02 May 2016

co+laboradović     co+labo research seminar - Anil Thakur and his work about Chandigarh    
Dr Anil Thakur, a passionate researcher of the capital city of Indian state of Punjab and one of the much celebrated icons of modernist urbanism, Chandigarh, visited co+labo and presented key points of his lifelong work. Instead of providing yet another angle at the monumental part of the city, Anil's emphasis was on irresolvable complexity of the struggles which for decades keep on reshaping the residential areas of the modern(ist) capital. The follow-up discussion addressed a number of themes which will continue to resonate in co+labo - the richness and diversity of expressions of urban life across cultures,  impacts of imported modernisms on everyday life and, unavoidably, the controversies which still surround the towering figure of the great master, Le Corbusier. Darko reminded of Pierre Francastel and his point that we might never be able to say enough of good, nor bad about Charlesdouard Jeanneret. 
Anil lives in Melbourne, working on his book about the changing built environments of Chandigarh.

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