Alter///scrinium. 10 Theses Of The Architecture. Screening Part 2011
Alain Tanner. A City in Chandigarh
  • Director: Alain Tanner

    Born in 1929 in Geneva (Switzerland). One of the most well-known and influential film direc- tors specializing in documentary.

    Selected filmography:
    2002  —  Fleurs de sang
    1989  —  La Femme de Rose Hill (The Woman from Rose Hill)
    1983  —  Dans la ville blanche (In the White City)
    1974  —  Le Milieu du monde (The Middle of the World)
    1964  —  Les Apprentis (The Apprentices)

1966,  54 min.
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Alter///scrinium. 10 Theses Of The Architecture. Screening Part

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After British India became independent in 1947, there were created two sovereign states, India and Pakistan. The separation involved many ter- ritories with mixed population, including Punjab state. Its historical capital was on the territory of the modern Pakistan, which gave a challenge to Indian government; they were to name a new administrative centre. Since there were no cities among existing ones that would meet all the requirements, they decided to build a new administrative centre in order to make it both Panjabi new capital, and a symbol of independent India. The grandest city building project in the history was fulfilled by an international team led by Le Corbusier under initial project of Americans, Albert Meyer and Matthew Novitski.

Alain Tanner’s movie is a chronicle of local utopia creation within postcolonial policy of the developed countries, that was based on the idea of rewarding the peoples, suffered in colonial times. Chandigarh architecture landscape became a masterpiece of the late modernism and like new Brazilian capital project it was a last try to create favourable social conjuncture by organizing space through progressive architecture ideas.