Overview for Gandhi Bhawan
One of the most ambitious developmental schemes planned on India’s independence was the city planning of Chandigarh—a symbolic gesture towards the country’s future. Designed by Pierre Jeanneret in 1962 to evoke a lotus flower afloat in a pond, Gandhi Bhawan—dedicated to the work of Mahatma Gandhi—is a testament to the culmination of modernism as an aesthetic, historic and inter–cultural movement in India. Situated within the Panjab University campus, Gandhi Bhawan was conceived by Jeanneret as a platform to present his principles of Indian modernism, its design influenced by Gandhian ideals and the pinwheel toys of local children. This volume, supported by a grant from the Getty Foundation’s Keeping it Modern initiative, documents the thorough research and conservation planning effort for Gandhi Bhawan, including comprehensive testing of its innovative building materials. Its impact stretches beyond the university, as the conservation plan outlined here forms an invaluable resource for other buildings of the modern era. With several images, maps and plans, this publication hopes to make accessible the work of many architects, engineers, conservators and scholars, ensuring the preservation of this architectural gem and the hopeful vision it embodies. Published in association with Panjab University, Chandigarh.
Shikha Jain (Author)
Shikha Jain studied architecture from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and later finished Masters in Architecture from Kansas State University, USA. Her doctoral work on the traditional havelis of Rajasthan from Prasada, De Montfort University, UK has been awarded the IIA Research Award 2003 by the Indian Institute of Architects. She is involved in architectural research and teaching. A number of her articles on heritage and conservation have been published in architecture journals. She is also editor of Context: Built, Living and Natural, a biannual refereed journal on built heritage and environment and consultant to INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage) Gurgaon Chapter.
Vanicka Arora (Author)
Vanicka Arora is a conservation architect and academic based in Gurgaon, Haryana. She has been associated with DRONAH since 2007 and specialises in historic research, conservation management planning and urban revitalisation projects. Vanicka is Consultant (Heritage Management) to the National Disaster Management Authority, Policy and Planning Division. She is currently adjunct faculty with the Centre for Heritage, Ahmedabad University and has also taught at Sushant School of Art and Architecture.