESCO World Heritage:

Year Designed: Site

The 40th session of the World Heritage Committee, which opened in Istanbul, Turkey, on 10 July closes today. It is chaired by Ambassador, Director General of Cultural Affairs and Promotion Abroad of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lale Ulker.


“Once a site is inscribed on the World Heritage List (and becomes a ‘World Heritage Property’), the State Party has to ensure that effective and active measures are taken for its protection, conservation and presentation. To do so, States Parties are encouraged to establish services for the protection, conservation and presentation of the heritage, to take appropriate legal, scientific, technical, administrative and financial measures to protect the heritage, not take any deliberate measures that directly or indirectly damage their heritage or that of another State Party to the Convention, and finally to provide information to the World Heritage Committee on the implementation of the Convention and on the state of conservation of their properties. To ensure that all possible measures are taken to prevent the deletion of any property from the World Heritage List, the World Heritage Committee has adopted a specific process, which is called Reactive Monitoring”.


“To be included on the World Heritage List, sites must be of outstanding universal value and meet at least one out of ten selection criteria. These criteria are explained in the Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention which, besides the text of the Convention, is the main working tool on World Heritage. The criteria are regularly revised by the Committee to reflect the evolution of the World Heritage concept itself”.



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